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    s population today is landless In 1947 the proportion was around eight per cent Successive governments have failed either to redistribute government land known as khas land or to cap the amount of land owned by individuals Those rich enough to bribe officials have illegally bought up government owned land In the process small and marginal farmers became landless village poor many of them migrating to urban areas to live in slum conditions According to reports by a Dhaka based NGO the Association for Land Reform and Development forged ownership records are the chief cause of land disputes which make up around 80 per cent of the country s criminal cases The number is even higher in the civil courts Nowhere is this more evident than in the tightly populated capital Dhaka where scams are often initiated by property brokers It is not unknown for a plot of land in Dhaka s downtown Mohammadpur to be recorded under the names of 30 to 40 buyers Justice could be bought Dipty Roy a government receptionist was victim of such a scam She bought a patch of land at Kanthaldia village on the eastern fringe of the capital in the hope of building a house She says negotiators forged rival ownership documents to pressure her into selling the land for less than it was worth in order to avoid a court battle Losing all hopes for a win in this case I undersold the land she says She hired a mediator to negotiate with the forger and eventually her land ended up in the possession of a real estate firm Justice could be bought says Taser Mandal now in his 70s who lives in the northwestern district of Rajshahi He inherited a land dispute following his father s death in the early 1960s and pursued it until the mid 1980s selling off other family belongings to pay for the litigation Eventually he lost the two acre land to his richer contending relations leaving Taser and his four brothers to live as paupers Electronic records clean up corruption Buyers currently need to visit around ten different government offices to register land ownership a tangled web in which corruption and confusion thrive Under the proposed digitised system all aspects of land administration will be brought under one authority Land ownership documents will be uploaded to a database with an official electronic signature You can have everything on your PC and download and take a printout of the signed document that will be authentic for all purposes says Shah Mohammad Akash Communication and Media Manager for the Access to Information programme of the United Nations Development Programme which recently piloted a similar system The new Awami League led Grand Alliance government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is also setting up a land and water body reform commission to redistribute khas lands land on government holdings to landless farmers and fishermen Digital services at village level Villagers will be able to access the online services through

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    OneWorld South Asia Info Dubai promotes ICT in push to save energy 30 June 2009 Crystal Low The Government of UAE is undertaking its largest and longest ever campaign to promote the use of modern information and communications technology that will better e government services in the country Image credits FutureGov Saeed Al Tayer Managing Director and CEO of Dewa The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority Dewa has launched a nationwide educational campaign to promote the use of modern information and communications technology and e payment services that save time and energy Saeed Al Tayer Managing Director and CEO of Dewa launched the promotional campaign under the slogan Save your time save your energy The campaign which will last for six months will be launched in several languages besides Arabic and English in order to ensure effective communication with a mass audience This is the largest and the longest campaign undertaken by the government in the UAE claimed Al Tayer Al Tayer said Dewa is committed to helping Dubai s e government strategy succeed which will involve making radical changes to government services provided to residents and the business sector Dubai s e government offers a unified portal for the

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    e records drive 17 July 2009 Crystal Low India s Transport Department has launched an initiative to prepare a national e register for vehicles and licences that will be accessible anywhere in the country Image credits FutureGov India s traffic dept embarks on e records drive India s Transport Department has launched an initiative to computerise all of its records at a state and local level to prepare a state register for all vehicles and licences The initiative is part of a larger bid by the central government to prepare a national register for vehicles and licences Officials of the department said that National Informatics Centre NIC is collecting data from various District Transport Offices DTOs to upload onto a single network Data collected can be broadly divided into two categories The first relates to details of a vehicle such as its registration number which will be recorded under the subhead Vahan The other relates to licences which will be under the subhead Sarathi an official explained Once uploaded the data will comprise the district register All districts will contribute to the state register The Centre central government will then upload all state registers to make a national register The

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    place 1 July in Mexico A new online platform called Electoral Observation has been enabling citizens and 43 monitoring organizations to check information and send complaints in real time on election related incidents Reports can be filed through the online platform via email or micro blogs like Twitter The initiative is part of the Support Fund for Electoral Observation an alliance between the UN Development Programme UNDP and Mexico s electoral institute and tribunal working closely with civil society organizations The Fund helps finance and train observers and monitoring organizations to enhance their abilities to diagnose fraud with the ultimate goal of reinforcing the Mexican electoral system Mexico has a vibrant democracy largely because it is constantly refining its democratic processes and systems The information generated by citizens who report offenses through this platform will be used to refine the next electoral process explained Maria del Carmen Sacasa UNDP Mexico s acting Resident Representative The platform for irregularity reporting is connected to a special electoral attorney general office where prosecutors investigate and verify reports on incidents When criteria for electoral offenses are met legal action is pursued For the first time in addition to supporting the new online platform the

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    Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs MOMRA and Ministry of Communications and Information Technology will jointly set up a comprehensive electronic system to provide municipal information and services The ministers of both Ministries have signed a memorandum of understanding MoU authorising the extension of Yesser the country s e government programme to include MOMRA Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Prince Mansour bin Miteb and Minister of Communications Information Technology Muhammad Jameel Mulla signed a memorandum of understanding MoU to set up a comprehensive e system that will provide municipal services and information The MoU authorises the e Government program Yesser to extend all efforts to the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs MOMRA in this project This will be a major step forward in implementing this e Government initiative in Saudi Arabia and for the adoption of the infrastructure and the regulatory provisions in conformity with the e Government Action Plan said Jameel Mulla Minister for Communications and Information Technologies He pointed out that Yesser within the framework of the MoU would provide MOMRA with consultants and infrastructure services to implement the municipal information system called Baladi MOMRA s vision on municipal information system seeks to provide accessible e

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    is coming out with an e learning package for authorised dealers in the foreign exchange category The package is being prepared in association with FEDAI Foreign Exchange Dealers Association of India The announcment was made by RBI General Manager Foreign Exchange Department P K Raut at an Assocham event held at the capital He added that in order to guide customers authorised dealers must be knowledge bases so far as

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    and enhancing efficiency of internal processes of the ULBs The solutions have already been deployed in a couple of states and Microsoft is spearheading the percolation of these solutions to all the states in the country with the help of its partners What are the challenges in working with the government Through its ambitious e government plans the Government of India over the years has undertaken various projects that meticulously work towards uplifting the local IT ecosystem and Microsoft will continue to collaborate with the government in the technological progress of the country However some of the challenges that we experience are during implementation For instance certain mandated operational systems can sometimes pose a technical barrier As is the case across all business enterprises limited transactional experience with buying of enhanced external ICT services procurement process sales cycles and price sensitivities are some of the other key concerns In addition highly skilled IT workers are inclined to work with IT software and services companies which pose the challenge of having the right ICT talent pool at all times What s heartening to know is that there are plans to build ICT capacity for government agencies as part of the NeGP The government in the long run plans to address the skills shortage in its 11th five year plan with focus on greater investment in establishing and putting together IT related courses The government is also working steadily at developing stable modern transportation systems enhanced power supply and reliable telecom and Internet networks across the country which will benefit industries across the board How has the slowdown affected IT market in India Economic slowdown is a reality that has brought numerous challenges However the current situation should also be viewed as an opportunity to initiate a meaningful dialogue with customers vis a vis optimal use of IT and how we can help them manage their costs efficiently With increased focus on cost control companies today are investing in solutions and processes that enhance productivity thereby ensuring cost effectiveness Companies today have reduced travel costs communication costs electricity costs etc Microsoft with its unique IT solutions is helping its customers sail through these testing times Rather than viewing the glass as half empty it is essential to view it otherwise The key to transform challenges to opportunities is to invest heavily in innovation which will in turn ensure consistent growth What is your take on the recession affecting costs i e do you think companies will be able to do cost cutting Economic slowdown is a fact and reality that has been established but things are definitely bound to change though the time period is uncertain It is this uncertainty that is urging organisations to control cut unnecessary costs We are seeing this translate into companies investing in solutions and processes that enable them to deliver immediate productivity and drive cost efficiencies For instance Reduced travel and communication costs cutting back on flight trips and hotel stays is one of the most

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    and feel insecure when using the web according to the results of a government survey Image credits FutureGov Japanese netizens fret about internet safety The survey published as part of the annual White Paper on Information and Communications in Japan found web users in Japan are worried about being online however the government said their worries are out of kilter with the actual risks they face Around 32 per cent of Japanese surveyed feel insecure with regard to their privacy online while a further 50 per cent said they feel relatively insecure On information security issues such as viruses and worms 32 per cent feel insecure and 51 per cent relatively insecure There s a difference between safety and a sense of security said Chigusa Saeki Deputy Director of the Ministry of Information and Communications economic office during a news briefing People feel unsafe but they use the internet anyway According to OECD Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development data Japanese citizens generally have more worries about safety in their offline lives than those in other countries The government is taking concrete steps to improve online safety said Saeki pointing to the Secure Japan initiative that seeks to strengthen information

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