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    of India s national capital that will provide short range accurate weather forecast in a nearly 500 kms radius The data collected is expected to reach people by the third week of February New Delhi North India s first Doppler radar will come up in a village near Delhi airport and the work for the installation of this accurate weather prediction machine will begin later this week Image credits Delhi Hotels The weather conditions of Delhi are quite varied with scorching summers and chilling dry winters The radar which has been procured from Beijing Metstar Radar Company will be installed at a height of 16 metres on the top of a building in Shahabad Mohammadpur village in Palam area of the Indira Gandhi International Airport The radar which is at a height of 16 metres will provide short range accurate weather prediction in a nearly 500 km radius Beijing Metstar Deputy General Manager Fred Brenner said This will provide short range prediction We can predict weather conditions even two hours before it happens The prediction will be focused he said There are at least six foreign engineers including two from China who will help the installation reported IANS The data

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    of building 2 50 000 gram panchayats as Wifi hotspots that will generate demand local language applications and will bring disruptive level change in the way local entrepreneurship will drive adoption of broadband Speaking at the CII Broadband Summit 2014 Secretary Telecom recognized the challenges in Broadband adoption specifically in rural areas He invited industry to suggest and participate in developing the right models to fully leverage the NOFN infrastructure He also suggested that the dated Indian Telegraph Act of 1875 needs to be replaced by a fresh Act to recognize the current and future developments in technology and telecom On CII request of reduction of spectrum usage charges he hinted at a gradual reduction of the spectrum charges over next few years He said that auction is one of the way of acquiring spectrum N Ravi Shankar Special Secretary and Administrator USO Fund DoT CMD Bharat Broadband Network Ltd BBNL said that the speed thrills but absence of speed kills the drive in case of broadband adoption He added that connecting societies in rural areas will require partnership at public private and panchayat level Kiran Karnik Chairman CII National Committee on Telecom Broadband was forthright in his assessment of challenges facing industry and broadband growth One of the key issues highlighted by Karnik was high taxes and huge debt burden of the industry According to Karnik this has limited the telecom industry s ability to invest in infrastructure He added that viable and sustainable business models need to be developed for real broadband reach Building on the need for infrastructure Dr Nikolai Dobberstein Senior Partner A T Kearney added that model of 80 of operator investments being directed at acquiring spectrum rather than building infrastructure is not sustainable and it should be the other way round M F Farooqui

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    them with NGOs research institutions and government for mutual learning and action India Water Portal has launched its latest offering Schools Water Portal an unique platform for teachers and educators students and parents principals and school management to share learning resources on water Image credits India Water Portal Workshop to acquaint teachers with the portal Water as a theme spans almost all subjects in the curriculum sciences social sciences geography language and environmental education To make learning about water fun the portal has used several colourful presentations plays debate topics quizzes poems and jingles all with water as the focal theme The new Teacher Section can be used by teachers to enliven the class or ease an otherwise difficult topic Also the Student s Page can make studying appealing They can find or search information for project ideas watch videos of student projects The Principals Corner can be used for proactive school management interested in conducting a water audit or implementing a rainwater harvesting system in their schools The essence of The Schools Water Portal is sharing A wide range of partners including educators research institutes government and non government bodies writers and artists have contributed to the portal Earlier

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    had gone over to the Maoists Language divide There are no tribal journalists in the mainstream media in Chhattisgarh The number of journalists who speak any of the tribal languages are very few The major media in the state are owned by people with interests in coal power and steel That shapes how they report the public hearings that are frequently held on locating projects in a particular area The owner writer reader they are all on the same side of this war Radio is the ideal medium for a state with a population scattered across a forested interior but All India Radio has no news service in a tribal language The Maoists on the contrary bring out their books and leaflets in Gondi So how does the government of the day get to hear from a forested belt where the language spoken is not that of the newspapers or TV channels or their reporters Where no newspapers reach and people have no way to draw attention to the fact that precious little development is reaching either How do you bring them into a news net when they are many many walking miles away from any stringer or reporter With not just appropriate technology but an appropriate medium And the only medium with 50 per cent reach in this state is the mobile phone Even poor tribals are now buying them with plans that offer a lifetime of free incoming calls How do you democratise journalism By getting people to give their own news even if the only language they speak is Gondi or Kuruk By designing a telephone news service with moderators who will both vet incoming stories and translate them into Hindi So in February this year C G Swara went into operation Choudhury s pet project evolved with help from Microsoft and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT Swara is essentially a citizen journalism platform using voice xml technology which links a website to many phone lines Jittery government Today the moderator after listening and translating decides whether the message is worth releasing or not At the moment on an average they release one in three messages The state in Chhattisgarh given its current state of emergency is not in a mood for new fangled communication innovations Swara simply feeds into the paranoia of the police officials here But a government willing to listen will have found a way of knowing the truth about what really goes on in the name of schools a public distribution system public hearings of intended projects NREGA wages the quality of village water and much else Here is a sampling of small news items on the Chhattisgarh net CG Swara website Kushal on no results for class 5 and 8 Irregularity in PDS in Toynar Bijapur Kamlesh on 40 haija deaths in Basaguda Live report from public hearing in Dharmajaigarh NREGA workers not paid from 6 months Only teacher on census duty children roam around Mongra dam affected are paying bribes

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    successful IT careers This effort will combine ICTACT s I Mentor program a school college mentoring program to nurture teachers and students in schools and colleges across Tamil Nadu and the Oracle Academy s Java Fundamentals curriculum and Getting Started with Java Using Alice workshops to help foster student knowledge and interest in computer science engineering and technology The I Mentor program is designed to encourage students to go beyond ordinary school activities and build an aptitude to pursue IT industry jobs The program seeks to strengthen interpersonal relationships among students teachers peers and academicians Students and faculty in the I Mentor program will be able to participate in training activities have access to free downloadable software and curriculum take part in school level and regional level student quizzes and competitions as well as project showcases and participate in career guidance and counseling programs The initial rollout will include the selection of 25 mentor engineering colleges Oracle Academy members to guide 75 schools during 2012 The Oracle Academy announced their new Java curriculum earlier this year as part of Oracle s longstanding commitment to supporting education that helps students graduate with industry relevant skills that prepare them for 21st century careers Java is one of the world s most popular computing platforms it is used by more than 9 million developers and powers more than 3 billion devices As the steward of Java Oracle is committed both to the investment in Java technology and in creative ways to educate a new generation about Java and the opportunities it brings The Oracle Academy helps 1 9 million students in 97 countries including 150 099 students from 441 educational institutions across India gain industry relevant skills prior to entering the workplace We have been working toward improving the quality of the talent

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    and resources Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Vedanta and Odisha Govt sign MoU for e Shiksha 27 November 2012 OneWorld South Asia Over 2 00 000 students in the eastern Indian state of Odisha will be introduced to ICT enabled quality education due to this collaborative project between Vedanta and Government of Odisha Over two lakh students studying in government run schools in Odisha s tribal dominated districts will soon be introduced to ICT enabled quality education with support from the Vedanta Foundation The new MoU signed between the Vedanta Foundation the CSR arm of Vedanta and the Odisha government have come together to provide hardware as well as software solutions like light emitting diode LED Pico projectors with memory and battery backups and traditional textbook based educational software as well as e Content based course curriculum in the local language Odia The foundation will also provide training to teachers on how to use the material The support will be provided to the children under the Foundation s E Shiksha programme an official said The agreement was signed between Ravi Krishnan CEO of the Vedanta Foundation and

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    languages too Quillpad which has been in operation since 2006 essentially works on the concept of machine learning wherein the computer deciphers the rules and language patterns from the corpus of words collected from the Internet similar to how the human mind applies intelligence when reading words There is no ambiguity or confusion here regarding how Indian words are pronounced assures Ram Prakash Co Founder and CEO Tachyon Technologies When the user types a string the machine automatically decodes the phonetics of the word in that particular language using a statistical mechanism and gives out the right result Google initiative Realising the potential of transliteration technology as a communication tool in a world where almost every literate person is familiar with the English letter set Google in 2007 came out with its own transliteration tool called Googleindic The scope of this technology is indeed huge It could open up a whole new world for those who want to communicate and express themselves in the local language especially on the mobile phone It is wrong for us to assume that those who know English would want to communicate to their friends and family only in English says Prakash And there are a lot of people today who don t use messaging service at all because it s in English Or they send SMSes in Kannada using English letters It s very difficult to read at the other end unless you know the context The human brain is trained to read English words correctly even if the letters are garbled as long as the first and last letters are intact That s because the brain is familiar with the words But you can t read a local language with ease if written using English letters because you are not familiar with those

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    be people who would try to hack on it Some are impenetrable some are not We will have to design it as good as possible We can certainly create checks and balances The important thing is is the risk of hacking and privacy large enough not to do this project The project had so many significant benefits for the poor in making it inclusive and in giving them a chance to participate in the country s progress that it was worth it he said We have to mitigate those risks We are not keeping any profiling attributes in our database Asked about the system which in the wrong hands could be a powerful tool for religious or caste profiling he said We are not keeping any profiling attributes in our database On the issue of technology Nilekani said There is no question that this is a project where we are going into uncharted territories the technological challenges are immense and one of the risks of this project is technology However the inclusivity that this project would provide for the 700 million people in this country who were outside the system was immense enough to justify doing it he said When pointed that the national insurance in Britain which Nilekani compared the UID to had been around and developing slowly but didn t have details that could lead to an invasion of privacy or be misused for profiling he said These are legitimate concerns and I think we have to address them in the public as well as in the laws and so on Unprecedented However he said there was no other country in the world where a billion peoples biometrics were captured and stored in an online database In that sense it has not been done before We don t have to invent the technology but we have to scale up the existing technology to work at this scale It s not a reinvention but a scaling up Asked whether the project s cost estimated to be around Rs 1 5 lakh crore by the Frontline magazine was justified based on London School of Economics analysis of a similar venture mulled over by the British government projected to be between 10 billion and 20 billion Nilekani said the cost won t be as high as the figures being talked about I don t agree with that estimate I don t know what the exact figure is but it is much less than that by a factor of 10 he said It was a guess but it was an informed and educated guess he said We don t know what the cost will be but I am very confident that whatever the cost is the social economic and efficiency benefits of it would make it well worth it Asked if the money to be spent on the project could be better used for education health for women and children and sanitation programmes he said the investment in this project would actually

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