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    in New Delhi Releasing the compendium on the community radio in India Varma said that looking at the focussed and intense discussions which happened during the Sammelan it was a privilege for him to inaugurate the Sammelan Varma said that after the government revised its policy and allowed the not for profit organisations to set up community radio stations today around 40 per cent of the community radio stations are run by NGOs Varma said that the movement of community radio in India is a collective initiative as the government provides a framework but it is the people who make community station a reality on the ground He also said that his Ministry is in the process of creating a single window clearance system for better facilitation of setting up a community radio station Varma also highlighted seven key factors which are crucial for the development of the community radio stations in India Human resource and capacity building is one of the most significant factor and host of organisations should get into this task of capacity building Varma said According to Varma reaching the unreached should be also a big priority and there was a need to do something about the imbalance of the number of community Radio Stations which exist in all the regions While Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have the largest number of community radio stations some areas like the North East have very little presence of the community Radio The more backward the area greater is the utility of the Community Radio Varma said Terming the community as the soul of the community radio station Varma exhorted the community radio stations to keep community as their focus Varma also underlined the role of the community radio stations in being instrumental in preserving the traditions Varma also impressed

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    The government will support setting up of more than 500 community radio stations across India during the 12 th Five Year Plan This was announced by India s Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari Rs 100 crore have been provided for the development of community radio in the country the minister said Speaking at the 3rd National Community Radio Sammelan in New Delhi Tiwari said that the government was mulling complete waiver of annual spectrum fee of community radio operators Talking about the role that could be played by community radio in future the minister said that the ability of people to put up their lives in public has gone up exponentially in the present times While we have empowered people technology has given us an opportunity to become public with our private views Distributing community radio awards in various categories the minister said that the community radio stations have a vital role in addressing the local issues related to various communities at the grassroots level Talking on the issue of allowing news on community radio the minister said that the line between news and views is getting blurred with each passing day Many questions and issues need to be factored in before allowing the community radio stations to broadcast news content Complementing community radio movement for completing ten years in the country he said that this medium is very critical for giving platform to issues raised by the people at the grassroots level and to those who don t find their voice being heard at the higher levels Community radio has the power to influence the mainstream discourse on various issues both at the local and the national level Tiwari said The minister also distributed National Community Awards 2013 to various community radio stations for their outstanding achievements in

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    people covered by the community radio stations The workshop also demonstrated the process to extract content from resource rich platforms of IDS like the Eldis and Bridge which host a range of documents resources and publications on a variety of subjects While Eldis has content on health education agriculture climate change and nutrition Eldis has rich content on gender issues IDS with its innovative Application Programming Interface API service enables other organisations to pick use and share the info knowledge available on these resources OneWorld with the help of its Ek Duniya Web Services EDWS will support the interested community radio stations to use its plug ins to mine knowledge resources from Eldis and Bridge Data from these platforms is free to use Sonia Chopra from the community radio Alfaz e Mewat in Haryana disclosed that her station spends around 2 3 hours daily for doing content research She said that introduction to knowledge platforms by IDS would help them in collating content for our programmes in an efficient way Our radio caters to farmers and we need a daily dose of information to be disseminated to our listeners who are mostly farmers Chopra said Dr Devendrappa S programme officer from Krishi Community Radio Station KCRS Karnataka said that while the Web serves as a good platform for content research Internet connectivity is a big hurdle in its usage especially in the rural areas Seema Bharti Srivastava station manager of Voice of Azamgarh Uttar Pradesh said that her radio works in a communally sensitive area and therefore the station encourages programmes helpful in promoting communal harmony and brotherhood in the area We focus on programmes related to problems of adolescent girls like the menstrual hygiene and help the women to break silence on such issues Collating viable content for these

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    websites and resources Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info 3G based crime buster solution for NIA 08 July 2012 A Technopark based mobile value added services provider will now assist the National Investigation Agency NIA to track down crimes across distances in India MobME Wireless has developed an advanced 3G based security solution a mobile based crime and incident reporting platform MCIRP for the NIA MCIRP is funded by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research DSIR and is exclusive to NIA for tackling crimes and prevent acts of terrorism The prototype based on 2G was first developed for the Kochi City Police for crime and accident reporting The platform was scaled up using advance technology and encompassing 3G technology to develop an indigenous platform to cater to the specific needs of NIA This is expected to change the way in which officers have struggled with walkie talkies to communicate the gravity of an emerging situation to the control room Built using the MobShare technology MCIRP will allow personnel take pictures video and audio recordings and text content from the scene along with geo location tagging The pre

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    Image credits Nagara Gopal People queue up for registration at a special booth set up for the UID of India project in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh Extensive consultations with various stake holders Union State governments public sector units industry and civil society organisations have already been held Memorandums of Understanding MoU with Andhra Pradesh Madhya Pradesh Karnataka and Union territory of Andaman and Nicobar have been signed and more states have expressed their interest in having similar MoUs The pilot projects will begin by August this year and first issue of the identity numbers may happen before February next year said Deputy Director of UIDAI B B Nanawati here on Monday He was speaking at a Unique Identity workshop organised by the French Embassy along with Smart Card Forum of India SCAFI and prominent French companies in the smart card industry Nanawati said that the residents from any part of the country can be the first beneficiaries of the project We have identified all the components of the project Some are in their advanced stages The different tracks in the field of application data centre hardware and registrar has to be converged together he said On the question of aspects of national security Nanawati said that high level authentication at various levels might be linked with the security requirements He rejected the fears of data misuse by saying that the authority will not share its collected data with any agency Sharing the country s expectations from the project he said that non identity of the poor was the highest barrier which prevents them from accessing benefits and services provided by the government No smart cards from UIDAI Nanawati also made it clear that the identification authority as of now has no plans to issue any sort of smart cards

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    and Android New Delhi Sesame Workshop the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street has launched Big Bird s Words a new app where children are guided to search for and find new words in their environment making vocabulary building a fun and interactive experience Big Bird s Word o Scope enables children to use a smartphone as a digital eye into their real world environments to find identify and learn about words bringing a deeper understanding of what these words mean by exposing children to them in familiar contexts Children in India will be thrilled not only to hear the voice of their favorite feathered friend in Big Bird s Words but they ll also be exploring healthy food words such as milk and orange with the furry blue Cookie Monster The app recognizes 1 500 words and verbally recognizes 500 of those by name and is available in India on both iOS and Android Sesame Workshop researched the impact of the app on measurable learning outcomes and among the findings was that preschoolers who were exposed to Big Bird s Words had a 40 increase in their ability to identify the target words 1 Big Bird s Words helps children develop a deeper understanding and context for the words in their environment said Scott Chambers Senior Vice President Worldwide Media Distribution at Sesame Workshop Innovative digital experiences like augmented reality can help support and enhance learning for children Our mobile modules led by our much loved GalliGalliSimSimMuppets have been playing a stellar role in becoming an agent of education for all Indian children said Sashwati Banerjee Managing Director Sesame Workshop India With Big Bird s Words also being available in India it opens another huge world for children across India who can get excited about learning to recognize and

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    with the Andhra Pradesh government in providing shared computing for rural students MS Andhra Pradesh government being very forward looking had an ambitious plan to bring computer access into 5 000 government schools to benefit 1 8 million underprivileged children Given limited funding the government of Andhra Pradesh sought the most cost effective way to provide computing access to these schools They needed a low cost solution that would also save them in long term operational and maintenance expenses Government of Andhra Pradesh after serious evaluation chose to implement the NComputing solution to utilise the PC capacity by sharing the resources PC power of 2 complete PC s with 8 additional computing stations without compromising on the their performance Besides the cost of the equipment another key issue was access to power Because the NComputing solution uses just 1 watt of power the government purchased smaller less expensive generators to run the computer labs and they will save money long term on the fuel needed to operate them DL Environmental concerns have taken precedence in the modern day world and key policymakers have been extensively engaged in conservation drives In this context we would like to know more about Green Computing MS There are over a billion personal computers around the world A typical PC uses over 110 watts of electricity and generates 10 kg of e waste at the end of its short 3 5 year life The overall impact is a massive output of greenhouse gases and hundreds of tons of toxic e waste Green computing will not succeed until PCs are more efficiently utilised NComputing s virtual desktop technology enables a single PC to be shared by as many as 30 users These 70 virtual desktops use just 1 watt of electricity weigh 100 grams and have

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    three in Cuddalore and Karaikal respectively The villagers in these 20 coastal hamlets are being provided information and knowledge that enrich their day to day life Besides routine information alert messages are flashed in case there is a possibility of imminent disaster It was a pioneering effort by PMSSS to take technology to people in the area that bore the brunt of tsunami five years ago The setup is designed to make announcements through Public Address PA system thrice a day on weather wave heights wind speed potential areas where fish could be found and the daily market price of fish This information is also displayed on boards in each of these villages However the reach of PA system is limited to one kilometer This limitation too was overcome by the never dying spirit of those at the helm of PMSSS Community radio for better living The society tied up with the Pondicherry station of All India Radio to air Pudhu Yugam Padaipom Let us strive for a new dawn a programme targeting the fishing folk This communication mode was thought of on the request of fishermen to know the weather conditions while in deep sea In collaboration with AIR Puducherry another special programme Information for Rural Folk is also broadcast thrice daily PMSSS has its own well equipped studio to record programmes on weather forecast an Automated Weather Station AWS has also been established at PMSSS Headquarters wave height community based disaster preparedness Right to Information Act child rights women empowerment child trafficking and other community based valuable information Training and disaster preparedness The rural community including women from Self Help Groups and youth eagerly participates in the programmes with lot of resources They are trained to conduct the programme which are recorded in their own voice and broadcast through AIR Puducherry Station The Hyderabad based Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services INCOIS of the Ministry of Earth Sciences and the Chennai based Indian Meteorological Department provide information on weather forecast and wave height A digital display system has been set up at PMSSS Headquarters in Puducherry with the help of ISRO that provides all details relating to ocean to the fisher folk This NGO has also deployed its own Wave Rider Buoy at Bay of Bengal Chinnaveerampattinam Puducherry in 2007 Latitude 11052 442 N Longitude 79050 573 E to measure the wave height for the safety of the fishermen of these villages NASSCOM National Association of Software Services Companies has also chipped in to provide e literacy and adult education in these villages through these 20 Village Knowledge Centres besides computer education to those desirous of learning E education is provided through BSNL s broadband service for 10th and 12th standard students Such a facility is also provided through the private TV channel Rainbow in Puducherry Survival needs Another cost effective ICT facility E medicine has also been established to provide quality health medical care to the rural people through a tie up with Pondicherry Institute of

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