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    be a national level common repository of productized allocations components that can be re used by various government agencies The Indian government today launched the e government application store appstore to accelerate delivery of e services It will be a National level common repository of productized allocations components that can be re used by various government agencies Core and common applications that have high demand and are replicable across the

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/india-launches-e-gov-app-store-for-speedy-delivery-of-e-services/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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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 Low internet penetration questions achievement of MDGs in Angola 13 June 2013 Angola in comparison to other countries in southern Africa has continued lower levels of internet access The Media Institute of Southern Africa s MISA Angola Chapter recently took part in a high level panel discussion aimed at analysing the media situation Angola The discussion panel organised by the NGO Forum of the European Union noted that despite the investment by the Executive of the Angolan government and stakeholders the country in comparison to other countries in southern Africa has continued lower levels of internet access The discussion panel which was held at the hall of the Open Society in Luanda on 8th June 2013 was comprised of representatives from civil society organisations CSOs working with multimedia tools The CSOs discussed the state of Internet penetration and access in Angola based on statistics that were provided by the World Bank which showed that the country only has 3 2 Internet penetration This means that out of a population of 19 62 million the total number of Internet users

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    policy briefing Health on the move Can mobile phones save lives shares the learnings of our large scale mHealth solutions in India and is intended for those who are either using or considering using mobiles to achieve bold health outcomes With its emphasis on designing for scale and sustainability we hope that policy makers governments donor organisations NGOs telecom companies and technologists will find it a useful complement to this nascent yet rapidly developing field Although there is a proliferation of mobile health mHealth projects in the developing world most succumb to Pilot itis the inability to scale The policy briefing reveals that in order to sustainably scale mHealth innovations it is crucial to place the user at the centre of the design process adopt appropriate technology and forge strategic and mutually beneficial public private partnerships based on a sound business model The ability to move beyond pilot itis relies on the use of appropriate technologies appropriate partners and appropriate business models which are based on ground realities It is a balancing act between using existing technologies that can save lives today versus waiting for super technologies that will become ubiquitous in the future said Siddhartha Swarup Director Family Health Programs BBC Media Action India The policy briefing draws on BBC Media Action s direct experience in Bihar a state where 83 of women have access to mobile phones but only 9 have ever sent an SMS Recognizing limitations faced by mobile phone users in Bihar such as low literacy rates BBC Media Action has used Interactive Voice Response IVR to make audio content accessible from any mobile phone via a simple voice call BBC Media Action developed mHealth services Mobile Academy and Mobile Kunji to equip and train community health workers to communicate life saving maternal and child health

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    a time consuming process The online payment gateway will also allow people who have moved out of the city to make their payments in a timely manner from the comfort of their homes or offices Similar arrangements are being planned with other municipal councils across the state HDFC Bank has been appointed by MMC to implement the online payment solution For this initiative TimesofMoney is the channel partner to develop the software for the payment gateway and to integrate various banks netbanking platforms with HDFC Bank s payment gateway and National Informatics Centre NIC is the nodal government agency handling IT requirements Commenting on the association with HDFC Bank Mr Francis D Souza Deputy CM and Urban Development minister Govt of Goa said This initiative will help fast track payments of house tax and reduce the outstanding dues that have not been paid on account of the inability of the tax payer to physically make the payment This is a significant step in the evolution of payment of government taxes in the state Speaking on the occasion Jorge Bravo D Costa Circle Head HDFC Bank said The Margao Municipal Council has achieved a unique distinction by becoming the first in the state to enable electronic payment of government tax At HDFC Bank we feel privileged to be chosen as a partner to implement this initiative The Bank offers a full range of products and services to meet the needs of every customer in Goa through multiple channels Today we are reaching out to even more people in the state and making a difference in their lives by offering them increased convenience and flexibility to pay government taxes Speaking at the launch Avijit Nanda CEO TimesofMoney said With DirecPay we offer a one stop solution with over 100 payment options including

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    free and transparent disbursement of pro poor funds for the scheduled caste population Related topics regions Governance Poverty Welfare eGovernance to cover all commercial activity in India The MCA21 project will foray seamless eGovernance practices that promise to improve interaction between the government and business while optimizing revenue Related topics regions Digital India IT HDFC Bank launches e payment facility for Margao Municipal Council The e payment facility would be the first of its kind initiative in Goa to enable quick and easy payment of house tax Related topics regions South Asia India E Governance Digital China launches anti corruption hotline The new 24 hour hotline will promote monitoring of the government administration and help the public to report corruption cases both on phone and through the Related topics regions Corruption and transparency ICTs E Governance e district to be launched in India A new e governance programme that aims to automate citizen services at the district level will be launched early next year in India Enabling better state Related topics regions Information India E Governance Reforms Adobe project in India to deliver timely govt services Adobe project helps reduce essential government services time from days to minutes for millions of villagers in India Related topics regions India Digital South Asia Hi tech hopes for Bangladesh s landless poor Bangladesh is reforming its land laws and creating electronic ownership records Going digital is part of the government s bid to reach developed country Related topics regions ICTs E Governance Dubai promotes ICT in push to save energy The Government of UAE is undertaking its largest and longest ever campaign to promote the use of modern information and communications technology that will Related topics regions ICTs E Governance India s traffic dept embarks on e records drive 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 Related topics regions Information ICTs E Governance Indian PM reviews National e Governance Plan The Indian Prime Minister s Committee desired that a National e Governance Academy should be established as a national institution Related topics regions India Internet Governance South Asia E platform boosts transparency in Mexico elections An online platform called Electoral Observation has been set up by UNDP and Mexico s electoral institute to help citizens and organisations keep track of Related topics regions Corruption and transparency ICTs E Governance Internet Saudi Arabia to provide e municipal services Saudi Arabia s Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs MOMRA and Ministry of Communications and Information Technology will jointly set up a comprehensive Related topics regions Technology E Governance RBI to introduce e learning package for forex dealers The Reserve Bank of India RBI is coming out with an e learning package for authorised dealers in the foreign exchange category Related topics regions Development ICTs E Governance Green Standards Week to advance smart sustainable cities Cities are the hubs of but urbanization can have adverse effects on the

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    initiative of the Deccan Development Society is helping marginalised women in southern India articulate their concerns and single handedly produce radio shows Exclusively operated by dalit women it focuses on various economic social and ecological issues Here s an inspiring story to counter any Monday malaise you might be feeling Image credits Mint Dalit women have an autonomous forum to express themselves There s a community radio station in Andhra Pradesh called Sangam Radio that is owned managed and operated exclusively by Dalit women the Dalits are rural communities that have historically been marginalized The station broadcast everyday from 7 9 PM on 90 4 FM is an initiative of the Deccan Development Society DDS a non profit that focuses on food security ecological agriculture and alternate education The aim to give Dalit women an autonomous forum to express themselves and articulate the issues that they face as a marginalized group Major themes include agriculture women s health utilization of natural resources and education If they can t use literacy to deal with the outside world we must give them other tools That s how we honed in on video and radio explains PV Satheesh the director of the Deccan

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/india-an-all-dalit-women-radio-station/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    year New Delhi Mozilla the world s second largest Internet browser firm is all set to release its Firefox web browser Fennec for mobile phones next year in order to compete with existing rivals including Opera Mini Safari Chrome Nokia Netfront and Internet Explorer for mobile The war for browser market share is set to be shifted to the mobile market experts say Globally on the mobile front Opera commands the largest market share about 26 followed by Safari 22 Nokia web browser 19 and iTouch 10 Other web browsers which may face competition from Fennec will be Netfront Android Blackberry and Sony PSP However on desktops Mozilla s Firefox browser commands a global market share of about 25 Internet Explorer commands a majority share of almost 63 while Safari has a market share of about 5 In India however Opera is the clear leader on the mobile with a market share of 63 followed by Nokia at 26 The statistics may change next year as Firefox launches Fennec On the desktop side Firefox has already captured a market share of 30 in India after Microsoft s Internet explorer which has a market share of 50 Indian market is also quick to adopt new technologies It s evident from the fact that relatively new Chrome already has a share of about 11 in India compared to 5 globally Firefox mobile is expected to be available for most open environments like Android Nokia s Maemo Symbian and Microsoft s Windows Mobile Apple s Safari for iPhones will however be in safe territory as Fennec may not be available on iPhone Fennec is expected to include touchscreen support pop up blockers with a tab browsing interface Mozilla s Fennec may also be available for desktops based on Windows and Linux but the

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    women may not have this one aptitude but they do have other great communication skills To prove this his organisation DDS which assists marginalised and small farmers to continue sustainable farming and helps them form sanghams collectives began training sangham women as videographers giving them the tools to record their own lives and cultures and that of their communities Language of the lens Ten years on not only are these women skilled chroniclers of events they even train women like themselves in other countries on how to use the camera as a social welfare tool With the help of the camera they have learned to engage with the world says Satheesh Lakshmamma 42 of Humnapur village is a mother of two She was one of the three women videographers at a recent small farmers jury hearing at a farm on Bengaluru s outskirts that deliberated on ways of democratising the governance of food systems and farming in India and other Asian countries such as Nepal Sri Lanka Iran and Indonesia On her two acres of land Lakshmamma has learnt to grow as many as 15 different crops every year greens and red gram included But that is not all that she has learnt in her 15 year association with DDS During one of the seed sovereignty meetings in her sangham she picked up the camera During the initial four days a month training sessions for a year the women were taught how to handle cameras edit choose themes and film their community efforts They were also taught how to preserve seeds conserve water make organic fertiliser vermicompost how to rear local cattle engage in multi cropping and so on Women feel shy to open up before strangers but if Lakshmamma goes with a camera to them they will talk tell their sorrows and joys explained Lakshmamma The camera gives them a unique language says Suresh Challa Joint Director Projects DDS Literacy is a very sensitive issue with these women They know they lack literacy but are not to be defeated by the lack of reading skills Ask any of them and they will tell you they can read all about life this way he elaborates You can read only if what is written is in the language you know You cannot read anything else But everyone can see my film It does not need any language A woman in Peru can see the film and understand how Narsamma collects and saves her seeds every year and helps the land save its biodiversity says Chinna Narsamma of Pastapur Punyamma from Zaheerabad says Many people are not convinced about joining the sangham If we make a film about the sangham about all the work done women see the film and understand how they will not be all alone that there will be someone to help always It is easier to convince people to join the collective through a film The women have learnt to make a biodiversity register and this too is

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