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    saw For instance when we went to buy an umbrella which normally costed 5 dollars the shop sold it to us at a discounted rate of 3 dollars due to the cyclone warning The assistant explained to us how this was being done to encourage people to buy more umbrellas The communications system was so good and efficient as I was watched the coverage of the cyclone on TV and then when the live TV went off air people were advised to tune in through the radio Seeing this when I came back to India in November 1985 I decided to implement a similar disaster management programme on All India Radio Chennai It was during that time that a cyclone was getting formed in the Bay of Bengal On hearing the news I immediately asked the Duty officer to note down the ten commandments and asked the announcer to announce it a number of times that day Though the ensuing episode was a different effect of the ten commandments in India At the usual morning meetings one particular programme officer was furious about these announcements He said after listening to it he went to buy some batteries at Mylapore Chennai The batteries were being sold at an inflated price of Rs 4 from a previous Rs 2 the merchants answer to an increased demand due to the radio show Ironically the situation remains same after all these years This situation is still continuing in India even after 30 years of the said incident What struck me is how disaster management communication is lacking in India And to top it the disaster management authorities do little in terms of using radio for their use Another way radio can be used effectively is to cover and report on natural disasters A good

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    content technology and services offerings Both organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU to deliver Liqvid s unique bilingual EnglishEdge software through the HP Lab in Box network HP Lab in Box is a self sustainable and fully operational computer lab created in a shipping container Liqvid will be responsible for providing the relevant content conduct train the trainer programmes wherever required and extend its offering to all future HP Lab in Box projects Liqvid will also promote the cloud based HP LIFE e learning programme across its customer base that will help students and entrepreneurs learn IT and business skills This collaboration will increase awareness of this advanced collaboration and training programme to nearly 300 000 additional learners and provide access to HP LIFE e learning at all of Liqvid s study centres Liqvid s customers include IIT Delhi Jawaharlal Nehru University Educomp and British Council among others As part of its Vision 2020 plan the Government is looking to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio in schools to 30 per cent by 2020 Innovative technology solutions will play a vital role in enabling this increase in a cost effective and sustainable manner The tie up with HP is reflective

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    learning solutions in rural India Hewlett Packard HP and Liqvid e learning services collaborate in a unique model to help students and entrepreneurs in rural India Related topics regions HP India India digital literacy Intel to scale up efforts for digital literacy in India In India we will continue to scale our efforts under the National Digital Literacy Mission said Sandeep Aurora Director Marketing Intel South Asia Related topics regions

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    searches for information about infectious diseases could accurately predict outbreaks of that disease said senior author of the study Dr Wenbiao Hu from Queensland University of Technology Hu based at QUT s Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation said there was often a lag time of two weeks before traditional surveillance methods could detect an emerging infectious disease This is because traditional surveillance relies on the patient recognising the symptoms and seeking treatment before diagnosis along with the time taken for health professionals to alert authorities through their health networks Hu said In contrast digital surveillance can provide real time detection of epidemics he added The study found that by using digital surveillance through search engine algorithms such as Google Trends and Google Insights detecting the 2005 06 avian influenza outbreak Bird Flu would have been possible between one and two weeks earlier than official surveillance reports In another example a digital data collection network was found to be able to detect the SARS outbreak more than two months before the first publications by the World Health Organisation WHO he said Early detection means early warning and that can help reduce or contain an epidemic as well alert public health

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    through the ease speed and security by which these documents are now electronically issued managed and stored Adobe Systems Incorporated announced that over 18 000 Gram Panchayats across Gujarat have installed Adobe Acrobat for the electronic issue of vital citizen certificates and other official documents under the E Gram project After an extensive review process by the Gujarat Government Adobe s Acrobat software was selected for the E Gram project and deployed across more than 18 000 CSCs making this the largest Acrobat implementation in India to date Adobe also provided training live sessions and video on demand for most of the Village Computer Entrepreneurs to transition from the old paper based system to the digital era ushered in by the project The initiative of the Gujarat Government aims to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural Gujarat by providing citizens access to digital information for all government documentation At the grassroots level the process has removed the waiting period for various certificates documents and application forms to be issued from a few days or weeks to just a matter of few minutes It has also proved to be effective in the quick redressal of grievances that previously took a long time to resolve by providing immediate access to necessary documents and information In the future this initiative will be expanded to also provide commercial services to the state s rural communities Commenting on the initiative Umang Bedi managing director South Asia Adobe said Adobe has worked with governments and communities around the world to address citizens needs for more accessible responsive communications We believe the delivery of high quality services to rural areas can help India produce more inclusive and balanced growth This initiative is a strong statement of our vision towards achieving that reality We are very

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    already enshrined in the legal fabric and citizens can access this These are the two basic fundamental pillars that are in place in the region OWSA The Government of India started its own open data initiative What could be the possible challenges in the regular updating of this data TL This is a big challenge The management information systems that lead to the generation of this data have often not been automated themselves Therefore there is a significant time lag If you are collecting large information on paper especially for a country like India and then processing it you will only be able to put out data one year late Secondly the way this data will be organized You have data sets from the same ministry that will have different spellings of the same geographic place Therefore you cannot match one to the other especially when you get down to the finer level of towns and villages Technologically once you have a good system in a ministry having an API to direct you to the open government portal should be possible so that this information once uploaded on your server is replicated and uploaded on the open data side So technically that is possible OWSA When it comes to automating a process immediately a lot of subjectivity goes away and studies show a resistance to this removal of discretion How do you deal with a challenge like that TL The release of regular information to the public has several arguments for doing it One is a rights based argument particularly for data that is collected for them You spend millions on a census and don t tell the citizens what is on the information There are economic arguments as well In the case of Kenya public information uploaded online was

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    as a tool of communication will bridge the digital divide he said Unveiling the Community Radio Compendium 2014 on the inaugural day of the conference Julka said that Community Radio stations will serve as an important tool towards a positive change This compendium contains information on all the operational CR stations in the country and will be an excellent reference point for policy makers he said Highlighting the importance of innovation Julka said that it cannot happen without serious efforts Calling the operators for a collective responsibility he said that self regulation is panacea for transparency There is a need for deep engagement with stake holders sector experts and Community Radio operators he said The Indian government also asked the grassroots organizations to come forward and tap the potential of the Community Radio Supriya Sahu Joint Secretary Ministry of Information and Broadcasting regretted that many people are blocking the frequencies and not doing any serious work She said that there are163 community radio stations across the country reaching out to the unreached areas and catering to the marginalized communities She said that Community Radio stations are bringing a silent revolution in the country by working on various sectors including health and education Of these 163 stations 93 are managed by the educational institutions while 58 stations are managed by the NGOs Talking about the Community Radio Support Scheme CRSS Sahu said this new scheme will support radio stations for purchasing equipment Eighteen equipments have been shortlisted for the website by the technical committee The total allocation of Rs 100 crore for 5 years 18 3million has been cleared for the development of community radio Out of this around Rs 90 crore will be for the infrastructure development she said She said that government has seriously looked into the recommendations of

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    of the dowry system finds itself named among a list of prestigious Related topics regions South Asia On gender issues community radio should talk to men too Community radio station managers cross India believe that their stations have been successful in highlighting local issues of people in their regions Related topics regions South Asia Communication is vital for the development of people Communication tools like radio can be used for empowering women and enhancing the process of development said speakers at a community radio consultation in Related topics regions Community Radio Nemmadi Rural telecentre project in Karnataka Nemmadi telecentre project is a public private partnership model that has contributed immensely to enhance the delivery of all e governance services in the Related topics regions ICT Indian designer creates smartphone for the blind Sumit Dagar the brain behind this smartphone said that technology can help to bridge the gap between people with disabilities and the rest of the population Related topics regions Digital India mulls waiver of spectrum fee for community radio Spectrum is an expensive commodity which the community radio stations have to put to the best possible use said Uday Kumar Varma Secretary India s Ministry Related topics regions South Asia By itself ICT is not a magic wand Shashi Tharoor At a ministerial session at the South Asia Ministerial Forum all ministers from South Asian countries agreed that it takes effective policies to effectively Related topics regions ICT Cell phones can speed up malaria treatment study Mobile phones along with local knowledge and field support can help to ensure the effective diagnosis and treatment of malaria in remote rural areas Related topics regions ICT 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 ICT CRY s online campaign to highlight barriers to education Child Rights and You CRY an Indian NGO has launched Click Rights an online photography campaign to capture the barriers that keep children out of school Related topics regions Children Mobiles can promote financial inclusion President D B Byron Vielehr President International and Global Operations of Dun Bradstreet the 171 year old provider of business data and risk management services in Related topics regions Mobiles Mid day meal authority in an Indian state bags ICT award Through this award UNICEF recognizes the critical role that technology can play in developing and achieving the Millennium Development Goals Related topics regions ICT Harness ICT potential to improve quality of education Indian President The Indian President also asked the universities to boost rural enrolment in higher education by arranging courses designed for students Related topics regions ICT Mobile Industry is developmental in nature Vodafone India CEO Releasing its fourth annual sustainability report in New Delhi on Wednesday Vodafone India highlighted its social initiatives Related topics regions South Asia Bangladesh mulls to make computer education compulsory IT Business Incubator would be set up in public universities and scope

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