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    producer Alam was speaking at an exploratory workshop on Science for Women s Health and Nutrition conducted by OneWorld in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology DST in New Delhi The workshop aimed at sensitising CR stations and other stakeholders about women s health and nutrition Alam said that community radio stations should avoid narration based programmes to a great extent It is a big challenge for the radio stations to make programmes interesting for the listeners Unfortunately even 99 per cent of the commercial FM radio stations working in cities do not have an idea about the right kind of programming he said Dr BP Singh Head of DST s National Council for Science Technology Communication NCSTC said that common people are not able to connect to science which is not understood by them He rued that most of the television news channels are indulging in one way bombardment of information He emphasised on the need for CR stations in the country to take the cause of the backward communities like the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Singh said that the best thing about community radio was that they have a reach of around 10 km and can serve people in the dialects best understood by them Through community radio we are addressing those sections which are already marginalised Singh said He also talked about various initiatives of his department including the Child Science Congress which according to him works from the taluk level to the national level Ujjwala Tirkey Scientist Department of Science and Technology said that her department has taken initiatives to dispel myths superstitions and misconceptions of the common people through the community radio She said that CR stations are helpful in improving awareness of women especially in the resource poor areas She said

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    consultation in Ahmedabad The Mayor of Ahmedabad Asit Vora stressed on the importance of communication for communities as well as the need to involve people in development He was speaking at the community radio consultation initiated by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting along with OneWorld Foundation India OWFI and SEWA to promote the community radio movement in the state Vora said that without the co operation of the community neither a government nor an organisation can bring about the benefits of development to the people He said that if a woman can abstain from tobacco after listening to a community radio station she can share those experiences with other people of her community and influence them This can set off a chain reaction among her community OneWorld is holding the workshop with help from local NGO Self Employed Women s Association SEWA which too runs its own community radio station Rudi no Radio Namrata Bali Director SEWA Academy spoke about how SEWA used communication as a tool for empowering women She said In the eighties we began with print communication then with video but we could not use the radio as there was no policy on community radio When the policy was finally made it took us two years to set up our radio station She wished that there were more workshops so that organizations did not have to take a long route to set up a community radio station K K Taneja from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting highlighted the role that the ministry has played in promoting the medium across the country He said that the ministry has issued a total of 418 permissions or letters of intent of which over 232 permissions have been issued so far He added that the number of CR stations

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    and communication technologies can be in driving economic growth However figures from ITU and its sister agencies like UNESCO and UNDP show a clear gender gap in access to technology We need to redress that imbalance to ensure that all people are empowered to take control of their own destinies through ICTs The new gender target was one decisive outcome of the first face to face meeting of the Broadband Commission Working Group on Gender which was launched in New York in 2012 by Geena Davis actor advocate and ITU s Special Envoy on Women and Girls Chaired by Helen Clark Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme UNDP the Working Group on Gender meeting attracted 69 Commissioners special representatives and guest experts making it the best attended Working Group of the Commission to date In a world where ICTs empower lack of equal opportunity for women and girls to access those technologies risks thwarting development progress said Clark If we can find ways to close the gender gap in ICT access we can not only help empower individual women and girls and their families but catalyze the kind of inclusive and sustainable development which benefits us all The gender group meeting which took place on Saturday 16 March featured presentations by a number of organizations leading projects in the gender and technology space including Changecorp GSMA Intel Telecentre org and ITU ITU s digital literacy partnership with Telecentre org has already trained over 625 000 women in basic digital skills and is well on track to meet its target of one million women trained by 2015 The meeting was followed by a Commission visit to Aldea Digital Digital Village a three day living lab showcasing the broadband networks services and applications at the heart of today s and tomorrow s world Today s full meeting of over 30 Commission members and their representatives endorsed the target proposed by the Gender Working Group requested that members of that group implement a project dashboard to track gender and technology initiatives worldwide and mandated the group to deliver its first set of outcomes to the next meeting of the Commission in September in New York Today s Commission meeting also saw in depth discussions on roadblocks to faster broadband deployment and potential solutions to impediments such as investment financing with the focus on innovative strategies to help countries accelerate progress towards achieving the ambitious broadband access targets set by the Commission in 2011 Highlights of the meeting included a presentation on digital accessibility by Axel Leblois Executive Director of G3ICT a presentation on the New Africa 2014 project by musician and Minister of Tourism of Senegal Youssou N dour and work on broadband related inputs to the B20 meeting later this year led by Carlos Slim Domit Chairman of the Board of Grupo Carso Today s Commission meeting also launched a new Task Group on the post 2015 development agenda and the future Sustainable Development Goals SDGs to be led by Ericsson

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    the country Featuring live interviews Related topics regions ICTs Mobile telephony impact on rural communities e agriculture s policy brief b i Mobile Telephony in Rural Areas i b discusses the use of mobiles in creating economic opportunities and strengthening Related topics regions Livelihoods UK s superfast broadband network by 2012 British Telecom has announced that the superfast fibre optic network will be completed by 2012 Olympic Games reaching up to 10 million homes 4 million of Related topics regions Wireless Technologies Radio stations to showcase multiple needs Under its Behaviour Change Communication programme UNICEF is offering technical and programmatic support in setting up community radio stations in districts Related topics regions Community Radio Picture stories Using photography as a tool young people in Bangladesh are narrating the beauty and tragedy of their lives Their collections exhibited and published in a Related topics regions Bangladesh Building change makers through community radio Radio Bundelkhand is engaging the local population in the central Indian hinterland to help them communicate educate and bring their issues to the fore and Related topics regions Community Radio Himalayan farmers NGOs launch e discussion The e discussion provides a unique platform for the farmers to dwell on various issues including businesses agriculture tourism and pilgrimage Related topics regions ICT New rules to curb SMS hate speech in Kenya New guidelines by Communications Commission of Kenya CCK will prohibit politicians from sending unsolicited campaign text messages Related topics regions Mobiles Addressing the digital divide UNCTAD s new report b i Information Economy Report 2009 i b highlights the limited access to broadband internet and its impact on economic opportunities Related topics regions Economy Transliteration service on your mobile A new technology will allow Indian mobile users to communicate and express themselves in their local languages The service being made available by Tachyon in Related topics regions India Delivering an extra message Specially developed open source software enables a South African project to send millions of targeted health messages to mobile phones users across the country Related topics regions Information Love is in the ear Inaugurated last year by Deutsche Welle a radio project called b i Learning by Ear i b is reaching into parts of Africa where computers are yet to be Related topics regions Community Radio Copenhagen 24 7 An interactive TV livestream launched i OneClimate net i has launched a new interactive TV channel that allows people across the world to watch the Copenhagen climate conference live on their Related topics regions Communications Rescue online for Haiti victims New media tools and social networking sites have come to play critical role in disaster relief and information dissemination in quake hit Haiti With satellite Related topics regions Disaster Management Studying the development impact of ICT b i Information and Communications for Development 2009 Extending Reach and Increasing Impact i b takes an in depth look at how ICT and particularly Related topics regions ICTs Self regulation lends credibility to community radio expert The community radio movement

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    technologies aiding HIV AIDS testing Mobile technologies are providing people in remote areas greater access to health information services and training HIV awareness and testing campaigns via Related topics regions United Nations Energy efficient mobile charger to go global An energy efficient charging solution for mobile phones has been approved by the International Telecommunication Union a specialised UN body It will allow Related topics regions Innovations New Yorkers connect to

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    SMS alert service for the farmers in the state to keep them abreast of new innovations in farming sector With this it has become the first state in the country to introduce such a service which also informs farmers about the status of their soil cards The government is committed to provide soil health cards SHC to all 15 28 lakh farmers families by March 2012 The message related to farming through SMS will be immediately delivered to all senior officers of the Government of India states officers and farmers on their mobiles in just one go Haryana Agriculture Director General Ashok Yadav said Haryana is using best practices in soil testing in the state In order to create awareness among the farmers Haryana government has started this unique SMS service he added In order to improve soil health and enhance productivity the Department of Agriculture has also introduced innovative steps to test the soil by using modern tools Due to intensive agriculture and use of highly imbalanced chemical fertilisers by farmers in the state agricultural land has deteriorated On the basis of soil tests farmers are recommended balanced use of fertilisers and this information will be spread through SMSs

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    advanced market information system of its kind in the world Determining which auction yard to take their produce to can be a tricky venture as an auction yard in one dzongkhag could offer a better deal than the other With the recent launch of mobile phone based market information system MIS in Gelephu farmers can be assured of finding the right place to sell their farm produce as this facility enables farmers to keep abreast of the latest market prices for farm produces like potatoes If a farmer can be given up to date market prices for his produce he or she is in a much better position to make arrangements with middlemen and to control the marketing of his products the agriculture minister Lyonpo Dr Pema Gyamtsho said If a farmer can t access this information he s at the mercy of middlemen who may exploit the situation and pay lower prices The new technology offered by B Mobile promises farmers across the country access to going market rates prices of vegetables in four languages Dzongkha Sharchopkha Lhotshamkha and English 24 7 The farmers can simply dial 2009 on their B mobile phone and press 1 for Dzongkha 2 for Sharchop 3 for English and 4 for Lhotsham The system will further allow them to dial 1 for Phuentsholing auction prices 2 for Samdrupjongkhar 3 for Gelephu 4 for Samtse and 5 for Thimphu The latest prices for each of the main commodities for that market will then be read out to the caller giving a range of low and high or average prices Around 80 of the farmers who send produce to market are able to receive the MIS signal said Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho Our pre launch test of the system showed that 87 of areas tested had

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    An e discussion forum launched on the website Partnering for rural prosperity will enable farmers from the flood prone regions to gear up for the unforeseen challenges The launch of the website is a precursor to a one day conference being held on August 29 in New Delhi The conference will put the spotlight on how to rebuild Uttarakhand through a focus on farmers small businesses agriculture tourism and pilgrimage The meet is being organised by a clutch of Indian and international organisations With a vision to improve preparedness in the wake of disasters like the recent floods in Uttarakhand and to explore the possibilities of rural prosperity OneWorld is organising a conference called Rebuilding Uttarakhand with Active Participation of all Stakeholders for strengthening resilience among its people as well as sustaining its economy culture and ecology It is a second conference in the series on Partnering for Rural Prosperity The e discussion Partnering for Rural Prosperity Rebuilding Uttarakhand with all Stakeholder s will input into the forthcoming one day conference There are four themes under the e discussion Uttarakhand Floods Lessons from the Disaster Sustainable Agriculture Exploring Possibilities for Rural Prosperity Farm to Fork Promoting Market Linkages with Value

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