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    discussion with economic thinkers from all over the world on the current global economic situation and prospects for advanced and developing economies including India More and more organisations are establishing their presence on the social websites like the Facebook Twitter and the YouTube World Bank s Facebook page http www facebook com WorldBankIndia comes close on the heels of the launch of a Facebook page on community radio by India

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    Agreement for establishing maintaining and operating a Community Radio Station with Mannvikas Samajik Sanstha at Mhaswad in the state of Maharashtra Regular transmission from the station has begun from 26th January 2009 The community radio station will serve to establish an agriculture related knowledge ICT network and knowledge delivery mechanism through community radio as an effective tool It will help in capacity building of the community based organizations in the use of audio tools as a means for social economic empowerment in addition to laying special emphasis on the themes that support the poor and marginalized members of the local community in improving social conditions quality of their cultural life Mannvikas Samajik Sanstha in Mhaswad in the Satara district in Maharashtra is a Non Profit Non Governmental Organisation NGO established in 1994 with a vision to improve the lives of rural women and their families by the participation of the local community in the construction of roads water tanks housing structures and educational facilities It also carries literacy campaigns anti dowry anti liquor family planning and conservation of the environment campaigns Mann and Kahtao Tehsils of Satara are drought prone areas of Maharashtra where per capita income is lower than

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    led by Australian Professor Christopher Moseley has prepared a unique interactive and digital language Atlas to be released on the eve of International Mother Language Day on February 21 The new edition of the Unesco Atlas of the World s Languages in Danger of Disappearing aims to answer questions like Why do languages disappear Which parts of the world are most affected What can be done to save them The

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    nations and between private companies and countries The Technology Exchange Forum TEF was announced this month 10 April by the Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation COMSTECH of the 57 country Organization of the Islamic conference OIC Image credits Flickr kaibara87 TEF will help research institutions offer homegrown technologies in fields such as biotechnology TEF will help companies research institutions and scientists within the OIC member states who are willing to offer homegrown technologies in the fields of engineering pharmaceuticals medicine agriculture biotechnology agro food and energy to transfer them to other OIC countries The terms of technology transfer will be mutually acceptable to both parties and could include sharing royalties or setting up joint venture partnerships Countries seeking specific technologies can also contact other member states with requests via the COMSTECH secretariat who will help parties negotiate the terms of agreement COMSTECH are currently collecting information about available and requested technologies which will be put online Atta ur Rahman UNESCO Science Laureate and Coordinator General of COMSTECH told SciDev Net that future plans to enhance technology investment in Islamic countries will include the creation of an e library entitled Scientific ideas for investors Turn potential into profits which will list potential scientific ideas that could be translated into viable breakthrough products Other initiatives include an online directory where science based companies in OIC member states facing technical problems can seek assistance and an Ask the Experts service to help potential investors and the science based private sector to acquire adopt and upgrade technology A database for scientists of OIC member countries who are working abroad will also be set up for promoting technology transfer from advanced countries to the Islamic world Technology must concentrate on poverty reduction says Atta ur Rahman so researchers need to develop easily adaptable

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    that 199 languages have fewer than ten speakers and 178 others have 10 to 50 Among the languages that have recently become extinct it mentions Manx Isle of Man which died out in 1974 when Ned Maddrell fell forever silent Aasax Tanzania which disappeared in 1976 Ubykh Turkey in 1992 with the demise of Tevfik Esenç and Eyak Alaska United States of America in 2008 with the death of Marie Smith Jones Loss of knowledge As UNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura stressed The death of a language leads to the disappearance of many forms of intangible cultural heritage especially the invaluable heritage of traditions and oral expressions of the community that spoke it from poems and legends to proverbs and jokes The loss of languages is also detrimental to humanity s grasp of biodiversity as they transmit much knowledge about the nature and the universe The work carried out by the more than 30 linguists who worked together on the Atlas shows that the phenomenon of disappearing languages appears in every region and in very variable economic conditions In Sub Saharan Africa where approximately 2 000 languages are spoken nearly one third of the world total it is very probable that at least 10 of them will disappear in the next hundred years The Atlas furthermore establishes that India the United States Brazil Indonesia and Mexico countries that have great linguistic diversity are also those which have the greatest number of endangered languages In Australia 108 languages are in various degrees of danger In metropolitan France 26 languages are endangered 13 severely endangered eight definitely endangered and five unsafe However the situation presented in the Atlas is not universally alarming Thus Papua New Guinea the country which has the greatest linguistic diversity on the planet more than 800 languages are

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    To make information access easier for people who do not necessarily speak or read English the Water Community and Arghyam launched a new India Water Portal in Hindi in New Delhi yesterday Image Credits IWP India Water Portal in Hindi The portal marks a step taken ahead from the English version of the India Water Portal that was launched in January last year to harness the internet to share information and knowledge on good water management practices among practitioners and the general public With the Hindi launch the portal is now set to significantly widen its reach and cater to a much larger segment of society Speaking on the occasion Minister of State for Water Resources Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav lauded the effort to initiate the Hindi portal He also underlined the need to have similar portals in other regional languages that would cover more people across the country The need for water awareness was pertinent in the present day he mentioned citing examples of how traditional water structures and rivers are being destroyed It is important to revisit the time honoured knowledge repository present in the Indian culture to help save and conserve these water resources he added We should try to create as much awareness possible on water and for this we may need to have a nationwide campaign for water on the lines of the pulse polio and literacy campaigns he said The Water Portal comprises components like case studies water policy related documents films news on water and information on organisations working in the area There is also a kid s section The site has meteorological data of the last 100 years which stands to be very helpful for researchers in the field Another interactive feature is Ask a Query section wherein users will be able

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    anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Exploring learning technologies 12 May 2009 The Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning by George Siemens and Peter Tittenberger from the University of Manitoba has been designed as a resource tool for educators planning to incorporate technologies into their teaching and learning activities Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning Publisher University of Manitoba March 2009 The Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning HETL has been developed for a workshop delivered to Athabasca University faculty and reflects several years work at the Learning Technologies Centre at the University of Manitoba Distance and online universities such as Athabasca are well positioned to play a bridging role between tradition and emergence in transforming higher education Universities that recognize the value of online learning and are able to get the model right will be well positioned to respond creatively to developing change pressures To extend the dialogue on the concepts expressed in the book and to ensure that the information is current a wiki has been set up to solicit feedback contributions reactions and present updates http ltc umanitoba ca etl The workbook also supports and leads into the Certificate in Emerging

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    and the poorest are likely to bear the brunt of this a conference has heard Addis Ababa In the opening statement at the First International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives ICADLA 1 held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia during 1 3 July Lalla Ben Barka Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa UNECA said that libraries and archives which could be crucial in Africa s economic and social development are accessible to only a few Image credits Flickr whiteafrican The rest of the continent is falling behind South Africa in terms of providing access to local knowledge Barka shared her concerns about a growing digital divide which she said may leave the poor more marginalised in the new global community Africa is still lagging behind in its acquisition and use of technologies such as printing presses computers and internet access to preserve and provide access to its own content she said Kimbo Mchombu a professor at the University of Namibia said at the conference that most African countries are falling behind South Africa Very few countries except South Africa had explored knowledge management he said Barka called for the formation of partnerships both inside and outside Africa to ensure access to local information and knowledge for the people and for this knowledge to be incorporated into Africa s development strategy to enhance economic and social development Libraries and archives through the ages have worked to bring together knowledge and information preserving what Africa has accomplished and providing the fertile soil for ideas They provide the opportunity to educate oneself to learn from others and also form new ideas of how to do things better or more effectively within our particular context said Barka Speaking on knowledge oriented development Abraham Azubuike chief librarian at UNECA told

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