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  • ITC expects agri unit to post 20% growth

    ITC Ltd expects its agri businesses division to see a 20 per cent growth in 2005-06. According to S Sivakumar , CEO, the division’s turnover stood at Rs 2,000 crore last fiscal. Story found here. The company’s supply chain project e-...

    Source
    Business Standard
    Region
    South Asia
  • Consortium plans computer kiosks for rural India, by Eric Auchard

    Supporters of the project say they hope the Karnataka pilot will become a blueprint for setting up similar rural business centers in each village kiosk. Comat is working to digitize rural land records in stats across India. India has an estimated 147,000 rural villages. We see this as the ’rural services’ blueprint for populations in developing nations everywhere, Kish said. The consortium is one of several Indian projects seeking to tackle ...

    Source
    Reuters UK
    Region
    South Asia
  • Developing a Household Energy Generating Plant, by Isaiah Esipisu

    With only three dairy cows, David Kanyutu, has not paid a cent for domestic fuel in the last 35 years because his animals have been able to provide him and a neighbour with the required energy. The cows are able to service a heavy duty domestic biogas plant which serves the family of ten living in a six-roomed house for cooking, lighting television and radio facilities and providing warmth to chicken incubators. David Kanyutu explaining how his biogas plant in Gitamayu, Ki...

    Source
    The Nation (Nairobi)
    Region
    South Asia
  • With Loans, Poor South Asian Women Turn Entrepreneurial, byt Cris Prystay

    Every morning, Sarjoni Nandyala puts a few bars of Unilever PLC’s Lifebuoy soap and sachets of Clinic shampoo in a canvas bag and sets off to sell them to her neighbors in this dusty farming village in southeastern India. For Mrs. Nandyala, who took out a $200 loan from a state-run microcredit agency to start her business, the work is challenging and the returns modest -- $16 a month is her average profit. But Hindustan Lever Ltd., Unilever’s Indian subsi...

    Source
    The Wall Street Journal
    Region
    South Asia
  • Can There Be Too Much Competition In Developing Nations? by Mike Masnick

    As the Afghan government looks to sell more cellular licenses, some are questioning whether or not there’s going to be too much competition. Of course, that’s a problem for the operators, not the regulators. In some ways, it’s almost amazing that this discussion is even taking place. It wasn’t long ago that using a mobile phone in Afghanistan was basically impossible. However, with the rebuilding of Afgh...

    Source
    TheFeature
    Region
    South Asia
  • A helping hand, by Rasheeda Bhagat

    In a bid to create sustainable and gainful employment, aid resource utilisation and reach technological inputs to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat conducted the second Commonwealth-India small business competitiveness development programme in Chennai last week.. An important achievement of this conference was to mainstream gender participation in economic activity, and I’ll not be exaggerating when I say that at most sessions the women ent...

    Source
    The Hindu Business Line
    Region
    South Asia