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  • 1,000 knowledge centres in every State by next year

    The major aspects of the [village knowledge centres] are connectivity, content, capacity building and management. The bottomline should be the harnessing of information, communication and technology (ICT) for the elimination of poverty and malnutrition. The programme’s impact should be measured in terms of progress made in human development indicators and in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Hitherto, the progress towards achieving MDGs has been slow, he said...

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    The Hindu
  • India’s poverty: Help the poor help themselves, by Kirsty Hughes

    India’s government is backing a third, developmental approach that aims to improve the social and physical conditions of the rural and urban poor. This means more and better roads, improvements in water supplies and rural electrification; it also means big steps forward in education and health, together with efforts at microfinance. The fourth and most ambitious approach seeks to exploit the unused entrepreneurial abilities of the poor. In the state of Kerala, near India’s sou...

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    International Herald Tribune
  • Via readies $250 PC for fall launch, by Michael Kanellos

    Taiwan’s Via Technologies plans to promote PCs that will sell for close to $250 this fall in an attempt to gain ground in the consumer market. The Terra PC is a reference design created by Via that will be licensed to PC makers around the world. The company will show off prototypes at the Computex trade show in Taipei next month, and systems are likely to hit the shelves in different markets in the world by September or October, said Ravi Pradhan, India country manager for ...

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    CNET News.com
  • Rural India’s rough road to computer literacy, by Michael Kanellos

    Shah--who works in the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, an organization that develops supercomputers here--has launched a computer program designed to alleviate the grinding poverty found throughout the country. In a pilot installation in a village near Mumbai, students use PCs, donated by Via Technologies, to perform geometry homework, while local women track their savings in a micropayment program. Later this month, college teachers from around India will take a three-week t...

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    CNET News.com
  • Pharma should eye Latin America, says PwC

    Latin America shows considerable and untapped business potential for the pharmaceutical industry, according to new research conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The report, entitled Latin America Prescription for Growth , identifies the region as one pharmaceutical industry leaders should be targeting, both as an area for research and development and as a market for innovative drugs. The economic recovery of Argentina and Brazil and the strong manufacturing ba...

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    in-Pharma Technologist.com
  • Small box ’to end digital divide’, by Jo Twist

    A pared down computer to replace bulky, grey desktop PCs could help close global digital inequalities. Not-for-profit developers, Ndiyo - the Swahili word for yes - said it could open up the potential of computing to two billion more people. The sub-?100 box, called Nivo, runs on open-source software and is known as a thin client. Several can be linked up to a central brain, or server. Thin clients are not new, but advances have mad...

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    BBC News
  • Charity weaves a new Cambodia, by Nick Cumming-Bruce

    From wooden looms lined up under an open-sided, palm-thatched workshop, a bone-shaking drive of six hours from the nearest town - and that is when the weather is good - Ruen and her fellow workers are weaving silk scarves and fabrics of a quality that is starting to attract the interest of upscale stores and boutiques in New York and London. Weaves (Cambodia) offers governments and international aid agencies a rare example of the kind of enterprise the country desperately needs to overcom...

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    International Herald Tribune
  • Ethiopia Takes Lead in African ICT, by Rodney Weidemann

    The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) officially launched the country’s broadband service yesterday, in a move that will likely shame many richer African nations. Featuring offerings that include broadband Internet, VSAT and multimedia services, the project’s aim is to get the East African country onto the information highway by providing a strong ICT infrastructure in order to bring technology to all its people. The ETC worked with numerous companies when setting...

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    ITWeb (Johannesburg)
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