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  • IT-based agri information system, by MV Mahalakshmi

    ??We propose to collect data from 25 Agromet centres, under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) present across the country and 83 centres of NCMRWF and link them to the Virtual Academy for Semi-Arid Tropics (VASAT) of ICRISAT, krishi channels and Crop Weather Watch group. The first pilot project is expected to come up soon at Mehboobnagar district in Andhra Pradesh state, ?? Dr Ramakrishna said. The information needs of the farmer include some general information like w...

    The Financial Express
  • Top tech program creates “cash goat” for villagers, by Hai Mingwei, Zhao Yanan

    A farmer in a secluded mountainous village in Sichuan Province, southwest China, Chen Wansheng had never thought or dreamed he could have anything to do with a top technological development program of the country. It was the yellow goat, an animal he had raised for over four decades, that related the farmer in the poor Yuquan village of Nanjiang county to the 863 Program, China’s first high-tech research and development program launched in March 1986. Researchers dis...

  • Lenovo mulls separate PC brand for India, by Michael Singer

    We are thinking of introducing another brand under Lenovo, Deepak Advani, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Lenovo, told the Xinhuanet news service during a press briefing in New Delhi. Lenovo has developed some good products in China which might meet the need of (the) Indian market. For example, it has worked out products for those not very skilled in computer(s) or for schools where many students have to share one computer. Lenovo’s pus...

  • Wall Street, UN experts mark International Year of Microcredit

    The financial industry joined the United Nations today to discuss how the growing microfinance sector can benefit from the expertise of Wall Street. As part of the United Nations International Year of Microcredit, Wall Street professionals focused on their role-making financial services available to the vast numbers of poor and low-income people around the world who currently need them. In her opening remarks, Nane Annan, wife of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, told attendees about he...

    UN News Centre
  • Growth better at reducing poverty

    Growth has been a more important factor than reduction in inequality in reducing poverty in India and the tertiary sector is the most important source of poverty reduction, said Tim Besley, Professor, London School of Economics (LSE). However, impact of growth on poverty reduction, varied with the specific policies adopted at the state level and with institutional factors, said Besley, while presenting a study on ’Operationalising pro-poor growth in India’, which he has cond...

    Business Standard
  • Nokia sees India driving cellular growth, by Ratnajyoti Dutta

    Identifying India and China as engines of mobile phone growth, Finnish cellular handset maker Nokia on Monday said global mobile phone users would swell to three billion by the turn of this decade. By 2010, Nokia estimates the global mobile subscriber base, which hit 1.7 billion (170 crore) at the end of 2004, to reach three billion (300 crore), said Urpo Karjalainen, senior vice president, Nokia, whose share in the global cellular market is around 28 per cent.

  • Lessons from microfinance, by Abheek Barua

    There has recently been a flurry of articles in the business media about the success of the microfinance initiative in India. (That is pretty much why I’m writing this piece now.) The collaboration of banks and financial institutions which provide the basic funds, the microfinance institutions (MFIs) that serve as intermediaries, and the self-help groups that collectively take these loans, seem to be making a substantial impact on rural incomes and poverty. Equally imp...

  • Taking Midas touch to Caribbean

    Both C&W and Digicel agree that Digicel, by opening in April 2001 with extensive quality coverage throughout Jamaica, won over many rural people and communities, who for the first time had access to a telephone. These people will now probably never look for a landline, says Neita. Emigration is a big issue in Jamaica and so access to a telephone is very important. Remittances are also a major part of the economy and the creation of the Digicel network meant people in r...

    The Irish Times
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