TC-I Tidbits

Your daily dose of headlines:

  • Energy: Four ultra mega (super duper?) power projects have been greenlit by the Indian government across the country.
  • Education: Microsoft is investing $20 million in education initiatives in India over the next five years. Along with their current programs which focus on resources and training, the company will partner with state governments to implement national programs.
  • Employment: For technology graduates, according to a study completed by Accenture, India is the place with the most job opportunities this year (with the US coming in second place).
  • Technology: Airtel and Nokia are working together to develop a regional language fonts keyboard. This will allow greater linkages with rural areas.
  • Environment: Concern India Foundation, a non-profit public charitable trust, plans to introduce cloth shopping bags in Bangalore’s major retail stores and shopping destinations. This is just one of the initiatives from the NGO, along with a “Kachra Kumar” competition for children to capture litterers on camera. [Source: Business Standard]

TC-I Tidbits

Your daily dose of headlines:

  • Health: Over 53% children in India under five years – that is, 67 million – live without basic healthcare facilities. This means that India alone accounts for about one-third of all children in the world aged below five who don’t have basic healthcare. [Source: Times of India]
  • Education: There is a shortage of teachers at central universities, with 20 per cent of teaching posts being vacant since October. The government will raise the age for pension schemes, and a committee will review the pay scale to address the issue.
  • Energy: With low-interest loans for solar power from Canara Bank and Syndicate Bank, more than 100,000 people in rural Karnataka benefit from affordable and reliable electricity. The program was subsidized by the United Nations Environment Programme.

TC-I Tidbits

Your daily dose of headlines:

  • International: The US government has put India on its ‘Priority Watch List’, along with nine other countries, saying that the country’s failure to protect Intellectual Property Rights is putting health, safety and jobs of its citizens at risk. [Source: Times of India]
  • Literacy: The Global Monitoring Report says that India has 35 per cent of the world’s illiterates, but at the same time, the country’s education development index has slightly increased.
  • Energy: Talks on the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline started again as the country looks for more sources of energy.
  • Health: The government launched a public health website, which will provide information on water supply and sanitation, as well as allow visitors to contact the Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation and allow cities and towns to update data.

Headlines Digest

  • Gender Budgeting: In order to promote the concept of gender budgeting at all levels of governance, the Ministry of Women and Child Development is developing manuals on this topic. This is part of a larger movement to address gender specific barriers.
  • Education: Proctor & Gamble’s global philanthropy program, “Live, Learn, and Thrive” has partnered with Child Rights & You to launch Shiksha 2008, which will look at education policies, create awareness for better school facilities, and work to enroll more children.
  • RTI: A penalty of 13 lakh is imposed on over 120 public information officers who did not comply with the Right to Information Act. According to the Chief Information Commissioner, the government is unable to keep up with the fast pace of public demand for information.
  • Energy: According to the Emerging Economy Report released by the Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS), India is the most energy efficient country among leading Emerging Economies, including Brazil, China and South Africa. [Source: Business Wire India]

Midday Newsfeed

  • Technology: Although it is a hub for information technology, India is only #50 on the world’s most networked economies list, partly due to its poor ICT infrastructure.
  • Health: According to a survey, in the next decade, one in 20 female deaths in India between the ages 30 to 69 will be caused by smoking. (Source: India Today)
  • Citizen Advocacy: Indian citizens are submitting an open letter to the Prime Minister urging the reconsideration of a bill that would place restrictive regulations on civil society organizations receiving foreign contributions.
  • Business: New Ventures India launched a Coaches Network at the Green Investor Summit. The members of this network would devote time in nurturing seed and early stage green companies. (Source: Business Wire India)
  • Agriculture: Via the UN News Centre: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today bestowed its highest award, the Agricola Medal, on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his efforts to spur agricultural development and reduce hunger and poverty in India.

Evening Edition

Just a few headlines for this evening:

  • Health: Another Planning Commission report reveals that India faces a shortage of doctors and nurses, but that the private sector can help remedy this issue, and accordingly, plan to set up hundreds of new medical education institutions as a public private partnership.
  • Energy: IT companies often consume a large amount of energy, especially in their data cooling centres. This has led to the creation of green data centres that handle data with “maximum energy efficiency and minimal environmental impact.”
  • Housing: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation approved 696 projects aimed at achieving holistic slum development by providing adequate shelter and basic infrastructure facilities to urban slum dwellers.

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