UN Award for SWAGAT
Gujarat State wins coveted 2010 United Nations Public Service Awards among Asia Pacific Country submissions. The award is for the category “Improving transparency, accountability and responsiveness”. The services is called SWAGAT which stands for State-Wide Attention on Grievances by Application of Technology Chief Minister’s Office, Government of Gujarat.
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UN Award for SWAGAT
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Narayanan Krishnan, who is 29 years old now, does what he was professionally trained to do as a five star chef, feed people. Only difference – Krishnan does not do this in the swanky confines of a 5-star hotel. Every day, he wakes up at 4 AM, cooks a simple hot meal and then along with his team, loads it in a van and travels about 200 KMs feeding the homeless in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Krishnan feeds often with his hands almost 400 destitute people every day. For those who need it, he provides a free haircut too.
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GENEVA: The number of Internet users will surpass two billion this year, approaching a third of the world population, but developing countries need to step up access to the vital tool for economic growth, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday.
Users have doubled in the past five years, and compare with an estimated global population of 6.9 billion, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said.
Of 226 million new Internet users this year, 162 million will be from developing countries where growth rates are now higher, the ITU said in a report. However, by the end of 2010, 71 percent of the population in developed countries will be online compared with 21 percent of people in developing countries.
The ITU said it was particularly important for developing countries to build up high-speed connections. “Broadband is the next tipping point, the next truly transformational technology,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamado UN Toure, of Mali.
“It can generate jobs, drive growth and productivity and underpin long-term economic competitiveness.” Access varies widely by region, with 65 percent of people online in Europe, ahead of 55 percent in the Americas, compared with only 9.6 percent of the population in Africa and 21.9 percent in Asia/Pacific, the ITU said.
Access to the Internet in schools, at work and in public places is critical for developing countries, where only 13.5 percent of people have the Internet at home, against 65 percent in developed countries, it said.
A study last week by another UN agency showed that mobile phones were a far more important communications technology for people in the poorest developing countries than the Internet.
No wonder, Tier II and III cities have suddenly become an important source of revenue for the finance ministry. Consequently, the finance minister has considered devolution of financial and manpower recruitment to regional heads. Currently, there are 900 range offices headed by an additional commissioner /joint commissioner rank officers. On an average, each range collects revenue to the tune of Rs 500 crore.
With widespread growth of tax-base across the country and mushrooming of commercial centres in different regions, heads of regions have now been given more financial powers in hiring additional manpower or taking independent decision on expenditure to facilitate more compliance and revenue generation.
Famous movie actress Sana appearing in Bollywood movies. According to UK Telegraph the use of satellite channels are on the rise in Pakistan ever since popular Indian cable channels are banned. Here is what some men had to say “It is Pakistani girls who are nagging their husbands and fathers, They love the dramas, the soap operas and say they won’t cook until they can watch the programmes again. They are addicted to Indian channels and can no longer think about life without them”
Gandhi Foundation USA, which operates from the Dr. King National Historic Site, welcomes all of you to participate in the month long service activity starting today Oct 1st 2010. Please come and support the services and raise awareness of the World’s 2 greatest Apostles of Peace, Social Justice and Non-Violence.
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Common Wealth Games started yesterday. Spectacular opening ceremony costed $100 Million. According to some estimates – “The budget for the CWG has risen from an initial projection of Rs1,899 crore [$422m at current exchange rate] to an official figure of Rs10,000 crore [$2.2bn] and independent expert estimates of Rs. 30,000 crore [$6.6bn].
Many in India were frustrated by the corruption behind the games. Some “colorless” nations who could not tolerate India’s growing power criticized the lack of preparations and cleanliness at the Athletes Village, while one such country even questioned why India (the Crown Jewel of the British Empire) was allowed to stage the game. This was silenced by the Indian Minister who lashed out economic sanctions, if they boycotted the games.
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Thank you Bill and Melinda! Your effort is a message to all well to do Indians here, who were given higher education at the cost of basic health and human services for the poor of India. Your donation and work are an eye opener for all.
Superstar Rajanikanth in “Endhiran”, the most expensive movie made in India. It costed approx Rs. 200 crores, much more than any other Bollywood Hindi movies. SUN Network is expected to recoupe Rs. 500 Crores within a week. I can’t believe this man was a bus conductor, cracking jokes and shoving commuters on Bangalore Majestic to Srinagar route (Bus no. 36, route 10A back then) while my sister-in-law was traveling the same bus in her high school days.