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Weekly News Round Up: Asia (14- 21 October, 2009)

BSNL for better mobile connectivity on Bangla border (India)
14 October 2009
The BSNL has been approached seeking adequate mobile connectivity on the Indo-Bangla border in Meghalya, according to Chief Minister D D Lapang. Lapang discussed problems of mobile connectivity, broadband connections and telephony in the border areas at a meeting with senior BSNL officials here last evening, officials said. "The BSNL is putting up an additional 143 towers, mostly in border areas to ensure universal coverage of mobile connectivity," they said...

ICTA launches first National ICT Industry Survey on ICT-BPO workforce (Sri Lanka)
15 October 2009
The Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) commenced the first National ICT Industry Survey. Titled, National ICT Industry Survey 2009, it is executed under the guidance of the Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) unit of ICTA and will be implemented by GreenTech Consultants (Pvt.) Ltd...

World-class ICT solutions from Singapore headed for Gitex 2009
17 October 2009
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) will lead a delegation of nine infocomm companies to Dubai to participate in Gitex Technology Week 2009 taking place from 18 to 22 October. Exhibiting under the Infocomm Singapore Pavilion, these nine companies will showcase solutions in ICT infrastructure, infocomm security and e-Government...

e-Governance to check corruption in Himachal Pradesh (India)
19 October 2009
Aiming to cut down paperwork in offices and check corruption, the Himachal Pradesh government is planning to adopt the e-governance model successfully implemented in Gujarat. Tata Consultancy Services, which developed the e-budget software for the Gujarat government, gave a detailed presentation to senior government officials here last week...

Misuse of identity cards in issuance of SIMs revealed (Pakistan)
20 October 2009
The newly introduced SIM information system by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has revealed dishonesty in the sales of mobile SIMs. Dozens of subscribers of various mobile companies told reporters that the franchise centres of mobile companies had misused their national identity cards and SIMs had been issued to people on their cards. They said that if the PTA did not take an immediate action, most of the people would be booked in terrorism and other cases...

Govt readies plan to boost mobile banking (India)
21 October 2009
The government plans to expand mobile banking services to benefit the common man. Aimed at those who are not covered by the banking channels, mobile banking would help them carry out banking transactions like deposits, withdrawals and payments, without a conventional bank account or a credit/debit card...

AT&T contributes extra US$25,000 for disaster relief in Asia
22 October 2009
AT&T Inc. announced Wednesday (October 21) its contribution of an additional US$25,000 to Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF), the France-based organisation specialised in providing emergency telecommunication, facilitating the coordination of aid efforts in the wake of disasters. The increased funding is meant to help TSF provide communications support in the affected area in Padang, West Indonesia where the magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck in late September, as well as Manila and Cagayan Valley, the region of the Philippines which was hit by recent tropical typhoons...

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