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Advocacy: How to hasten open access : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Advocacy: How to hasten open access : Nature : Nature Publishing Group | Information Updates | Scoop.it
Three advocates for a universally free scholarly literature give their prescriptions for the movement's next push, from findability to translations.
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It is a shining example from the hinterlands

It is a shining example from the hinterlands | Information Updates | Scoop.it
Moser Baer’s Rs.100- crore project in Sivaganga has technology suited specifically for Indian climate...

Located in the hinterland is a project that proved to be a trump card for those advocating solar power as a solution to the power crisis in the State.

Spread across 65 acres in Rettai Pillai Ayyanarkoil, a tiny hamlet near Muthupatti in Sivaganga district, the 5-MW solar grid interactive photovoltaic (SPV) plant has exceeded the targets set in the planning stages, according to government and company officials.

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50 Search Engines You Probably Don’t Use Yet

50 Search Engines You Probably Don’t Use Yet | Information Updates | Scoop.it
Looking to become an expert in something? Need a hand with your research? Forget Google for a minute and check out these 50 other search engines you should start using.
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Data Portal India | India

Data Portal India | India | Information Updates | Scoop.it

Government portal data.gov.in, which will be used to share official data with the public, is set to be fully functional soon.

With this, India joins the rank of a growing number of nations that plan to use open data as a tool to promote transparency and efficiency in government.

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It’s all about easy composting

It’s all about easy composting | Information Updates | Scoop.it
A huge quantity of organic matter, so valuable in farmland, is considered waste in a city...
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How much money is enough money?

by DR. EASWER H. V.  The Hindu September 9, 2012

Money is not everything in life, as the wise would say, but then the wiser would add a rider — only the rich can credibly say so. And how much money is enough money? Such unresolved questions that have goaded many including Pitchu Mama to worship Mammon wantonly as he lived in a quiet street at Karamana, in Thiruvananthapuram, named after a noble man called Nagamiah.

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What is 'digital literacy'? A Pragmatic investigation.

BELSHAW, DOUGLAS,AJ (2012) What is 'digital literacy'? A Pragmatic investigation. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

 

Digital literacy has been an increasingly-debated and discussed topic since the publication of Paul Gilster’s seminal Digital Literacy in 1997. It is, however, a complex term predicated on previous work in new literacies such as information literacy and computer literacy. To make sense of this complexity and uncertainty I come up with a ‘continuum of ambiguity’ and employ a Pragmatic methodology. This thesis makes three main contributions to the research area. First, I argue that considering a plurality of digital literacies helps avoid some of the problems of endlessly-redefining ‘digital literacy’. Second, I abstract eight essential elements of digital literacies from the research literature which can lead to positive action. Finally, I argue that co-constructing a definition of digital literacies (using the eight essential elements as a guide) is at least as important as the outcome.

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The Hindu : Today's Paper / OPINION : Universities, ours and theirs

The Hindu : Today's Paper / OPINION : Universities, ours and theirs | Information Updates | Scoop.it

There are four critical differences between universities of the western world and ours. The first is that they do all they can, when they recruit young faculty, to make way for excellence. We do everything to block its entry.

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MEET THE AVERAGE CHINESE MILLIONAIRE: 39, Plays Golf, And Owns An iPad...

Hurun Report and GroupM, a Chinese think tank, just released a report analyzing millionaires across China.
The most interesting findings:
There are 1.02 millionaires across mainland China, an increase of 6.3 percent over the previous year. The report also estimates that for every "known" millionaire, another two exist under the radar. Beijing is home to the highest number of wealthy individuals, with 179,000 millionaires and 10,500 super-rich (worth $16 million or more).

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Plan panel may cut back on growth target for 12th Plan

Plan panel may cut back on growth target for 12th Plan | Information Updates | Scoop.it

With the deteriorating global situation, the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia has said that achieving an average growth rate of 9 per cent in the next five years is not possible.

"It is not possible to think of an average of 9 per cent (in 12th Plan). I think somewhere between 8 and 8.5 per cent is feasible,” Mr Ahluwalia said on the sidelines of a conference of State Planning Boards and departments. The approached paper for the 12th Plan, approved last year, talked about an annual average growth rate of 9 per cent.

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Are there health benefits in consuming coffee?

Are there health benefits in consuming coffee? | Information Updates | Scoop.it

There is nothing quite like a cup of hot coffee to banish that feeling of somnolence and get the brain cells chugging away. But quite apart from the sense of wellbeing that a good cup of brew, with its heady aroma, can produce, studies published recently also indicate that this beverage that millions around the world enjoy could be providing some health benefits too.

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Micro and Macro: The Economic Divide

Micro and Macro: The Economic Divide | Information Updates | Scoop.it

By G.Chris Rodrigo 

Why economics is split into two realms...

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Beyond Rio+20

Beyond Rio+20 | Information Updates | Scoop.it

It was June of 1992. For the first time environmental issues were put on the world table. Till Rio 1992, environment was considered a local or national issue. But science and fears of a changing climate altered all that. Emission limits were needed for all industrialised countries. For this, global rules were essential and global cooperation imperative. The Rio conference saw the birth of global conventions on climate change, biodiversity and desertification.

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About Veda Union | Veda Union - Uniting Europe through Veda chanting

Veda Union is a network which seeks to unite all European Veda chanting groups, no matter of their country of origin, language or religion, under one mother organization. European Union has united in political, monetary, as well as other secular areas. Veda Union seeks to unite Europe on spiritual level promoting unity, love and peace among all through teachings of the Vedas and recitation of sacred Vedic hymns.

The idea of Veda Union is to provide connections between different Veda chanting groups and organizations throughout Europe, promote and coordinate pan European or local projects, stimulate local activities of the groups and provide help and guidance to local organizations. As the name denotes, the union of mankind through the Veda is its primary goal.

Veda Union was founded by Vojko Kercan from Slovenia and Branimir Gonan from Croatia.

The project has officialy started after Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba accepted the letter of Veda Union founders.

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A billion brains: A better education system calls for more than money

A billion brains: A better education system calls for more than money | Information Updates | Scoop.it

In 2010 India had just over 500,000 civil engineers when it needed nearly 4m, and 45,000 architects when it needed 366,000. By 2020 the cumulative shortfall of core professionals involved in the building trade could be in the tens of millions.

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No economic turnaround till 2018: IMF

No economic turnaround till 2018: IMF | Information Updates | Scoop.it
Global economy will take a decade to recover from the financial crisis, says Olivier Blanchard, the International Monetary Fund's Chief Economist.
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Cancer treatment is about making money... provoking thoughts

Cancer treatment is about making money... provoking thoughts | Information Updates | Scoop.it

This is written by a doctor who suffers from cancer and he uses alternative rather than conventional medicine that involves chemo etc. Good to share with family and friends.
I posted this article, which may have some provoking thoughts:

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Words for the printed word

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Issue With e-readers making their presence felt in India, what does it spell for libraries and printed books...

Technology has simplified almost every aspect of life, and several activities in life now largely involves button pushing. And the latest everyday activity poised to take the digital route is the act of turning the pages of your favourite book, thanks to the steady growth of e books and the popular Amazon Kindle finally making its presence felt on Indian shores. While this is all for the better as far as keeping up with latest trends goes, what does the availability of cheap, downloadable books and specialised reading devices mean for the trusted old libraries that everyone has loved for so long?

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The US is using climate finance to kill the Indian solar panel industry: CSE | India Environment Portal

The US is using climate finance to kill the Indian solar panel industry: CSE | India Environment Portal | Information Updates | Scoop.it

Currently, 80 per cent of the Indian manufacturing capacity is in a state of forced closure and debt restructuring with no orders coming to them, while the US manufacturers are getting orders from Indian solar power developers. US Exim Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation offering low-interest loans to Indian solar project developers on the mandatory condition that they buy the equipment, solar panels and cells from US companies. Unethical practice, will do more harm than good to domestic industry.

for full text: http://www.cseindia.org/content/us-using-climate-finance-kill-indian-sol...

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On a mission to save Sanskrit’s best

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A vast corpus of knowledge lies hidden in Sanskrit, a language many consider dead. Now, the faculty at Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute, a non-profit educational institution, is going to excavate it, and make it available for the institute's members.

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E-books overtakes traditional paperbacks in UK

LONDON: Days of hardbound and paperback could soon end as e-books take over! With growing popularity of virtual books which can be downloaded on book reading devices, the real paper books have...
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World's only Sanskrit daily to turn 43

World's only Sanskrit daily to turn 43 | Information Updates | Scoop.it

Sudharma, possibly the only Sanskrit daily in the world, is struggling for survival as it approaches its 43rd anniversary later this year. In the face of dwindling interest in a language that many feel has no future, and lack of financial support from advertisers, the husband-wife team publishing the single sheet daily from Mysore is disillusioned, but not disheartened.

http://sudharma.epapertoday.com/

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Competition panel finds Springer guilty of unfair trade practices

The Competition Commission of India has found publisher — Springer India — guilty of abusing its dominant position in the market for academic journals.

While imposing a penalty of 5 per cent of the average turnover for the last three years, CCI warned Springer India against imposing unfair prices and sale conditions. It was also asked to lift the ban on experts from writing for other publications.

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Finance & Development, June 2012 - Tracking the Global Recovery

Finance & Development, June 2012 - Tracking the Global Recovery | Information Updates | Scoop.it

FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT, June 2012, Vol. 49, No. 2
M. Ayhan Kose, Prakash Loungani, and Marco E. Terrones

Most emerging markets are doing fine, but most advanced economies are not and things seem unlikely to change

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Cockroach essential to earth's delicate ccoystem

London, June 24 (IANS)

People need to stop stamping on cockroaches, as one of the most despised of all insects is essential to our planet for converting nitrogen into fertiliser, experts have said.

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