Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Esri, a market leader in geographic information system (GIS) mapping technology, sees a big opportunity in India as Narendra Modi-led government embarks on its plan to develop 100 smart cities on the lines of developed countries. While the US giant hopes to expand its operations in both public and private sectors, it believes that GIS technology and applications can help at every stage of development — planning, designing, decision making, network analysis and monitoring to create better infrastructure, modern residential colonies, 24*7 power and water distribution, organised law enforcement, eco-friendly industrial development, intelligent traffic management, effective water conservation and disaster management and quality health facilities. Read more via The Times of India.

After facing huge criticism for the city's encroachments, the Municipal Corporation is now struck with the idea of keeping a check on encroachments on its properties with the help of technology. Geographic Information System (GIS) is what the civic body will use to keep an eye on encroachments in the city. Read more in The Times of India

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today sought cooperation of Australia in helping the state government build infrastructure projects and strengthen roads and drainage networks. A delegation led by Lord Mayor of Brisbane Graham Quirk met Naidu at the CM's Camp Office where the latter explained the "huge" investment potential in the state. Read more via The Economic Times

China is pressing Australia to sign on to its proposed special Asian infrastructure bank as early as next month, creating a dilemma for the federal government over whether this is the best way to fill the regional infrastructure deficit. China is understood to have won the support of about 20 countries for the bank, which would be started with $50 billion in capital from founding members. Read more in Financial Review

India is one of the largest developing countries in the world, but problems with poor infrastructure have long hampered its development. In recent years, Chinese companies have been widely involved in construction projects in India, accelerating the infrastructure revolution. Read more in CRI ENGLISH

Smart cities, a concept which has been in use in the western counties like Sweden for about three decades or more, may become a reality if pronouncements of Prime Minister to set up 100 smart cities are executed. Of all the urban centres and towns in the country, is being considered as the city with all the ingredients to develop into a Smart City. But, to accomplish this deal, it needs mammoth funding, sustainable solutions and enormous political will. Read more in The Business Standard

JSC Russian Space Systems (RSS) is continuing to produce equipment for GLONASS satellites, despite difficulties with shipments of foreign electronics, caused by the Western economic sanctions, RSS Director General Andrei Tyulin told journalists on Monday.  Read more via RIA NOVOSTI

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a project aimed at upgrading the flood forecasting and early warning systems of Pakistan. Chief Meteorologist at the Pakistan Met Department Mohammad Riaz says the project will conduct risk mapping of plains along the Indus River. Read more via The Express Tribune

Jammu and Kashmir has suffered massive damage to its public infrastructure due to the worst floods it has faced in more than a century and officials say that the state would need at least Rs 5,000 crore to rebuild the same. Even a conservative estimate of the damage to public infrastructure like bridges, roads, hospitals and other government buildings puts the figure at between Rs 5,000 crore to Rs 6,000 crore, Secretary to the state government's Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Department, Vinod Kaul said. Read more via The Economic Times

The Presidential Working Unit for the Supervision and Management of Development (UKP4), in collaboration with the World Bank and civil society groups, has recently launched the country’s very own open data project, the Indonesia Data Portal. In addition to the main website, the Open Government Indonesia movement also offers other service-related portals such as,, the comprehensive mapping website Satu Peta ( and the Lapor government feedback and irregularities reporting application. Read more via The Jakarta Post

Two Thai provinces where rice production is considered "insecure and vulnerable" by officials are being targeted for inclusion in a study project working to improve crop standards of rice farmers throughout the region. The project in Thailand is being implemented in six districts of the two food insecure provinces, Uttaradit and Surin. Both have been identified by the National Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Mapping System (FIVIMS) and have been selected by the Ministry of Education. Read more via The Nation

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