Friday, 01 August 2014

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Google India has launched the Hindi version of its popular mapping and navigation app, Google Maps. Announcing the availability of Hindi language maps via a blog post, Google informed that these maps will be available on the new Google Maps (web interface) and on the latest Google Maps for mobile app on Android devices running versions 4.3 and above. Read more in The Times of India

Two ships surveying the sea floor where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is thought to have crashed are making steady progress with a deep-water search to get underway in September, the Australian authorities said on Thursday. Since May, experts have been surveying an area of about 60,000 sq km along the seventh arc - a thin but long line that includes all possible points where the last-known communication between the aircraft and a satellite could have taken place. Read more in New Straits Times

Australia: During the recent visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Australia, a joint statement was issued by the two countries which mentioned the various matters discussed during the meet.


Even as Delhi boasts it is the “flyover capital” of India, traffic experts emphasise that poor urban planning and mindless construction of new flyovers is not a solution to growing traffic bottlenecks in the city.Instead of decongesting the roads, flyovers and signal-free stretches effectively result in clogging up the traffic system. Experts said that the addition of new flyovers is not a long-term solution to deal with city’s growing traffic as the roads get saturated within a few months due to the staggering growth of vehicles in the city. Read More in The Asian Age

The recent budget passed by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance Government at the Centre has rekindled hopes for significant improvement in the port infrastructure in the State. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his maiden budget speech said development of ports was critical for boosting trade and 16 new port projects are proposed to be awarded this year with a focus on port connectivity to 14 more sea ports in respect of specified import and export goods. The State has 14 notified non-major ports and one major port (Visakhapatnam) along its 996-km coastline and it has actively encouraged private sector to improve the port infrastructure. Read more in The Hindu

A draft act on national land planning was approved by the Cabinet July 24, paving the way for Taiwan to maintain a balance between development and conservation on the road to long-term sustainability. Under the Ministry of the Interior-proposed bill, land will be classified into four zones: agriculture, conservation, marine and urban, with usage plans developed on a national, city and county basis. In addition, a budget of NT$100 billion (US$3.3 billion) will be dedicated to the preservation and sustainable development of land. Read more via Taiwan Today

The government will roll out a new computer-based system to track rural activities in the state, an official said Friday. The technology to store and analyse data for specific geographic locations across 1,000 gram panchayats will also bring in more accountability for all activities undertaken by rural units, the official added. Scheduled to be implemented across nine districts, the Geographic Information System (GIS)-based project will also ensure people's participation in developmental activities and panchayat meetings by keeping regular tabs on the progress status. in the Business Standard

A piece of ground-breaking surveying equipment that can scale the skies at 120 metres, operates from a laptop and by remote control, is making inroads in the industry. Gunnedah’s Stewart Surveys have one of only a few Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) light surveying aircraft that is operating in NSW, and is complete with an on-board high resolution camera that can cut previous workloads dramatically. Read more in The Naomi Valley Independent

Graziers up against one of nature’s smartest hunters may now be able to enlist a new age in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology to help them combat the threat of wild dogs. Sydney businessman Marcus Ehrlich has put thermal imaging with the latest warfare techniques and come up with what he describes as a quantum leap for Australian agriculture’s capability to control invasive pest species, and is now looking for property owners in different parts of Australia willing to help him test his drones. Read More in Queensland Country Life

According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, and National Commission on Space of Korea, the launch of the first spatial information satellite has been delayed a year from 2018 to 2019. An infrared camera will be installed in the satellite with a resolution of 50cm. This camera could capture aerophoto-quality images, as satellite photos are possible even in cloudy weather. Read More in Business Korea

The settlement of longstanding maritime boundary dispute between India and Bangladesh ushers a new horizon in the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Both the countries have hailed the findings of the Arbitral Tribunal and indicated their willingness to comply with the outcome. The Hague based Tribunal constituted under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS III) on 7 July 2014 awards 4/5th of the disputed sea zones in favour of Bangladesh (19,467 sq/km). The decision saves Bangladesh from being a sea locked country by Myanmar and India from both the sides. Read more in The Daily Star

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