Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday called for proper mapping of areas from where incidents of trafficking of children and women are reported. Gogoi, who chaired a review meeting with officials of the state social welfare department, pointed out that the growing incidents of trafficking of women and children in the state was a matter of concern, an official spokesman said. Read more via DNA India

Varanasi, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi represents in the Lok Sabha, will be developed into a 'smart city' by using the experience of Kyoto, the 'smart city' of Japan, under a pact signed here today. A Partner City MoU was signed by Indian Ambassador Deepa Wadhwa and Kyoto Mayor Daisaka Kadokawa at a ceremony witnessed by Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. Read more via The Economic Times

The Andhra Pradesh government has recommended eight capital zones based on 20 scientific indicators including ground water, surface water availability, air, sea and road connectivity and availability of degraded forest land. The AP State Remote Sensing and Application Centre (APSRSC ) used remote sensing data to zero in on these locations. Marutur, Donakonda of Prakasham district and Vinukonda  of Guntur district selected by Sivaramakrishna Committee for setting up CM’s office, secretariat and Assembly are among the sites identified by APSRSC. Read more via Deccan Chronicle

Mine camp builder OTOC has taken the first step towards expanding its surveying business nationally by buying a Victorian firm for up to $17 million. OTOC has made a deal to acquire Bosco Jonson, a Melbourne-based surveying, town planning and urban design company with about 80 staff. Read more via The West Australian

The Chinese leading geographic information service provider Wuda Geoinformatics Co., Ltd (GeoStar) on Monday officially opened its Finnish branch in Espoo, a southern city next to the capital Helsinki. The branch aims to look for Finnish customers and business partners to further develop its own technology. Read more via ECNS

The Lee Kuan Yew World City prize was awarded at the World Cities Summit held in Singapore in early June and honours "effective urban planning that balances the needs of the city's economy, community, heritage and environment". For China's emerging second, third and even fourth tier cities – urban areas outside of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzen – Suzhou is a shining example. Green, modern and charming, the reasons why Suzhou is a unique example among China's booming tier two cities. Read more in 4Hoteliers

Russian media say China has become one of the few nations capable of building a high-definition Earth observation satellite. The observation satellite Gaofen-2 launched Aug. 19 from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, is able to discern one-meter-long objects on the ground with high resolution in full color. China's Aug. 19 satellite launch means that the country will be capable of building a powerful Earth detection system in space and thus enhance significantly its military strength. Read more in Want China Times

More than 25 speakers from Abu Dhabi municipalities and the world's largest mapping organisations will come together at the GIS Forum MENA this year. Slated to take place in Abu Dhabi from 8 to 9 September, the Forum will take on the potential of geographic information systems, or GIS, to fuel smart cities and drive return on investment (ROI) for both public and private organisations. Read more in Zawya

Kerala, a pioneer in bio-diversity conservation, will now help Goa frame its own suitable policies in the field, said a Kerala government official Monday. Goa has sought the help of the Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB). As the first step, the board's member secretary K.P. Laladhas spend two days in Goa where he held discussions with officials on how to go about it. Read more in Zee News

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today announced a slew of projects worth more than Rs. 2,000 crores which would bring new amenities and infrastructure upgradation in the industrial and textile city of Coimbatore. The projects announced include 2,912 houses for homeless poor at a cost of Rs. 443.55 crore, under-ground drainage and storm water drains in extended areas of city corporation at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,555 crore and a Rs. 125 crore new integrated bus terminus. Read more via NDTV

invested a total of 30 billion yuan (4.87 billion U.S. dollars) on water infrastructure projects in the Tibet Autonomous Region in the last two decades, data from the Ministry of Water Resources showed on Saturday. More than 1,000 projects have been organized by the ministry since China initiated a program to aid the region about 20 years ago. Read more via People's Daily

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