Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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China will launch Gaofen-2, a high-definition Earth observation satellite, to space this year, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND). As one of China's major science and technology projects, the Gaofen satellite series will help in geographic and resources surveys, environment and climate change monitoring, precision agriculture, disaster relief and city planning. Read more in Shanghai Daily

Google, which has been populating geospatial data in the cyber space for some time, has to follow the law of the land and adhere to the map restriction policy of the country that does not allow detailed maps of defence and sensitive locations to be available in public domain, said Surveyor-General of India Swarna Subba Rao. The Government of India has specific guidelines laid down with regard to publication of maps in the public domain and all the maps have to be vetted by defence authorities before being published and Google has refused to follow it. As the Surveyor-General who is finally responsible for all the maps of the country he held several meetings with senior officials of the Internet search engine. Read More

Indian Institute of Soil Science has developed GIS based soil fertility maps of 19 states using data of different soil testing laboratories in the country. The assessment revealed that about 59, 49 and 9% soils are low in available nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium respectively. The extent of micronutrient deficiency in soil (state-wise) was studied under the All India Coordinated Research Project on 'Micro and Secondary Nutrients and Pollutant Elements in Soils and Plants'. Read More

With the promising a slew of funds and schemes to boost infrastructure development in the Budget announced last week, activity appears to be picking up in the sector once again. At the country's , the are back to the drawing board outlining their fund raising and hiring plans and sprucing up the balance sheets. Read More

A month after initiating an online system for getting environment nod, government on Tuesday launched a similar web portal for submission and monitoring of forest clearance proposals aimed at bringing transparency and accountability in the system. The "Online Submission and Monitoring of Forest Clearance Proposal (OSMFCP) is aimed at minimising the need for human interface between project applicants and green ministry officials both at the Centre and state level. Read More

With Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu giving the indication that the NDA Government’s mission is to build 100 smart cities across the country using GIS (Geographic Information Systems)-based town planning, it is high time the authorities in the city completed the GIS-enabled mapping project of the Kochi Corporation that was launched five years ago. The civic body has initiated the procedures to carry out the GIS mapping, which is mandatory as per the guidelines of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). Read More

The state government of New South Wales, Australia has tapped the power of Google Earth to make spatial information about the state - maps, land parcels details, survey information, census data and much more readily accessible in a visually appealing way. Read More

India's Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh said that the country has earned around 40 million euros launching 15 foreign satellites from 2011 till date. The minister said that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched 15 foreign satellites and 14 Indian satellites during fiscal years 2011-2014 and in this fiscal. Read More

When cities go big and unwieldy, you need something to piece it together to improve the quality of life. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s grandiose plan to build 100 smart cities with ₹7,060 crore looks promising. A relatively new concept in the global urban development strategy, a smart city is aimed at making technology work for you. Read More

With Finance Minsiter Arun Jaitley earmarking Rs 7,060 crore for the development of 100 'smart cities' in India in his maiden budget presented in the Parliament on Thursday, Narendra Modi’s government has stamped its seriousness on the issue. The 100 smart cities to be developed around the major metros of India will be administered by a satellite-based control room and will be high on technology factor. Read More

new Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) set a new record for the country's remote sensing drones by flying for more than 30 hours consecutively, the UAV's developer, the Chinese Academy of Surveying & Mapping (CASM), announced on Wednesday. The previous record time was 16 hours. Coupled with China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System, the UAV system can carry out rapid mapping without ground control points. Read More

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