Malaysian authorities are now awaiting the latest satellite imagery for any signs of wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which vanished a day ago in the South China Sea. The fate of the Boeing 777-200 with 239 people onboard has confounded the six-nation international search and rescue mission scouring the area by sea and air. Read More
Varsha Bhoite and five colleagues — among 500 female land surveyors recruited in the past year by the state government — have broken into a largely male bastion, by appraising 8.65 hectares of land in Haveli Taluka. This is the first time that any female surveyors have started fieldwork since being recruited. However, it is not a stress-free process for these six women, who have to travel to Phulgaon every day, which is nearly 50 kilometres from the city. Read More
Russia is planning to launch another Glonass-M navigation satellite into orbit on March 24, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday. Glonass is Russia’s answer to the US Global Positioning System, or GPS, and is designed for both military and civilian uses. “March 24 has been determined as the most optimal date for Glonass-M launch,” said Col. Alexei Zolotukhin, a spokesman for Aerospace Defense Forces. Read More
A recent article from the Irish Times looks at what life is like for the young surveyors, architects and engineers who left recession Ireland and moved abroad in search of work. Read More
Cadastre 2034 is a comprehensive strategy designed to ensure that in the future New Zealanders will be able to more easily understand where their rights in land actually are, and will be able to visualise those rights – and any restrictions and responsibilities – in three dimensions.
The concept of a middle-income trap is backed by empirical evidence. A study by the World Bank in 2011 found that of 101 middle-income countries in 1960, only 13 had become high-income countries by 2008. Countries in Latin America and the Middle East provide lucid illustrations. Most economies in these two regions reached middle-income status as early as the 1960s and have remained there ever since. Read More
The state government is inching closer towards merging the four urban development bodies, Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), Kolkata Improvement Trust (KIT), Howrah Improvement Trust (HIT) and Kolkata Metropolitan Water and Sanitation Authority (KMWSA). Read More
Bad debt held by Indian banks is growing, as the economy slows down and infrastructure projects stall. From Rs 1.3 lakh crore at the end of March 2012, these have jumped to Rs2.4 lakh crore at the end of December 2013. India's infrastructure companies grew at a rapid pace through most of the 2000s, embarking on spectacular projects fuelled by debt. As they have slowed down, critics say that they should not have taken on as much debt as they did. Read More
Instead of striving for physical growth, today a city’s success should be measured by how wisely it uses energy, water, and other resources, how well it maintains a high quality of life for its people, and how smart it is in building prosperity on a sustainable foundation. In short, cities have to become much smarter about how they use existing capacity and resources. Read More
The 2013 Land Law has seven more chapters and 66 more articles than in the 2003 Land Law. The new Land Law clearly regulates the State's rights, obligations and its role in land management. It says, "The State has the right to decide on land planning; land use planning schemes; the amount of land allocated to a household; land tenure; land allocation decisions; land lease and certificates on land use rights; decisions to acquire land for the purposes of national defence, national security and socio-economic development for the national interest and for the public and others." Read More
The government on Friday approved a national mission to sustain the Himalayan ecosystem. The mission, with an outlay of Rs 550 crore during the 12th plan period, will focus on biodiversity, conservation and protection of wildlife, traditional knowledge of societies and their livelihood in the region. It will also assist in restoration and rehabilitation process of Uttarakhand which had seen large-scale deforestation due to massive construction works in the region. Read More
It will also assist in restoration and rehabilitation process of Uttarakhand which had seen large-scale deforestation due to massive construction works in the region and faced massive deva ..