Saturday, 25 April 2015

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Focused primarily on roads, water supply and public spaces, the civic body's development plan for the old and new city areas has not taken into to account the impact of climate change , as it is still considered a distant threat. But experts now insist that effective climate-resilience policy should be part of the regular urban development plan. Environmentalists said that not taking into account the impact of climate change at the urban planning stage could lead to huge economic losses and a high social cost burden. Read more via The Times of India

While the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has put the country in global limelight because of its low-cost mission to Mars, its commercial wing, Antrix, has started witnessing a robust growth with more countries approaching it with offers to launch their satellites. Read more via Hindustan Times

Senator Loren Legarda called for the establishment of a comprehensive map of coral resources nationwide to help leaders and lawmakers arrive at a policy for food security in the Philippines. An updated comprehensive mapping of the country’s coral reef resources should be done by the departments of agriculture; environment and natural resources; and science and technology, and the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines, said Legarda, chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. Read more via Gulf News

The Sabah Town and Regional Planning Department and WWF-Malaysia are jointly hosting a two-day Semporna Marine Spatial Planning in Semporna. The outcome is going to be historic since it will lead to the production of the first marine spatial plan in Malaysia. Marine Spatial Planning is a process using innovative mapping tools and engagement of stakeholders which in this case involve multiple and competing users of the seas to come out with an integrated or co-ordinated plan of actions on how to use the marine resources sustainably. Read more via Daily Express

Online marketplace Alibaba, search engine Baidu, and messaging-app maker Tencent are pouring money into free mapping apps to draw larger mobile audiences. The location data that comes with the new users is coveted by advertisers, who can push products to people in specific places. Alibaba’s mobile apps, Amap and Anav, show local pollution readings culled from China’s Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs and can plot routes inside about 2,000 commercial buildings. Read more via Today

In  1794, five years before William Lambton submitted his plan for Geogrophical and Mathematical Survey (Predecessor to GTS), the English East India Company opened its first survey school outside Europe at Fort St George. This school served as a training ground for hordes of surveying officers. Read more via The New Indian Express

When China’s president Xi Jinping laid out his plans to establish a “New Silk Road” across Central Asia in 2013, he was doing more than invoking China’s distant past. Instead, he was sketching out a new direction for Chinese trade and investment. the new link to Europe could facilitate China's growth. Read more via Forbes

India and France today signed 17 agreements, including on the stalled nuclear project in Jaitapur in Maharashtra, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with French President Francois Hollande. After the two leaders held extensive talks, MoU was also signed between Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) on the Indo-French Megha Tropiques satellite which was launched on board the Indian launch vehicle PSLV on October 12, 2011. The MoU shall extend by two more years, the joint project for sharing and use of data from the satellite. Read more via Outlook

Rajasthan leads the country with the largest geographical area under mining leases, hence leading to largest diversion of forest land. But despite the ministry of environment & forest requesting the state for a geo-referenced forest map since 2011, the state still does not have an approved geo-reference map. The geo-referenced map was to be attached with all applications to ensure accurate delineation of the forest area proposed to be diverted for non-forest purpose. Read more via NYoooz

M Annadurai, Outstanding Scientist and Programme Director, Indian Remote Sensing Satellites (IRS) and Small Satellite Systems (SSS) of ISRO Satellite Centre(ISAC), Bangalore, has assumed the office of Director, ISAC on April 1, 2015. He took over as Director, ISAC from S K Shivakumar, who superannuated on March 31, 2015. Read more via Business Standard

Filipinos may heave a sigh of relief over news that one of two microsatellites slated for launch into space in 2016 may play a crucial role in improving weather forecasting, managing disasters, and protecting forests, among other  benefits.  It will also be a boon in terms of the preservation of natural and cultural heritage sites. Read more via VCPost

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