Monday, 30 March 2015

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While Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments have been squabbling over Krishna water from Nagarjunasagar, scientists stress on the need for monitoring the use of water from irrigation projects. An Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University assessment of water utilisation from Nagarjunasagar Left Canal found that a lot more water is being used for irrigation than what is actually required. Read more in the Deccan Chronicle 

Xinhua, March 9, 2015 — China's most advanced Earth observation satellite, the Gaofen-2, was put into service on Friday after being launched in August. Read More via Want China Times

Aurangabad, March 9, 2015 — Stressing on the importance of Geographic Information System (GIS) in fields like agriculture, industries , defence and environmental protection, Ambadas Jadhav, the head of the Geography department at Mumbai University said the latest technology has to be used cautiously to avoid a 'boomerang' effect. Read More via TOI 

The Maharashtra Remote Sensing Application Centre will launch a web-based GIS of public drinking water sources in the state.

Read More via Economic Times


The new ISRO chairman Mr. AS Kiran Kumar revealed his future planning of installing better satellites capable of superior earth observations.
“The future of earth observation relies on three factors – continuity and improvement of the operational constellation of satellites, sustained observation of all climate variables and global co-operation for comparing observation data,” said Kumar while  at the International Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Management at Kovalam. Read more via New Delhi times

In the vast pine forests bordering Namadgi National Park to the west of Canberra, the fight has taken flight. Remote Aerial Services un-manned aerial vehicle (UAV) was one of 200 drones nationwide approved for commercial applications, and it is being utilised by the ACT Government in their efforts to control blackberry brambles. Read more via 7 News

 Bhubaneswar, Feb. 27, 2015 - Odisha has been awarded as leading geospatial State for 2014 for its marked achievements in the field of geospatial technology in the entire country. Read more in The New Indian Express

A Washington think tank has obtained what it said are exclusive satellite images showing that China’s land reclamation projects in the Spratly Islands (Nansha Islands, 南沙群島) are on a much larger scale and are progressing at a much faster rate than was previously known. The US Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has published some of the photographs on its Web site, but refuses to reveal who supplied them. Read more in the Taipei Times

Odia scientist Tapan Mishra has taken over as the Director of Space Applications Centre (SAC) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at Ahmedabad. Mishra, who was serving as Deputy Director of Microwave Remote Sensing Area of SAC, succeeded AS Kiran Kumar who is now chairman of ISRO. Read more via The New Indian Express

Every kid likes to draw. But in India, young people living in slums are using their sketching skills to spur urban change. As part of a broader civic campaign centered on "child clubs," groups of children are creating detailed "social maps" of their marginalized neighborhoods to voice their concerns about public space. Read more via City Lab

State governments should focus on acquiring information technologies that could be used by multiple departments rather than standalone ones, Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, R S Sharma said, addressing a gathering at India Geospatial Forum 2015. Read more via The Economic Times

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