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A Brief Review of the Making of Smart Cities in India

A Brief Review of the Making of Smart Cities in India

Articles
What makes a City Smart? This question has become more relevant today than ever before in the history of modern urbanisation! A city is considered Smart when it improves and develops. Here, development is primarily focused on improved technology, better infrastructure (institutional, physical, social and economic) and an integrated system of communication and information. The concept of a Smart city varies from country to country. This is also because of the varied connotations affiliated with the term development. Smart City: A Boon Development not only attracts people but also attracts investors. Thus it also benefits the economy. Citizens of a Smart city have improved quality of life and reduced risk of diseases. The localities in a smart city have wide roads and well...
29 Species Camera Trapped in North Sumatra

29 Species Camera Trapped in North Sumatra

Global
The days when conservation and technology could not be spoken of in one breath are passé. Information Communication Technology (ICT) today has some really amazing uses in the field of conserving biodiversity. Recently, a study conducted by Conservation International (CI), Indonesia, camera-trapped an impressive 29 animal species in North Sumatra. The cameras, placed at the Batang Gadis National Park (BNGP), significantly documented five endangered species- the Sumatran clouded leopard, the Sumatran tiger, the Sunda pangolin, the Asiatic wild dog and the Malayan Tapir- for over thirty days. Other documented animals include the four of the five Sumatran wild cat species, the endemic bronze-tail peacock pheasant and the Salvadori's pheasant. These results further support the list
Kaagaz: A Bold New Innovation to Save Paper and Trees

Kaagaz: A Bold New Innovation to Save Paper and Trees

Green Living
By the time you finish reading this post, more than 199 tons of paper will have been produced. About 3,068,381 trees will already have been chopped down for those sheets. And since making each kilogram of paper requires a whopping 324 liters of water – 58,479,732 liters will have been soaked up by the very same paper. 42% of all global wood harvest is eaten up by our paper needs. Is this easily replaceable commodity really what we want to spend our forest resources on, seeing as now we have plentiful technological alternatives? Maybe, we do want that. Because even though a reduction in paper usage was predicted due to the electronic revolution, that never actually happened. In fact, the demand for paper is expected to double by 2030. People simply don't want to stop using paper.
Environment Information System (ENVIS) Awards Presented

Environment Information System (ENVIS) Awards Presented

Green Alert
A National Interaction-Cum-Evaluation Workshop for Environment Information System (ENVIS) recently took place in New Delhi. Environment Information System (ENVIS) is a Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and has been implemented since 1982. The purpose of the scheme is to integrate nation-wide efforts in environmental information collection, collation, storage, retrieval and dissemination through ENVIS websites, which are dedicated to different themes. The ENVIS network consists of 69 Centres, of which 29 are hosted by the State Governments/UT Administrations while 40 Centres are being hosted by environment-related governmental and non-governmental organisations/ institutes of professional excellence. Major users of ENVIS include Centr...

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 51, 2011

Green Alert
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 51 (starting December 19), 2011 1. Delhi needs more space, but how? Delhi is a city caught in the throes of history. On the one hand, it bears the legacy of an aesthetic skyline dotted with low-rise buildings, vast greens and wide roads. On the other, it faces the very real problem of a rapidly growing population and shrinking space. 2. Delhi set to go higher, taller After mid-rise structures with 12-15 floors that came up in east and west Delhi in the early 90s, the city is now set to get skyscrapers a la Mumbai. Several developers are constructing high-end residential towers of more than 15 floors. The tallest project by Raheja Developers called Raheja Phoenix will have a 51-storey tower. 3. Do...
Paper on Delhi Greens Blog Presented at a Delhi University Conference

Paper on Delhi Greens Blog Presented at a Delhi University Conference

Green Alert
A two days National Seminar on the topic "Media and The New World Order" was organized on 4 & 5 February 2011 by the University of Delhi in its North campus situated Conference Center.  The seminar was aimed at highlighting the work done by various research and academic institutes in the field of media and its relevance in the present day. A paper on the role of new and social media was presented by me at the Conference, with this blog as a case study. My paper entitled “The Role of New & Social Media in generating environmental awareness: A case study of the Delhi Greens blog” was the only paper which spoke about New & Social media with a comparison to conventional media. Since other presenters at the Conference were mainly professors and teachers from across India, a need
ICT Workshop for Non-Profits on Using FOSS Softwares

ICT Workshop for Non-Profits on Using FOSS Softwares

Events
Free and open source software, also F/OSS, FOSS, or FLOSS (free/libre/open source software) is software that is liberally licensed to grant the right of users to use, study, change, and improve its design through the availability of its source code. And without worrying about licensing and copyrights. This means there is no per-seat licensing unlike proprietary software and you are free to install it on as many systems as you like. The "free" can be misleading for some and is actually intended to refer to the freedom to copy and re-use the software, rather than to the price of the software. The Free Software Foundation suggests that to understand the concept, one should "think of free as in free speech, not as in free beer". To promote FOSS and help non-profits using it, Sarai C...

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