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Unauthorised religious structures near drains and on roads were an insult to God, said by Supreme Court

Unauthorised religious structures near drains and on roads were an insult to God, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday, coming down heavily on states for failing to inform it about the action taken against such constructions.

“Everyone has the right to walk. God never intended to obstruct the path meant for the people. Why shouldn’t these structures go?” asked a bench of Justice Gopal Gowda and Justice Arun Misra, hearing a petition on the matter.

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Integration of all transportation modes via Satellites

Railways minister Suresh Prabhu offered hope on Thursday to people seeking seamless travel across different modes of transport in the country.

The minister expects the integration project to pick up pace this year after roping in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for satellite mapping of India’s transportation needs.

As part of the elaborate plan, a citizen will be provided a common mobility card that will allow travel on trains, buses, taxis and ships across the country, and may be used for shopping too.

The project is in the nascent stages and plans to integrate bus and metro services in the metropolitan centres are still on the drawing board.

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India’s first personal rapid transit (PRT)

The National Highways Authority of India has laid the groundwork to roll out India’s first personal rapid transit (PRT) network and will invite global bids for the project within the next fortnight. The pilot project will span a 13km stretch from the Gurgaon-Delhi border to Badshapur Mod on Sohna Road and is estimated to cost Rs 850 crore.

A project called the Metrino (in pic), a PRT system in which pods are suspended from an overhead rail, has been under consideration for a while. Every pod can take up to five passengers. For the pilot project route, 16 stations have been planned, starting near Ambience Mall. A personal rapid transit (PRT) network is made up of small automated vehicles running at close intervals on a guideway with docking stations for passengers to get on and get off.While a pod can accommodate up to five people, there is also an option to hire an entire pod that will take a passenger straight to the destination, skipping the scheduled stops. The average speed of the pods is 60kmph.

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India moving towards Low Emission Development

The Narendra Modi government is moving towards low emission development by pushing for more efficient appliances in agriculture and residential sector.

8 new elevated corridors’ construction to improve Delhi traffic

The road transport and highways ministry wants Delhi’s Kejriwal government to pay Rs 10,000 crore for the construction of eight new elevated corridors linking the eastern and Western peripheral expressways to improve traffic situation in Delhi.

The centre has proposed link road projects worth Rs 20,000 crore that can provide direct connectivity between the Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways through Delhi.

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Odd-Even phase II: Carpool option added to PoochhO app

Days before the second phase of the odd-even plan comes into effect, the Delhi government has announced the launch of carpooling facility on its PoochhO mobile application.

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Drought-hit states asked to utilise 10% of central funds: Birendra Singh

Union minister Birendra Singh on Tuesday asked the states reeling under severe drought to utilise 10% of the central funds lying with them for mitigating the problems like natural calamity even as the Centre was extending support to them.

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Rs 2,000 fine for washing cars, watering plants in morning

To check misuse of water during the summer, municipal authorities here have decided to impose a fine of Rs 2,000 on anyone found washing cars or watering plants in the morning hours.

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Mapping Poverty Using Machine Learning And Satellite Imagery – Geoawesomeness

In the paper titled “Transfer Learning from Deep Features for Remote Sensing and Poverty Mapping“, the interdisciplinary team comprising of researchers from the Computer Science and Earth System Science department have introduced a new transfer learning approach for poverty estimation based on satellite imagery.
Electricity and nighttime lights are one of the modern indicators of economic activity and the lack of artificial lights during night time is regarded as a sign of relative poverty and a machine learning system that has access to a treasure trove of day time and night time satellite imagery together with “ground truth” (poverty data collected using traditional methods) can come up with some interesting associations which can be then used to map poverty in areas where such ground truth.

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