T H E H E A R T B E A T O F T H E I N D I A N C O M M U N I T Y
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DECEMBER 8, 2017
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Navy celebrates achievements
with Beating Retreat Ceremony
THE Indian Navy held a Beating
Retreat Ceremony at the Gateway
of India in Mumbai, ahead of its
Navy Day on Dec 4. In the picture
(right), rehearsals are underway on
The event celebrated the Indian
Navy’s achievements and paid
tribute to the sacrifices made by the
personnel. Throngs of people were
present to witness the performances
by the Indian Navy.
Telangana to set up IT campus
THE Telangana government an-
nounced that it will set up an
Information Technology (IT) campus
for those with disabilities, claiming
that this will be the first such facility
in the world.
Spread over 10 acres, the IT park,
which will create jobs for people
with disabilities, will be located
near the Hyderabad International
It will have amenities such as
training and residential facilities,
and will cater to both domestic and
Haryana to check overloading
in buses with drones, CCTV
TO KEEP tabs on overloaded ve-
hicles on roads between states, the
Haryana government is setting up
check-posts at 18 different locations
to intensify checking with the help
of drones and CCTV cameras.
A government spokesman said
vehicles found going against the
loading norms would receive a fine.
Seven Wonders of the World
replicas in Mumbai garden
REPLICAS of the Seven Wonders of
the World will be created in a civic
garden in Mumbai.
It is expected to cost Rs2.60
crores and will come up in the
133-year-old Joseph Baptista Gar-
The replicas include the Statue
of Christ the Redeemer (Brazil),
Statue of Liberty (US), Leaning
Tower of Pisa and The Colosseum
(both Italy), Eiffel Tower (France),
Chichen Itza Pyramid (Mexico) and
the Taj Mahal (India).
Each replica, which will be deco-
rated by colour-changing LED lights
and special lamps, will include a
brief history and description of the
at Pune airport now
FIVE hundred new passenger bag-
gage trolleys will be provided at
the Pune International Airport this
month. This comes after complaints
about inadequate facilities at the
Acting on the complaints, the
authorities have also installed 250
new chairs, with 100 more to come
by the end of December.
An airport official said it is “in
the process of increasing facilities
for passengers” and “many things
will come up at the airport in the
Pink seats for women
in BMTC buses
WOMEN travelling in the new
Bangalore Metropolitan Transport
Corporation (BMTC) buses will
have specially reserved seats soon.
The decision to change the colour
of the seats for women to pink
comes after an increasing number
of complaints against men travelling
in seats meant for women.
The project may be extended to
other bus corporations depend-
ing on the responses it gets from
Death penalty for convicts who
rape girls 12 and below in MP
MADHYA Pradesh has become
the first state in India to mete out a
death penalty to those found guilty
of raping girls aged 12 and below.
The Bill, which was passed in
the state’s assembly, will be sent to
the president for his approval after
which it will become law, said state
Home Minister Bhupendra Singh.
Welcoming the Bill, Chief Min-
ister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said:
“There are people in society who
can be set right only by severe
punishments. It (the legislation) will
deal with them.”
E-rickshaws to aid Faridabad
metro commuters with
TO PROVIDE convenience to
metro commuters in Faridabad,
the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
has started an e-rickshaw service
providing last mile connectivity in
The specially designed rickshaws,
with covered cabin and full-front
windscreen, will serve commut-
ers within an area of 3km to 4km
around metro stations.
There are currently 150 e-
rickshaws which cover four metro
stations in Faridabad — Escorts
Mujesar, Bata Chowk, Neelam
Ajronda Chowk and Old Faridabad.
The fares for these rides cost
Rs10 for the first 2km and Rs5 for
the next 1km subsequently.
London mayor launches project
in Delhi to tackle air pollution
LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan
was on a visit to Delhi to launch a
global network to find solutions to
improve worsening air quality in
The Air Quality Network will be
chaired by Mr Khan and Bengaluru
Mayor R. Sampath Raj to tackle
rising air pollution.
Mr Khan said he was “proud to
announce that London and Benga-
luru will be leading a new air qual-
ity partnership. We hope to work
with key cities across the world and
in India, including Delhi”.
During his six-day trip, Mr Khan
also visited a school in Delhi and
spoke to the children (below).
Google helps Indian Railways
showcase its heritage
A rare photo... of a semaphore signalling system at the Adra yard of South-eastern Railways.
Search giant helps to crowd source rare photos to create a
digital repository for free and universal access online
N PARTNERSHIP with Google,
Indian Railways has undertak-
en an elaborate crowd-sourcing
exercise to create a digital reposi-
tory of its rich heritage and pro-
vide a free virtual tour.
In a pilot project, the Google
Cultural Institute has deployed six
video screens at Chhatrapati Shiv-
aji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in
Mumbai showcasing the national
transporter’s rich history and heri-
tage — with much of the content
“A virtual visit will never replace
the real thing. But technology can
help open up art and culture to ev-
eryone and we think that’s a pow-
erful thing,” said a senior railway
ministry official involved with the
There will be more such screens
at other stations to expose com-
muters to the Railways’ past, said
Even as the Railways began col-
lecting rare pictures through its
unique crowd-sourcing effort, it
entered into an agreement with
the Google institute to digitise and
showcase these slices of history to
help create a digital repository for
free and universal online access.
Various other ministries and in-
stitutes of the government have
already collaborated with the
Google institute for displaying and
preserving India’s cultural heritage
The Railways has a long list of
heritage assets including bridges,
steam locomotives, buildings, ar-
tefacts and museums which can be
showcased for a global audience.
It currently has 34 museums,
heritage parks and heritage gal-
leries across India. It has also
preserved about 230 steam loco-
motives, 110 vintage coaches and
wagons at prominent places.
Other heritage assets include 25
bridges and 70 buildings.
“Once these are placed online,
it will act as a great tourist attrac-
tion,” the official said.
The Railways spends about
Rs250 crores annually to maintain
and manage the heritage assets.
“We are seeking private players’
participation to help preserve rail
heritage assets — like SBI Founda-
tion is doing at CSMT,” the official
As part of the Digitial India-Dig-
ital Rail campaign, Google is also
providing a free Wi-Fi service at
The Railways is preparing a com-
prehensive conservation manage-
ment plan to preserve and pro-
mote its heritage assets.
Besides, a dedicated rail heritage
website is operational for those
seeking information online.
Currently, the Railways has
Unesco-recognised assets such as
the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway,
Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Kalka
Shimla Railway and the CSMT in
The Matheran Light Railway and
Kangra Valley Railway are also
likely to get World Heritage status
Google will soon include the
Rewari Steam Locomotive Shed
and National Rail Museum in the
virtual tour, and later the Nilgiri
Mountain railway as well.
If things go according to plan, all
the rail heritage assets would be
available online before 2025.
Indo-Asian News Service
help open up art
and culture to
we think that’s a
— Said a senior railway ministry
official involved with the project.
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