August, 2014

‘Patta’ issue to go online soon in Chennai

The concept of ‘patta’ – a legal paper attesting to the actual owner of a plot of land – may not have been so popular in big cities, but landholders in Chennai can soon get ‘patta’ online under a new government initative aimed at curbing bogus transactions. As the run-up to the exercise, 3.76 lakh land records in Chennai district have been computerised. The National Informatics Centre is developing a software. Once it is ready, computer-generated ‘patta’ documents can be issued, say officials.

Badminton World Championships

China’s Chen Long and Spain’s Carolina Marin clinch the men’s and women’s singles titles of the Badminton World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

China’s Parliament slams door on full Hong Kong democracy

China’s Parliament slams door on full Hong Kong democracy by saying that it will control nomination of candidates for landmark 2017 polls.

Myanmar agrees to take back its Rohingya nationals

In a major breakthrough in the decades-old humanitarian crisis, Myanmar agrees to take back its Rohingya nationals, living the refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district.

Slow progress in renewable enrgy capacity addition

Renewable energy sector in the country still appears to be riding in the slow growth tragectory as the new capacity addition during the current fiscal has been lower when compared with the corresponding period of the previous year. The sector has added 722 MW of new capacity during the first four months of this fiscal against 835 MW added during the sams period in the previous fiscal. The industry missed the capacity addition target for the second consecutive year in 2013-14. For the present fiscal, annual capacity target has been lowered to 3,770 MW from 4,325 MW set for the previous year.

Nokia’s HERE ties up with Samsung

Nokia-owned digital maps company HERE has tied up with Samsung. This will see the launch of the app on Android platform. And, it will remain exclusive for Samsung Galaxy smartphones for the time being. HERE will also be available on smart devices powered by Samsung’s own operating system Tizen, including the Samsung Gear S smartwatch, which was unveiled Aug. 28. HERE is a free app, and features maps for almost 200 countries with 100 of them featuring turn-by-turn walking or driving navigation. Traffic information is available for over 40 countries, and public transport info is available for over 750 urban areas worldwide. For the Samsung Gear S, HERE is developing an app called navigator which offers turn-by-turn walk navigation and public transit routing.

Checkdams to be built across rivers

To recharge groundwater and save floodwater draining into the sea, the water resources department (WRD) plans to build checkdams across waterways in Kancheepuram district. One of the checkdams, being built across Kiliyar river, a tributary of Palar river,  will be ready to harness rainwater by September. Two more proposed across other waterways will be completed next year. Every year, Palar river, an important waterway running through the district, receives floodwater from areas upstream and tributaries, like Cheyyar river and Kiliyar river.

World’s first Natural World Heritage Centre

Foundation stone of the world’s first Natural World Heritage Centre was laid at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Dehradun.

Historian Bipan Chandra dies

Noted historian Bipan Chandra dies at his Gurgaon residence in Haryana, at the age of 86. Chandra had mapped  the ebb and flow of India’s freedom struggle and chronicled communalism.

Chennai Port Trust makes changes to outer harbour project

In a bid to make two of its major infrastructure projects attractive, the Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) has altered some of the key parameters and has forwarded the proposals to the Shipping Ministry. The alteration has been proposed as ChPT could not find a partner on this front for the last one year, even as its competitors in the East Coast made substantial progress. On Thursday, the Board of Trustees of ChPT passed resolutions pertaining to the ` 5,100-crore outer harbour project, and converting the existing Jawahar Dock into a multi-cargo terminal at an investment of ` 460 crore.