Central heritage database of archaeological sites artefacts through satellite mapping soon

first_imgNew Delhi: The government is planning to set up a facility for satellite mapping and documentation to create a central heritage database of archaeological sites and artefacts, sources said Sunday.The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will create this digital repository with the help of the Tata Trust, which will build this facility under its Corporate Social Responsibility. The data will be hosted in India with high-security cloud-based access. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”ASI will sign an MoU to this effect with the Tata Trust soon and this will mean that unknown archaeological sites and related antiquities can be discovered and documented in over next 10 years using the satellite imagery and remote sensing technique,” a source said. The documentation through this technique will help in building a sound knowledge base and safe future of artefacts for the successful implementation of the key articles of the UNESCO Convention on the means of prohibiting and prevention of illicit import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural property. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenThe first stop will be used for sites in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The MoU, the source said, will also help in constructing a cultural heritage database aimed at greater security and context for existing artefacts and monuments. “The prospective archaeological sites identified through these satellite imageries will be ground checked by professional archaeologists to assess their potential for detailed investigations. “The artefacts will also be documented with high-resolution technologies highlighting the history, archaeology, art history, provenance and other details,” a senior official of the culture ministry, under which the ASI operates, said. As a part of the MoU, the facility will help in undertaking capacity building programmes for students as well as practising archaeologists engaged in the field of survey, satellite mapping and remote sensing. “An academic curriculum based on this would be designed along with satellite remote sensing labs at Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology,” the source said. The project will be enabled through a crowd-sourced expedition of virtual explorers, community hubs of citizen archaeologists to assist with local fieldwork and a global platform that makes cultural heritage data accessible to all.last_img read more

Telangana IMS director arrested in multicrore drugs scam

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Friday arrested Insurance Medical Service (IMS) Director Devika Rani and five others in a multi-crore- scam in supply of medicines to dispensaries and hospitals under the Employees State Insurance (ESI) scheme. After simultaneous raids at 23 places in Hyderabad and Warangal, the ACB sleuths took Devika Rani into custody from her residence in Hyderabad and later shifted her to the ACB office for questioning. Five other officials and pharmacists were also taken into custody. The arrested are likely to be produced in a court later in the day. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh The director and other officials allegedly caused losses to the government exchequer by purchasing medicines through special medical drug dispensing units instead of ‘rate contract’ firms during 2017-18. IMS director allegedly diverted several crore rupees by purchasing drugs and surgical kits from unauthorised firms under the guise of emergency. They are facing charges of making false indents, falsifying records and violating rules in purchasing medicines. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The anti-graft agency launched an inquiry into the scam following directions from the state government. The Vigilance and Enforcement wing had earlier conducted a probe into the allegations that Devika did not follow the eligibility criteria in selection of firms for supply of medicines. The probe found that the medicines were brought at exorbitant prices, in violation of the procurement procedures and e-tender process.last_img read more

Police file charge sheet against IPS officer accused of raping FB friend

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police has filed the final charge sheet against an IPS officer of West Bengal cadre, over a year after a woman who he befriended on Facebook accused him of raping her, sources said on Sunday. The Delhi-based woman had in 2018 accused the officer of raping her on the promise of marriage. The charge sheet was filed earlier this month, the sources said. According to the charge sheet, the woman and the IPS officer became friends on Facebook and within a few months of chatting and video calls, the IPS officer met her in Delhi on January 27. The woman alleged that he kept promising that he would marry her. On their first meeting, the two went to a mall in Vasant Kunj for dinner.last_img read more