New 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.
Mumbai: The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) Wednesday directed the financial creditors of the grounded Jet Airways to release some interim lifeline funds within 15 days. The lenders had in-principle sanctioned Rs 63 crore to the RP and SBI, the lead lender, had reportedly already disbursed its portion of Rs 10 crore. However, other lenders like Yes Bank, Punjab National Bank, IDBI Bank, Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank and Axis Bank are yet to release their portion. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraTherefore the tribunal has directed these lenders to release the amount within 15 days. The RP of Jet Airways had moved NCLT on September 20 seeking directions to the lenders, who own 51 percent in the airline since March, to release interim funds. The lenders had earlier approved to sanction Rs 63 crore in interim funding to meet the day to day needs and also the fees for the RP. The RP had informed the tribunal that if the interim financing is not done timely, the corporate insolvency resolution process would come to a halt. Following this the lenders, who own 51 percent in the bankrupt company with no business or revenue, had approved interim financing measures in its previous meetings.