Google Maps not authentic, says country’s top surveyor


Swarna Subba Rao, the Surveyor General of India stated, Google Maps isn’t viewed as ‘bona fide’ since it isn’t outlined by the administration.

She told yesterday that maps arranged by the Survey of India, a 250-year-old foundation in Dehradun, were utilized for indispensable framework ventures.The leader of the organization which has the order to get ready maps for guard purposes said numerous individuals utilized Google maps for low-end applications.The maps created by the Survey of India are utilized for genuine applications,” he stated, reacting to an inquiry at an occasion sorted out to discharge a memorial stamp to check 250 years of the foundation.

The Survey of India’s geography maps are required for extremely precise and building quality information basic for something like another rail line or a waterway,” Rao said talking at the occasion.The Survey of India falls under the Department of Science and Technology.

DST Secretary Ashutosh Sharma, in any case, included that it is inappropriate to dismiss satellite mapping as the maps arranged by the Survey of India and organizations, for example, Google filled distinctive needs.Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Communication, said the Survey of India had the particular respect of printing India’s first postage stamp and the principal duplicate of the Constitution of India.

He included that any formative work could just begin after legitimate study and mapping has been finished.


Worried about Strava? It’s not the only app mapping our every move


It was an extraordinary PR move: in November wellness following organization Strava propelled a refreshed worldwide heatmap that envisioned all the area information that its clients had been on the whole communicating, uncovering famous running spots the world over. It is an entrancing visual, yet it coincidentally pinpointed the area and format of mystery army installations where wellness cognizant warriors had been circling with their wellness trackers or telephones. Whoops.

The sudden manners by which our own information spills out into the world range from the somewhat interesting to the out and out frightening. Pornhub is famous for its eye-getting information perceptions of the explicit proclivities of individuals in various areas and amid various political occasions. The Strava occurrence included data that clients themselves made open, however such information is likewise defenseless against hacking.

In 2016 a security specialist in Japan found that it was impeccably conceivable to decide a man’s correct area through abusing shortcomings in the gay dating application, Grindr. In 2010 Foursquare, the social administration that urged its clients to “check in” at well known areas, made the genuinely significant mistake of freely communicating the greater part of that information coincidentally. These episodes uncover what can happen when we bolster our area information and private data into tremendous anonymised banks

Numerous free applications request access to private data that they truly don’t require with a specific end goal to give the capacity they publicize. We’ve all had the experience of downloading, say, a wake up timer application and all of a sudden being requested to give the thing access to your call information, area, media, telephone stockpiling and whatever else it can get to – data that is then generally anonymised and sold, for promoting purposes. Prevalent administrations, for example, Facebook, Google, Tripadvisor and Groupon are in any event more prone to keep such data secure and be less defenseless against programmers, however despite everything they get a kick out of the chance to watch where we are.

risk map (risk heat map)


The objective of a hazard delineate to enhance an association’s comprehension of its hazard profile and craving, clear up deduction on the nature and effect of dangers, and enhance the association’s hazard evaluation show. In the endeavor, a hazard outline frequently introduced as a two-dimensional network. For instance, the probability a hazard will happen might be plotted on the x-hub, while the effect of a similar hazard is plotted on the y-pivot.

A hazard delineate considered a basic segment of big business chance administration since it recognizes dangers that need more consideration. Recognized dangers that fall in the high-recurrence and high-seriousness area would then be able to be made a need by associations. In the event that the association is scattered topographically and certain dangers are related with certain land zones, dangers may be shown with a warmth outline, shading to delineate the levels of hazard to which singular branch workplaces are uncovered.

dentification of inborn dangers is the initial phase in making a hazard delineate. Dangers can be extensively arranged into vital hazard, consistence chance, operational hazard, monetary hazard and reputational chance, yet associations should expect to outline their own particular records by mulling over particular factors that may influence them fiscally. Once the dangers have been recognized, it is important to comprehend what sort of inner or outer occasions are driving the dangers.

The following stage in chance mapping is assessing the dangers: evaluating the recurrence, the potential effect and conceivable control procedures to balance the dangers. The dangers should then be organized. The most impactful dangers can be overseen by applying control procedures to help diminish their potential event.

As dangers develop and vulnerabilities change, a hazard delineate be re-assessed occasionally. Associations additionally should survey their hazard maps consistently to guarantee key dangers are being overseen viably.


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The Velachery MRTS, the Perungudi dump yard, TCS, Tech Mahindra, Wipro and HCL structures – these are yet a couple of cases of critical milestones in south Chennai that will stop to exist by the year 2100, on the off chance that we don’t act now.

As per a 2012 ‘Beach front Zones of India’ report arranged by Ahmedabad-based Satellite Application Center (SAC), a unit of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Tamil Nadu is set to lose 3,209.33 sq km of waterfront region inclined to submergence if the ocean level ascents by even one meter.

A realistic portrayal of maps gave by SAC features parcels that are probably going to be submerged in blue. The red segments show territories that might be influenced when there is a high tide.

The Tamil Nadu government intends to discharge a Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) and it should in a perfect world record for Sea Level Rise (SLR). It ought to likewise contain the required risk line, long haul gets ready for fisher lodging and forthcoming area utilize. As indicated by the Coastal Resource Center, the state ought to have discharged the CZMP in 2012 yet neglected to. Furthermore, in spite of ISRO’s critical notices, the administration has permitted densification of modern establishments and urban sprawl in powerless seaside zones.

“Environmental change and ocean level ascent are genuine and show threats. The CZMP offers a chance to get ready for the decongesting of the drift. Different nations are doing that. We should begin withdrawing from the ocean and enhancing our regular shields against outrageous ocean borne occasions,” says Pooja Kumar of Coastal Resource Center.

According to the submergence maps contained in the SAC’s report, Chennai stands to lose 3.11 sq. km of basic modern foundation, all in the Ennore locale.

A Vast, 430-Year-Old World Map


Conceived close Milan in 1544, Urbano Monte carried on with an existence of recreation and extravagance. For him, such flexibility implied grant, and the gathering of a library prestigious in the area. In his mid 40s, his interests swung to topography, and a mammoth 20-year push to integrate and combine everything known about the world’s geology into a couple of volumes. More than that, he needed to make a planisphere guide of the world “to demonstrate the whole earth as close as conceivable to a three-dimensional circle utilizing a two-dimensional surface,” composes outline and researcher David Rumsey, who digitized the maps appeared here.

Monte imagined the part maps—60 taking all things together—being sewed together, thus left definite directions for how to transform them into one mammoth portrayal of the world, more than nine feet in width. Incorporated into the four volumes are additionally outlines demonstrating the lengths of days at various circumstances of year and an expanded topographical treatise on the world and cosmology. Not at all like numerous cutting edge maps, which utilize the Mercator projection from around a similar time, his guide demonstrates the world from straightforwardly over the North Pole. Today, this viewpoint is known as the north polar azimuthal projection, most broadly utilized on the logo of the United Nations.

Once amassed, the guide demonstrates a lavish, exceedingly customized interpretation of the world, with a shockingly expansive gathering of genuine and dream monsters frolicking and cutting loose ashore and ocean. Rumsey’s sweep and advanced gathering of the cartographic confuse speaks to the first occasion when that Monte’s work has been found in its full transcendence: It is the single biggest world guide of the sixteenth century, and one to a great extent overlooked or disregarded via cartographers and researchers.

Monte did not drop by his land learning by venturing to the far corners of the planet. Or maybe, the vast majority of the guide is sourced from others officially drifting around, and long messages portraying the excursions of early voyagers, so it pulls in their different misguided judgments about far-flung places, especially around South America. It’s trusted that more examination will uncover unequivocally which writings he drew from. His Japan, then again, was the result of managed singular investigation and discussion with guests from Japan from the 1580s. While it looks to some extent like any advanced guide (and is by all accounts the wrong far up), the level of detail is noteworthy.