Technology

Solar Power in India

Most of the people today know about the uses of solar energy and why we should use it. With the rapid depletion of conventional, non-renewable sources of energy like coal, gas and oil, finding out ways to harness and increase the production of alternate, renewable sources of energy is on the rise. Can we harness solar energy and produce solar power in India? India, being partly tropical and sub-tropical, receives sunlight all round the year. The amount of solar energy received by India is a whopping...

NRDMS # Technology

Good Governance: GIS in Law Enforcement

Catering to over 1.3 billion people, the law enforcement agencies in India face a lot of challenges. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), India had deployed only 138 personnel per one lakh population in 2015. India ranked 67th out of 71 countries in terms of personnel deployed to population ratio (ET, 2015). According to the Bureau of Police Research & Development, as of January 2017, India had 15,579 police stations, with 10,052 stations in urban areas, 4,998 stations...

Energy

Nuclear Power and Energy Security in India

The story of nuclear power in India began in September 1972, when the then Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi visited the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and the project to manufacture and test a nuclear bomb was given a confirmation. Following this approval, the scientists started working on converting their ideas into reality. Apart from designing, minds were also pondering over locating and preparing an appropriate test site for the project, which was commonly called ‘Smiling Buddha’. Almost...

Oceans

What regulates our coastline: Coastal Regulation Zone Directives

Need for restrictions on Coastal Regulation Zone India has a vast coastline with nine states and four union territories having a sea-line running along their borders. Consequently, large populations of people are dependent on the sea for their livelihood. The scenic beauty of the sea and coastal formations also attract tourists in huge numbers. Minerals like salt, potassium, magnesium, sand and gravel, limestone and gypsum, manganese nodules, phosphorites , volcanic deposits of metals, placer deposits...

NRDMS # Technology

Geo-Spatial Applications by NRDMS in Telecom

According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the total number of telephone subscribers in the country amounted to 1.2 billion as of September 2017. This comprises of both the wireless and the wireline subscribers in the country. The number of rural subscribers is over 500 million while the urban subscribers amount to over 700 million (TRAI, 2017). The biggest players in Indian telecom industry are familiar names such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Reliance Jio. Government-controlled...

Magazine Articles # Technology

PV Efficiency Grounds India’s Solar Ambitions

India is fast emerging as the largest market for low cost and poor quality solar photovoltaics (PV) modules— a compounding hazardous waste, especially threatening in the absence of adequate quality control.

Magazine Articles # Weather n Climate

Warming Temperatures and Arctic’s Dwindling Sea Ice

The Arctic amplification—as it has been termed, is resulting in a perceptible shift of this region to a new environment which is warmer, wetter and more variable than ever before.

Earth Science # Magazine Articles

The Glaciers of the Himalaya

In the central and eastern Himalayas, a general negative mass balance has been reported, whereas in the glaciers of the Karakoram Range in the northwestern Himalaya, heterogeneous behaviour is depicted.

Magazine Articles # Technology

Himalaya | Seeking a Coordinated Approach in Glacier Research

Himalaya has been warming at a rate much higher than the global average. The results of studies on the glaciers of three basins - Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra conducted over three decades are discussed.

Technology

Catastrophic Plastic Waste Dumping into the Oceans

Causing the death of over 100,000 marine mammals and millions of fishes and birds annually, plastic waste dumped into the ocean has emerged as the biggest waste problem of planet Earth. While over 50 per cent of the ocean area is free of any national jurisdiction, increased ocean plastic is moving the world towards a global catastrophe.