BBC: The amateur historians chronicling Delhi’s past on Instagram

BBC: The amateur historians chronicling Delhi’s past on Instagram. “Mr [Umair] Shah, now 27, lives in Delhi where he works in digital marketing for fashion brands. But he’s also Sikkawala, or coin collector – that’s his moniker on Instagram where he documents fragments of history. To take to Instagram isn’t to reduce history to a mere snapshot. Mr Shah’s lyrical captions are steeped in facts and read like excerpts from an exciting story – where we learn about dead emperors, malevolent djinns and of rebellions that dissolved empires – in about 300 words.”

CitySpidey: New website to fight against pollution in Delhi

CitySpidey: New website to fight against pollution in Delhi. “In an initiative to fight against pollution, the Delhi government has launched a website… Environment Minister Gopal Rai informed that this website has been launched to make all information related to anti-pollution campaigns available in one place. This effective use of the content will help spread awareness. Essential information about the EV Policy and Tree Transplantation Policy among other data will be available on the website.”

Hindustan Times: Delhi’s archives and records, dating back to 1803, go online

Hindustan Times: Delhi’s archives and records, dating back to 1803, go online. “Centuries-old land records of the national Capital and other important government documents were made available online on Wednesday after deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia launched the web portal of Delhi Archives … Delhi Archives is a custodian of Delhi government records and was established in 1972 to preserve the archival heritage of the city. The department has archival records dating to 1803.”

Delhi’s oral history: Now, government will archive your memories, traditions (Hindustan Times)

Hindustan Times: Delhi’s oral history: Now, government will archive your memories, traditions. “Museums and libraries in the city have stacks of its records — rich with tangible heritage, tales of rulers and their nobles. However, it does not have much to offer in terms of nuanced personal accounts of places in Delhi, past events and its citizenry. This ‘vacuum’ has captured the attention of the department of archives, which has planned to launch ‘oral history project’ to gather and record people’s memories and experiences.”

Times of India: Cops to use Google Maps to decongest roads

Times of India: Cops to use Google Maps to decongest roads. “Google will come to the aid of road managers in Delhi, with traffic police all set to use Google Maps to monitor traffic situations on arterial roads. The cops will employ the traffic maps, which give real-time vehicular situations, determine the congestion on roads. If any stretch is seen to be badly affected, a screenshot of the map will be sent on a Whatsapp group to the traffic inspector, ACP and DCP concerned for corrective actions.”

The Hindu: Delhi Archives to be digitised, microfilmed

The Hindu: Delhi Archives to be digitised, microfilmed. “About four crore pages of archival material of the Delhi Archives would be digitised and microfilmed in the next 30 months, with the Delhi government on Thursday launching the digitisation project. The Delhi Archives, which is tasked with preserving the archival heritage of the Capital, has about 10 crore pages of materials, according Deputy Chief Minister and Art and Culture Minister Manish Sisodia, who inaugurated the digitisation project.” One crore equals ten million.

Land Records for Delhi India Digitized and Put Online

Land records for Delhi, India, have been digitized and put online. “Land records of almost all villages across national capital have been digitised as part of efforts to bring transparency and weed out corruption, Delhi government said today…. A senior officer of the Revenue Department said that land records of all villages of Delhi except for the villages of North District have been digitised and digitally signed from today.”

Google, Twitter to Aid Delhi In Distributing Mass Transit Information

The government of Delhi, in India, is teaming up with Google and Twitter to provide information about mass transportation. “As the Delhi government prepares to enforce the odd-even vehicle scheme from January 1, Transport Minister Gopal Rai Friday announced a slew of measures to augment public transport in the national capital, including the government’s decision to tie up with Google and Twitter to provide primary data about bus and Metro services in the city.” This is not unprecedented; check out this great story about how Google mapped out the uncentralized bus system of Nairobi, Kenya.