Hindustan Times: Online exhibition ‘Crafted in India’ to showcase handicraft heritage. “The exquisite basketry of Angami Nagas from Nagaland, Bell Metal Craft of Payyanur in Kerala, the centuries old ‘Mata Ni Pachedi’ textile art of Gujarat and several other crafts of India are now part of Google Arts and Culture platform.”
India Today: Google collaborates with Swachh Bharat Mission, adds over 57,000 public toilets to Maps across India. “Google on Wednesday, October 2 announced that it has added the location of over 57,000 public toiltets located across more than 2,300 cities in India to its Google Maps. This means that now users in more than 2,300 cities in India will be able to search for public toilets on Maps just as they search for metro stations, petrol pumps, ATMs, hotels and chemists among other things.” I know toilets on a map is a bit of a hee-hee, but lack of access to toilets in India is a big public health problem.
The Hindu: Mobile app to generate digital database of wetlands. “The mobile app is aimed to generate a centralised digital database of the smaller wetlands (2.2 ha or below) across the country. Such smaller wetlands cover an area of more than five lakh hectares across the country, while Kerala has 2,592 smaller wetlands.”
NDTV: Film Archive Gets 30 Reels Of Rare Unedited Footage Of Mahatma Gandhi. “The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) on Friday said it has obtained 30 reels of several hours of unedited footage detailing several key events from Mahatma Gandhi’s life and his death…. Primary inspection indicates the material is in good condition and NFAI will soon plan to digitise it, [NFAI Director Prakash Magdum] said.”
News18 (India): Central Heritage Database of Archaeological sites, Artefacts through Satellite Mapping Soon. “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.”
CanIndia: Google goes bullish on India, unveils multiple products. “In its bid to make the Internet more accessible, inclusive and empowering for everyone in India, Google on Thursday announced a slew of products, including an artificial intelligence (AI) lab in Bengaluru, BSNL partnership, ‘Google Pay for Business’ app for merchants along with expanding Indian language support across Google Assistant, Discover, Lens and Bolo products.”
Times of India: If govt fails to curb social media misuse, we’ll step in: SC . “The Supreme Court on Friday sought to goad the Centre to check misuse of social media platforms for circulating fake news and rumours, saying it could step in to do what is required if there was no action by the executive. ”