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 Mar 20, 2008 : High Tech eye on forests

In the next six months Tata Consultancy Services [TCS] will implement GeoVun, a forest management software. This will enable effective patrolling of the forests, police poaching and measure the state of the forests. If successfully adopted across the country, there could be a dramatic improvement of forest cover. Tiger enthusiasts hope their tribe may increase - there are only about 1,400 tigers left in the country.

The pilot study will begin over the Sanjay Gandhi National Park outside Mumbai. Using satellite imagery and geographical positioning system hardware, the system will suggest optimal routes for patrolling forest guards.

TCS will cover the cost of Rs 30 lakhs as an expression of its social commitment. That would be in keeping with the Tata’s outlook of how business profits are meaningless if the society does not benefit. Story

 Jan 14, 2008 : Kiran Bedi’s new mission

Kiran Bedi, the energetic lady cop, who opted to retire from police service recently, has announced a promising initiative. It is common in India for a local police station to refuse recording your complaint, let alone act on it. It is a selectively followed practice, either to sustain a source of illegal income or to reduce work load. Usually, the way around is to know someone higher up.

Ms Bedi’s initiative will do just that. By registering your unattended complaint at you ensure it will be forwarded to the higher echelons. Kiran Bedi’s popularity with the public and the fact that a complaint has become public knowledge could goad the department to action. That at least, is the hope.

The site advises you to be responsible and ask for its services only if your complaint is truthful and you have tried hard -and failed- to have it recorded. For the mission to be effective, it must build credibility and seriousness. The site also has information on how the police system works and the processes it uses.Safer India

 Apr 25, 2007 : Mazumdar’s eye mission

A single man’s passion has transformed Ahmedabad district of Gujarat into country’s leading source of donated eyes. Gautam Mazumdar has been recognised as the man who has stoked the fires for this passion among people. Since 1965, this man has raced around the district to inspire people to donate eyes. He is given the credit for 100,000 eyes donated.

The Government is also set to begin a Rs240 crores, formal programme to encourage eye donations. Eye banks will be funded and donors will get Rs 2,000 for a pair of eyes.


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