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Every Indian is Special, VIP vehicles should do away with Red Beacons: PM Narendra Modi

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PM Narendra Modi. Wikimedia

New Delhi, April 19, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who on Wednesday took the decision that VIP vehicles should do away with red beacons, said “Every Indian is a VIP”.

Replying to a tweet hailing the government decision, Modi said: “Every Indian is special. Every Indian is a VIP.”

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In another post, Modi said: “It should have gone long ago. Glad that today a strong beginning has been made.”

“These symbols are out of touch with the spirit of new India.”

The decision was taken by Prime Minister Modi, who informed the cabinet about it. Soon after the announcement, several ministers removed the red beacons from their vehicles.

The central government on Wednesday announced that no dignitary will be allowed to flaunt red beacons atop their vehicles from May 1, and necessary changes in the laws for the purpose are being brought about. (IANS)

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2 Indian Research Teams Win Amazon Web Services Cloud Grants

Bengaluru-based Indian Institute for Human Settlements won the grant for the project

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The Centre of Studies in Resources Engineering (CSRE) at Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay won the grant for its project. Pixabay

Two teams from India made it to 21 winning projects that will be awarded $1.5 million worth of cloud services, grants and technical support through the Earth Observation Cloud Credits Programme, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced.

The Centre of Studies in Resources Engineering (CSRE) at Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay won the grant for its project titled “Crop inventory mapping from SAR data on cloud computing platform”.

Bengaluru-based Indian Institute for Human Settlements won the grant for the project titled “Integrating Earth Observation Data with Censuses and Sample Surveys to Estimate Development Indicators for India”.

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Two teams from India made it to 21 winning projects that will be awarded $1.5 million worth of cloud services, grants and technical support. Pixabay

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and AWS in December announced the programme, a joint collaboration to offer research organizations access to AWS Cloud services.

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Under the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative (ASDI), this programme will enable Earth observations and applications to support sustainable environmental development including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. (IANS)