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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tributes to former president APJ Abdul Kalam and said a memorial for him will be built at his birthplace Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.

“The government has acquired land at Kalam sahab’s birthplace to build a memorial for him. We want it to be an inspiration for future generations,” Modi said at a function to mark Kalam’s birth anniversary.

The prime minister went on: “Soon after quitting the president’s post, he took a flight to Chennai and started teaching.

“And look at his last moments… Where is Rameswaram, where is Delhi, and where is northeast… Going there at his age and spending time with students reflects his commitment,” he said.

Modi said Kalam was committed to enriching India’s human resource.

India must be powerful, but not just by weapons… This was not Kalam sahab’s thought. Weapon power is important, and he contributed to it, but he believed a nation is not identified by boundaries, but by the people.

“So he took up both together, defense research and … enrichment of human resource,” Modi said.

The prime minister was speaking after unveiling a bust of Kalam at the DRDO complex here.

A scientist-turned-politician, Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram and studied physics and aerospace engineering.

He spent four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and was intimately involved in India’s civilian space programme and military missile development efforts.

Kalam was the 11th president of India in 2002-07. He died on July 27 this year.

(IANS)

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CMFRI, ISRO Join Hands to Protect Coastal Wetlands

“Wetlands are highly prospective for some selective aquaculture ventures which will help the local people earn economical gains” he added

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In an effort to build resilience against the impact of climate change on wetlands, the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have teamed up to map, validate and protect smaller wetlands in the coastal region and restore them through coastal livelihood programmes.

This is the first time that a fisheries institute is collaborating with the ISRO to develop a comprehensive climate resilient framework for fisheries and wetlands.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the CMFRI and the Space Applications Centre (SAC) of the ISRO to develop a mobile app and a centralised web portal with complete database of wetlands in the country which were smaller than 2.25 hectares.

Such smaller wetlands cover an area of more than 5 lakh hectares across the country, with Kerala alone having as many as 2,592 such wetlands.

According to the MoU, the two institutes will identify and demarcate the wetlands and restore the degraded ones through suitable livelihood options such as coastal aquaculture.

The mobile app will be used for real-time monitoring of the wetlands and giving advisories to the stakeholders and the coastal people.

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A fisherman stands on his boat as he fishes at the Tisma lagoon wetland park, also designated as Ramsar Site 1141 in the Convention on Wetlands, in Tisma, Nicaragua. VOA

The collaborative move is part of a national framework for fisheries and wetlands recently developed by the National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA), a project of the CMFRI.

The NICRA project aims to find ways and means to mitigate the impact of climate change on marine fisheries and coastal region. According to the MoU, the National Wetland Atlas, already developed by the SAC, will be updated with real-time data of physical, chemical and biological parameters of the wetlands to be provided by the CMFRI.

P.U. Zacharia, who is attached to the NICRA project, said the real-time data of the demarcated coastal wetlands would greatly help in developing a conservation plan for the degraded wetlands in the region, besides utilising these resources for livelihood prospects in the area such as shrimp and crab farming.

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“Smaller wetlands across the country are in a highly neglected state owing to multiple reasons. Climate variability induced rainfall drastically changes the physio-chemical characteristics of such wetlands, which was evidently seen during the devastating floods in Kerala last year.

“The collaborative initiative will help develop a comprehensive wetland information system which could facilitate the village-level wetland advisories to the local people by scientific communities,” Zacharia said.

“Wetlands are highly prospective for some selective aquaculture ventures which will help the local people earn economical gains” he added. (IANS)