NRSC Current Affairs - 2019

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IBM inks MoU with NRSC to monitor mining activities using satellite technology

Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) has signed a MoU with the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) to monitor the mining activities in the country through satellite technology.

As part of the MoU, IBM would set up an exclusive remote sensing cell under the technical guidance of the NRSC at its offices in Nagpur and Hyderabad.

Key facts

  • The remote sensing cell will utilise web-based Bhuvan GIS (Geographic Information System) services for monitoring mining activities.
  • Initially pilot project will be undertaken to demonstrate the feasibility of using high resolution satellite imagery in monitoring the changes over a period of time in select group of mines.
  • The pilot project will be launched in Odisha and Hospet sector of Karnataka to check and validate consistency of differential geo positioning system points.
  • MoU envisage to train IBM staff to use the modern technology in the course of time and would be extended to the State Governments.

 About Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM)

  • IBM is a multi-disciplinary government organisation under the aegis of Department of Mines, of Union Ministry of Mines. It was established in 1948.
  • It is engaged in promotion of scientific development of mineral resources, conservation and protection of environment in mines other than petroleum & natural gas, coal, atomic minerals and minor minerals.

NABARD inks MoU with NRSC for monitoring Watershed Projects

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hyderabad-based National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) for web-based monitoring of watershed projects.

Under this MoU

  • Web-based monitoring will be undertaken for India-German Watershed Development (IGWDP) projects in three states viz. Rajasthan, Gujarat and Telangana.
  • NRSC will create a separate page for NABARD on Bhuvan web-portal and also develop customised software tool and mobile application for real time monitoring projects.
  • It will also seek to add feature in this page for online comparison and visualisation with respect to activities implemented in the projects sanctioned by NABARD.

NABARD will use this web-based monitoring technology to address problems of monitoring watershed projects in remote areas, apart from digitisation of the impact of watershed interventions for long term usage.

It should be noted that NABARD only assists the watershed projects of Union Ministry of Rural Development by providing funds under Watershed Development Fund (WDF).