Using technology to engage citizens, solve hard problems

Founder of Google Mapmaker stresses on need for platforms that encourage people to help themselves with technology Mumbai: Today, Google Maps is ubiquitous in India, having created a comprehensive database that maps not just cities, but smaller, rural areas, and the roads and places that network through them. It has proven to be a successful model across India. But the process of creating this started very simply. “It was just about creating the basic outline — the major roads running through the city, a few major lakes — and then…

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Syria war: US disappointed at Russia’s Syria stance

The US is “disappointed but not surprised” at Russia’s response to its strikes on a Syrian air base suspected of storing chemical weapons. At least six people are reported to have been killed in the US missile strikes early on Friday. Syria’s ally Russia accused the US of encouraging “terrorists” with its unilateral actions. “I’m disappointed in that response,” said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. “It indicates their continued support for the Assad regime and, in particular, their continued support for a regime that carries out these type of…

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U of Exeter wins intl student choice award

The awards, which collected votes from over 26,000 students, saw UK universities gain recognition in 12 categories. Aberystwyth University came second in the International category, and Swansea University followed in third place. “The fact that students are kind of endorsing what we do is really important” Nikki Padget, head of international student recruitment at the University of Exeter, said she was thrilled the university won the award, especially as it’s decided by students. “It’s really important that we listen to their views,” she told The PIE News. “I think it’s quite…

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