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DGDE develops AI-based software to detect unauthorised constructions & encroachments on defence land


New Delhi: Centre of Excellence on Satellite & Unmanned Remote Vehicle Initiative (CoE-SURVEI) has developed an Artificial Intelligence-based software which can automatically detect change on ground, including unauthorised constructions and encroachments in a time series using Satellite Imagery. The CoE-SURVEI, established by Directorate General Defence Estates (DGDE) at National Institute of Defence Estates Management, leverages latest technologies in survey viz. The CoE was inaugurated by Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh on December 16, 2021. This Change Detection Software has been developed by CoE-SURVEI in collaboration with knowledge partner Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Visakhapatnam. Presently, the tool uses National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) Cartosat-3 imagery with trained software.

Lone survivor of India chopper crash that killed top general dies

Al Jazeera

The only survivor of last week's helicopter crash that killed Indian defence chief General Bipin Rawat and 12 on board has succumbed to his injuries, says the air force. Group Captain Varun Singh was among the 14 people travelling in the Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter that burst into flames after ploughing into a hillside in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Thirteen were declared dead soon after, including Rawat and his wife, but Singh survived and was placed on life support. "The IAF offers sincere condolences and stands firmly with the bereaved family," the air force said on Twitter on Wednesday. In his condolence message on Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Singh "served the nation with pride, valour and utmost professionalism".

Pakistan row over future of Bin Laden's compound

BBC News

A row has erupted over what to do with the land in Pakistan's Abbottabad city where former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden lived and was killed. Local authorities want to construct a children's playground there, while the military wish to build a graveyard. The two sides have tussled over control of the land - and on Wednesday the military erected a wall around the site, surprising local authorities. Bin Laden was killed in a US raid on his compound at the site in May 2011. He had been living there in secret, in a three-storey building behind high walls, for several years before his death.

Pakistan's sprawling Karachi 'broken' by monsoon floods

Al Jazeera

Karachi/Islamabad, Pakistan - For Shahzad Ahmed, there was no time to think. "The windows broke and the door caved in, that's how intense the water pressure was," he said of the first night of torrential monsoon rain in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, last week. "We didn't even try to take the water out of the house. I just tied my rickshaw [to a pole] as tightly as I could and my family and I [got on] the rooftop." Ahmed, his wife and children spent more than 10 hours on that roof, in the pouring rain, as Karachi saw more than 230mm of rainfall in less than 12 hours, the most ever recorded, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

Elderly Florida couple trapped in attic rescued from flood by Jet Ski-riding firefighter

FOX News

High-water rescues underway in Florida and Alabama after Hurricane Sally slams the Gulf Coast; Jonathan Serrie reports. An elderly Florida couple spent hours trapped in the attic of their home with their two dogs as Hurricane Sally floodwaters rose inside. For two hours, no one came. The situation for Jack Hulgan, 84, and his wife Elaine, 76, was getting desperate when a firefighter on a Jet Ski finally stopped. The hurricane swept through the Hulgans' community of Cantonment, Fla., a suburb just north of Pensacola, on Wednesday morning, causing massive flooding, destruction and power outages.