Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Google Offers a Bird's-Eye View, and Some Governments Tremble

The New York Times carried this story about several governments becoming jittery at the thought of what Google Earth can freely provide. Excerpts from the article say:

India, whose laws sharply restrict satellite and aerial photography, has been particularly outspoken. "It could severely compromise a country's security," V. S. Ramamurthy, secretary in India's federal Department of Science and Technology, said of Google Earth. And India's surveyor general, Maj. Gen. M. Gopal Rao, said, "They ought to have asked us."

India may be particularly sensitive to security issues because of its long-running border disputes with Pakistan, its rival nuclear power, and recurring episodes of terrorism. Since 1967, it has forbidden aerial photographs of bridges, ports, refineries and military establishments, and outside companies and agencies are required to have those images evaluated by the government. High-resolution satellite photos face similar restrictions in India, which has its own sophisticated satellite imaging program.


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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Earthquake Footage from CCTV Camera

Google Video has a clip from the closed-circuit tv cameras that shows what happened inside the office of LMKR Islamabad when the earthquake happened.

Pakistan to have Root Name Server Mirror

Business Recorder reports that CyberNet will host the first "root name server" in Pakistan. The Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre, alongwith the Internet Systems Consortium coordinated the deployment with CyberNet. The root name server will improve DNS resolution times, and thus improve Internet access.

For more information on Root Name Servers, please read "DNS Root Name Servers Explained For Non-Experts" written by the Internet Society.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Humain Bhi Koi Poochay Ga?

Intel Plans $1 billion India Investment
BBC Story
CNN Story

And then one day later...

Microsoft invests $1.7 billion in India
BBC Story
CNN Story

Friday, December 09, 2005

Bill Gates launches hunt for top Indian student geeks
BANGALORE, India, Dec 9 (AFP) Microsoft chairman Bill Gates launched Friday a talent hunt for India's top student technologists and urged developers to cash in on the digital age. Addressing more than 5,000 developers at the grounds of a historic palace here in India's high-tech capital, Gates said the search dubbed "Code 4 Bill" recognised India's role in nurturing technical talent.
"This is something we have never done before anywhere," Gates said. "It is aimed at pre-final and final year students. The best amongst the participants will get an opportunity to work with my Technical Assistants Team for a year. "I will get to know them. I am very excited about this," he said.
Registrations for the contest will start in January 2006 and students will be tested for their technical and analytical skills. They will also be interviewed by Microsoft technical teams. "Twenty selected students will also intern with Microsoft India before the final selection," Gates said.
India's software industry clocked revenues of more than 17 billion dollars in the last fiscal year to March 2005 and is driven by a large pool of skilled professionals working for almost one-seventh the salaries of their counterparts in the United States.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

New cable link b/w UAE-PK

[WAM News agency reports] Emirates Telecommunications & Marine Services FZE- e-marine- a subsidiary of Etisalat, has announced the completion of a new submarine cable connecting UAE and Pakistan, branching to Oman. The project to lay over 1200 kms of submarine cable, awarded to e-marine by Tyco and owned by Trans World Associates (TWA), Pakistan, was completed ahead of planned schedule. Read the news item here.

Friday, December 02, 2005

PK and Iran linking via fiber optic

Pakistan and Iran have decided to establish a working group to address any operational problems ahead of building an optic fiber link between the two countries within the next one year. The decision was taken during a meeting between Minister for Information Technology Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari and Iran's deputy communication minister Kamal Mohamedpour here on Thursday.

The two countries have also decided exchange expertise and technical know-how in the area of telecom training for which officials from the both countries would visit each other to view the status of training facilities and find ways to further coordination and cooperation. Read more here: