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The river Ganga in Varanasi

Varanasi to help Amritsar to ensure all-round development under Smart Cities Mission

The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has paired up 20 best performing cities with the 20 bottom cities and they will work as 'sister cities' under the mission.
Artificial intelligence

How augmented reality can help create sustainable, environment-friendly smart cities

Augmented & virtual reality can help develop public spaces with holistic approach to environmental preservation, good governance & assets management.
Lucknow | File photo | Wikimedia commons

Lucknow isn’t just chikan & kebabs, these 100-year-old essays by ‘Sharar’ reveal its spirit

Today’s B-towns can become culture-towns, if they don’t lose their way in malls and flyovers. The Lucknow described by Abdul Halim was one such city.
Urbanisation

Smart city technologies can tackle India’s urban explosion. But key questions must be asked

Modern cities have come to produce tremendous quantities of data. Understanding this data will give India a new level of understanding of the urban ecology.
Nal Se Jal

Tap water quality best in Mumbai, most unsafe in Delhi, finds Bureau of Indian Standards

Mumbai tops the ranking for tap water quality while Delhi is at the bottom, with 11 out of 11 samples failing on 19 parameters.

Modi govt vowed 100 smart cities in 5 yrs. Nine months to deadline, only 30% funds released

A large number of Smart City projects are still under implementation, while full complement of approvals and mobilisation of resources are yet to happen.

Mumbai building collapse: Should India save its metropolises before dreaming of smart cities?

Mumbai is facing its second serious infrastructure disaster in a month with the collapse of a building in Dongri area.
Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi wants to directly elect mayors. But is it a workable idea for India?

After all, towns and cities in states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand have directly elected mayors with fixed terms, but few would argue that they are better administered.
Smart road project, Kishenpole Bazaar | ThePrint.in

Jaipur’s ‘smart voters’ complain the city is yet to catch up with them

Jaipur residents say city administration frittering public money to make superficial changes in the name of the smart cities programme.
5G connected car showcased at India Mobile Congress 2018 | By special arrangement

These 10 tech breakthroughs from India Mobile Congress can change our world

The India Mobile Congress 2018, which concluded over the weekend, is South Asia's biggest mobile, internet and tech event.

On Camera

Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala | Commons

Padmanabhaswamy verdict can reduce the rich temple to go to Communists with a begging bowl

The Supreme Court has also ordered a 25-year audit of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Even scam-tainted promoters or companies have not had to face such long-term audits.
JioGigaFiber

After luring Google & Facebook, Mukesh Ambani plans to build a global digital company

Mukesh Ambani unveiled a slew of services from Jio, including a 5G network as early as next year and a mega video-streaming platform.

Defence

The new SiG 716 G2 rifles in use with the Indian Army | By special arrangement

Rifles, missiles, ammunition, drones — armed forces on shopping spree amid LAC tensions

Unprecedented emergency powers given to armed forces under the capital budget, for purchases of new equipment and systems, are likely to ease bottlenecks.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.