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Drones In India: The Pull-Down Effect Of Overly Stringent Regulations

While the draft guidelines and ensuing public consultation are good progress towards the end goal of opening the national airspace to civilian use of drones, placing multiple clearance requirements to obtain a registration for drones of all weight categories, especially the smaller nano, micro and mini drones are too stringent. Given the wide spectrum of benefits drones can serve, the regulations must be amended so as to encourage the operators and domestic manufacturers of drones rather than taking a far too paranoid approach.
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How Seymour Hersh's Bin Laden Theory Played Right Into The Hands Of The Pakistani Army

American journalist Seymour Hersh created some buzz with his latest story in the London Review of Books about the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The Obama administration lied about the details of Operation Geronimo, Hersh argues, and the mission was actually carried out with full assistance from the Pakistani army and its Inter-Services Intelligence agency. Unfortunately, Hersh's story, apart from being factually dubious, uncritically accepts the narrative of the Pakistani army and bases all his arguments on the premise provided by former ISI head Asad Durrani.
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How Drones Are Helping Save Nepal's UNESCO Heritage Sites

A small team from Skycatch, a San Francisco-based startup that specialises in data mapping from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) flew into Kathmandu a few days ago. They're on a mission to provide an accurate 3D model of the damaged UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so that proactive steps can be taken to protect them before the monsoon season starts.
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Civilian Drone Industry: Are Indian Regulators Sleeping On A Gold Mine?

In May 2014, Mumbai inhabitants witnessed what could easily have been a scene lifted straight from a sci-fi novel; a pizza was home-delivered using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), more popularly known as a drone, from a local pizzeria. This experiment was not amiably met by the local police and the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) came out with a circular in October expressly banning any Unmanned Aerial Vehicles from taking to the Indian airspace without prior authorisation.