Cold Cases Unit probing 5 murder cases

first_img…technology leading to more cases being solved – Crime ChiefThe Guyana Cold Cases Unit is currently probing five murder cases that have been pending for a number of years due to insufficient evidence collected when those crimes were committed.Crime Chief Lyndon AlvesThis is according to the Crime Chief, Deputy Police Commissioner Lyndon Alves, who has responsibility for law enforcement in the Guyana Police Force.In an exclusive interview with Guyana Times, Alves explained that these cases are being pursued by both the Cold Cases Unit and the Major Crimes Investigations Unit (MCIU).“There are quite a few cases that are unsolved, so we are working to take care of these. For the first quarter of this year, we already solved two cold cases, where each had been unsolved for almost 10 years; and with those two out of the way, we are looking at five now, and they are very, very old. These are the current cases of interest to the MCIU and the Cold Cases Unit,” he explained.According to Alves, the five cases could not have been further investigated, due to either lack of evidence at the time that each occurred or because the appropriate technology had not been available. However, those hindrances of the past will not prevent the Units from probing them this time around, he said.“Due to the hard work and dedication of staff at the Cold Case Unit and the MCIU, coupled with technology, the systems put in place by both Units are working to help solve these murders. That’s what helped us close those two cold cases for this year. The additional information, staffing and equipment etc. I would not say we have reached where we wanted in terms of bolstering human resources and equipment, but we are definitely getting there,” the Deputy Police Commissioner further explained.He said that while there are five cases being heavily focused on by the above-mentioned Units, this does not mean that other cold cases and unsolved murders are any less important. Those, too, will be probed again, sooner rather than later, Alves added.The most recent cold case to be solved in Guyana is that of the murder of businessman Ramzan Alli, which occurred at Coldingen Railway Embankment Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD) between July 11 and 12, 2009.His then wife, Milaimi Alli, has been nabbed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) recently for the 2009 murder of the businessman. She appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday to answer a murder charge.Milaimi Alli was not required to plead to the indictable charge, which stated that while being in the company of another, she murdered her husband Ramzan Alli at Coldingen Railway Embankment Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD) between July 11 and 12, 2009.The 49-year-old woman of Kissoon Housing Scheme, Good Hope, ECD was represented by Attorney-at-Law Bernard DaSilva, who told the court that his client is a mother of five, and given that the murder happened 10 years ago, he would like to have an early date for the preliminary inquiry to commence.The Police Prosecutor has told the court that the Police file is incomplete.The woman was remanded to prison and the matter has been transferred to the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court for April 15.The woman arrived in Guyana mere days after a wanted bulletin was issued for her arrest. Upon her arrival on a Caribbean Airlines flight from the United States of America, she was arrested and taken to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters, where she was grilled, after which the murder charge was instituted.Investigators received new information that Alli paid her lover $7 million to kill her husband, which led them to reopen their investigation into the murder of the fuel dealer in March 2009.Thirty-eight-year-old Zaheed Mitchell of Foulis, ECD was recently charged for his involvement in the murder of Alli.last_img read more

Galatasaray want Arsenal legend Henry to play on in Turkey

first_img1 Thierry Henry Galatasaray are interested in signing Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, according to reports in Turkey.The Gunners’ all-time leading scorer has confirmed that he will be leaving MLS side New York Red Bulls after four and a half years in America.Big-spending Ligue 1 sides Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the striker but now Galatasaray are hoping to tempt the Frenchman to Turkey, according to newspaper Fanatik.The 19-time Super Lig champions have managed to land big-name stars like Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba over the past few years and now want to add Henry to their side.It is unclear whether or not the 37-year-old will even continue playing, with retirement an option, and he says he will use the next few weeks to decide on ‘the next chapter’ of his glittering career.And if he decides to play on, Galatasaray are ready to make their move.That would disappoint Arsenal fans, who would love their former striker to return to the club in a coaching capacity.last_img read more

OBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – MONDAY, JULY 4TH

first_imgMcCALLIONThe sudden death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Rose McCallion, Kilmackelvenny, Burnfoot. Her remains are reposing at her late residence. Funeral from there on Wednesday morning at 10.15am, going to St Mura’s Church, Fahan for 11am requiem mass followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.Family time please between 11pm and 10am. Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Keri’s Search for Sight c/o any family memberMULHERN The death has occurred at the Donegal Hospice of Philomena Mulhern, Cashel, Ardara. Removal from the hospital this (Mon) evening at 6pm, travelling to her late residence via Bruckless and the Five Points. Removal from there on Wednesday morning at 10.30AM for 11AM funeral Mass, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery House private from 11pm to 10am, and on the morning of the funeral please. Family flowers only please – Donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice, c/o Derek Mc Cabe, Funeral Director, Ardara.McDERMOTTPeacefully at the Donegal Hospice, Knocknamona, Letterkenny. Removal from the hospice to her late residence at 4pm today, Monday. Funeral leaving her home on Wednesday morning at 10.30am for 11am Requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Stranorlar, followed by interment in Drumboe Cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in lieu, if desired, to the Donegal Hospice, c/o of any family member. Family time from 11pm until 10am. May she rest in peace  Sadly missed by her loving daughter Ann, son Sean, grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives and many friends.CONNELLY The death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Raymond Connelly, St Joseph’s Terrace, Rathmullan. His remains will repose at his home from 6 o’clock this (Monday) evening. Requiem Mass on Wednesday morning at 11am in St Josephs Church, Rathmullan. Followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery. House private please from 11pm to 10am.DOHERTYThe death has taken place at The Donegal Hospice of Kathleen Doherty, 4 Church Brae, Carrowmullen, Fahan. Remains reposing at her late residence. Funeral tomorrow, Tuesday, leaving her late residence at 10.15am going to St Mura’s Church, Fahan for 11AM Requiem Mass followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in lieu to the Donegal Hospice c/o any family member.GILLESPIEThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Harry Gillespie, Mill Road, Glenties. Removal from his late residence tomorrow, Tuesday morning going to St Conal’s Church, Glenties for 11am Requiem Mass with burial afterwards in the local cemetery. House private please from 11pm to 10am. LOVEThe death has taken place at her home of Sarah Love, Clooney, Ramelton. Her remains are reposing at her late residence. Funeral from there tomorrow, Tuesday at 1.30PM going to St Paul’s Church, Ramelton for funeral service at 2pm. Burial afterwards in Milford Burial Ground, Church Road. Family time from 10pm to 11am please.OBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – MONDAY, JULY 4TH was last modified: July 4th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal death notices July 4th 2011last_img read more

TROPICAL STORM TO BRING 100mm OF RAIN, FLOODS – AND HUMID HEAT!

first_imgDONEGAL’S barmy weather is set to continue – with a crazy mixed bag of heavy rain causing floods, fog, mist, drizzle…and temperatures of up to 18c this week, say most forecasters.The latest bizarre weather pattern could last most of the week and will be brought to our shores by the remnants of a Tropical Storm called Phillippe which is on its way north from the south-west Atlantic.RTE is reporting that this will bring 100mm of rain to County Donegal this week alone!!! But it will also bring mild warm air with temperatures of up to 18c for the North West during the day – and some warm night time heat.It’s expected to be up 13C at night time.“It won’t be all bad,” said a Met Eireann spokesperson.“There will be some pleasant spells between the rain.” The best of the weather from this period of warmth will be seen in the far south east of Ireland, says irishweatheronline.com.Continued damp to wet and humid, very mild across west and north (17-19 C) and somewhat more settled in south and east (except for foggy south coast) with highs 19-21, the report.RTE says the 100mm of rain will be dumped over the north west between now and the end of the week.Barmy weather may continue after next weekend however.Irishweatheronline says of a week’s time: “There are still indications of a trend to colder weather as high pressure in the Atlantic continues a trend westward and the storm track is cut off once Philippe’s remnant low reaches Iceland late this week, then a more northwesterly flow pattern could develop with alternating periods of cool, dry weather and moist spells with seasonable mid-teens high temperatures.” TROPICAL STORM TO BRING 100mm OF RAIN, FLOODS – AND HUMID HEAT! was last modified: October 9th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal weatherflood warningslast_img read more

Taoiseach criticised for ‘disappointing’ response to proposed Extreme Weather Bill

first_imgThe Extreme Weather (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2018 has been proposed in the Dáil, but has not been prioritized by the Taoiseach.The Bill, proposed by Sinn Féin, seeks to protect workers and employers and first responders who are faced with an extreme weather event.It proposes that when a status red severe weather warning in effect, it will be made an offence to act “recklessly or without reasonable cause or excuse and engages in any activity that directly or indirectly.” If convicted, the person could face up to 6 months in prison and may be liable to a class D fine, or both. This includes people who endanger their own life/the life of any other person, including emergency services personnel, by engaging in reckless activities.Debate surrounding the endangerment of emergency services personnel erupted during Met Eireann’s last status red warning, for Hurricane Ophelia. Many raised concern after a pensioner decided to go swimming at Salthill during the storm. Although he did not have to be rescued, his behaviour was criticised by the authorities and locals.The Bill also proposes that during a status red weather alert, the event should be treated as a public holiday and people should be allowed to take a paid day off.Speaking after discussing the Bill with an Taoiseach in the Dáil yesterday afternoon, SF Deputy Imelda Munster said: “We are expected to experience a severe weather event this week. This weather event will make life very difficult for vulnerable members of society, and also for those who may feel obliged to travel to work in poor weather conditions.“At the beginning of the month, my colleagues Gerry Adams TD and David Cullinane TD and I introduced the Extreme Weather Warning (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2018 in order to provide certainty for workers, employers and the emergency services during an extreme weather event.“The confusion during Storm Ophelia regarding what actions employers and workers in the private sector and self-employed persons should take during an extreme weather warning had tragic consequences.“This Bill will provide for the safety of employees during certain severe weather warnings. It will enhance public safety and ensure the safety of rescue service personnel during such a weather warning.“The Bill would also impose penalties on those who would put lives in danger through reckless behaviour when an extreme weather warning has been called. It seeks to give an Garda Síochána enhanced powers to pursue such behaviour. “This afternoon in the Dáil, I asked Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to prioritise this legislation and bring the bill to second stage this week. The Taoiseach declined to facilitate my request.“As legislators, we must do everything we can to guide employers, protect workers, and strengthen the powers of emergency services in the case of severe weather warnings in order to prevent future tragedies.“As we face into what is forecast to be a severe weather event, the Taoiseach’s lack of action on this matter is very disappointing.”Reiterating his colleague’s comment, Gerry Adams TD today added that he is also “disappointed” by the Taoiseach’s response. “Earlier this month Imelda Munster TD, David Cullinane TD and I introduced the weather warning Bill in the Dáil.“Its purpose is to provide guidelines for public sector employers and self-employed persons in the event of an extreme weather warning being enacted.“The legislation would also impose penalties on those engaged in reckless behaviour in the midst of a severe weather warning.“This week the island of Ireland is facing a severe weather situation. If weather reports are true it may be among the most dangerous in recent decades.“During Storm Ophelia last October claimed three lives, including Fintan Goss from Ravensdale. As a result of those tragedies and a campaign for stronger legislation by the family, Sinn Féin TDs introduced our Bill.“I am very disappointed that when my colleague Imelda Munster raised this issue in the Dáil the Taoiseach refused to prioritise the draft legislation.”Taoiseach criticised for ‘disappointing’ response to proposed Extreme Weather Bill was last modified: February 28th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:extreme weather miscellaneous provisions bill 2018Sinn Feinlast_img read more

Government IT: Once A Laggard, Now A Leader?

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Start with needsDo lessDesign with dataDo the hard work to make it simpleIterate. Then iterate again.Build for inclusionUnderstand contextBuild digital services, not websitesBe consistent, not uniformMake things open: it makes things betterThese aren’t merely mottos inscribed on the wall and forgotten. The government has actively been espousing them, in part by hosting its code on GitHub. But then, which governments aren’t hosting code on GitHub? As O’Reilly’s Alex Howard points out, GitHub is increasingly popular with the government IT crowd, with the total number of government repositories booming on the popular code-sharing site:Source: GitHub. Chart by Alex Howard.All of which is interesting, but becomes even more so when you dig into what is being hosted there. Take Chicago, which has not only open sourced code, but also datasets for things like building footprints, bike paths, etc. That’s a great step toward open data, but Chicago is even more ambitious. The City’s WindyGrid project, for example, a “real-time infrastructure for the publication of data that delivers information in the moment of need.” Sounds promising, but what does that mean?As The Wall Street Journal notes:[As an] example, city officials might look at a high crime area, while also mapping out the number of liquor permits for a neighborhood, along with the amount of nearby abandoned buildings. Using transcripts from resident complaints or 911 calls, officials could also see trending concerns for the area, like broken lights or stolen garbage cans, and the times the incidents are occurring. If the high crime area also has a high number of liquor permits, for example, officials could then see if other neighborhoods also faced both issues, allowing them to create a more effective response for those areas.Big Data being put to use in real time, at considerable cost savings and improved productivity for the City. Oh, and WindyGrid will be open sourced, too, so that other government organizations can use it.This kind of project would be interesting no matter who was doing it, but the fact that it’s a government organization is impressive. Same with GDS in the UK. Or with the US’ own shift to cloud computing.It’s hard to pinpoint a particular reason for this. Perhaps the embrace of cloud and open source is simply a way to squeeze more productivity out of ever-tightening resources, given the global recession over the past few years. Or perhaps government IT got tired of seeing its private enterprise peers playing with all the shiny new toys. Either way, it’s a welcome change to government as usual.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#City of Chicago#cloud computing#Government#Government Digital Services Matt Asay At one time government IT was the last place to look to find innovation. With little incentive to save money or do much beyond keep the lights on, governments across the world have happily dumped money into a cabal of legacy IT vendors without much thought for consequences. All too often, those consequences were dire.But something seems to have changed. Today, from the City of Chicago to the UK government’s Government Digital Services group, government IT has become a hotbed of open innovation. For the first time, private industry has much to learn from government IT.Yes, you read that right.Uncle Sam’s CIOThe Obama administration gets some credit for helping to kick things off. In March 2009, the U.S. named Vivek Kundra its first-ever chief information officer. Kundra then set to work with a cloud-first policy that saw him shutter dozens of resource-heavy datacenters, moving more workloads to the cloud, in an attempt to save taxpayers $18.8 billion by 2015. Kundra has since left, his legacy lives on.It has also crossed the Pond. Years ago, the UK was roundly criticized for its too-cozy relationship with Microsoft. Today, the UK’s Government Digital Services Group, which is tasked by the UK government with transforming its digital services, espouses a set of design principles that would be right at home within the most progressive of Silicon Valley startups, and which cut against the “buy-whatever-Ballmer-tells-us-to” mentality that sometimes pervaded UK procurement policies:last_img read more

Naipaul’s Half Life

first_imgV.S. Naipaul, the 77-year-old Nobel Prize winning author, is mistakenly listed as dead in court filings in the trial of two Chicago men accused of plotting to attack employees of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which stirred worldwide rage for publishing cartoons of Prophet Mohammed. A footnote in the filing on the sworn testimony of FBI Agent Lorenzo Benedict mentions “the late V.S Naipaul, a Nobel prize winning author,” in a passing reference to his wife, who happens to be the sister of a Pakistani general killed by Islamic militants last year.Naipaul is author of A House for Mr Biswas, India: A Million Mutinees Now, Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted People and Half A Life. Related Itemslast_img

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s India in Full Frame

first_imgIn January 1948 Henri Cartier-Bresson, the famed photojournalist, was on an assignment in India to cover Mahatma Gandhi’s hunger strike to stop the violence between Hindus and Muslims that had erupted following the partition of India less than six months earlier. Cartier-Bresson did photograph Gandhi breaking his fast, but he didn’t have the slightest idea of what was soon to follow. In less than twenty minutes after he last photographed him, Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu militant.Cartier-Bresson’s brief interaction with Gandhi and the tragic turn of events that followed led to some of the most poignant and lasting images of the final hours of Gandhi’s life and the collective pain of a grieving nation. These images are part of a retrospective of 69 of Cartier-Bresson’s best works on India taken over four decades at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.The retrospective at Rubin is organized around three themes: the great migration that followed India’s partition, Gandhi’s death and the nation’s mourning and the waning Indian royalty. Interspersed are real life images of ordinary Indians from all walks of life. Altogether the exhibit offers a masterful kaleidoscope of a society in transition with all its contrasts and contradictions.Friday Prayer, Mahdum Shah Ziarat Mosque, Srinagar, Kashmir, 1948. Photo: © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum PhotosCartier-Bresson’s pictures of fleeing refugees from both India and Pakistan could easily be mistaken for that of migrants fleeing present-day conflict zones in various parts of the world. His photos of tents housing 300,000 refugees in Kurukshetra outside Delhi, or that of a train overflowing with Lahore-bound refugees resonate with the universal plight of the uprooted. As India and Pakistan celebrated their 70th birthdays in August, these pictures serve as a vivid reminder of the staggering cost of partitioning India along religious lines. When the dust finally settled, up to 17 million people were displaced and 1 million killed in sectarian violence.But Cartier-Bresson had also witnessed how Europe emerged from the ashes of two world wars. His images of the dispossessed are also laced with hope. His shot of refugees participating in a bhangra dance (a folk dance popular in northern India) at the Kurukshetra camp to overcome boredom and ennui is a celebration of human spirit and resiliency against unimaginable tragedy.The pictures of migration are followed by those of Gandhi’s death and the subsequent outpouring of national grief. The shock and despair of a new nation are captured in the ashen face of Gandhi’s secretary framed against the flames of his funeral pyre, in Prime Minister Nehru’s announcement of Gandhi’s death, in the throngs of mourners trying to get a last glimpse of their deceased leader and in the scattering of his ashes in the Ganges.But it’s in the pictures of ordinary scenes and daily lives of Indians that one gets a sense of the pulse of perennial India. The picture of a street photographer taking a nap while his camera sits atop its stand forlornly at a distance has a time-stands-still quality about it that defies all norms of movement and motion and time and space that we associate with modern life. In the picture, the street photographer’s camera becomes the silent witness to the stillness around instead of documenting it.One of the most telling pictures is that of several Kashmiri Muslim women offering their prayers facing the rising sun, with raised hands and exposed faces. The photo taken from behind these women fully respects their privacy, yet has a profoundly empowering quality. It seems to capture and celebrate a rare moment when these women are willingly expressing their freedom of how and where to pray.One photo that I was particularly intrigued by is that of Nehru with the Mountbattens on the steps of the Viceroy’s House taken shortly after the transfer of power in 1948. In the picture, Nehru, generally a Harrow and Cambridge educated stoic figure, seems to let himself loose on a banter or a joke with Edwina Mountbatten, with her husband Lord Mountbatten looking the other way. It’s the genius of Cartier-Bresson that in a split second he was able to capture the special chemistry between Edwina and Nehru decades before it was confirmed by the Mountbattens’ own daughter Pamela in a memoir. Nehru’s love letters lay beside Edwina’s bed when she died unexpectedly in Hong Kong in 1960.Cartier-Bresson’s photos of Indian royalty are equally introspective. There is the picture of food being distributed to the poor during Maharaja of Baroda’s birthday projecting benevolent royalty. Yet, on the same occasion, there is also picture of the Maharaja’s wife checking against a mirror how the necklace studded with diamonds once belonging to Napoleon looked on her. Cartier-Bresson was keenly aware that in democratic India the days of royalty were numbered. One could view his image of the Maharani with her necklace as the last display of vanity against the forces of inevitable change.One unmistakable power of Cartier-Bresson’s India pictures is that they seem to speak to you. Perhaps their realism is heightened by their black and white composition without any cropping, as well as the absence of any use of flash or artificial light for special effects. The Leica camera Cartier-Bresson used to take his India pictures is on display at the exhibit as well.It’s Cartier-Bresson’s uncompromising style of projecting the integrity of his images that directly influenced the works of many Indian photographers and most significantly that of India’s iconic film maker Satyajit Ray. Ray openly acknowledged his indebtedness to Cartier-Bresson. He used Cartier Bresson’s pictures to instruct his cameraman to bring about similar application of natural light and editing on the camera itself (versus the darkroom) in the making of the world renownedHenri Cartier-Bresson Photo: Magnum Photos.Cartier-Bresson’s India images invariably invite comparison with those of Margaret Bourke-White, the famous American photographer who also left behind indelible images of Gandhi (including the famous one of Gandhi at the spinning wheel) and searing pictures of dislocation and carnage that accompanied the partitioning of India. She was memorialized in the film Gandhi in which Candice Bergen played her role as Gandhi’s photographer.But although they dealt with similar themes, Cartier-Bresson and Magaret Bourke-White also differed significantly in their philosophical and technical approaches to photography. Bourke-White had a no-holds-barred approach to photography that didn’t shy away from capturing stunning but disturbing images of corpses lying with open eyes, dead bodies lying pile high, or the mournful expression of a famine-starved peasant woman. In contrast, Cartier-Bresson’s images display significant subtlety and sensitivity to their subject matters.These differences in dealing with subject matters played out immediately after Gandhi’s assassination. Upon hearing that Gandhi had been shot fatally, both Cartier-Bresson and Bourke-White raced to the Birla House where Gandhi’s body laid among mourners. As she arrived on the scene, Bourke-White took shots of lifeless Gandhi in repose with a flash. Gandhi’s friends and family members perceived this as intrusive and Bourke-White was denied permission to film. This provided Cartier-Bresson, who only used natural light, with a rite of passage to capture a “decisive moment” in the new nation’s history. He went on to sensitively film Gandhi’s body lying covered in flowers and the gathering of mourners in the nearby courtyard. Everything was captured from a distance in keeping with the mournful state of the occasion. This sensitivity to the surrounding actually helped to heighten the somberness of the atmosphere.Overall what makes Cartier-Bresson’s photos so authentic and compelling is that they are infused with the sensibility that an honest portrayal of a society can only be done from inside out, not outside in.“Once I have arrived in a new country, I feel almost like settling down there so as to live on proper terms with the country,” he was reported to have said. His works are indeed a great expression of Cartier-Bresson’s coming to “proper terms” with India. Related Itemslast_img read more

Indians May Soon Have Their Own Dress Size Chart

first_imgIndia may soon stop borrowing dress size maps from the United States or European countries. A project under of Ministry of Textiles, which will be implemented by the National Institute of Fashion Technology, is planning to scan and measure 25,000 men and women from age group 15-65 years across six major cities to map a size chart that reflects Indian body structure, the Times of India reported.Titled Size India, the project with funding of Rs 30 crore, is expected to be completed by 2021. The project will make use of whole body scanners which would capture 3D body maps, building a database of measurements. The scan will tap and use over 120 measurements to form size chart that accurately represents Indian body sizes.“The idea is to bring some discipline to the sizing chart, which at present is very fluid,” Sunil Sethi, a member of the NIFT board of governors, told TOI.“The methodology will ensure that ISO standards are used for this scientific study so that the data is acceptable internationally,” Noopur Anand, a professor at NIFT Delhi and one of the members of the team spearheading the project, told the publication.The size chart will also be beneficial to the apparel industry, especially e-commerce sites. Return of garments is at 20-40 percent in the national capital region, with poor fit being attributed as a reason. “A standardized size chart for Indian apparel will be of tremendous value, as it will lead to a reduction of returns,” said Rajesh Shah, the chairman of the NIFT board.The entire scanning process will take around 15 minutes per scan. NIFT will set up full body scanners in Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Shillong. “We will try to tap the maximum diversity of ethnicity so that the data is truly representative. The six cities have been chosen based on location,” said Sarada Muraleedharan, the director general of NIFT.The survey for mapping will collate basic data like gender, locality and age. The first phase of the survey will look into a size chart for 15-65 years of age, while the second phase will map sizes for children, as well as for footwear, etc.NIFT is planning to rope in industry players such as e-commerce giants and others for the survey. “It could be in the form of funding for the project, mobilization of people, making venues available or simply perhaps offering gift coupons to encourage people to participate in the survey,” Muraleedharan was quoted as saying.The data will be treated as property of Ministry of Textiles. “It will need to be updated after 10 years, though the next survey can be done at a much smaller level” Anand added, according to the report. Related ItemsFashionstylelast_img read more