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Judges delay ruling on diesel bans for German cities 22.2.2018 General News
German judges today pushed back a decision on whether German cities can ban old diesel cars to reduce air pollution, with potentially dramatic consequences for a key industry and transport policy in Europe's largest economy. The court "wants to deliberate very thoroughly" on the question, presiding judge Andreas Korbmacher said, adding that the ruling will be announced on Tuesday. While a decision from the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig in favour of anti-pollution plaintiffs would not order any vehicles off the road, it could open the way for cities to do so in zones where the air is particularly contaminated by diesel exhausts. Since Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to installing software to fool regulatory emissions tests in millions of cars worldwide - the so-called "dieselgate" scandal - nitrogen oxide (NOx) and fine particle emissions from diesel motors have been the top priority for German environmentalists. And the nation's automakers have been eyeing the courts nervously,
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Bengaluru, an emerging global real estate city 22.2.2018 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Recently, Bengaluru ranked sixth among rising tech-savvy strongholds and for providing best-in-class realty. A strong IT foothold along with stability and a significant realty spread has led to the rise in consumption and demand in the city. In times of political and economic uncertainty, it matters more than ever that we understand the bigger picture of the risks and opportunities involved in the real estate industry. The changing face of global real estate Property prices have touched unparalleled levels in top global cities. While buyers were more inclined towards local property cycles a decade ago, they are now looking at global comparisons. People across the globe are learning how to respond to increasingly large capital outflows. Moreover, as the middle-class population in emerging economies is seeing an upward trend leading to an ever-increasing demand for housing and offices, the future looks positive. Rising tech strongholds Access to talent is everything in the digital age. Enterprises need to ...
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Encroachment worries? Here's some online help 22.2.2018 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Is your property, or a property you are planning to buy, located on a storm-water drain? A website and an app now help you find out. Rajakaluve.org, an initiative by the Real Estate Research Initiative of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB-RERI), traces the citys storm-water drains so that property owners can escape the financial, legal and social costs of demolition later on. The website requires users to have details like survey number, village, hobli and taluk, as in the registration document. "It integrates publicly available data from the BBMP," says Prof Venkatesh Panchapagesan, faculty, IIM-B, and Chairperson IIMB-RERI. Rajakaluve.org has collaborated with Mapshalli, a citizen initiative, and provides links to their website. However, Mapshalli is limited in scope at the moment and covers a small number of villages in and around the Whitefield area, leaving the bulk of the city out of its scope. In case of encroachment, Venkatesh advises owners to reach out to the revenue department or ...
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Tuirial to get Solid Waste Resource Management Centre soon 22.2.2018 General News
In a major thrust towards protecting and preserving the environment and to curb the menace of growing health hazards due to pollution, the Mizoram Government has begun construction work for the first Solid Waste Resource Management Centre at Tuirial in the state.The Solid Waste Resource Management centre in Tuirial is proposed to provide the basic infrastructure of proper road access, fence, office, stores, workers rooms, toilet facilities for staffs etc.To protect the rich green cover in the Northeastern state of Mizoram from growing toxic air pollution, the state government has rolled out the construction of resource management centre, which would help in keeping aside all the unsustainable solid waste management practices, including open building and landfill fires, that have over the years caused damage to the green environment apart from affecting public health.India's northeastern region is said to be blessed with abundant natural resources and rich green cover but the growing ..
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We share the concern of home buyers: SC to Amrapali 22.2.2018 General News
The Supreme Court today told the embattled Amrapali Group that it shared the concerns of home buyers and the real estate firm should consider their "plight" and abide by the proposal to complete the housing projects and hand them possession in accordance with the time frame. A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy permitted the group to "immediately start" the work as proposed by the firm in the residential towers of its Leisure Park housing project in Greater Noida West in Uttar Pradesh and said the group should be "true" to the assurances given in the court as well as to the home buyers. The top court asked the builder to furnish an undertaking by March 7 regarding the proposals given by it to the court. "The concern of home buyers is also shared by the court at this stage. There is evident financial crunch. 13 developers are willing to help you. To this extent, we are okay. Look at the plight of the home buyers. They are waiting for 8-9 years. They have invested ...
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Koti Women’s College to be made women’s varsity: Kadiyam 22.2.2018 Hindu: Home
KCR allotted ₹37 cr to the college
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Builders want govt. to control raw material prices 22.2.2018 Hindu: Home
To host Hyderabad Property Show 2018 in March
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Assam House praises 'Padman'; MLAs for free napkins to women 22.2.2018 General News
Legislators of Assam Assembly today praised Bollywood movie 'Padman' for creating awareness on menstrual hygiene and demanded distribution of free sanitary napkins to women, especially in rural areas. BJP MLA Mrinal Saikia requested the government to make the R Balki directed movie tax free and screen it in rural areas. "The film has beautifully presented a sensitive issue. Because of unhygienic napkins during periods, women can be affected by many diseases. Moreover, since our childhood, we have been taught that it is like the issue of untouchability," another BJP MLa Angoorlata Deka said. She said many village panchayats in other states have appointed "Pad Men" to aware people and demanded that Assam government distribute sanitary napkins for free or at a minimum cost in schools. Congress MLA Nandia Das said Assam had a scheme to distribute sanitary napkins free of cost since 2015, but it is not functioning at present. Assam Assembly Deputy Speaker Dilip Kumar Paul ...
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Andhra to develop as automobile hub: CM Naidu 22.2.2018 General News
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday announced that Andhra Pradesh will be soon developed as an automobile hub.The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, along with Kia Motors Corporation President Han Woo Park, took part in the Frame Installation of Kia Motors at Erramanchi village in Anantapuram district of the state.Speaking at the event, the Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to the farmers who gave their lands for the industry and opined that with the Kia Motors manufacturing plant, the face and fate of Anantapuram district would change.Kia Motors is a South Korean automobile giant that has set up its fifth manufacturing unit and the first in India.With an investment of Rs 13,000 crore, Kia is planning to manufacture three lakh vehicles per annum. This unit is expected to generate employment opportunities for 11,000 persons, including 4,000 direct jobs.Kia is planning to roll out their first car manufactured in Anantapuram, within one year. As many as 40 automobile allied ..
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Sebi plans safeguards for overseas investors taking private bank route 22.2.2018 Business Standard: News Now
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) plans checks and balances on overseas investors taking the 'private bank route' for investing in domestic markets.The move comes after several industry players expressed concerns that new route allowed by Sebi could be misused by investors like participatory notes (p-notes). Last week, Sebi - through a circular titled "Easing of access norms for investment by foreign portfolio investors - allowed clients of private banks to trade in the Indian equities without having to register with Sebi.While Sebi has only given an in-principle nod to the proposal, regulatory sources said a fine print of the framework will be released by Sebi in the next one month. "I want to assure that Sebi will put enough safeguards so that the route is not exploited. Only the banks which are ready to forgo their client confidentiality agreements will be allowed to use the route," said a Sebi official.It is also learnt that Sebi will keep the investment structure .
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Service integration to back Plan project execution 22.2.2018 Hindu: Medicine & Research
Principal Director to coordinate functions of different departments
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Court considers banning diesel cars in German cities 22.2.2018 General News
A German court began considering today whether authorities should ban diesel cars from cities to lower air pollution, a move that could have drastic consequences for the country's powerful auto industry. The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig is hearing an appeal by two German states against lower court rulings that suggested driving bans for particularly dirty diesel cars would be effective and should be seriously considered as a means of protecting public health. The court has said a verdict could be issued as early as later today. If judges reject the appeal, dozens of cities would have a few months to enact measures to remove heavily polluting diesel vehicles from the roads -- an administrative nightmare for local authorities and a heavy blow to drivers who bought cars they were promised met emissions standards. The original court cases were brought by environmental campaigners, who accuse the government of putting automakers' interests before people's health. German car ...
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6 SEZ developers get more time to implement projects 22.2.2018 General News
The commerce ministry has given more time to six special economic zone (SEZ) developers including TCS and Mahindra World City (Jaipur) for implementing their projects. The decision to extend the validity of formal approvals to these developers was taken during the meeting of the board of approval (BoA) on February 5. The board is the highest decision-making body on SEZs. It is headed by Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia. TCS SEZ Indore has sought more time for its IT zone in Madhya Pradesh. It has got time till February 2019. Similarly, Mahindra World City (Jaipur) has proposed to set up a IT and hardware manufacturing zone in Jaipur. "The board approved extension of the validity of the formal approval for a period of three months up to April 30," the minutes of the BoA meeting said. Other developers which received more time include G P Realtors, SEZ Biotech Services and Brooksfields Real Estate. SEZs are export hubs which contribute about 16 per cent to the country's total outbound ...
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Mahindra World City Chennai launches cycle-sharing service 22.2.2018 General News
Mahindra World City has introduced cycle-sharing facility at its Singaperumalkoil campus near here. MWC, Chennai has partnered with Bengaluru-based car and cycle service provider Zoomcar to offer the technology-based service. As part of the initiative, 200 GPS-tracked PEDL bicycles have been deployed for trial run at Mahindra World City in Singaperumalkoil near here, a company statement said. "Nearly 40,000 persons employed in the city's business zone visit MWC Chennai every day. The introduction of app-enabled dockless bicycle sharing services will facilitate last-mile connectivity within MWC Chennai, while ensuring optimal air quality via reduced emissions," MWC, Chennai, Business Head (Residential), Vijayan Janardhanan said. On the tie-up with MWC, Zoomcar, CEO and Co-Founder, Greg Moran said, "We plan to build the cycling community in MWC Chennai through multiple events and partnerships with local businesses across the city." The cycles incorporate custom-designed ...
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Contours of solutions to Delhi sealing issue almost ready: Puri 22.2.2018 General News
Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri today said "contours of the solution" to the problem of the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital was "almost ready" and asked for "slight patience" to provide relief to traders. The traders in Delhi have been protesting against the sealing of commercial establishments running from residential areas or premises. The housing and urban affairs minister said the Delhi Development Authority (DDA had attended to 700-800 formal submissions by various stakeholders on the proposed amendments in the Delhi master plan 2021 to ease the problem, besides having an oral hearing to the suggestions and grievances of the public. Work is more or less complete and I can assure you that we have contours of the solution to the problems of the Delhi almost ready, he told reporters on the sidelines of an event here. Noting that the sealing in Delhi was carried out on the directions of the apex court, Puri said the authorities concerned, including the housing and ...
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New York tops list of America's dirtiest cities, LA ranks second: Report 22.2.2018 Business Standard: News Now
The Big Apple took the top spot in three of those categories with a score of 427.9 on Busy Bee's "dirtiness index."
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Five booked in loan default case 22.2.2018 General News
Five persons, including two couples, have been booked for allegedly defaulting on loans worth over Rs 4.55 crore they had taken from Indiabulls Housing Finance Limited, the city police said today. The five accused were identified as Marpat Bhokadia, Kalpesh Bhokadia, Manjula Bhokadia, Rajesh Mevawala and Rakhi Rajesh Mevavala, Naupada police said. "As per the complaint lodged by an official of Indiabulls, the Bhokadias approached the firm in March 2011 and sought housing loan to the tune of Rs 4,55,00,000. They told the company that they were into production and export of steel," a police officer said. "As part of guarantee, they offered to mortgage two flats in Mumbai owned by the Mevavalas, who were to sell the flats at a cost of Rs 3,12,50,000 to Bhokadias. They told the finance company that once the loan is sanctioned, they would get the sale deed done and submit the documents," the officer added. The Bhokadias paid the initial EMI, but when Indiabulls demanded the .
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J&K: Tourists enjoy snowfall at Gulmarg 22.2.2018 General News
The tourists have seemed to enjoy the cold climate during winter in Kashmir in spite of the low level of snowfall as compared to the previous years.Usually, the main attractions for the tourists are the snow-capped mountains and hill slopes at Gulmarg and Pahalgam in Kashmir where they get an opportunity to enjoy skiing and sledging.Though, due to a low level of snowfall at Srinagar, the tourists visit the city for its famous Mughal gardens including Nishat, Shalimar, and Chashme Shahi.Further Kashmir is popular among the tourists for its 'Shikara' ride in the famous Dal lake and to get clicked wearing the traditional Kashmiri robes.A tourist named Ankit said, " It is our first visit to Srinagar. Though the place has not received the snowfall still the weather out here is worth experiencing. We had spent an entire at house-boat and were delighted to see an excellent hospitality by the owner. The locals are also cooperative toward the tourists."Each year the government of Jammu and ...
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'Pongala' bricks to be reused to pay tribute to 'poorman's 22.2.2018 General News
Lakhs of bricks, used by devotees to prepare 'pongala' offering at the Attukal Devi Temple fest here, will be re-used this year for making art installations to commemorate a legendary British-born architect, who pioneered low-cost housing in the country. One of the world's largest all-women religious events, "Attukal Pongala" witnesses congregation of lakhs of women to the city preparing the offering to the Goddess on the streets. The bricks, abandoned by devotees on the waysides after the ritual, will be collected and transformed into series of art installations as a tribute to the master architect, late Laurie Baker whose 100th birth anniversary falls on March 2, the 'Pongala day' this year. They will later be used for social housing schemes, the officials of Indian Institute of Architects (IIA)'s Thiruvananthapuram centre, the organisers of the programme, said. Popularly known as the 'poor man's architect', Baker, who made Kerala his home for many decades, had devoted
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Adoption of Green &Modern Technologies necessary to meet future affordable housing needs in sustainable manner : Hardeep Puri 22.2.2018 Govt of india: PIB
 Shri Hardeep Puri, Minister of State(I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs has informed that the Government has proposed large public agencies like Housing Boards, Railways, Defence and public sector undertakings to adopt new technologies for their housing projectsto provide a further boost to the housing sector.
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