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Reservation for upper castes: Around 55 million homes that earn Rs 8 lakhs per year may benefit from new quotas

In a significant move ahead of the Lok Sabha elections to address demands of the poor among the upper castes, the BJP-led NDA government on Monday decided to amend the Constitution to provide 10% reservation for the economica

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There is failure of system in healthcare, education and citizens need to raise questions: Social entrepreneur Anshu Gupta

Anshu Gupta, social entrepreneur and founder of voluntary organisation Goonj, talks about ‘challenging the philosophy of charity’, notes that GST on sanitary pads is a small part of the problem, and regrets that policy-ma

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From PM Narendra Modi’s approach, MGNREGA, to Jat quota, a minister speaks

Union minister Chaudhary Birender Singh talks about adjusting to the ‘cadre-based BJP’ and PM Modi’s ‘different approach’, elaborates on how MGNREGA has transformed under his ministry, explains why he thinks Jats d

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Public-private partnership is way forward for urbanisation of India: Venkaiah Naidu

If you don’t want a service, no one will force you; if you do, you must pay for it, the Urban Development Development Minister tells Shalini Nair as he looks ahead at his next three years in office.

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Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana: Minister seeks PM Narendra Modi’s intervention to salvage scheme

In his recent letter to Modi, Singh has said several MPs have complained about the fundamental issue with the scheme in that it depends entirely on the convergence of various existing schemes and has no dedicated funding of i

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Venkaiah Naidu blames opposition for ‘slowing’ housing scheme

In his statement during a discussion on the Demand for Grants for his ministry, Naidu said chief ministers of some of the states, where the proposals are lagging, have informed him that the unavailability of land is a problem

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Poll-bound states report surge in MGNREGA job numbers

West Bengal, Assam and Tamil Nadu — states that are currently in assembly elections mode — have registered huge spurt in job numbers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Generation Act (MGNREGA).

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Only 1.8% got 150 days of work in drought-hit states: MGNREGA data

The data for 10 drought-hit states show that a total of 1.52 crore people got employment under MGNREGA in the financial year ending March 31, 2015. But of this, just 2.80 lakh i.e. 1.8 per cent were employed for 150 days.

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Smart cities: The mobility roadmap

An examination of the proposals that are currently being evaluated by the MoUD show that a large number of cities have proposed to create more pedestrian zones.

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Urban development: Plan put in place, time for resource mobilisation

The new year brings with it fresh challenges for the planners, especially on the execution front that demands huge funding from private players.

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Govt to increase maternity leave in private sector from 12 to 26 weeks

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi Monday said the Ministry of Labour has agreed to increase maternity leave to six-and-a-half months.

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Real estate bill: Land cost may take up the lion’s share

The Centre’s move to increase the deposit limit of the project cost in a separate account from 50% to 70%, may help developers divert the majority of sales proceeds on buying additional land instead of completing the projec

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Housing in cities: Adapting the Singapore script for an India story

As the two countries deepen their bilateral engagement, and India going for a massive overhaul of its urban infrastructure, especially housing, there are many valuable lessons it can learn from Singapore.

Affordable housing News

Rental Housing: Too little, too late

The need to create rental housing, not only as an interim arrangement for those saving up to own a home, but also for those who simply cannot afford to buy, has finally been recognised by the Union government.

Economy News

Smart cities: Opening up smart opportunities

A total grant of Rs 1 lakh crore, from the Centre, state and ULBs, is likely to account for just 20% of the required funding for the mission, which provides firms like state-owned NBCC various infrastructure development oppor

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NCR Urbanisation: With 97.5 pct development, Delhi remains the epicentre

While the National Capital Territory-Delhi is 97.5% urbanised, the rest of the National Capital Region is only 42.5%, reflecting unplanned spatial growth, leading to peri-urban conditions.

Delhi NCR development News

Affordable housing: Sector may get infra tag if Realty Bill gets passed

The tag would mean lower borrowing rates and tax concessions for the sector.

Affordable housing News

Funding for smart cities: Key to coffer lies outside India

The Rs 1 lakh crore that will be granted for the ambitious five-year Smart Cities plan by the Centre, state governments and municipal bodies of the 100 selected cities, will account for merely a fifth of the money needed for

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Disagreements all around: Politics behind the Smart City selections

The list of 98 Smart Cities released by the Centre on Thursday shows that the objective grading criteria of the mission has not deterred political considerations from creeping in to selection process.

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Real Estate Bill: Growth of the sector can’t be at the cost of consumers, says panel

The report underlines that the proposed law must strike a balance so that it does not “kill the investment in the sector”

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35 per cent urban India is BPL, says unreleased data

Urban poor are highest in Manipur, Mizoram, Bihar, least in Goa and Delhi

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Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill: Missing the yardstick

This monsoon session, the Parliamentary committee on the Real Estate Bill will table its report, the culmination of a series of consultations, with residents’ associations, consumer activists, developers’ body, real estat

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Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill 2013: House panel pushes for law to jail errant builders

Seeks stringent provisions in new law, says financial penalty is no deterrent since burden passed on to buyers.

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25-30% of state’s share in GST must go to urban local bodies

Arguing for a statutory share for cities in GST, also known as the ‘city GST’, the ministry has said that at least 25 per cent of the state GST should go to urban local bodies.

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Mumbai Floor Space Index: Moving up leaves problems aground

Mumbai’s draft DP 2034 proposes raising built-up floor area, which, in turn, will increase population density further.

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