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Mall reopening permission fail to cheer up owners

With central government allowing the reopening of malls (with certain restrictions) from June 8th onwards, mall operators and retailers are readying themselves to get...

Urban Learning Internship Program for fresh Graduates launched

An online portal for `The Urban Learning Internship Program (TULIP)’ - A program for providing internship opportunities to fresh graduates in all Urban Local...

MoEFCC to celebrate WED virtually with focus on ‘Urban Forest’

This year’s theme of World Environment Day (WED) is ‘Biodiversity’ and Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC ) will be celebrating the...

Cement sustains price hike

After near washout in April, semblance of normalcy seems to have returned to cement market in May. Though the cement companies were allowed to...

India, Bhutan sign MoU on Cooperation in the areas of Environment

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Government of India and the Royal Government of Bhutan on Cooperation in the areas of...

Mall reopening permission fail to cheer up owners

With central government allowing the reopening of malls (with certain restrictions) from June 8th onwards, mall operators and retailers are readying themselves to get back to business after a gap of nearly three months....

Urban Learning Internship Program for fresh Graduates launched

An online portal for `The Urban Learning Internship Program (TULIP)’ - A program for providing internship opportunities to fresh graduates in all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Smart Cities across the country was yesterday...

MoEFCC to celebrate WED virtually with focus on ‘Urban Forest’

This year’s theme of World Environment Day (WED) is ‘Biodiversity’ and Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC ) will be celebrating the WED with a special focus on ‘Urban Forest.’ In view...

Cement sustains price hike

After near washout in April, semblance of normalcy seems to have returned to cement market in May. Though the cement companies were allowed to operate from April 20th, normal operations (with restrictions and social...

India, Bhutan sign MoU on Cooperation in the areas of Environment

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Government of India and the Royal Government of Bhutan on Cooperation in the areas of Environment. The Memorandum of Understanding will enable establishment and promotion...

Major Impact on climate due to extension of Amery Ice Shelf

The National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) has predicted that there would be a 24% increase in the expansion of Ameri Ice Shelf (AIS) boundaries by 2021 and another 24% expansion by...

PVC price hiked again

PVC price was hiked by Rs 2/kg, that is, by 2.9% last week which is the third hike in a matter of just 10 days. Thus, within a span of 10 days (on 18th...

Karnataka wants to convert heritage cities into smart cities

Karnataka state government is planning to develop four heritage cities under the Smart City Project of the Union Government. The state government has already written to the central government seeking to include Mysuru, Kalaburagi,...

Environment Ministry to come out with rules for C&W waste control

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) will soon come up with the rules for implementation of Construction and Demolition Waste Control so as to control dust, a major source of pollution in...

Delhi’s Smart Poles win IDC Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards

Smart Poles for a Sustainable & Scalable Smart City in New Delhi has been named as Top Smart City Project for Sustainable Infrastructure by the IDC Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards (SCAPA). Out of 19...

In one week, India loses two iconic architects

Last week Indian architecture lost two iconic figures – in Goa architect Sarto Almeida passed away at the age of 95 while in Delhi Pradeep Sachdeva died at the age of 62. While former...

This is the largest building to achieve “LEED Gold” certificate

Istanbul Airport has become the largest building to achieve LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The airport was recognized for low water consumption, high energy efficiency, and for its heating, cooling...

It’s now time to prevent mobility debacle, high cost of congestion & pollution: CSE

As Indian cities get ready to reopen the economy, public transport is becoming an urgent necessity. “The future and the ‘new normal’ that we will be faced with post-lockdown,” says Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director-research...

Renowned architect Vasant Pansare dies at 93

Renowned architect Vasant Pansare passed away after a prolonged illness on Thursday at the age of 93. Pansare, a bachelor, had been suffering from age-related ailments for quite some time and breathed his last...

New Flexible Building Material could have Civilian and Military Applications

Even though they are miles from the epicenter of an earthquake, buildings can collapse due to how an earthquake's energy makes the ground shake and rattle. Now, a team of engineers led by Guoliang...

SGS is the approved assessment body for the QCI for its WASH Scheme

SGS has been approved by the Quality Council of India (QCI) as an assessment body for its Workplace Assessment of Safety and Hygiene (WASH) scheme. With this authorization, SGS can undertake assessments of workplaces...

India’s data centre market to grow in 2020: CBRE

A CBRE report says that the data centre market is set to grow in 2020 with rising demand and supply due to various policy initiatives, widening customer base and increasing corporate requirements for data...

Hadi Teherani to design Puravankara’s Purva Atmosphere

Renowned Tehran born German architect Hadi Teherani will design Puravankara’s Purva Atmosphere coming up in Bengaluru. Puravankara is introducing its new line of ultra-luxury homes 'WorldHome' Collection and Purva Atmosphere is the first flagship...

IGBC Green Service Buildings Rating System launched

CII – Indian Green Building Council has digitally launched the IGBC Green Service Buildings Rating System. This is the 26th rating system of the Indian Green Building Council. Mr V Suresh, Chairman, IGBC and...

Delhi govt plans a green building for DSIIDC

Delhi government is planning to build multi-storied integrated Office building complex in Govt. land measuring 2,865-sq.m at I.P. Estate adjoining to Vikas Bhawan where DUSIB office is functioning. The proposal includes construction of clean,...

NGMA to organise virtual tour of Ramkinkar Baij’s works

Ministry of Culture’s National Gallery of Modern Art will organise virtual tour titled “Ramkinkar Baij | Journey through silent transformation and expressions” to commemorate the 115th Birth Anniversary of Ramkinkar Baij on 26th May...

Two adjacent towers to be merged to become one

In a first of its kind, in Australia, two adjacent buildings in Brisbane's CBD will be merged to become one tower. The project, the Midtown Centre development, will merge together two former government office...

Mall owners may resolve rental issue with retailers through dialogue

Malls have been closed across the country for the last two months due to countrywide lockdown resulting in loss of business to retailers and loss of rental income to mall owners. The situation has...

PVC price changes direction, goes up

PVC price which had been falling continuously since mid-March, last week changed its direction of movement and started rising. In fact, last week, PVC price was hiked twice, by Rs 2/kg each on 18th...

Restoration work of Shimla’s Bantony Castle starts

The homeless migrant labourers hailing from different parts of the country have started renovation and restoration work of over century-old building, 'Bantony Castle', the British era building, amid the fourth phase of coronavirus lockdown....

Urban planning crucial for better public health in cities

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to highlight the importance of safe distancing in cities, a new sourcebook launched by WHO and UN-Habitat provides a wealth of useful information on ensuring human health is a...

More than 55k housing units sold during Q1, 2020

55,138 housing units were sold across nine major markets in the country during the Covid-hit January-March quarter, says PropEquity’s latest report. The survey was done across Bengaluru, Kolkata, Pune, Mumbai, Thane, Gurugram, Noida, Chennai...

This data centre to be the smartest of all

National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI), the umbrella organization for operating retail payments and settlement systems in India, is getting ready to launch its own Smart Data Centre in Chennai. Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Hon’ble...

Tiles dealers see better than expected demand in South

According to South India’s one of the largest ceramic tiles dealers, actual demand for tiles and sanitaryware at the ground level is far better than the expectation. This has actually surprised many dealers who...

Cement sales to decline by more than 20% – CRISIL

In fiscal 2021, most of the dealers expect sales to decline more than 20%, says a CRISIL report titled “Cracks loom for cement dealers.” The report is based on a survey of 100+ cement...

There are only six 5-Star cities in India

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has announced star ratings of Indian cities for the year 2019-20 and according to this rating, there are six 5-star rated cities in India. These cities are: Ambikapur,...

COVID-19 to inflict $ 1 tn loss on real estate sector: KPMG

The consequent loss of COVID-19 pandemic outbreak to India's real estate sector is estimated to be one trillion dollars (about Rs 76 lakh crore) by the end of the current financial year, says a...

Cement price goes up sharply in May

A survey of a cross section of the dealers reveals that cement prices have gone up by 5-8% all over the country in May. Price was hiked despite the demand condition was poor. Cement...

Conversations kick started to create sustainable cultural organizations

Development of Museums and Cultural Spaces, Ministry of Culture, Government of India hosted a webinar on “Revitalising Museums and Cultural Spaces” yesterday to celebrate the International Museum Day and kick start conversations around creating...

Mumbai’s luxury housing projects may face tough time

According to some property consultants in Mumbai, prices of super-luxury apartments in some locations like Central Mumbai may see further correction due to lukewarm response from property investors. Usually, property investors account for 25-30%...

Plumbing pipe mfrs expect better demand in 2nd half

Like any other building materials industry, plumbing pipe industry too has suffered badly due to countrywide lockdown. April month has seen almost nil sales for the plumbing pipes as the house construction activity was...

RERA completes three years

It has been three years since the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA) was  implemented in the country and in the last three years the sector has seen lot of disruption and...

Labour shortage may hasten automation in construction

It may not be life as usual for the construction industry going forward in the post-lockdown era which will be governed by social distancing norms. The way cement being used will largely be dictated...

Office leasing activity drops in top three Indian markets

COVID-19 is already showing its impact on office leasing. According to the latest Knight Frank Asia Pacific market bulletin, office leasing activity across India's three tier-one cities witnessed a drop due to the impact...

RFP for Tirupati railway station smart makeover gets good response

If the number of firms that participated in the pre-bid meeting for the development of the Tirupati railway station is any indication, the response for redevelopment of the station is very good, if not...

Copenhagen will be 2023 World Capital of Architecture

The Danish capital of Copenhagen will be the World Capital of Architecture in 2023; a title assigned by UNESCO to the host city of the International Architectural Association UIA's World Congress. Copenhagen won the...

US Green Building Council launches Global Economic Recovery Strategy

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced a new strategy, Healthy People in Healthy Places Equals a Healthy Economy, intended to leverage LEED and the community implementing the rating system to support buildings...

Rajasthan govt allows shops selling air conditioners to open

The Rajasthan government has allowed six categories of shops and business establishments, including those selling building materials and air conditioners, to open in the state. Hardware shops, building material shops, air conditioner, cooler, television, electronic...

FM announces 2nd tranche of financial package for various sectors

Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman announced the 2nd Tranche of measures to ameliorate the hardships faced specifically by migrant labours, street vendors, migrant urban poor, small traders self-employed people, small...

MoHUA directs state RERAs to extend registration of realty projects by 6 months

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has issued an advisory to all States / UTs and their respective Real Estate Regulatory Authorities to consider the current pandemic of COVID-19 as “force majeure” being...

High inventory level of RACs is a matter of concern

Air conditioner manufacturers who are battling for survival have their task cut out once the lockdown is lifted completely, that is, clearing the huge inventories lying with dealers and distributors. According to one estimate,...

Finance Minister announces relief measures to get back to work

Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala  Sitharaman yesterday evening announced series of measures focused on getting back to work i.e., enabling employees and employers, businesses, especially Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, to get back to production...

Loss of green space in India is leading to higher cardiometabolic risk

Although the health benefits of green space are supported by a growing body of evidence, few studies on this topic have been carried out in low and middle-income countries. A new study by the...

Thanjavur Netti and Arumbavur Wood carving get GI tag

After a seven-year-long wait, the Thanjavur Netti Works (pith works) and Arambavur Wood Carvings belonging to the central region of Tamil Nadu were awarded the Geographical Indication Tag yesterday by the GI registry. A...

AC makers stare at double digit revenue loss

According to leading air condition manufacturers, this season is one of the worst seasons in recent years for the industry and its impact will be visible more in the current financial year than in...

The construction sector can help lead the economic recovery – Here’s how

The construction sector may hold the key to kick-starting economies ravaged by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Past crises have shown that, although households and private sector businesses may be reluctant to invest while...

MDF manufacturers post decent growth despite pandemic

It seems Medium Density Fibreboard manufacturers are slowly crawling back to growth path if 2019-20 growth figure is any indication. For the financial year just concluded, the industry which is the youngest in wood...

These pots teach you methods to prevent spread of Coronavirus

At a time when even the smallest bit in the fight against COVID-19 counts and raises hope, scores of KVIC potters in a Rajasthan village are drawing the country’s attention with their unique campaign...

Kansai Nerolac restarts its operations

Five of the six plants of Kansai Nerolac, the third largest paint manufacturer in the country, are now operational after the partial lifting of lockdown in the country. Further, the company has opened 90...

PVC price touches multi-year low

There seems to be no end to the fall in the price of PVC, mainly used in irrigation and housing. Fall in the price which started in the middle of March continued in the...

Cement manufacturers hike price amid low demand

With major portion of April seeing lockdown throughout the country, cement consumption took a big hit during the month. Some demand emerged towards the end of the month when lockdown norms were loosened post...

Supply, demand for commercial realty fall in Q1CY20

As expected, supply and demand for commercial realty have declined 11% and 6% QoQ, respectively, during the first quarter of the current calendar year. Vacancy levels also have inched up slightly to 13.4%. Outbreak...

International firms show interest in New Delhi station redevelopment

International consultancy firms like Australia-based ITALFERR and Louis Berger have shown interest in New Delhi station redevelopment. In all, not less than 30 companies had  participated in the pre-bid meeting for the redevelopment of...

Coir Board ropes in IIT-Madras for R&D works on Coir

Coir Board signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, to establish a “Centre of Excellence (CoE) for the application of Coir exclusively or in combination with other natural fibres”....

Paint companies increase cash discount to dealers

Paint manufacturing companies have increased cash discounts to dealers by 3.5% from the beginning of the new financial year. Paint manufacturers have started providing extra discounts to dealers, depending on the volume of business,...

Realtors want stimulus package from government

Real estate sector, mainly residential real estate, is one of the worst affected segments of the economy due to COVID-19 which subsequently led to countrywide lockdown. The sector was already on a weaker footing...

Furniture makers see opportunity in post-lockdown era

Furniture makers see an opportunity emerging in post-COVID-19 as the trend then would be towards readymade furniture than call the carpenters home to make furniture. Post-COVID-19 people would be wary of calling carpenters home...

GCC imposes ADD on tiles imported from India

Just as India started relaxing its lockdown norms and slowly moved towards normalcy, Indian tiles exporters received a shock as the GCC decided to implement its earlier decision of imposing final anti-dumping duty for...

Mumbai’s property price set to fall

According to property consultant, Knight Frank, the prime residential market of Mumbai is expected to see a price fall of 5 per cent this year and 3 per cent in 2021. The direction of...

Stock clearance becoming an issue for cement manufacturers

Though the economy has slowly started moving ahead after partial lifting of lockdown, it may take several months for the cement manufacturers to get back to normalcy. Meanwhile, they have an uphill task at...

Indian sleep industry cries for help

Indian Sleep Products Federation (ISPF) has requested the Government to support the industry which is battling for survival. The industry that produces mattresses of foam, spring & coir and other sleep related products has...

Commercial Real Estate – 2019 record may remain unbroken

Calendar year 2019 was a record year for country’s commercial real estate which saw a net absorption of 42msf. The sector was expecting 40msf plus absorption during the current and next financial year also....

Wood panel industry is down but not out

Wood panel industry is down but not out and most of the industry players are upbeat about the medium to long term prospects of the industry, once the country gets over the chaos created...

India advocates $ 1 trillion grants to developing world to fight climate change

Stressing on the issue of Climate finance, India’s Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar has advocated 1 trillion USD in grants to developing world immediately. He was deliberating at the...

This year ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ will observe social distancing

‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ which was started as a mass movement last year will be implemented this year also but by observing social distancing. It will be ensured that all works are undertaken with strict...

Ravi Varma’s birth anniversary celebrated through virtual tour

Raja Ravi Varma was born on 29th April and is considered among the greatest painters in the history of Indian art for a number of aesthetic and broader social reasons. National Gallery of Modern...

Save real estate sector from collapse

Real estate is on the brink of collapse. A few months ago, it had given revival hopes and everyone believed that year 2020 will be the year of revival for the sector which has...

‘Work from home’ trend to dent office space demand

Present COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent nationwide lockdown has popularised work from home concept as large number of companies and businesses have resorted to this culture for their employees to keep operations of the companies...

Anti-dumping duty on thin MDF likely

The Directorate General of Trade Remedies has initiated the anti-dumping duty investigation concerning imports of plain (thin) MDF boards having thickness of less than 6mm originating in or exported from Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and...

Varanasi Smart City sprays sanitizer through drones

Varanasi Smart City has employed drones for spraying of sanitizer in the selected areas of Varanasi City under Smart Cities Mission. The task was undertaken by Chennai Based company, Garuda Aerospace Private Limited and...

Will paint manufacturers go for price cuts?

There is a general feeling that the decorative paint makers may go for price cuts as they have made substantial savings in raw material cost which are mostly crude oil based. However, timing of...

New Delhi railway station redevelopment pre-bid meeting to go online

The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) is set to conduct online pre-bid meeting via video link for redevelopment of New Delhi railway station. Depending upon the participation and the reaction of the participants this...

Parliament building renovation may get environment nod this week

Last week the EAC on constructions, townships and area development projects conducted a meeting to consider environmental clearance for several infrastructure projects including Parliament building renovation project. The project was discussed in detail by...

Revision of energy ratings for ACs may be delayed further

Lockdown and its subsequent extension (with the possible further extension, atleast in certain parts of the country) may force the air conditioner manufacturers to approach the government to further delay the revision of energy...

78,000 ‘ready to move in’ homes unsold across top cities

According to a report by Anarock Property Consultants, around 78,000 ready-to-move-in housing units, valued at Rs 65,950 crore, remain unsold in the country. It accounts for nearly 12 per cent of the 6.44 lakh...

International Architectural Competition to Reconstruct Al-Nouri Mosque in Mosul

UNESCO will launch an international architectural competition for the reconstruction of Al-Nouri Mosque. The competition will take on board the input of the residents of Mosul who will be invited to take part in...

UNESCO postpones World Heritage Committee session in June

The 44th session of the World Heritage Committee has been postponed indefinitely in an attempt to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The session was scheduled to be held in the Chinese...

NCLAT directs NBCC to implement JIL resolution plan – with rider

The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has directed state-run NBCC to implement the approved resolution plan for JIL, but subject to the final order in the matter. NCLAT on Wednesday asked state-owned NBCC (India)...

Cement manufacturers face logistic problems

According to N Srinivasan, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of India Cements, transporting cement was the main problem during the ongoing lockdown. He was talking on a video conference presided over by Chief Minister...

Cement manufacturers slowly take steps to resume production

Some of the large cement manufacturers have started proceeding to reopen their manufacturing facilities after taking necessary approvals from the government and also after putting in place requisite safety measures for the workers &...

PVC prices hit two-year low

Fall in the PVC price is seemingly unabated and it has now touched 27 months’ low. Few days ago, price fell by sharp by 4.2% or Rs 3 per kg. This leads to fourth...

ISHRAE issues guidelines to prevent spread of virus in buildings

The Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE) has set up a "COVID-19 Task Force" comprising "Thought Leaders and Experts", from among its members, to help carve out guidelines as an...

Waterproofing business may be hit by COVID-19

For waterproofing business April to June is the peak season and as such it is likely to be impacted by the COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown. Extension of lockdown from April 15th till May 3rd...

World Heritage Day observed

Last Friday was the World Heritage Day 2020 and the Ministry of Tourism celebrated the Day through a webinar series. The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) has proposed the theme of Shared...

Affordable housing will be the worst hit: Industry Experts

According to a cross-section of real estate industry experts, affordable housing will be one of the most affected sectors due to the ongoing nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. According to ANAROCK, a property consultant, nearly 40% of...

Today is International Day for Monuments and Sites

Today is the International Day for Monuments and Sites and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) has proposed the theme of Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility for the occasion. According to...

Pidilite commences operations partially in 2 units

Pidilite Industries, the largest manufacturer of adhesives in India, has announced that it has resumed operations, partially, in two of its facilities. However, the company has not disclosed the location of those units. The...

Real estate sentiments hit historic low: Survey

According to the 24th Knight Frank-FICCI-NAREDCO Real Estate Sentiment Index Q1 2020 Survey, current sentiment of real estate stakeholders in India has dropped to an all-time low of 31 in the first quarter (January...

Fall in the PVC prices continues unabated

Declining trend in PVC prices has continued and in less than three weeks it has fallen thrice. Last week the price fell by Rs 3 or 4%. PVC price has fallen by Rs 7/kg...

One year after the Notre Dame fire

It has been a year since the fire ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. Remember, it was on the unfortunate evening of 15 April 2019 flames tore through the upper levels of the...

Second webinar series of “DekhoApnaDesh” today

After Delhi's success, the second "DekhoApnaDesh" webinar series will be held today between 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. The webinar will provide people to get a chance to know about ’Calcutta - A Confluences...

Realty players fear pay cuts, job losses

Real estate sector, which is estimated to incur a loss of over Rs 1 lakh crore due to nationwide lockdown, is likely to see pay cuts and job losses as cash-strapped builders will look...

RERAs should extend project completion timeline up to 1 year: PHDCCI

The PHD Chamber of Commerce in report has suggested that Real Estate Regulatory Authorities in the states to extend the deadline for completion of projects by six months to 1 year in the wake...

Pipe manufacturers brace for muted demand

PVC pipe manufacturers have already written off the first quarter as a washout with blurred visibility of the quarters thereafter. The fact that lockdown has badly disrupted the real estate sector has further dented...

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Mall reopening permission fail to cheer up owners

With central government allowing the reopening of malls (with certain restrictions) from June 8th onwards, mall operators and retailers are readying themselves to get...

Urban Learning Internship Program for fresh Graduates launched

An online portal for `The Urban Learning Internship Program (TULIP)’ - A program for providing internship opportunities to fresh graduates in all Urban Local...

MoEFCC to celebrate WED virtually with focus on ‘Urban Forest’

This year’s theme of World Environment Day (WED) is ‘Biodiversity’ and Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC ) will be celebrating the...

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Mall reopening permission fail to cheer up owners

With central government allowing the reopening of malls (with certain restrictions) from June 8th...

Urban Learning Internship Program for fresh Graduates launched

An online portal for `The Urban Learning Internship Program (TULIP)’ - A program for...

PVC price hiked again

PVC price was hiked by Rs 2/kg, that is, by 2.9% last week which...