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Screengrab from Uncommon Sense: The Life and Architecture of Laurie Baker by Vineet Radhakrishnan

Laurie Baker, the Gandhi of Indian architecture who believed in local, sustainable building

The renowned British-born architect received multiple awards and honours, but the only one he cared about was his Indian citizenship.
A view of Delhi's Central Vista

Govt notifies land use change for Rs 20,000-crore Delhi power corridor revamp plan

Over 86-acre area currently earmarked for recreational or public and semi-public facilities will now be used to build new Parliament House, other govt buildings.
Housing in India

Why home, auto loans will become cheaper even though RBI hasn’t cut interest rates

RBI has relaxed regulatory requirements for banks that is likely to ensure cheaper retail loans for borrowers.

Mumbai 2019 home sales jump to highest in 4 years, thanks to affordable apartments

Sales in Mumbai rose 22% in 2019 even though a persistent credit crunch & economic slowdown curtailed recovery in India’s housing sales across top 7 cities.

Nobody is buying China’s affordable housing in Beijing

Beijing introduced the plan in 2016, but the array of cheap quality condominiums that are far from everywhere saw interest die out pretty quick.
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Govt is late with real estate package. Fixing economy sector-by-sector unlikely to help

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Housing in India

Restrictions on home loans likely to worsen liquidity crunch in real estate sector

The National Housing Bank, India's housing regulator, has restricted certain mortgage-payment plans that developers typically use to push sales.

Supreme Court cancels Amrapali’s registration, ED files money laundering charges

The Supreme Court appointed a court receiver in whom the rights of all Amrapali properties will be vested, and directed NBCC to complete pending projects.

How to build future cities? The answer lies in the slums of India, Brazil & Indonesia

Informal housing is not always a problem to be solved, but can be treasure-trove of city solutions.
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Homeowners of under-construction flats get GST relief after rates slashed to 5%

The GST Council also cut GST rates on affordable housing from 8% to 1%.

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Animals have come home. Covid-19 lockdown gives control back into nature’s hands

With people in India and elsewhere locked down in homes due to the coronavirus, the peaceful reclamation of public spaces by animals is teaching us important lessons.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.


Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.