Editorial

Editorial

Building a future

The Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act 2016 has been hailed as a landmark reform measure for the country’s real estate sector in post-independent India. The Act is largely anticipated to change the functional paradigms of the sector in India. However, the efficacies of the sector seem far from leveraged as a large number of real estate transactions continue to be mired in litigation on account of property ownership disputes.

The zeitgeist called GST

The Goods and Services Tax (GST), a revolutionary tax reform rolled out on the July 1, 2017, has effectively replaced the previous Gordian Knot of multiple taxes like VAT, central excise duty, commercial tax, service tax, octroi, etc. It has made India a ‘tax-neutral’ nation — and while it evoked a response best described as mixed from real estate buyers, most of them are in favour of it.

Building a new era

Technology is transforming the construction and project management landscape in more ways than one. An increasing reliance on technology, along with robotics, to tackle the complexities of mega projects, has started pushing companies to explore newer and cost effective solutions. In fact, robots are now the centre of all futuristic construction technology. A multi-purpose drone, bulldozer automation systems, robots cutting, stacking and packaging materials and welding structural frames are increasingly becoming a common feature across large, complex construction projects.

Is ISIS a threat to India?

To ANY security analyst the reported killing of four militants, on June 22 by synergised operation of security forces, in Anantnag district, with two out of them affiliated to the Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK), as a sequel to renewed “Operation All Out” is no surprise.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

IT’s funny how most, standing at the cusp of  that life changing year — where one becomes a college student from a school student — can’t wait for that transition. Most also think that life here on will be but fun. The truth though is very far from that. Now is when most will actually get their first bite of the bitter pudding called life.

ROOT FOR RESPONSIBILITY

The issue of exodus of independent directors from company boards is taking the shape of a major concern — for the companies, the stock market, investors as well as the government. As the changes ushered in through the new Companies Act came into force, it strangely has led to an unexpected negative fallout. Several independent directors of companies, both big and small, have resigned — some in a tearing hurry.

RIng in good times

The Draft National Digital Communication Policy has laid the roadmap for boosting India’s communication capabilities by harnessing a bevy of new technologies that are emerging on the horizon. It recognises the importance of pro-competitive reforms and lays emphasis on effectively utilising new technologies and services for driving overall growth in the economy.

Water Bodies in Wayanad

Wayanad is a green, hilly and beautiful part of North Malabar. The average rainfall is 2,246 mm annually, though there are parts of Wayanad which go up to 3,136 in the western part, and low as 1,377mm in what is considered as the “dry zone.” There were according to soil conservation officer, PU Das,   65,000 open wells.

Mind your language, please

Someone mentioned, where else but on Twitter that every one would have their 15 minutes of “apologia”. This past week has seen ample example of how “apology” in this era of high octane outrage works. It all began with Priyanka Chopra’s apology over an episode on her now cancelled show “Quantico”. It so happened that there was a story line that didn’t go down well with many people in India. I am yet to watch the episode but from whatever has been shared online, one can see how it could be considered offensive. However, Priyanka after about two days of online outrage issued an apology.

Creating a better, harmonious world

Harmony Foundation, set up in 2005 in India’s commercial capital of Mumbai, has been promoting communal harmony among communities and castes, irrespective of religion, creed, and gender. For the last 13 years its annual event called Mother Teresa Memorial Awards honour individuals and organisations that promote peace, equality and social justice, while providing an impetus for society to imbibe these values. The award is given in honour of Mother Teresa.

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