Happy Homebuyers, Karnataka RERA covers many ongoing plans

Homebuyers may stand to benefit from the provisions of the Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act notified by the Karnataka government on Monday. It, among other things, brings a huge number of ongoing projects under the purview of the law.

The government had come under criticism for the draft rules published last week which said ongoing projects, where 60% development work had been completed or 60% of the apartments/houses/plots had been registered and executed, would not come under the purview of the Act.

 

If the OC has already been applied for, the building is exempt from RERA regulations.

 

 

 

Buyers felt that the provision gave a leeway to the developers to slip out and there was also confusion as to how a consensus could be reached on such an arbitrary number.

That part seems to have been addressed. As per the notification published on Monday, only ongoing projects “where all development works have been completed as per the Act and certified by the competent agency“are exempted from RERA. The 60% sale lease deed provision stays.

“We were not expecting this, “Shriram Properties managing director Murali said, when asked about his response about the rules. Sobha managing director JC Sharma said though the law is customer friendly, any retrospective law is bad and goes against natural justice. Most of my ongoing projects, where I have not applied for an occupancy certificate, will come under RERA, “Sharma said.

According to the notification, a builder can apply for an OC only if it has been certified by a competent agency -in this case by an architect. If the OC has already been applied for, the building is exempt from RERA regulations. “The rules are stringent because builders have to get in place waterlines, electricity lines and other things before applying for OC, “Suhail Rehman, director of Asse Builders, said.

E Suhail Ahmed, advocate and legal consultant at RERA Consultants, said the rules are not much of a dilution from the central legislation. “They are almost in line with the Act as far as its application to ongoing projects is concerned, “Ahmed said. If a project comes under RERA, buyers would be in a position to file a complaint in case there is a delay or if the building has not gone by the approved plans.

 

(This article was originally published in The Times of India)

Trumps Take First Official Trip, World Gets First Real Look At Their Marriage

Trumps Take First Official Trip, World Gets First Real Look At Their Marriage..

As Melania Trump accompanied her husband on his first foreign trip, the public got an uncommon glimpse into the first couple’s dynamic.

The first lady, who remained in New York when President Donald Trump moved to Washington, was more visible than she has been during any other stretch of his presidency. She strode along, usually a pace or two behind, as he greeted dignitaries. She stood over his shoulder as he signed guest books. She ventured out on her own a few times, primarily to meet with women and children. But her foremost job was to accompany the president.

Seeing the Trumps together over the course of their nine-day trip aroused the fascination Americans have with all White House marriages. Do they hold hands? (Not regularly.) Glance at one another lovingly or roll their eyes? (Neither, at least before the cameras.)

On the second leg of their trip, they walked down the tarmac at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, and Trump seemed to reach back to take his wife’s hand. With a quick flick of the wrist, she seemed to swat it away. The moment, captured on video, went viral.

As they departed Israel the next day, they walked to Air Force One together hand-in-hand as photographers captured the scene. This moment of connection was less commented upon than the apparent brushoff.

For months, Trump’s critics have questioned whether the first couple is happily married. Their friends insist that they are.

“I will put my hand in fire and say that they are super, super happy,” said Paolo Zampolli, the Manhattan businessman who introduced the Trumps to each other at a New York Fashion Week party he hosted in 1998 and remains friendly with the couple.

Karen LeFrak, a longtime friend of the Trumps, told a Washington Post reporter that Melania Trump is “enjoying her life and new role. . . Their relationship is great.”

Melania Trump has described herself as a supportive wife. “We know what our roles are and we are happy with them,” she told Parenting magazine a few years ago. “I think the mistake some people make is they try to change the man they love after they get married. You cannot change a person.”

The president, meanwhile, has repeatedly proclaimed that Melania is doing a wonderful job as first lady.

“She was always the highest quality that you’ll ever find. . . and I’ve known her for a long time,” he said at a news conference earlier this year.

He’s used blunter terms of praise as well. In a recent conversation on Air Force One, Trump boasted to a supporter that his wife is “Jackie O on steroids.”

The first couple has been married for 12 years and together for 17. The personalities they’ve presented to the public have typically suggested an opposites-attract dynamic – he is impulsive and decisive, while she is quiet and cautious.

At one point during their foray abroad, they carried themselves like a couple on a double date with other world leaders. An Israeli television station’s microphone caught an exchange they shared with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife.

“You know in Israel all the people like us – the media hate us but the people love us,” Sara Netanyahu told the Trumps as they met. “Like you.”

“We have a lot in common,” President Trump replied. In Italy, the president introduced the first lady to Pope Francis, who shook her hand and asked in Italian: “What do you give him to eat – potica?”

“Potica,” Melania Trump repeated lightheartedly, referring to a Slovenian sweet bread popular in her home country.

If every marriage is a mystery, political marriages are the Twilight Zone. Really, who knows what goes on in the confines of any relationship they are not a part of? So first couples – like celebrities – are subject to endless analysis and interpretation of their every interaction. They are expected to perfect the political performance of marriage.

Barack and Michelle Obama’s relationship was a central part of their political story. They both spoke of their family’s 6:30 p.m. dinner as a sacred time. They teased each other and held hands in public. She fixed his tie while the cameras snapped photos of them on the North Portico of the White House waiting for guests to arrive for state dinners. He kissed her cheek.

At times, the Obamas seemed to be performing. At a basketball game, they seemed to initially wave away the Kiss Cam when it settled on them – but later called it back and gave a smooch for the crowd.

In 1998, the Clintons were photographed lovingly dancing together, in swimsuits, on a beach vacation. Some political analysts thought the “candid” photo had been staged for the media. Later that same year, amid the sex scandal that engulfed his presidency, Bill and Hillary Clinton made a memorable photo by walking duitifuly across the White House lawn together – each holding hands with their then-teenage daughter, Chelsea.

In a moment that made some observers swoon and others cringe, Al Gore planted a full-mouth kiss on wife Tipper at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. The crowd went wild for the show of passion by a man who was perceived as stiff. A decade later, they separated.

Less showy interactions between political couples may be more telling. At the Easter Egg Roll earlier this year, Melania Trump gently nudged her husband as the national anthem was played, to remind him to place his hand over his heart.

She rarely accompanied her husband on the campaign trail, but he referred to her as “his pollster.” Politico reported recently that the first lady continues to watch cable news and report back to her husband how she thinks his communications staff is performing.

Others who have observed the Trumps closely back home, say there is an obvious spark between them.

“When we were together at Mar-a-Lago they looked like they were on a first date,” said Zampolli, referring to a New Year’s celebration he attended with the first couple. “They were quite close to each other.”

On another occasion at Mar-a-Lago, prior to the election, Trump interrupted an interview with a Washington Post reporter to call out “Hi, honey!” to Melania, as she passed through in large sunglasses and a bathrobe on her way to the spa. She acknowledged him quickly but kept walking.

The Trumps will wrap up their tour abroad on Saturday, and this summer Melania Trump is expected to move to Washington, where the media glare and public interest in their marriage could intensify.

“She is very strong, and he’s very strong, but of course it is not pleasant,” Zampolli sai

India just launched 104 satellites, but it has a long way to go to become a global space player

 

India just launched 104 satellites, but it has a long way to go to become a global space player

 

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s commercial revenue forms only 0.6% of the global market.

On February 15, the Indian Space Research Organisation launched a rocket that put 104 satellites into orbit around the earth, breaking a world record as it did so. It was a remarkable achievement for India’s space organisation, which has now had 36 consecutively successful launches of its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles since 1994.ISRO has consistently been in the headlines over the last few years for its rapid developments in space technology, including the cheapest Mars mission ever designed and its indigenously built cryogenic engine that will be the first step towards putting heavier loads including humans and large satellites into space.But how does ISRO stack up against other space organisations, both government and private?There are two ways to assess this: technological developments and commercial growth.

The Cold War era of intense rivalry between the US and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics led to a “space race” after the USSR launched Sputnik I, the world’s first satellite, in 1957. The two countries pushed each other to the limits to send ever-larger satellites and finally humans into space and to the moon.The European Union, Japan, Canada, Russia and the US jointly operate the International Space Station, a habitable artificial satellite. These countries also have the world’s premier space organisations that conduct both research and launches. While the US and Russia have scaled back on human spaceflight, China is still pursuing this technology. It sent its first astronaut into space in 2008. Neither the European Space Agency nor the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency have independently sent humans into space.Along with these five, India’s is only the sixth space agency in the world to have complete launch facilities, to operate cryogenic engines and to send probes to extraterrestrial bodies.However, India still has a long way to go. Although it successfully sent an orbiter to Mars in 2013, and was the first country to achieve this on its first attempt, India is only just beginning to harness the potential of its cryogenic engine to launch Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicles into space. These vehicles travel into higher orbit than PSLVs and can carry satellites weighing more than 2,000 kilogrammes.

Musical Nights at Rose Festival 2017, Chandigarh | All 3-Day Details

Musical Nights at Rose Festival 2017, Chandigarh | All 3-Day Details

The 45th edition of Rose Festival in Chandigarh just started on 17th February 2017. Society for Tourism & Entertainment promotion in Chandigarh along with Chandigarh Tourism is also organising musical nights on each day of the 3-day Rose fest. People can enjoy Punjabi musical night on the 2 days of the Rose Fest, whereas the last day will be dedicated to the Bollywood musical night in Chandigarh. Musical night in Rose Fest 2017 will be the entertainment factor for all the visitors to chillax and just dance on the beats. Details of Musical Night in Rose Fest, ChandigarhArtists Who’ll be Performing Rose festival in Chandigarh will not only bloom the people with the fragrance of flower but will also be a treat for all music lovers. The 3 days musical night in the Rose Festival will be a roller coaster ride for everyone in the city. Singers like Sukshinder Shinda, Garry Sandhu and Adnan Sami will be performing live in concert during the musical night.

Punjabi musical night (Garry Sandhu) On the very first day of the musical night in 45th Rose Fest in Chandigarh, Chandigarhian will get to tap their feets with the performance of Garry Sandhu at Leisure Valley from 6:30 PM onwards.

Punjabi musical night (Sukshinder Shinda) The Second day will also be dedicated to Punjabi music with the king of Pop bhangra music ‘Sukshinder Shinda’. Groove hard on the rock beats of bhangra with desi rockstar in Chandigarh. Bollywood musical night (Adnan Sami)

Whereas on the last day of the musical night, Chandigarhians will get a chance to listen to the mesmerising voice of Adnan Sami in Rose fest. Be it romantic or dancing number song, you will get it all to dance upon. Grab your passes now to make your weekend memorable with the blossoms of music on the 45th Rose Festival in Chandigarh.

Rose fest offers you a blend of fun, music, competition, prizes and food all in just one place.Musical NightDate: 17th- 19th February 2017Time: 6:30 PM onwardsVenue: Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh

Demonetisation 100 days: Fake Rs 2000 notes entering India through Bangladesh

 

Demonetisation 100 days: Fake Rs 2000 notes entering India through Bangladesh

 

Fake Rs 2,000 bills are entering India through Bangladesh, three months after the newly minted banknote was introduced as an upshot of the Narendra Modi government’s demonetisation drive to fight corruption, counterfeiting and terrorist funding.But multiple confiscations of counterfeit Rs 2,000 notes over the past three weeks have undermined the shock recall of 500- and 1,000-rupee notes last November, wiping out 86% of the money in circulation in a cash-driven economy.But multiple confiscations of counterfeit Rs 2,000 notes over the past three weeks have undermined the shock recall of 500- and 1,000-rupee notes last November, wiping out 86% of the money in circulation in a cash-driven economy.The latest attempts to restart the vicious cycle after the notes ban have set off alarm bells in the security establishment.On the night of February 14, security forces foiled an attempt to smuggle a consignment across the fence on Indo-Bangladesh border. This was the latest and biggest in a series of attempts over a short span of time.A Border Security Force (BSF) patrol seized a bundle of 100 counterfeit notes that was thrown across the fence for miscreants waiting on the Indian side. The criminals escaped, leaving behind the bundle.

“Our enemies across the border will not stop bothering us. They will continue to poison our economy … pushing fake notes is the best method to do it. It was just a matter of time that they copied the new notes,” said Arun Chaudhary, former Intelligence Bureau special director and former chief of Sashastra Seema Bal that guards the Indo-Nepal border.

The Bangladesh border is a preferred route because it is porous.

Of the 17 security features on the Rs 2,000 note printed by the Reserve Bank of India, 10 were found on the seized notes, according to intelligence sources.More details would be known once they get the forensic report in a couple of weeks. Preliminary inquiries by the BSF revealed that counterfeiters have managed to copy six front features —including the see-through register where the numeral 2,000 can be seen when held against light; the Devanagari inscription, portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, and the Ashoka pillar emblem.