Homebuyers in favour of reputed developers with established track record

2021年12月21日 0 Comments

Homebuyers are increasingly turning to reputed and listed developers with an established record to purchase their dream home, resulting in the market share of the top nine listed developers growing to more than 16% in FY21 from just 6% in FY17, credit ratings agency Icra said on Thursday. The long-term trend of consolidation in the market, which has been a result of evolving consumer preferences and a sustained increase in market share of large developers among recent launches, is likely to continue, it said. As the larger developers resume their launch of new projects, which had been temporarily impacted in Q1 FY2022, their share of sales is expected to continue to improve within the overall residential real estate sales, Icra said housing sales across the top eight cities fell 19% q-o-q to 68.5 million sq ft (MSF) in Q1 FY2022 due to the second wave of Covid-19 infections. The sequential drop comes on a high base of Q4 FY2021 (87.4 MSF), the second-highest sales since FY2012. However, residential sales more than doubled when compared to 33.7 MSF sales recorded in Q1 FY2021. With increased focus on vaccination and quicker reopening of economy, unlike last year, sales are likely to recover to the earlier levels in the short-to-medium term. This is due to the fact that despite significant disruptions in Q1 FY2022, the underlying demand trend has remained intact, driven by factors like multi-year low interest rates, demand for more residential space on account of shift to hybrid working models and pent-up demand, the agency said. These factors support healthy recovery in sales during H2 FY2022, with recovery aided to some extent by concessions on stamp duties and other incentives provided by certain state governments. Banga said the impact of the second wave has been lower than the first wave, due to factors like many salaried employees continuing to work from home, localised lockdown restrictions and a higher degree of certainty regarding future income levels and stability. The preference for bigger and better homes is also supporting second-home purchases which had remained low in the previous years. Though the second wave has dented the market following a good recovery curve in H2 FY2021, a similar recovery curve is expected in the second half of FY2022 as well,

Mi Router 4A Gigabit Edition, Mi 360-degree Home Security Camera 2K Pro launched in India: Specs, price, other details

2021年11月16日 0 Comments

Xiaomi launched the Mi Router 4A Gigabit Edition and Mi 360-degree Home Security Camera 2K Pro during its Mi Smarter Living 2022 virtual event on Thursday alongside the Mi Notebook 2021 series, Mi Band 6, and Mi TV 5X series. The Mi Router 4A Gigabit Edition will be available at a price of Rs 2,199 on Mi.com, Mi Homes, Flipkart and retail stores starting September 15. The Mi 360 Home Security camera 2K Pro will be available at a price of Rs 4,499 on Mi.com, Mi Homes, Amazon and retail stores, again, starting September 15. Mi Router 4A Gigabit Edition As the name suggests, the Mi Router 4A is a fibre optic full Gigabit router with an overall bandwidth of up to 1167 Mbps. The router comes with four omni-directional antennas and integrated signal amplifiers that allow the signal to pass through walls and ensure consistent transmission performance, even in complex environments. Also Read | Mi Smart Band 6 unboxing and first look: Design, specs, features, and everything to know Under the hood, the router has a dual core processor and dual bands supporting 300Mbps over the 2.4GHz band and 867Mbps over 5GHz band. Xiaomi is also touting enhanced cooling thanks to its aluminum-magnesium alloy heat sink and high thermal conductive glue. The Mi Router 4A Gigabit Edition can be used to connect to 128 smart homes devices simultaneously and can be controlled using Xiaomis Mi Wi-Fi App that also allows for parental control and suspicious device alert. Mi 360-degree Home Security Camera 2K Pro The Mi 360-degree Home Security Camera 2K Pro can record 2K (2304 x 1296 pixel) resolution video. It has a 6P lens with an f aperture. It also packs 940nm infrared light sensor for low light conditions. Xiaomi has also included a handy physical privacy shield to block the camera when needed. The camera has a 118-degree field-of-view and supports 360-degree horizontal coverage. The security camera comes with dual mic for 2-way voice calling with active noise reduction and supports dual-band Wi-Fi. It can be controlled using Xiaomis Mi Home app. Also Read | Mi Notebook Ultra, Mi Notebook Pro laptops with 11th Gen Intel Core processors, up to 3.2K resolution launched in India

WHO study reveals global adult hypertension doubled since 1990

2021年11月16日 0 Comments

The number of adults between the ages of 30 and 79 living with hypertension across the globe has doubled over the past 30 years to an estimated 1,278 million (652 million men and 626 million women) in 2019. The figure was an estimated 648 million (317 million men and 331 million women) in 1990. Most of this rise was found to be in low- and middle-income countries. In India, the prevalence has also gone up over 30 years to 38 per cent in men and 32 per cent in women from 29 per cent and 28 per cent respectively. A World Health Organization-funded international study published in Researchers from the Non-Communicable Disease Risk Factor Collaboration conducted the study. The study defined hypertension as systolic blood pressure of 140 millimetres of mercury (mm Hg) or higher, diastolic blood pressure of 90 mm Hg or higher, or medicating for high blood pressure. Hypertension is straightforward to diagnose and can be treated relatively easily with low-cost drugs. Despite that, nearly half of the people or 51 per cent of the men and 41 per cent of women, with hypertension in 2019 were unaware of the condition. Additionally, over 62 per cent of the men and more than 53 per cent of the women living with hypertension did not get treatment. Medication was used to control blood pressure in fewer than 1 in 5 men and 1 in 4 women with hypertension worldwide. High blood pressure directly causes over 8.5 million deaths each year worldwide. It is also the leading factor behind ischaemic heart disease, stroke, other vascular and renal diseases. Lowering blood pressure can reduce heart attacks by 20 to 25 per cent, strokes by 35 to 40 per cent, and halve heart failures. The study also found low hypertension prevalence in high-income countries such as Canada, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. Central European and low- and middle-income countries such as Paraguay, Poland, Hungary, and Croatia, however, reported high hypertension rates. High-income countries such as South Korea, Canada, Germany, the US, and some middle-income countries such as Iceland and Costa Rica have shown remarkable improvements in control and treatment of hypertension. Most countries in Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa, however, displayed little change. The study Prof. Majid Ezzati, the senior author and Imperial College London, said the analysis revealed some middle-income countries, alongside high-income countries, showed good diagnosis and treatment practices. Prof. Avula Laxmaiah, a public health epidemiologist at Hyderabad-based National Institute of Nutrition told Treatment and control levels also improved significantly. However, the levels are still low in comparison with developed countries such as the US, the UK, and Canada. According to Prof. Avula Laxmaiah, the central government The focus of NPCDCS is on generating awareness for changes in behaviour and lifestyle, screening and early diagnosis of high-risk individuals and referring them to treatment facilities such as CHCs, PHCs, and district hospitals for diagnosis, treatment, and control of non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases. Prof. Laxmaiah said there the infrastructure and trained manpower, especially at PHCs and sub-centre levels, needed to be improved and to accomplish this. New WHO guidelines The WHO The WHO has recommended beginning pharmacological antihypertensive treatment in individuals who have confirmed hypertension diagnosis, diastolic blood pressure of WHO Department of Noncommunicable Diseases Taskeen Khan, said the new guideline is the first in 20 years and provides current and evidence-based guidance on beginning medicines for hypertension.

Petrol and diesel price today August 25: Petrol, Diesel rates unchanged; check price in Delhi, Mumbai here

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Petrol and Diesel Rate Today in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad: The prices of petrol and diesel were left unchanged by oil market companies on Wednesday, a day after trimming prices marginally. Petrol in the national capital today costs Rs 101.49 per litre, while Diesel in the capital city is retailing at Rs 88.92 per litre. So far this week prices have been cut twice. The price of petrol was cut for the first time in 35 days on Sunday. Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) revise the fuel prices daily in line with benchmark international price and foreign exchange rates. Mumbai52 per litre. Diesel in the country48 per litre. The divergence in prices between Delhi and Mumbai is due to various local VAT factors in different cities. Petrol and Diesel prices are fixed on the basis of freight charges, local taxes, and VAT. Petrol has crossed the Rs 100-a-litre mark in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Ladakh, and some cities of Bihar and Punjab. Petrol, diesel prices in Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, UP, Punjab, Haryana, Pune -Chennai: Petrol prices 20 per litre; Diesel prices 52 per litre -Kolkata: Petrol prices 82 per litre; Diesel prices 98 per litre -Pune: Petrol prices 08 per litre; Diesel prices 59 per litre -Bengaluru: Petrol prices 98 per litre; Diesel prices 34 per litre -Hyderabad: Petrol prices 54 per litre; Diesel prices 99 per litre -Noida (UP): Petrol prices 79 per litre; Diesel prices 49 per litre -Mohali (Punjab): Petrol prices 65 per litre; Diesel prices 98 per litre -Chandigarh: Petrol prices Rs 97.66 per litre; Diesel prices 62 per litre -Gurugram (Haryana): Petrol prices 21 per litre; Diesel prices 60 per litre Crude Oil price Crude oil prices were down on Wednesday morning, halting an upward march seen earlier this week. Brent crude futures were trading at $70.85 per barrel while the U.S. West Texas Intermediate futures were at $67.29 a barrel, according to Reuters. Brent Crude and WTI Crude have risen almost 8% so far this week.

Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) launched in India: Price, availability, specs and everything to know

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Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen): E-commerce giant Amazon on Wednesday announced the launch of Echo Show 8 (2nd Generation) in India. An upgrade over Amazon Much like Siri, using Echo Show 8, users would be able to easily make video calls by asking Alexa to call the person they wish to speak with. The device is also capable of doubling up as a digital photo frame. Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) also has better privacy features, according to Amazon. Also read | Instagram to do away with This makes Echo Show 8 a more affordable option in the Echo line-up. What The device would be available at a discounted price of Rs 11,999 for some time. As far as the colour options are concerned, Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) is being offered in Black and White variants. The product can be purchased on Amazon India website. Amazon Echo Show 8 second generation: Features and Specs The device has an 8-inch HD display, which can enable users to watch movies and videos on it. Echo Show 8 can be controlled using voice, and therefore, users can ask Alexa to play their desired movie, show or web series from Netflix and, of course, Amazon Prime Video, using voice command. The same can also be done for music from streaming platforms like Prime Music, Spotify, Apple Music, JioSaavn, Gaana or Hungama Music. Due to the smart assistant capabilities, Alexa would also recommend playlists from Prime Music or Spotify based on the songs that the users play. Not only that but smart home appliances can also be paired up with Alexa, enabling voice control for these devices. This can be done for lights, fans, TVs, geysers, ACs, smart plugs, etc. A key aspect is that Echo Show 8 could also double up as a security camera, allowing users to remotely monitor their home through the live feed provided by Echo Show 8 Just like smartphones, Echo Show 8 would also have the ability to set alarms and timers, and reminders for payment of utility bills. The device also has microphone and camera controls for users who might feel like Alexa is listening or recording, and it comes with built-in camera covers. Moreover, it also allows users to view and delete their voice recordings.

Revisiting horrors of 1990s: From Najibullah hanging to Taliban 2.0, a surreal déjà vu

2021年9月7日 0 Comments

As a journalist, I knew that Kabul had fallen, again! But it was far more disturbing. It was a feeling of unease, something so troubling that I decided to take a 5-minute break. Staring at my screen looking at swift updates, it felt so, so weird. Why was all this making me so worried? Suddenly I saw a tweet talking about whether the then Afghan President Ashraf Ghani would face a fate like Mohammad Najibullah and I knew my answer. That name It was the first time ever in my life that I heard about a very public and brutal human execution. The ousted Afghan president was killed and hanged in Kabul. As a child, hearing the words like Can a human do something so horrifying to another? Is this possible? Why? Why would anybody do this to anyone? What I just knew this was wrong. That what had happened, the grotesque display of brute power by the Taliban was plain inhuman. Three years later, in 1999, the IC-814 hijacking reintroduced Taliban to everyone in India. The year we fought the Kargil war, the year Sachin Tendulkar In December 1999, all of us were praying. Praying for those hostages in Kandahar. Everybody knows what happened next. And then the Bamiyan blasts of 2001. Months before 9\/11, the Taliban decided to destroy the majestic Buddhas of Bamiyan Valley as the world watched in horror. And the September of 2001 changed the world as we knew it. Growing up in that era, the Taliban, Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda, Pakistan, ISI became my new topics of interest. By the time 2008 Mumbai terror attacks took place, we were forced to circle back to the events of 1999 Kandahar. Cut to 2021. The crisis that spiralled on August 15 has been like a crazy and emotional action recap for me. The only difference At the newsdesk, I am collecting tonnes of information, verifying all updates and writing headlines for the places I have grown up reading about. So why am I bothered about Afghanistan? My question to you would be It would take a lifetime to heal those scars. So geopolitical pundits can talk about the As part of the media, we must ensure that the spotlight doesn We must keep questioning those in power about their policy paralysis. Every single human life suffering in Kabul needs our attention. Let As chroniclers of our times, I am trying. So should you. Borrowing some analogy from the coronavirus pandemic, Taliban 2.0 is the advanced variant of the original 1990s avatar. It can spark a new wave of terror pandemics. There is no time to lose. We can To paraphrase the WHO Because if everyone is not safe from the terror pandemic, no one is. It\u2019s time!

Adani Green Energy raises $750 million to fund equity of under construction projects

2021年5月11日 0 Comments

Adani Green Energy (AGEL) has raised $750 million through its maiden ListCo senior issuance under the 144A\/Reg S format. The format allows issuers to broaden their investor base and to access large, highly capitalised US institutional investors in the private placement market. The renewable power producer said that the funds will be utilised to finance the equity part of the capex for underlying renewable under construction projects. 7 billion (including the present issuance) over the course of time subject to the covenants of the structure, Earlier this year, the power producer had completed the tie-up of a $1.35 billion revolving credit facility for debt funding of its construction stage projects. The joint lead managers (JLMs) for the issuance were Axis Bank, Barclays, BNP Paribas, DBS Bank, Emirates NBD Capital, IMI-Intesa Sanpaolo, MUFG, Mizuho Securities, SMBC Nikko and Standard Chartered Bank. The notes were rated Ba3 (stable) by Moodys and were oversubscribed by 4.7 times. Adani Green has around 19.8GW of projects, under various stages of operation, under-construction, awarded and assets under acquisition catering to investment-grade counterparties, according to the company.

Gold ETFs log Rs 61-cr outflow in July as investors prefer equity, debt funds

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After seven straight months of net inflows, gold exchange traded funds witnessed a pullout of over Rs 61 crore in July as investors diverted their money to equity and debt funds that generated attractive returns. Despite the negative flows in the category, the number of folios went up to 19.13 lakh in July from 18.32 lakh in the preceding month, data with Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi) showed. Barring February 2020, November 2020 and July 2021, investments into ETFs that track the yellow metal have been witnessing a steady uptick since August 2019. The gold ETFs category, which has seen continuous inflows since December 2020, witnessed an outflow of Rs 61.5 crore in July this year.This was starkly different as compared to the inflows of Rs 360 crore in June and Rs 288 crore in May. During the first six months of the year, investors put in Rs 3,107 crore in such instruments. Prior to the latest outflow, gold ETFs had witnessed an outflow of Rs 141 crore in November 2020 and Rs 195 crore in February 2020. Priti Rathi Gupta, Founder, LXME attributed the latest outflow from gold ETFs to two factors – gold prices at an all-time-high for a while, creating anticipation amongst investor for a price plunge and investors tending to divert their investments into these instruments due to attractive returns fetched by equity and debt funds. Equity mutual funds clocked a staggering net investment of Rs 22,583 crore and debt funds attracted a net sum of Rs 73,964 crore last month. The positive uptrend across the equity markets and the positive investor sentiment towards equity led to an increased inflow into the segment. While equity funds witnessed the highest level of inflows on a historical basis, gold stagnated as investors preferred equity over gold, Kavitha Krishnan, Senior Analyst Manager Research, Morningstar India, said. Despite outflow, the assets under management (AUM) of gold ETFs rose to Rs 16,750 crore at the end of July from Rs 16,225 crore at June-end. Gold has been increasingly acknowledged as asset class that helps diversify an investors portfolio, Krishnan said. Gold ETFs are basically exchange-traded funds that invest in gold. They are traded on the stock market and make direct investments in gold.

Establishment of Calcutta: Why can’t the city celebrate a ‘birthday’?

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Birth of Calcutta: August 24 inevitably brings with itself the discussion and debate around the birth of the city of Calcutta and its age, even as a 2003 judgement by the Calcutta High Court was sufficient to have settled any dispute in this regard. Yet, the issue of when the city was founded and what role did Job Charnock, often credited as the What do we know about the birth of Calcutta and what did the High Court say in its historic judgement? Let The Calcutta High Court deliberated on the matter for months before saying that Charnock should not be regarded as the founder of the city. It also directed the government of West Bengal to stop associating Job Charnock in this regard by removing textual references and by not celebrating August 24 as the birthday of the city. It added that the city did not have a birthday. Claiming any day as the birthday of the city meant disregarding the early settlement years, especially because Charnocks arrival in the city was predated by settlements there. The report cited JNU History Professor Partho Datta as saying that historians did not consider any particular date as the birthday, mainly because a city cannot be formed in a day. Datta added that the date of Charnock He further said that a city denoted a lot of people living together, and there being institutions, a government, cultural as well as economic activity which attributed urban aspects to the city, demarcating it from a rural settlement. If the urban history of the city is to be considered, then as per Datta, the most significant development took place in 1756, over six decades after Charnock landed in Calcutta. In 1756, when the British East India Company was developing what is now known as Fort William without authorisation, Nawab of Bengal Siraj ud-Daulah laid siege to Calcutta, defeating the East India Company in a decisive battle. This led to the British realising the vulnerability of the fort, and when the structure was rebuilt after 1757, Datta said that it had enhanced protection and the construction was done exceptionally well. This, as per Datta, changed what Calcutta looked like. While building this fort, the British East India Company needed labourers and they went as far as Bihar and Orissa to recruit poor people who were seeking jobs. These people then migrated in order to build the fort. To accommodate the labourers, the British set up the This led to migration into the city from the Some other important developments in the city The commission was tasked with the development of streets, lanes and roads in the city. As per Datta, markers like water supply, planned roads, and transport were important markers of urban development that took place in the early 19th century, and this could be credited for making Calcutta the great city it would eventually become.

Celebrate festivals with caution, second Covid wave not yet over: Centre

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The central government on Thursday said the months of September and October will be crucial in pandemic management and cautioned that festivals should be celebrated in accordance with COVID-19-appropriate behaviour. Addressing a media briefing, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan reiterated that the country is still in the midst of the second wave. ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said vaccines are disease modifying and not disease preventing so it is very important to continue the use of masks even after vaccination. Bhushan said, We are still in the midst of the second surge of COVID-19 in our country. The second surge has not yet concluded. It is not over and therefore, we have to maintain all necessary precautions, particularly in light of our experience that after every festival we see a spike. The coming months of September and October are crucial for us because we would be celebrating a few festivals. Thus festivals have to be celebrated with Covid-appropriate behaviour, he added. The government said 41 districts in India were reporting a COVID-19 weekly positivity rate of more than 10 per cent. According to the government, 58.4 per cent of the total COVID-19 cases last week were reported from Kerala. Kerala is the only state reporting over 1 lakh active COVID-19 cases, while four states have 10,000 to 1 lakh active cases and 31 states have less than 10,000 active cases, it said. The government said over 400 evacuees were brought back from Afghanistan so far and that some of them have tested positive for COVID-19. The infected people have been isolated and are being treated. With 46,164 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, Indias total tally of COVID-19 cases has increased to 3,25,58,530, while the active cases rose to 3,33,725, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The death toll climbed to 4,36,365 with 607 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The active cases comprise 1.03 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.63 per cent, the ministry said.