In a geographically vast country like India, land types differ from one region to another. The same is true of the measurements used to size them up. While globally recognised measurement units are used in sale and purchase of flats across India’s major markets, buyers often get boggled by the local measurements units involved in land purchases. Now, we bring you the different land measurement units commonly used across the country.
The common land measurement units
The court also issued notice to all the states and UTs, directing them to submit their response by Thursday
New Delhi: Nearly two weeks after saying that it cannot stop guest labourers walking back to their villages or sleeping on railway tracks, the Supreme Court on Tuesday took suo motu cognisance of the “miseries of migrants” and said that “there have been inadequacies and certain lapses” in managing this human crisis.
Noting that “effective, concentra..
The court today said the major problem is the "transportation of migrants and providing them food".
New Delhi: The plight of the migrants travelling on special trains becoming clearer by the day with repeated reports of hunger, exhaustion and deaths, the Supreme Court today took up the issue, and asked some hard questions about what the Centre and states have done to help the people. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was representing the Centre, faced at least 50 questions fr..
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres cited a recent report by a research center that said the level of the oceans is rising much faster than what was forecasted because of climate change.
BANGKOK: Describing climate change as the biggest threat to sustainability, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has voiced deep concern over the rising level of oceans and said the most vulnerable areas are in Japan, China, Bangladesh and India.
Mr Guterres, speaking to reporters, said the biggest..
The Union and Rajasthan governments were caught completely off-guard by the locust attacks that started late 2019, Rajasthan revenue minister Harish Chaudhary admitted to the media while visiting the house of a farmer who died of a heart attack after his crop was devoured by locusts.
“Our machinery has collapsed and whatever crops have been saved, have been solely due to farmers’ efforts,” Chaudhary said while visiting the house of 38-year-old Bhagaram from Kitnod villa..
New Delhi: The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 4,167 in the country, while the number of cases climbed to 1,45,380, registering an increase of 146 deaths and 6,535 cases since Monday 8 am, the Union Health Ministry said.
The number of active COVID-19 cases climbed to 80,722. As many as 60,490 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said.
"Thus, around 41.61 per cent patients have recovered so far," a senior Health Ministry official said.
JPMorgan Chase's Assets May Be Seized In Case Linked To Amrapali Group
An investigation agency in India said it had preliminary evidence that units of JPMorgan Chase & Co. were involved in crimes generating Rs 187 crore ($24 million) in proceeds, raising the stakes in a months-long money laundering probe.
The anti-money laundering agency Enforcement Directorate informed the Supreme Court on Friday about the findings as part of an investigation into JPMorgan's alleged role in fi..
The Supreme Court (SC) on May 19, 2020 directed LG Polymers India Pvt Ltd to approach the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on the issue of multiple committees that were set up to probe the gas leak incident at the LG Polymer plant in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam.
The counsel representing the industry said the matter was already being looked into by a committee appointed in pursuance with an Andhra Pradesh High Court order and that “there was no occasion for the NGT to appoint ..
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala’s health minister K.K. Shailaja, popularly known as Teacher, received worldwide acclaim for her handling of the Covid-19 suituation. Under her leadership, Kerala succeeded in flattening the curve and registering perhaps the lowest death rate in the world besides a very high recovery rate.
The 63-year-old minister has no time to sit on her laurels as she prepares to meet the fresh challenge posed by the recent spike in Covid-19 cases the lifting of travel ..
Lab authorities assert none of the strains obtained from bats are a match for the new contagion wreaking chaos across the world
Beijing: The Chinese virology institute in the city where COVID-19 first emerged has three live strains of bat coronavirus on-site, but none match the new contagion wreaking chaos across the world, its director has said.
Scientists think COVID-19 -- which first emerged in Wuhan and has killed some 340,000 people worldwide -- originated in bats and could have ..
Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic must also lead to countries uniting to preserve the natural world, in line with global commitments to achieve a better future for all people and the planet, said top officials with the United Nations.
In a message for the day, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres focused on the symbiotic relationship between humans and all other life on Earth, stressing that preserving and sustainably managing biodiversity is necessary for mitigating cl..
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
Approval to various schemes announced under the package, operational guidelines have been issued to banks.
New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a review meeting held with CEOs of public sector banks and asked them to implement the mega "Atma Nirbhar Bharat" relief package to revive the COVID-19-hit economy. The meeting via video conferencing took place in the backdrop of the Rs 21 lakh crore stimulus package ann..
One of the studies, funded in part by US government, had raised alarms about the use of hydroxychloroquine in coronavirus patients.
Washington: “A Trump enemy statement,” he said of one study.
“A political hit job,” he said of another.
As president Donald Trump pushes to reopen the country despite warnings from doctors about the consequences of moving too quickly during the coronavirus crisis, he has been lashing out at scientists whose conclusions he doesn&..
RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday announced a reduction in the repo rate to 4 per cent from the existing 4.4 per cent in a surprise move to support the economy. That marked the lowest repo rate - or the key interest rate at which the RBI lends short-term funds to commercial banks - recorded since 2000. The reduction in the key interest rate will allow banks more room to lower the EMI burden for their borrowers. The RBI Governor also ex..
Real estate developers on Friday welcomed cut in key interest rates but said the RBI needs to take more steps, such as one-time debt restructuring of builders loan, to provide relief to the industry which has been hit badly by the lockdown.
The RBI needs to ensure that banks pass on the benefits to customers, they said. The industry hailed the extension in the moratorium on loan repayment but felt it was not enough.
"The advantages extended by the RBI through reducing the repo rates a..
Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal congratulated Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on his forthcoming office-taking as the Chairman of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board.
India would now be playing a more prominent role at the World Health Organisation (WHO), with Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan reportedly set to take charge as chairman of the WHO Executive Board at its 147th session. Vardhan would succeed Dr.Hiroki Nakatani of Japan, currently the Ch..
New Delhi: The death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 3,435 and the number of cases to 1,12,359 in the country on Thursday, registering an increase of 132 deaths and 5,609 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry.
The number of active Covid-19 cases stood at 63,624, while 45,299 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said.
"Thus, around 40.32 per cent patients have recovered so far," a senior health ministry official said.
From plastic-bottle kerbstones to waste-based building blocks, countless companies are now touting greener building materials. Miles Rowland surveys this fast-changing sustainability scene
Historic portraits look down from the wood-panelled walls of the lecture hall at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Before them stands a large red and brown block – a section of wall fashioned from a composite of clay and straw derived from hemp.
At first glance it ..
Soon, areas, where the total dissolved solids (TDS) in water are below 500 mg per litre, may have to stop using RO purifiers. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Ministry of environment to issue a notification within the next two months in this regard. The NGT has also directed the government to make water replenishment mandatory wherever RO is permitted in the country.
The NGT order comes after perusing an expert committee report which said that if TDS was less than 500 millig..
Parked flights in Airports
New Delhi: Domestic passenger flights will resume from Monday "in a calibrated manner", the government said today. There may be fewer flights but Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said "it is not viable" to keep middle seat vacant as ticket prices would shoot up. Sources say the government has discussed capping air fares.
Flights were stopped in late March, when the country went into lockdown to slow the spread of coron..
Total CO2 emissions from industry and energy last year came to a record 37 billion tonnes.
Paris: Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels are set to drop by up to seven percent in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but even this dramatic decline - the sharpest since WWII - would barely dent long-term global warming, researchers reported Tuesday.
In early April, coronavirus lockdowns led to a 17 percent reduction worldwide in carbon pollution compared to the same period last year..
THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON
May 18, 2020:
His Excellency Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General of the World Health Organization
Dear Dr. Tedros: On April 14, 2020, I suspended United States contributions to the World Health Organization pending an investigation by my Administration of the organization's failed response to the COVID- 19 outbreak. This review has confirmed many of the serious concerns I raised last month and identified others ..
Decor for personality development
The time between 7 to 13 years of age is known to hold paramount importance in the intellectual, emotional and mental development of young adults. At a time like this, a well-planned bedroom that acts as their exclusive private space goes a long way in raising their self-esteem, overall morale and in creating a sense of belonging. This is also the period during which their imagination reaches its peak. So, it is imperative to understand the role their private..
Covid and Work
Several states have ordered reopening of markets, local transport and even salons in areas that are considered safe from coronavirus
New Delhi: India's coronavirus cases crossed one lakh today with more people testing positive for COVID-19 in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and other states. The cases rose even as several states announced easing of lockdown guidelines after it was extended till May 31 by the centre. Over 3,000 have died in India due to coronavirus ..
Coronavirus Lockdown 4:States To Colour-Code Zones
New Delhi: The fourth phase of countrywide lockdown, which will continue till May 31, has put the ball in the court of states, allowing them not only to colour-code the zones according to the incidence of coronavirus, thereby taking a final decision on what activities are allowed in any particular area. The Centre, however, made it clear that only essential activities shall be allowed in containment zones. The Centre has allowed buses an..
Tests On Hamster Show Masks Can Reduce COVID-19 Spread
Hong Kong: Tests on hamsters reveal the widespread use of facemasks reduces transmission of the deadly coronavirus, a team of leading experts in Hong Kong said on Sunday.
The research by the University of Hong Kong is some of the first to specifically investigate whether masks can stop symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers from infecting others.
Led by Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, one of the world's top coronavirus ex..
In the past decade, rules regulating apartment buildings in India were changed to make provisions for stilt parking spaces. Civic authorities in Delhi, for example, made stilt parking mandatory in all new apartment societies spread between 100 and 1,000 square metres. In its master plan of 2021, the Delhi government also announced its plan to offer additional floor areas ratio to buildings offering stilt parking. As a result of this, several housing societies in the national capital region (NCR)..
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday announced structural reforms for eight sectors, including introduction of commercial mining in coal and easier foreign investment norms for defence manufacturing. The moves came as the Finance Minister shared details of the fourth instalment of measures as part of the government's "Atma Nirbhar Bharat" economic package to battle the coronavirus pandemic and the weeks-long lockdown, which has disrupted businesses and impacted thousands..
Lakhs of workers have fled large towns and cities after losing their jobs and left stranded without food or shelter due to the strict nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
Mumbai: In four parallel lines extending as far as one can see, thousands of migrant workers queued up at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station on Friday evening to board trains to their home states amid the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown.
Many of the workers were brought in buses from places like Dharavi and K..
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
Crop loan will go hand-in-hand with building long-term agriculture infrastructure, the Finance Minister said.
The government Friday announced Rs 1 lakh crore for strengthening the farm-gate infrastructure for farmers, in the third tranche of measures that are part of a mega stimulus to tackle the impact of the coronavirus crisis and weeks of lockdown. It also announced a cluster-based approach to promote the mantra of “vocal for local with glo..
Why Is Vastu More Popular Today Than Ever.?
Among the many unique selling points of their projects, real estate developers offer boast of them being Vastu compliant. This is not just an exercise to pad up the text in marketing and branding brochures. This does help developers make the desired impact. Buyers of today are well sensitised about the many benefits of living in Vastu Complaint houses. Vastu, a science and an art that deals with matter of building and architecture, is an old In..
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
Nirmala Sitharaman's announcements were focused on migrant workers, street vendors, self-employed individuals, farmers andsmall traders.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Thursday the government will spend Rs 3,500 crore on food for nearly 8 crore migrant workers over the next two months, to support help them against the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and the weeks-long nationwide lockdown. The announcements , came as part of the sec..
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
The date for the tax audit was also pushed back by a month -- from September 30, 2020 to October 31, 2020.
New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday announced Rs 3 lakh crore collateral-free automatic loans for businesses, including MSMEs.
Sitharaman stated that borrowers with up to Rs 25 crore outstanding and Rs 100 crore turnover will be eligible for these. The loans will have a four year tenor with a moratorium of 12 mo..
Geneva: The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that some treatments appear to be limiting the severity or length of the COVID-19 disease, referring to the results of early studies of four or five treatments.
The Geneva-based WHO is leading a global initiative to develop safe and effective vaccines, tests and drugs to prevent, diagnose and treat COVID-19. The respiratory illness has infected 4.29 million people around the world, according to a Reuters tally.
"We do have som..
"Details of lockdown 4 will be shared after suggestion from states, before May 18," PM Modi said, addressing the nation for the third time since he announced a total lockdown in late March.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced a Rs 20 lakh crore package to tide over the coronavirus crisis and its fallout on the economy. India would not be controlled by the virus, he said, also announcing "lockdown 4" after May 17 in a "completely different form..
UK PM Boris Johnson
London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that a mass vaccine for the novel coronavirus may be over a year away and, in the worst-case scenario, may in fact never be found.
In his foreword to the government's new 50-page guidance on a step by step easing of the lockdown measures in place to control the spread of the deadly virus, the UK prime minister lays out plans for businesses to gradually start reopening with ?COVID-19 Secure? measures ..
All states have raised concerns about the crisis for thousands of migrants, stranded because of the lockdown since March-end.
New Delhi: A central economic package to offset the revenue losses during the lockdown to combat coronavirus and autonomy in identifying and colour-coding the virus-hit districts were the two key demands of the states at their 6-hour videoconference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. PM Modi has assured them that the Centre is looking into ways to "open..
US Lawsuits seeks to pin China
At least nine lawsuits have been filed in the US against China, claiming authorities there tried to hide what was happening in Wuhan
St.Petersburg: Before the coronavirus outbreak, Saundra Andringa-Meuer was a healthy 61-year-old mother of six who never smoked or drank alcohol. Then she became seriously ill with the disease after travelling from her Wisconsin home to help her son move from college in Connecticut.
She was hospitalized in March, e..
South Korea's daily tally of new coronavirus infections had hovered around 10 or less in recent weeks, with no or very few domestic cases over the past 10 days.
Seoul: South Korea warned of a second wave of the new coronavirus on Sunday as infections rebounded to a one-month high, just as the authorities were starting to ease some pandemic restrictions.
"It's not over until it's over," President Moon Jae-in told the nation, saying a new cluster shows the vir..
Millions of Americans continue to file claims for unemployment benefits
WASHINGTON: The U.S. economy lost a staggering 20.5 million jobs in April, the steepest plunge in payrolls since the Great Depression and the starkest sign yet of how the novel coronavirus pandemic is battering the world's biggest economy.
The Labor Department's closely watched monthly employment report on Friday also showed the unemployment rate surging to 14.7% last month, shattering the post-World War T..
There is a close relationship between green space, urban life and mental disorder. (Pic:Representational)
Being surrounded by greenery in childhood may improve mental health of the future urbanites.
Washington: A new study now finds that children who grow up with greener surroundings have up to 55 per cent less risk of developing various mental disorders later in life. The study by Aarhus University, Denmark, emphasises the need for designing green and healthy cities for the future.
India's Foreign Ministry, replying to Nepal's statement on Saturday, said the road that was opened for use by pilgrims of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra lies well within Indian territory
New Delhi: Nepal has raised objections over India inaugurating a strategic link road connecting Lipulekh pass at a height of 17,000 feet along the border with China in Uttarakhand with Dharchula. Nepal's Foreign Ministry in a statement on its website said, "This unilateral act runs against..
While petrol sales dropped 60.6 per cent, diesel consumption was down about 55.6 per cent.
New Delhi: India's fuel demand dipped 45.8 per cent in April from a year earlier, as a nationwide lockdown and travel curbs to combat the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) eroded economic activity.
Consumption of fuel, a proxy for oil demand, totalled 9.93 million tonnes - its lowest since 2007, government data showed on Saturday.
State fuel retailers in the country sold 50..
Treatment of Spanish flu-1918
Washington: Despite a century’s progress in science, 2020 is looking a lot like 1918.In the years between two lethal pandemics, one the misnamed Spanish flu, the other COVID-19, the world learned about viruses, cured various diseases, made effective vaccines, developed instant communications and created elaborate public-health networks.
Yet here we are again, face-masked to the max. And still unable to crush an insidious yet avoidable infectious disease ..
Smoke rises from LG Polymers plant, the site of a chemical gas leakage, in Vishakhapatnam. Synthetic chemical styrene leaked from the industrial plant in southern India early Thursday, leaving people struggling to breathe and collapsing in the streets as they tried to flee.
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday issued notices to LG Polymers, Union Environment Ministry, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and others regarding the Vizag gas leak incident.
The NGT has dire..
Sources of Indoor air pollution
The air quality in Delhi and the neighbouring cities is deteriorating to alarming levels. The toxic smog blanketing the atmosphere is affecting lives leading to road accidents and flight delays as well as posing grave health risks. Several health experts are warning of rising instances of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. As people are resorting to using of masks and air purifiers, Dr Randeep Guleria, director, All India Institutes of Medical Scienc..
Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa had said around 1 lakh migrants had left and the those who remain would be needed to work at the construction sites.
Bengaluru: Three trains to transport migrant labourers to their home states will run friday from Bengaluru, the Karnataka government has said amid outrage over its yesterday's move to cancel the special trains run by the Central government. The opposition Congress was vehement in its condemnation of the cancellation, insisting that th..
Homebuyers, purchasing a home is one of the most important financial decisions they make in their lives. When a buyer searches for a house, he looks at various aspects like the location, affordability, price, etc. The new-age individuals have become smart enough to cross check other safety measures too. These may be the stability of the house, reputation of the developer, quality of the construction material and better financial deals that can make the house a promising investment prospect...
High fatality rate in Bengal, Gujarat and Maha. Mumbai alone has more than 10,500 cases.
NEW DELHI: The nationwide tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed the 50,000 mark on Wednesday with a large number of healthcare professionals and security personnel testing positive amid the worsening spread of the deadly virus, while authorities also flagged high fatality rate in states like West Bengal, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
While some positive news came from Kerala with no new infection gettin..
The country has been recording a huge spike in the number of COVID-19 cases over the last three days.
New Delhi: India recorded the biggest single-day jump in the number of coronavirus patients and deaths linked to the illness as 3,900 new cases were reported, 195 COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours. This takes the total to 46,433 COVID-19 cases in the country, including 1,568 deaths. About 12,727 patients have recovered so far, 82,792 patients were tested on Monday; the recovery..