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Fail to seal deal with sign, lose money: MahaRERA

In case a homebuyer fails to register their agreement with a developer within the stipulated time, the developer can cancel the booking. Not only this, the homebuyer will no longer remain an allottee in the developer’s project and will not be eligible for a refund. In a case that came before the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA), it held the view of the developer, wherein despite repeated requests, the homebuyer failed to register the agreement and hence the booking was cancelled. The homebuyer then approached the authority seeking a refund from the developer.The complainant, Sanjay Sawant, had booked an apartment in Landmark Real Estate Developers Limited’s Karjat project, Casa Unico, on June 10, 2016 and paid a partial booking amount. However, there was no registered agreement of sale between the complainant and the respondent. Sawant approached MahaRERA and asked that the developer be directed to refund the booking amount.During the hearing, the developer stated that as per the booking terms and conditions which Sawant had agreed to, Sawant had to sign and register the agreement of sale within 30 days from the day of booking. Despite repeated requests, the complainant failed to do so. His booking was therefore cancelled and the booking amount forfeited.Gautam Chaterjee, Chairperson, MahaRERA, held, “Based on the facts mentioned, the complainant is no longer an allottee and his booking has already been cancelled for breach of the agreed terms and conditions of booking.”Chaterjee in his order further stated that the complainant, Sawant, had failed to show if any provisions of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 or the rules or regulations made there under had been contravened, thus dismissed the complaint.

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Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority forms teams to amicably settle matter between home buyers and realtors

The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has decided to form 15 conciliation teams, where the home buyer and the builder amicably settle the matter.Each team will be comprising of two members, one from the developers’ body and one from consumer forums representing home buyers.10 conciliation teams will be located in Mumbai Thane and Navi Mumbai, (Mumbai Metropolitan Region) and the remaining five will be for Pune.The benefit of these conciliation teams will be that if the developer or the home buyer wants they can amicably settle the matter even before reaching the authority.“We are in the process of setting up an Alternate Dispute Resolution mechanism through these conciliation committees. We are optimistic that we will be able to start operations of these from January 1,” said Shirish Deshpande, president of Mumbai Grahak Panchayat (MGP).For now, the aim is setting up conciliation teams for Mumbai Metropolitan Region and Pune as most of the complaints received from homebuyers are for projects from these markets. If this is successful then the authority may go to other areas like Nagpur, Nashik and others.”This is being done in the backdrop of MahaRERA receiving a lot of complaints and wants to set up a filter. This body can be approached by homebuyer and builder for reaching a consensus, thereby leaving only matters that cannot be resolved for MahaRERA’s intervention,” said Deshpande.Members of Realty developers’ associations including pan-India bodies such as National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) and the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) apart from state level body the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) will be part of these benches.To represent home buyers, the bench will have members from Mumbai Grahak Pnachayat.Under this mechanism, home buyers’ complaints against the builders can be resolved through a consensus. If the consensus is not reached, the home buyer will have an option available to lodge a formal complaint against the builder in MahaRERA.The authority has been swift in its hearings of the home buyer complaints and has been delivering verdicts at the earliest.The authority has now decided to set up these benches to ensure that numbers of complaints reaching them are fewer after taking care of such cases that can be resolved through consensus.

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When MahaRERA can’t do much about a project

The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority will not entertain complaints against a project if it has received part occupation certificate, even if the document has been issued by mistake, the housing regulator has said. This is so because such buildings need not register and MahaRERA’s jurisdiction is limited to only ongoing projects.Prasad Patkar filed a complaint to contend that he booked Flat No. 104 on the 1st floor in Tower-B of “Runwal Elegante” at Lokhanwala Complex, Oshiwara, Andheri (West). This project consists of A, B and C towers and is a single project. The developer has registered only Tower-A with MahaRERA as ongoing project. For the other two towers, the developer said that they have received part occupancy certificate for the structures. Patkar complained that even Tower B and C are not complete.The developer had sent letters asking the complainant to pay the balance amount of consideration and the complainant in turn asked the developer to furnish the approvals and permissions. The complainant said the builder wrote to him saying he would be charged interest for failing to clear the payment on time.On September 20, 2017, the developer informed Patkar that they have terminated his agreement for his failure to pay the remaining installments. He was also informed that the initial payments would forfeited.These matter was heard by a full bench to consider the issue of their maintainability. The advocate for the complainant admitted that the flat booked by the complainant is in Tower-B and the part occupancy certificate in respect of Tower-B has been issued. He also said that the said OCs had been issued wrongly. The developer’s lawyer contended that since the OCs have been issued in respect of B and C towers, they are not registered with MahaRERA.The full bench of the authority held, “From the facts and circumstances disclosed in the complaints themselves, it becomes clear that the flats of the complainants are in Tower-B for which occupancy certificate has been issued by the competent authority. Whether it is issued properly or improperly by the said authority is not the issue which can be gone into by MahaRERA especially when the Complainant has approached the proper forum in this regard.”Dismissing the complaint, MahaRERA said, “As per Section 3 of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act,2O16, the ongoing projects which have received the completion certificate do not require registration. In the light of these provisions when the part occupancy certificate in respect of B and C Towers has been received by the developer, they have rightly not registered those two towers and registered only Tower A which is incomplete. MahaRera gets jurisdiction to entertain only those complaints which relate to a registered project. So far as the locus standi of the Complainants is concerned, their flats are situated in Tower B which is not registered with MahaRERA, therefore, MahaRERA does not get jurisdiction to entertain his complaints. They are not maintainable.”
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Mumbai: Real Estate sales increase by 19% during the second quarter

Mumbai Metropolitan Region emerged as the leader with 19% increase in sales during the quarter, showed data from Liases Foras Real Estate Rating & Research.Total sales in key markets including Mumbai, National Capital Region (NCR), Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad was 64,781 units during the quarter of July to September, marginally down from 64,881 in the previous quarter.On a QoQ basis, maximum sales growth of 11% took place in the affordable housing segment (properties priced below Rs 25 Lakh). MMR contributed highest sales 28%, in the affordable housing segment with 3,388 units, followed by Ahmedabad at 24% with 2,903 units. Affordable segment contributed to 19 per cent of the overall sales as compared to 17 per cent in the previous quarter.Sales in the cost bracket of 1 crore- 2 crore and Rs. 25 – 50 Lacs decreased by (-8 %) and (-5 %) respectively. The cost bracket of Rs. 25 – 50 Lacs contributed to 36% of total sales.Unsold stock in Tier I cities marginally declined by (-1 %) QoQ. Hyderabad and NCR witnessed a (-5 %) decline followed by Ahmedabad & Bangalore at (-3 per cent). Kolkata and Chennai recorded an increase in unsold stock by 7% and 6% respectively.During the quarter, the weighted average price level in these 8 markets increased 2% from a year ago. Prices in Ahmedabad and Bangalore rose the highest by 2%, while Kolkata and Pune witnessed a decline in price by 2%. Prices in Mumbai and Chennai remained stagnant.
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Income tax officials raid 33 places in Tamil Nadu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Income Tax (IT) department officials on Tuesday raided 33 premises in Tamil Nadu belonging to three business groups.According to reports, the raids by the IT department are the follow-up to its earlier searches linked to jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala’s kin and business associates.However, a senior official told The Hindu that these groups have a lot of shell companies and these are independent actions.Raids are being conducted at 21 locations in Chennai and 12 outside Chennai. These include premises of Spectrum Mall’s owner, Patel group, MARG group, Milan group and Ganga foundations. ALSO READ Income Tax officials raid Poes Garden, search on in Tamil Nadu ex-CM J Jayalalithaa’s secretary’s roomEarlier this month, after days of multi-city searches, Income Tax officials detected undisclosed income of Rs. 1,430 crore in respect of ten assessee groups which included those linked to VK Sasikala, her family members and their associates.A team, consisting of three members, reportedly also verified the documents with regard to the Kodanadu Estate and also the 670 acre Green Teas estate in Curzon, said to be purchased by late chief minister Jayalalithaa and her aide VK Sasikala some five years ago.Former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa used to stay and look after official duties twice a year in the Kodanadu Bungalow.

MahaRERA dismisses complaint for being made at 2 forums

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On October 30, the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority, dismissed a complaint of a home buyer, because the buyer had complained about the same in another forum. A week before that, MahaRERA had even fined a homebuyer Rs 10,000 for complaining against a builder, against whom he had already got an order in a civil court. Experts point out that home buyers need to understand that they cannot approach MahaRERA when they already have a case going on in another forum or court.In the recent case, where MahaRERA dismissed the complaint, the home buyer Mudhit Gupta had complained against Lavasa Corporation Ltd. He had alleged that he entered into an agreement with the developer in April 2010. The apartment was to be handed over to him by April 2012, which hasn’t happened till date. Moreover, the developer has put the revised date of completion on MahaRERA website as December 2020.However, during the hearing the advocate for the developer pointed out that the plaintiff has filed a complaint on the same issue with the State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission, Maharashtra, and an order has directed the parties to maintain status quo with regard to the said apartment.The MahaRERA order points out that in case a complaint is already pending in a commission, the complaint filed with MahaRERA will not be tenable and shall stand dismissed. The order was passed by Gautam Chaterjee, Chairperson, MahaRERA.MAHARERA ORDERMahaRERA order points out that in case a complaint is already pending in a commission, the one filed with MahaRERA will not be tenable and shall stand dismissed. The order was passed by Gautam Chaterjee, Chairperson, MahaRERA.

After Kejriwal’s car, campaign material stolen; four arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police arrested four persons after Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party reported that campaign material was stolen from its office near ITO on Saturday morning.A complaint had been filed on behalf of the AAP office at Rouse Avenue, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, with the IP Estate police station in East Delhi. The complaint read that the break-in took place around 3.55 am, and mentioned that the entire incident got captured by CCTV cameras.Mohammad Qazim was arrested from Kamla Market. Surtan, a scrap dealer, to whom Qazim tried to sell the stolen items, was also arrested. The campaign material was recovered from them. Two others who were arrested are Saifuddin and Kayyum.The theft came about a month after the famous Blue WagonR, used to ferry (now Chief Minister) Arvind Kejriwal in the run-up to the Assembly elections, was stolen from outside the Delhi Secretariat, which houses the CM office. The vehicle was later recovered from Ghaziabad near Delhi.”The culprit can be identified in CCTV footage. He also tried to break the iron grill fixed outside the premises. He was able to steal canopies (25-28 in numbers) which were pre-printed with the party name and logo,” the complaint in the latest theft said.”Based on technical surveillance, more than a dozen people from the locality were identified, and on the basis of the physical appearance of the accused in footage, five to six people were rounded up. Qazim was also apprehended. During questioning, he broke down and confessed to having committed the theft,” said a senior police officer.

After ouster of Barkati, new imam appointed at Tipu Sultan mosque

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the ouster of controversial imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid, Syed Nurur Rahman Barkati, authorities of Tipu Sultan Masjid have silently appointed a new imam, Abdus Sukur, early this month. The appointment has been kept under the wraps by Members of Wakf Estate of Prince Golam Mohammad, who are the custodian of the historical mosque.It was found out that the new imam, Abdus Sukur, had been kept on trial for some days before he was given an appointment letter. “He has been kept on probation for six months and upon successful completion his appointment will be confirmed,” said Shahzada Anwar Ali, patron manager of the trustee board.The 55-year-old Sukur, hailing from Alinagar area of Darbhanga in Bihar, has been allotted the imam’s room which was previously occupied by Barkati and will receive a remuneration of Rs 8,500 every month. “There is a little renovation going on after which it will be handed over to him and there will be an official announcement in about a week’s time,” Ali said.Sukur has been given strict instruction to stick to his religious duty and not to indulge in politics. Sources said that in the terms and conditions of his appointment, he has been instructed to stick to religious deliberations and not to speak anything political in nature or meet mediapersons frequently. Sources also said that unlike during the times of Barkati, there will be no marriages conducted at the mosque by the new imam. “The members are very careful this time after the Barkati episode,” said an official of the estate.Sukur, said, “My work is to lead the prayers and to teach people about our religion. I will try my best to do the same.”Asked what would be his stand if approached by political leaders, he said, “I would not meet any political leader. I would have several books in my room at the masjid and would be busy studying Islam and to spread it among people in society.”Sukur’s family comprises his mother, wife, a son and two daughters. “They are all at our native place. All my children are married,” he said. Qualification wise, he is a hafiz, a qari and a mufti.It was also found out some belongings of Barkati were still in the room allotted for Sukur and he had been issued a notice to remove those to which he didnt reply. Contacted, Barkati told DNA he didnt want to comment on the issue.

DNA Investigation: NCR builders used dummy buyers to get cheap bank loans

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Demonetization has unraveled a deeply fraudulent loan practice that existed in the real estate sector wherein builders, in collusion with banks, got individuals to take loans posing as buyers (home loans to private individuals come at a cheaper interest rate), and thereafter channeling the disbursed amount into their businesses.The modus operandi goes like this: Mohit Saxena (31), father of an infant, urgently needed money in 2015. He owed numerous loans for his mother’s treatment, his sister’s and his own marriages. Two agents, Nandan Jha and Ajay, of a particular builder came to Mohit with a proposal to obtain a bank loan for them, promising Mohit 4-6 per cent ‘cut’ on the total disbursed amount. The EMIs were to be paid to the bank by the builder, but through Mohit, the official loan-taker.To Mohit’s surprise, the builder created three loan files instead of one. Out of greed, he signed the loan documents. The agents assured him that the loan is going to be repaid in two years flat. So, Mohit went ahead with three home loans totalling to Rs 1.5 crore, the EMI for which was Rs 1.5 lakh a month. Mohit’s monthly salary is Rs 50,000 and his wife, then working, is now without a job.Within a few months, Mohit started getting calls from the bank as the builder had stopped paying the EMIs. Caught in a terrible debt trap, Mohit attempted suicide twice. “First, I tried to jump before a Metro train, but a fellow traveller pulled me back. After that I tried to hang myself,” he said. “After demonetization, the builder has stopped paying the EMIs for all the three loans… loans which are in my name. I don’t know what is going to happen now and how could I possibly repay a Rs 1.5-crore loan with a monthly salary of Rs 50,000.”Banks give loans to builders at an average interest rate of 14-18 per cent, while private equity funding charges 20-25 per cent. Hence, builders had resorted to the fraudulent practice of using ‘ghost’ home-buyers to get loans on their behalf, promising them a percentage of the disbursed amount and assuring that EMIs will be taken care of.”There are 70-80 victims like me in the same project of JSS Buildcon,” Mohit revealed. Ritesh Sharma, another ‘ghost’ buyer, claimed: “Almost all builders indulge in such loan-packaging fraud”.Around 95 builders, including Amrapali, ATS, Supertech, Shubhkamna, JSS Buildcon, Unitech and Omaxe were on Greater Noida Authority’s defaulter list as on July 2017. Sources said that most builders had used ghost buyers. Sharma said, “Let’s audit the finances of each and every project, and especially those who defaulted with the authorities”.Vice-chairman of National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) Parveen Jain, said, “If ghost buyer thing is going on, then a proper verification procedure should be in place so that this thing does not happen. In today’s scenario, it seems very difficult for such a thing to happen because of fool-proof identity systems prevailing… until and unless the parties involved are hand-in-glove. Also, the ghost buyers should not fall for this because if the developer abandons them midway, the ultimate sufferers shall be the ghost buyers themselves.”The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI), refrained from commenting. To queries sent by DNA, it said, “We follow ethical practices, therefore commenting on such topic is out of the question. Hence, we regret that we would not be able to share the response in this regard”.ATS Group’s CMD Getamber Anand told DNA: “It is important for all investors in real estate to understand that the market is cyclical and wherever they have invested and the projects are complete, there is no reason to worry because no funds have been diverted.”RK Arora, CMD of Supertech, said: “We have not indulged in such ghost buyer practices, but yes, we offer subvention scheme where buyer pays 7-8% of total cost and rest on the possession of the property, and no EMI until possession.”In a Whatsapp message, Omaxe denied indulging in any such practice. Emails and messages sent to the other builders went unanswered. DNA will publish those responses as and when they come.’Ghost’ buyers get used in two ways: First, builders get cheaper loan when compared to commercial lending rates; and second, they help create a ‘sold out’ tag which helps builders bid more for their property.For banks, ‘ghost’ buyers are a medium through which loans are channelized to commercial entities at lower rates meant for home-buyers. “It could not have happened without the active participation and guidance from well-placed banking professionals,” said Sanjay Sharma, MD, Qubrex Realty, a real estate exchange.One such loan-taker told DNA: “A bank executive asked me: ‘kya builder ne EMI dena band kar diya hai (has the builder stopped paying your EMI)? It shows that banks are well aware of this fraudulent practice.”RBI data show that out of a total of Rs 2.5 lakh crore new loan disbursed by banks in 2016, over Rs 1 lakh crore was given to the housing sector alone. Credit growth to industry as a whole has been 4.5 per cent, while for housing it has been almost 15 per cent.

Can amend RERA to make it buyer-friendly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Addressing allegations that Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) is going soft on builders, the state’s Housing Minister, Prakash Mehta, on Saturday said that the state government can always amend the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act to make it more buyer-friendly in case the government gets representations for the same from common citizens and the real estate industry.”RERA has proved to be very helpful for homebuyers who were facing problems owing to delayed possession, but if there are allegations that it is not being tough on builders, the state government can always amend the RERA. If we get representations or request for a change in certain provisions we will amend RERA,” Mehta told DNA.There were allegations in the past that MahaRERA was going soft on builders in terms of levying fines for late registration. A bunch of housing activists had also written to the state government in September citing that MahaRERA is levying fewer fines for late registration with the authority. After the initial deadline of July 31, around 10,000 developers had registered their projects and after which RERA gave extensions on two occasions that allowed developers to register their project by paying a fine.Further, till September 30, around 13,500 developers had registered their projects with MahaRERA. However, the authority had clarified that no more extensions would be given to developers for registering their projects after missing several deadlines.RERA is said to be a pro-homebuyer Act under which all real estate projects are to be registered. The Act is said to make the process of buying and selling of houses “transparent” with buyers able to register complaints against developers online.Under RERA, all new and ongoing projects that are yet to get occupation certificate (OC) have to register with the housing regulator. RERA aims to protect the interests of homebuyers by penalising developers for delays in the projects, and also states that the builder must provide quarterly reports of the progress of the project.RAISING AN ALARMFew housing activists had written to the state government in September citing that MahaRERA is levying fewer fines for late registration

Office space supply in A’bad falls 86% in 2017

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Office space supply in Ahmedabad declined by a staggering 86% in the ongoing year, an industry report said on Monday. Along with lower demand on account of economic uncertainty, regulatory changes such as GST and RERA have also contributed to the sharp fall.Real estate consultant Cushman and Wakefield said in its latest report that office space supply in Ahmedabad declined to 4.54 lakh sq ft between January and September 2017, as against 33.16 lakh sq ft in the same period of 2016.Office space absorption in the city also fell sharply in the first nine months of the year. Cushman and Wakefield said that from 5.84 lakh sq ft, office space absorption declined 37% to 3.48 lakh sq ft.Developers said that a number of factors such as demonetisation, and introduction of Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) and Goods and Services Tax (GST) have contributed to lower supply as well as lower demand for office space.”For other sectors, GST was the only regulatory change that took place this year. However, for real estate sector, GST was preceded by RERA from May 1. Developers were in wait-and-watch mode before announcing new projects ahead of the twin changes,” Ashish Patel, president of industry body GIHED CREDAI, had said recently.Another developer said that inquiries for office space have picked up in the last month or so, and that demand is expected to improve soon.”Lower supply in the past few months will be good for the market as it will enable developers clear existing inventory,” he said.

Union government gets tough with states on RERA implementation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major boost to home buyers, union urban development and housing ministry has asked states to plug the loopholes in Real Estate Regulation ACT (RERA). A parliament committee has pointed out dilution of the RERA by the states in order to provide benefit to builders.The parliamentary committee was asked to study implementation of rules for Real Estate Regulation ACT (RERA). In its report submitted in the Lok Sabha, the parliamentary panel has said that the most states have tweaked rules, which are beneficial to the builders but detrimental to the consumers.The act was enacted to protect consumers but the onus to implement it was on the states. However, the parliamentary committee found that going against the spirit of the law several states including Rajasthan made changes suitable for builders. It said that because of this consumers are not getting the benefits they are entitles under RERA.But, the union government has made it clear to the states that for effective implementation of the law while keeping in mind consumers’ interest, they will either have to change the rules not in accordance with the central act or frame new laws. Following the central ministry’s directives, the states will have to close the gap deliberately left open for benefit of builders.Rajasthan where the RERA came into effect on May 1, this year is, among the states that circumvented the new act by leaving ambiguity in the rules. The state government while framing the rules defined them in arbitrary way.As per the central act, ongoing projects have to be registered under RERA. It considers ongoing projects that have not taken completion certificate till the date act came into force. However, in Rajasthan has added several provisions, which are not in tune with the act.To put an end to this the parliamentary committee has made several recommendations. It said that as per article 254 (2) of the constitution, the central government has right to enact acts like RERA. Such law would override acts and rules implemented by the states. Among the gross violation of RERA by the states, the report mentioned definition of ongoing projects and penalty on the builders for poor quality of construction. It has recommended that the central government must ask states to either change their rules or make fresh rules. Also, the committee should be informed about the action taken on its recommendation.What did Rajasthan do:-Projects in which common facilities handed over to residents’ association or authorised agency have been included in ongoing projects.Those projects which have sold 60% plots or housing units or gave their possession.The projects whose completion certificate have been issued by chartered engineer.Even the projects who have applied for completion certificate to the competent authority have been consideredongoing projects.If 50% development fee has been deposited.If the competent authority has begun regularization of the projects.

Mumbai realty grapples with 50% unsold inventory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai homebuyers remain chary of new purchases, irrespective of which end of the budget spectrum they are at. Unsold inventory in the so-called city of dreams for 1-, 2-, and 3-BHK homes remains at 49, 50, and 51 per cent, respectively, a new report from real estate consultancy JLL India shows.Worse, the report, which looks at projects registered with the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA), projects that unsold inventory in various parts of the city will rise in 2018 compared to 2017.According to the report, Thane Municipal Corporation and adjacent areas are performing better than Mumbai, with the least number of unsold units at 15 per cent for projects scheduled to be ready by end of 2017. The bad news is that the number is likely to be more than double to 38 per cent for projects that will be completed by 2018.The data, as of July 31, 2017, shows unsold inventory in Andheri at 36 per cent in 2018, compared to 28 per cent in 2017. Chembur is likely to see unsold inventory at 30 per cent in 2018, compared with 69 per cent in 2017. Borivli, however, will see a demand surge, with 2018 unsold inventory projected at 29 per cent compared to 58 per cent in 2017, a 50 per cent fall.According to data from MahaRERA, the maximum number of units, 59,516, registered are in Thane Municipal Corporation and Thane district. This is followed by the Western suburbs, where 28,000 units are registered. Central suburbs follow with 16,852 units, South Mumbai at 11,424 units, and the Harbour region with 7,502 units.THE REPORTThe total carpet area of projects registered under MahaRERA as per recent data available, was 84.62 mn. sq.ft., of which the total sold area was 43.5 mn. sq.ft. or 51 per cent. Many builders have moved forward the timeline for completion of projects, in many cases by two years.

Smuggling ring leads to Lodhi Estate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sleuths of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Delhi Zone, carried out operations in Delhi-NCR region and recovered smuggled goods worth over Rs 15 crore.What, however, has surprised the investigators was the smugglers’ link to two Lutyens’ Delhi addresses — both official residences of senior Government of India officers. Sources in DRI told DNA that the agency is now trying to verify if the officers to whom the two houses, both in Lodhi Estate, are allotted have any direct or indirect link with the smuggling racket.One of the houses, DNA has found, is allotted to a Secretary-rank officer in the Government of India.Five people, including a senior Customs officer, have already been arrested by the DRI in the case.”These goods were illegally imported through Foreign Post Office in Delhi. The DRI has busted two active gangs and recovered over 31 kg gold, high-value steroids used as party drugs, banned food supplements and electronic goods. The total value of these illegally imported seized products is over Rs 15 crore,” said a senior DRI officer.”We are certain the racket was continuing due with the smugglers’ nexus with some government officers. The two addresses, both in the name of senior officers in Government of India, were being used by these men.However, the role of the officers is yet to be ascertained. The syndicate used to illegally import gold items in various shapes in packages containing undergarments, fancy dresses and electronics. These were then delivered at the addresses in Lutyens’ Delhi with the connivance of the postman. It is suspected that some staff of these officers may be involved in receiving these items at the two addresses which have emerged,” the officer said.Lodhi Estate houses are inhabitated by MPs, bureaucrats and senior officers of the Defence establishment, including the tri-services.The racket was unearthed after DRI officers recovered costly items being smuggled concealed in underwear, beauty products and such items via the Foreign Post Office, Delhi.Sources in DRI did not rule out involvement of other senior government officers in the cartel, which according to intelligence inputs had been active for some time.MODUS OPERANDIThe syndicate used to import high-value steroids, gold, food supplements, electronics
Once the items landed, Customs officers cleared them.
The items were then delivered by the postman, also a member of the syndicate.

President Kovind visits Apiary in President’s Estate on Honey Bee Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday visited the Apiary in the President?s Estate today on the occasion of World Honey Bee Day. The Apiary was established as a unique project in the President?s Estate for the first time with the help of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) as the Government is promoting the ?Honey Mission? in the country. At present, 200 bee boxes have been set up which will increase to 500. The Apiary will produce high quality honey, wax, pollen etc as well as help increase flora, fauna in Rashtrapati Bhavan through pollination.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MahaRERA sets Rs1 lakh fine on late applications

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority has decided to levy a fine of Rs 1 lakh or an amount equivalent to the registration fee of the project, whichever is higher, on projects seeking registration after August 2, and till 5 pm on August 16.The last day for registration of ongoing projects was midnight of July 31. A total of 10,852 projects applied for registration with MahaRERA until then.During the two days immediately after the deadline, the regulatory authority received 480 applications and decided to charge them a penalty of Rs 50,000 for registration.However, for entries after August 2, MahaRERA has decided to levy a fine of Rs 1 lakh or the amount equivalent to the registration fee of the project, whichever is higher. The registration fees is minimum of Rs 50,000 and maximum of Rs 10 lakh depending on the area of the project.The decision was taken in a meeting held on Thursday under the chairman Gautam Chaterjee. The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) empowers the authority to levy a late application fine of up to 10 per cent of the total project cost.The two page ruling also disallows projects that are yet to receive their registration number from marketing, selling, advertising any of their projectManohar Shroff, Vice President, Navi Mumbai unit of CREDAI-MCHI, a recognised body of real estate developers, said, “The authority has levied a reasonable fine. Rs 1 lakh isn’t a huge sum and will encourage builders to register. There’s still a week to go. Developers should use this opportunity and register their projects instead of waiting for the fine to go up further.”…& AnalysisRegistration of ongoing projects is important to enable the authority to act against violations and safeguard the interest of home buyersWhile a heavy fine would have discouraged builders, the penalty being nominal, developers will now come forward to register

Strictly instruct states to notify RERA in letter and spirit:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A parliamentary panel has asked the Ministry of housing and urban affairs to “strictly instruct” the states which have diluted the rules under the real estate law to either amend it or re-notify them in line with the “letter and spirit” of the Act. The Committee on Subordinate Legislation, headed by BJP MP Dilipkumar Mansukhlal Gandhi, said that rules notified by some of the states were not in consonance with the spirit of the Act. It also observed that rules were skewed in favour of builders, hurting the consumer interests particularly in areas like definition of ongoing projects, penalties for non- compliance and dealing with structural defects. The panel noted that the Ministry had taken up the matter with the states during consultation meetings and also written to them to adhere to the letter and spirit of the Act. “The Committee are distressed to note that the Ministry have not clearly spelt out the ways and means in this regard. “The Committee, while recognising that each state have their respective development laws, sanctioning procedures, and other land related unique issues, recommend that the Ministry should strictly instruct the states to either amend their rules or re-notify them in line with the letter and spirit of the Act,” the Committee said in its report, tabled in the Lok Sabha today. The Committee also expressed its “dismay” over the delay in framing of the rules by many states. The state governments were required to notify the rules by October 31, 2016. It said, as per the information submitted by the Ministry, only 12 states/UTs had notified the rules, while 16 were in the process of notifying them. Four states–Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland–had some constitutional issues over land ownership, while three states–Manipur, West Bengal and Goa– have not provided any information on the notification of the rules under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tough RERA fines builder Rs 50,000 for ‘missing’ deadline

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If one wants to know how strictly the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) is following the rules, then this recent case is one example. The last date set by MahaRERA for registration of projects was by the midnight of July 31. As builders rushed to register, a prominent city builder registered his project exactly at 12 midnight. Within a week, the authority sent him a notice asking him to pay the penalty of Rs 50,000 for registering later than the set deadline.The authority on August 3, decided that it will levy a penalty of Rs 50,000 on projects that apply for registration post the deadline. The builder who didn’t wish to be named provided DNA with the receipt and even the notice copy from the authority asking him to pay Rs 50,000 as fine.”I was told that the registration is open till July 31 midnight. I had started the process in advance but then to fulfill all the criteria it took some time. I made the final payment at exact 12 midnight as mentioned on the receipt. Despite this, I have been penalised,” said the developer who is also associated with CREDAI-MCHI.The builder claims that they were told initially that mistakes will be ignored by the authority and matters will be addressed leniently but that does not seem to be the case.”The authority should play the role of a felicitator but here they are dealing with builders with an iron hand. This will scare developers further,” said the builder.The notice claims that despite of the developer applying post the deadline his application will be processed with a penalty, which has to be paid to the authority.”July 31 was the deadline given for submission of applications. The authority is working according to the provisions laid down,” said Dr Vijay Satbir Singh, a MahaRERA member.The caseAs builders rushed to register, a prominent city builder registered his project exactly at 12 midnight. Within a week’s time, MahaRERA sent the builder a notice asking him to pay the penalty of Rs 50,000 for registering later than the set deadline.

UP makes marriage registration mandatory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Besides a pandit, priest, maulavi etc, to solemnise a marriage, you may also need a lawyer to complete marriage proceedings in Uttar Pradesh. The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to make registration of marriages for all religions and castes compulsory.A decision to this effect was taken on Tuesday in the Cabinet meeting. The Cabinet has approved the Marriage Registration Rules and Regulations making registration of marriages mandatory for couples in the state, despite protests from the minority community.”The Cabinet approved the marriage registration rules and regulations in the meeting. It will shortly issue a GO (government order) to make it effective. It was required for a uniform process. The certificate will certainly come handy for everyone,” said the BJP government spokesperson Dr Siddharth Nath Singh.The BJP government had sought views and suggestions from citizens. A few minority community organisations had raised strong objections terming it is an attempt to interfere with personal laws. But the government ignored their protest and approved the new marriage registration regulation in Tuesday’s meeting.The Cabinet has also decided to make available diesel and natural gas at subsidised rates to those putting up new industries in the state. Rates of both petroleum products had gone up due to implementation of GST from July 1, 2017.Proposal for constructing a new jail in Lalitpur outside city limits with a capacity of 4,500 inmates was also passed by the Cabinet. The Cabinet has also decided to increase court timings of lower court judges by 30 minutes to deal with huge pendency.The Cabinet also approved amendments in transfer policies of development authorities; now officials can be transferred to any development authority across the state. The Cabinet has also approved implementation of Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) in the state….& ANALYSISWith the decision, saat phere and nikah will be no longer sacrosanct till the newly weds get their marriage registered online. There are practical difficulties. Couple would require Aadhar cards to apply. Net connectivity in rural areas and Illiteracy also cast shadows on the successful implementation of mandatory provisions.

Developers may get two more months to register under RERA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat Real Estate Regulatory Authority is likely to extend by two months the deadline for registration of ongoing real estate projects under Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA). The earlier deadline for registration was July 31.Neela Munshi, officer on special duty in urban development department of state government, wrote a letter to the RERA secretary on Monday, requesting extension of the deadline by two months for the benefit of ongoing projects. According to sources, the deadline will be extended accordingly very soon.Interim chairman of RERA authority and former chief secretary in state Manjula Subramaniam said that they had received 400 applications from developers and 94 from agents by Monday morning. She said, “We have requested the state government to inform us about their stand. Implementation of RERA in state was already delayed. The recent heavy downpour and flood in state too could have affected developers.”“We have been scrutinising the applications. If more documents are needed, we shall inform the applicants within seven days,” she added.Sources, however, said that by Monday evening, the number of applications by developers had reached 450 and that by real estate agents stood at 100.CREDAI calls for review of RERANational president of CREDAI Jaxay Shah said, “The requirement of RERA that no project be offered for sale without registration would cripple the real estate industry which is already facing downward business cycle. Ongoing projects about to be completed may actually get delayed on account of RERA.”He added, “Authorities responsible for giving approvals to real estate projects must be within the ambit of RERA.”

No plans to take over delayed residential projects: govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has no plans to take over delayed residential projects of private builders and complete them for home buyers, the Lok Sabha was informed today. “There is no such proposal under consideration of the government to take over the delayed residential projects and complete the same for home buyers,” Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh said during Question Hour. He was replying to a question on behalf of Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar whether the government proposes to take over hundreds of residential projects of builders which have been delayed. Singh said his ministry does not maintain details of projects launched by private builders in urban areas and delay their execution. “However, in order to bring transparency in operations in the real estate sector and to ensure timely completion of ongoing and new projects, the ministry has piloted the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Piece of car helps cops nab hit-&-run accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s not often that a car can give evidence against its owner. But the seemingly impossible happened as the Delhi Police — thanks to retrieving a small piece of the car — was able to nab the accused who killed a man on Saturday.Manoj, 28, a juice vendor, was hit by the car on Saturday night at ITO around 11:30 pm.A crime and forensics team arrived at the location where a small piece of the Audi was discovered. A closer look into a broken part from the car, picked up by the forensics team of Delhi Police from the spot, revealed that a number was carved on it. Since CCTV footages of the accident revealed that the car could not be traced, police shared the number with experts and got to know the model of the Audi. “With the help of the number, we were able to trace that the car. Further scrutiny from the only two authorised dealers of Audi in Delhi revealed that the car was purchased from their Sarita Vihar based showroom. Details of the car owner were traced and the police team led by Inspector Ravindra Kumar, IP Estate police station, zeroed down on one Rajeev Malhotra, a resident of Greater Kailash in southeast Delhi, who was detained for questioning,” said a senior police officer.Police said that the very next morning, the accused drove to a Noida based Audi service centre to get his car repaired. They immediately brought him in for questioning.During questioning, Malhotra, who owns a property dealing business in Daryaganj, admitted his involvement in the accident. He also confessed that he was driving the vehicle on the night of the incident.Malhotra also disclosed that since the Audi’s bumper was injured and windshield was also cracked, he drove to a Noida-based service centre to get his car repaired the next morning so that no one would question the damage to his car.Manoj was hit by the car on Saturday night when he was trying to cross the main road opposite Doll Museum at ITO. The impact of the crash was such that he was flung about 20 metres up in the air and fell on iron grill erected on the divider, in which his body got tangled, cutting open the abdominal portion of his body and had his organs hanging out. The man, who hailed from Bihar, succumbed on the spot.

Tamil Nadu: Accountant working at Jayalalithaa’s Kodanadu estate found dead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Another person connected with late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s Kodanadu estate was found hanging on Tuesday.28-year-old Dinesh Kumar, an accountant, was found hanging at his home in Kothagiri under mysterious circumstances.Kumar’s body was taken to Kotagiri government hospital, where a postmortem would be carried out on Wednesday.Two months ago, the security guard of her Kodanad Estate was found murdered.

Delhi BJP against new SDMC HQ at IP Estate, writes to L-G

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi BJP today urged Lt. Governor Anil Baijal to direct the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to reconsider plans to construct its headquarters in IP Estate as it “is not a people-friendly location”. In a letter to the LG, party’s Delhi unit media in-charge Praveen Shankar Kapoor said, “It will be very cumbersome for the people to travel from far off Najafgarh, Tughlaqabad or Bijwasan to IP Estate.” Suggesting an alternative, Kapoor said the SDMC had a large piece of land in the RK Puram area.. “The Office of Assessor & Collector there can be shifted and a new building can be constructed at this site,” he said. “I request you to intervene in the matter and direct the SDMC authorities to review their decision to construct the Headquarter in IP Estate,” Kapoor said in the letter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RERA sets rules for construction cost

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government has clarified that builders cannot include the cost incurred for marketing of a project and brokerage paid for the sale of an apartment in the construction cost of an apartment. As per the rules, every builder has to deposit 70 per cent of the total project cost in the bank, which can be used only for construction of the project.On Wednesday, the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) issued an order stating builders cannot use the money deposited for anything other than the construction of the building.Dr Sanjay Chaturvedi, an expert on RERA, said, “According to the new rules, a builder has to deposit 70 per cent of the total project cost in the bank. This money is protection in case the building remains incomplete; this money can then be used for the construction of the building. This will safeguard the interest of the home buyers.”However, builders claim that there is ambiguity in this order as it considers marketing and brokerage as part of the project cost.”On one hand the order states that marketing and brokerage are part of the project cost while on the other it doesn’t allow the money from deposits to be used for it,” said a builder on condition of anonymity.Every builder who has an ongoing project in the state and doesn’t have an occupation certificate has to be registered with the MahaRERA.Earlier last week, MahaRERA had issued another order clarifying what carpet area will include. As per the new order, balcony and other dry areas are not part of carpet area anymore.

Pistol waving incident: FIR registered against Kerala MLA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An FIR was today registered against senior Kerala MLA P C George on a complaint by some estate workers that he brandished his pistol and threatened to kill them during his visit to a site near an estate here. The police said George has been booked on charges of “attempting to commit culpable homicide and uttering any obscene song, ballad or words in or near any public place” based on the estate workers’ complaint. The case was registered after the workers recorded their statement, the police said. George had yesterday waved a pistol at a group of estate workers, who allegedly shouted slogans and “challenged” him during his visit to the site near the estate at Mundakkayam to take stock of a land dispute. The MLA, who represents Poonjar in the state assembly, had said he “displayed” the pistol when a “group of goons challenged” him while he was visiting 52 poor families staying near the estate. Members of the families staying in the area came out in support of George, saying he was forced to pull out the pistol after he was threatened by “goons” who reached there to “forcefully” evict them. Meanwhile, a joint trade union council at Mundakkayam today called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal to protest the MLA’s “goondaism”. Visuals aired by various television channels had shown George standing amid some people and waving the pistol when they shouted slogans at him. The MLA had said he visited the place after members of 52 poor families who have been staying on the banks of a river adjacent to the estate for several decades complained that “goons” were using abusive language and “showing violent behaviour” towards them during nights. “They (the goons) challenged me to take out the gun. I then displayed the Czech pistol I was carrying… just to convince them that I am carrying one. It is a licenced gun,” George, who won as an independent in the assembly polls last year, had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

More soldiers died in Kashmir Valley than in wars since independence: Sumitra Mahajan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More soldiers have sacrificed their lives in Kashmir than those who died in various wars since independence, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said today.She was speaking at an event organised by RSS’s communication wing Indraprastha Vishwa Samvad Kendra (IVSK) here to award journalists. “More soldiers have sacrificed their lives in the Kashmir Valley so far than the number of security personnel who died in various wars since independence,” she said.The speaker also asked the media to maintain credibility in their reportage, adding that the Fourth Estate should be unbiased and research before presenting facts. The sangh’s Akhil Bhartitya Sah Prachar Pramukh, Arun Kumar, said one has started thinking from western perspective. But now the IVSK is working to change this among journalists, he said.

Can’t retain staff quarters after service termination: Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A person who has been terminated from service cannot be called an employee and is not entitled to retain the staff quarters provided by the employer, a Delhi court has said. The court’s observation came while upholding a man’s eviction from staff quarters of Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) here. The court, while making the law clear to the man who was terminated from service in 2006 after working with IHBAS for nearly 26 years, said he could not show that he was an authorised occupant of the quarter. “A person who has been terminated from service cannot be called a servant or employee, entitled to retain the quarters… No material is placed by the appellant (man) to show that he is an authorised occupant. “He is no longer in service. The order of termination has attained finality. The quarters was allotted to him only as a condition of service,” district judge A S Jayachandra said. The court said once the service was terminated, he cannot claim to be in authorised occupation of the premises and there was no illegality in holding him as an unauthorised occupant. It dismissed the man’s appeal and upheld the order of an estate officer directing him to vacate the premises. The man, who was working with IHBAS since 1980 and was alloted a quarter in the premises in 1982, challenged the ex- parte order of the estate officer in August last year directing him to vacate the house and declaring him an unauthorised occupant. He argued that the eviction order was arbitrary and contrary to law and he was not given a chance to be heard. The institution, however, contended that there was no error in the order and principles of natural justice have been followed. It claimed that the man was an unauthorised occupant as defined under the Public Premises (Eviction of unauthorised occupants) Act. It further said that he was terminated from service in 2006 which was upheld by the Supreme Court but he failed to vacate the quarter. The court, however, noted that the estate officer had given an opportunity to the man to put forth his case and he had also given an explanation in which he had prayed to allow him to continue in occupation. “After having perused the reply by the appellant to the Estate Officer, nothing could be gathered to hold that the appellant is in authorised occupation of the premises. Therefore, this court sees no illegality or perversity in the impugned order,” the court said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NDMC notices to Rashtrapati Bhavan over mosquito breeding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The New Delhi Municipal Council has slapped several notices on the Rashtrapati Bhavan after mosquito-breeding was observed at many pools of stagnant water on the sprawling complex. The NDMC has so far issued over 1,100 notices — and 13 challans — to various buildings in the VVIP Lutyens’ zone, which were found to be “breeding spots” for mosquitoes by its surveillance team. “Every year, we form a surveillance team whose inspection leads to notices being issued by the NDMC. If the situation doesn’t improve by the time of second inspection, challans are issued,” a senior official of NDMC’s health department said. “We have issued several notices to various complexes and residential quarters in the President’s Estate over mosquito breeding,” the official added. Last year, the NDMC had issued over 80 notices to the President’s Estate after “heavy” mosquito-breeding was found at various places on its sprawling campus, he said. The number of notices issued to the President’s Estate was 125 in 2015. However, the exact number of notices issued to the Rashtrapati Bhavan this year was not immediately available. Among other important buildings which have been issued notices are the defence ministry’s and the Delhi high court’s. Also, the Haryana Bhawan, Paryavaran Bhawan, Mausum Bhawan, Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Safdarjung Hospital, AIIMS, Delhi Police Headquarters, and Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital have been served notices. According to the latest municipal report on vector-borne diseases, at least 70 cases of dengue and 135 of chikungunya have been reported in Delhi till June 10.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mahagun Developers made us move into unfinished building, allege buyers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home buyers met Greater Noida Authority CEO Debashish Panda on tuesday. They lodged a complaint against Mahagun developer for delaying the project and forcing them to shift to an incomplete building. The buyers alleged that the developers had done this in order to avoid prosecution under the Real Estate Regulatory Act (RERA). The buyers also demanded that the CEO and his department examine the construction quality of all developers in Greater Noida.In their meeting with Panda, buyers of the Mahagun Mywoods project — developed by Mahagun developer in Greater Noida West— told the CEO that with the intention to evade RERA norms, the builder had applied for part completion of the two towers. The added that the builder was mounting pressure on them to shift into the society.The buyers then demanded the CEO to conduct a physical inspection of the project before issuing a completion certificate to the builder.The home buyers said that the builders, in order to save money, had used an inferior quality of material, putting their lives in danger. They said that in the past many incidents of portions of the roof collapse have been reported in many projects in the area.The buyers also alleged that the builder, without their consent, was changing the layout plan. They stated that the developers had been constructing extra flats and then later applying for extra Floor area ratio (FAR) from the authority. The home buyers said in some towers, the foundation was developed for 14 floors but to make more money the builders had constructed extra floors, making the building risky.Despite repeated attempts, spokespersons from Mahagun developer remained unavailable for comment.Buyers’ plaintsThe builders, in order to save money, had used an inferior quality of materialDevelopers had been constructing extra flats and then later applying for extra floor area ratio

RERA pulls up real estate firm for misleading public, fines Rs 1. 20 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Its been barely a month since the RERA Act was put in place and the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) has already penalised a real estate agent (firm) of Rs 1.20 lakh. Last week, RERA had issued a show cause notice to Sai Estate Consultant, for misleading the general public.The hearing lasted for almost one and half hour and a fine was imposed on the consultant, which they have decided to pay. The show cause notice (copy available with DNA) was issued on June 1 to Sai Estate Consultant, under the subject of unfair trade practice.The notice signed by Legal Adviser to MahaRERA, read, “The MahaRERA has came across the advertisement given by you in a daily newspaper, on June 1, 2016. Since you are registered as a real estate agent with this authority, you are duty bound to take care while advertising any project that there should not be any misleading representation regarding the project. It appears that this is a deliberate attempt on your part to cause impression in the mind of general public that the project that you are advertising is duly registered with MahaRERA.”Among other directions mentioned in the order, it has asked the consultant to withhold the advertisement with immediate effect and rectify hoardings across the city by displaying MahaRERA number.The order also restrained the consultant from advertising any project which isn’t registered with MahaRERA. Dr Sanjay Chaturvedi, representing Sai Estate Consultant said, “We presented our side to the authority and asked to pay penalty. The client will pay it and abide by the order. It was a suomotto notice.”…& ANALYSISThe aim of RERA is to bring in uniformity, discipline amongst builders and brokers and safeguard homebuyers. Following this order, the expectation is that every other builder and broker will take the authority more seriously and abide by the law.

First RERA notice issued in state

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Newly formulated Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) issued its first ever notice in the state.Confirming the same, the authority has issued a show cause notice to a Real EstateAgent (firm) claiming that it has misled the general public by using its registration number which shows that an unregistered project has been registered with RERA. The real estate agency has been asked to present itself on Monday before the authority.The show cause notice was issued on Thursday to Sai Estate Consultant, under the subject ‘unfair trade practice.’The notice further read, “In said advertisement the RERA registration number is mentioned, in fact you ought to have mentioned the registration number as “MahaRera registration number”. Further on plain reading of advertisement the impression that is caused is regarding the registration of real estate project with RERA, which is misleading tot he general public. It appears that this is a deliberate attempt on your part to cause impression in the mind of general public that the project that you are advertising is duly registered with MahaRera. Your conduct amounts to unfair trade practice within the meaning of provisions of RERA Act and same is punishable under section 62 of the Act.”When contacted, Gautam Chaterjee, the authority of RERA, said, “I don’t know whether this is the first show cause notice issued in the country, but this is first in the state.” The firm has been calledupon to appear before the Authority, on June 5, along with their explanation without fail, and if they fail to do so the authority will pass appropriate order on merit.Varsha Raut, of Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, who had raised the issue, claimed that the concerned agent had misled by giving his registration number and said the rules are clear and need to be followed.When contacted Manoj, a representative from Sai Estate Consultant, he said, “He wasn’t in a position to comment on the issue and instead his legal team will get back to us on it.”

Molestation case: Anticipatory bail to ex-Bigg Boss contestant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has granted anticipatory bail to former ‘Bigg Boss’ show contestant Swami Om who, along with an associate, was accused of molesting and threatening a woman. Special Judge Sanjay Garg-1 allowed the plea of Swami Om in line with co-accused Swami Santosh Anand, who has been granted anticipatory bail by the High Court. “There are stated to be four cases pending against the applicant (Swami Om) but no one falls under the category of sexual abuse. In view of these circumstances, this applicant deserves parity with co-accused Santosh Anand who is lying admitted to anticipatory bail by the High Court,” the judge said. The court granted the relief to Om on a personal bond of Rs 25,000 and a surety of the like amount. Advocate A P Singh, who appeared for Om, claimed that all the allegations were false and frivolous and the FIR was lodged to defame the accused. This is the second application filed by Om, whose first plea seeking anticipatory bail was dismissed by the court on the grounds that the allegations against him were grave and he could hamper the investigation. His plea alleged that the woman had trespassed into the ashram of co-accused Anand along with some police officials known to her. As per the FIR lodged at the IP Estate police station in Central Delhi, the woman was allegedly wrongfully restrained by Om, a former contestant in TV reality show ‘Bigg Boss’, and Anand when she was going home and they started abusing her and indulged in objectionable acts. When the complainant urged them to leave her, they dragged her into their room and attempted to rape her, the FIR said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

KVIC starts beekeeping training in Rashtrapati Bhawan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Khadi Village and Industries Commission (KVIC) today launched an apiculture training course for the gardeners of Rashtrapati Bhawan, whereby 500 bee boxes will be installed in different phases within its premises. The beekeeping training will enable the gardeners to extract honey at the Rashtrapati Bhawan which houses a large number of mango, blackberry, neem and drumstick trees. “Besides producing more than 12,500 kgs of high quality honey and 300 kgs of good-quality wax every year, apiary will also boost the flora and fauna in and around the President s Estate and increase the crop yield there by at least 25 per cent,” KVIC Chairman V K Saxena said. Going forward, KVIC, with the support of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation, plans to place 5,000 bee boxes in the national capital. These include different gardens of Delhi, including Lodhi Garden, Talkatora Garden and Nehru Park, apart from the various reserved forest areas in Delhi. “The gardeners will also get practical training of examination of honeybee colonies, acquaintance with apicultural equipment, identification and management of bee enemies and diseases, honey extraction and wax purification, and management of bee colonies in spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter seasons,” Saxena said. Honey helps boost immunity and purifies blood. Studies suggest that its medicinal value protects the body from major health problems like heart ailments and cancer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Penalty under realty Act applies to current projects too’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Penalties on account of delays under the new real estate rules are applicable to ongoing as well as new projects, a homebuyer body claimed today. Fight for RERA, the homebuyer forum, made the claims amid reports that the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, does not penalise project completion delays before the Act came into force. The RERA came into effect from May 1. The body said “it is pertinent to clarify that the Real Estate Act, 2016, does not differentiate with regard to an ongoing project or a future project, whether it is relating to disclosures, violations, penalty, interest or compensation”. In a statement, it said the Act implies that all the penal provisions apply as much to an ongoing project as to a new one. According to Fight for RERA, it is mandatory for all projects, from the date of commencement of the Act, to first register with the regulatory authority and only then, promoters can book, sell, advertise or market these real estate projects.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa to notify rules under new realty law in three months

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa government will notify the rules under the new real estate regulation Act in the next three months, Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai said today. The Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act, 2016, which seeks to protect home buyers from unscrupulous developers, has come into effect from today. Under the Act, states had to notify realty rules and set up Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) by April 30. “Goa could not notify these rules earlier because of the code of conduct imposed in the wake of Assembly elections. We will notify these rules in the next three months,” he told reporters. Sardesai said the Town and Country Planning Department has already drafted RERA rules, which protect the interest of property buyers in the state, the minister said. He said the government will form a regulatory body to ensure strict enforcement of these rules.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two Kerala natives being questioned in Kodanadu murder case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons were today taken into custody for questioning over the killing of a security guard at a bungalow in Kodanadu Estate, which was frequeted by former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. A Tamil Nadu police team, which has gone to Kerala, along with the local police is interrogating the duo near Nilambur for their suspected involvement in the case, officials said. Om Bahadur, a security guard posted at the bungalow at Kodanad Estate in Nilgiris district, was found dead and one of his colleagues seriously injured on April 24 following an apparent break in there. Some documents were also suspected to have been stolen from the bungalow. Police have so far identified six out of the 11 people who are allegedly involved in the killing of the guard. A former driver of Jayalalithaa and one of the main suspects in the case, Kanakaraj, was killed after his two- wheeler hit a car at Athur in Salem district yesterday. Another suspect and close friend of Kanakaraj, Sayan suffered serious injuries, while his wife and child died in a road accident involving their two-wheeler and a car in Kerala’s Thrissur district the same day, they said. The condition of Sayan, undergoing treatment at a private hospital here, is stable, doctors attending to him said. Meanwhile, a group of police personnel from Palakkad visited the hospital and questioned Sayan for nearly one hour, they said. Kanakaraj, who hailed from Salem, conspired the dacoity with 10 others, including Sayan from Coimbatore, with the prime motive of loot, police had said yesterday. The four arrested men — Sathisan, Santhosh Sami, Udhayakumar and Deepu — were brought to Kothagiri police station in Nilgiris district this afternoon and taken to the government hospital for a medical examination, police said. Later they were taken to the residence of Coonoor Judicial Magistrate Sundararajan, who remanded them in judicial custody for 15 days. They will be lodged at the Coimbatore central jail, police said. The Kodanadu estate figures in the disproportionate assets case involving jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala and Jayalalithaa, among others. Alleging that there were several “mysteries and knots” in the case, Opposition DMK today demanded a Home Secretary- monitored probe by an ADGP-level official into the guard’s murder, while the BJP’s state unit sought an “expanded probe”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Security guard murder: One key suspect killed, another injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A former driver of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and one of the main suspects in the security guard’s murder at a bungalow in Kodanadu Estate, which was frequented by her, died in a road accident today while four persons were arrested. Kanakaraj died after his two-wheeler hit a car at Athur in Salem district, the police said. Another suspect and close friend of Kankaraj, Sayan was seriously injured while his wife and child died in a road accident involving their two-wheeler and a car in Kerala’s Thrissur district today, they said. Sayan has been admitted to a hospital in Coimbatore. According to police, Kanakaraj had plotted the crime with 10 others, including Sayan, a native of Coimbatore. The estate figures in the disproportionate assets case involving jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala and Jayalalithaa, among others. A security guard posted at the bungalow at nearby Kodanad Estate was found dead on April 24, while some documents were suspected to have been stolen from there. While 40-year-old Om Bahadur was found dead, another guard was found seriously injured. Superintendent of Police Murali Ramba told reporters at Udhagamandalam that investigation has revealed involvement of 11 persons in the case, out of which four have been arrested today. Kanakaraj, who hailed from Salem, conspired the dacoity with ten others, including Sayan from Coimbatore. As per the probe so far, the motive was loot, the SP said. The four arrested have been identified has Santhosh Samy, Deepu, Sathishan and Uday Kumar, all from Thrissur in Kerala. Five others are still at large, he said. The four were taken into custody yesterday for questioning. Their involvement in the crime has been proved through meticulous investigation and collection of scientific evidence, the officer said. All of them had planned the dacoity based on Kanakaraj’s information that a huge amount of cash was reportedly there in the bungalow, the official said, adding they used three cars to go to the site of crime. They first assaulted security guard Krishna Thapa and tied him near gate number eight of the estate. Then they killed Om Bahadur at gate number 10 by gagging and tying him to a tree, he said. Later, they broke open the doors of three rooms of the bunglow, including those used by Jayalalithaa and her confidante Sasikala. They could not find any cash but took away five watches and a crystal showpiece, the officer said. The crystal showpiece has been recovered. The arrested accused said they threw the watches in a river in Kerala, he said, adding investigation is underway. The police had earlier said one or two suitcases at the bungalow were found prised open, but it was not clear what was inside those. Judicial Magistrate S Senthil Kumar has held inquiries with Sayan, at the hospital regarding the accident, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Security guard murder: Key suspect killed, another injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A former driver of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and one of the main suspects in the murder of a security guard at a bungalow in nearby Kodanadu Estate frequented by her, was killed today in a road accident. Another suspect and close friend of Kankaraj, Sayan alias Shyam, was seriously injured while his wife and child died in a road accident involving their two wheeler and a car in Kerala’s Thrissur district today, police said. Kanakaraj died after his two wheeler hit a car early today at Athur in Salem district, police said. Kanakaraj and Sayan were key suspects in the break-in and murder case, police said, citing information provided by three persons taken into custody yesterday in connection with the incident, police said. The estate figures in the disproportionate assets case involving jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala and Jayalalithaa, among others. A security guard posted at the bungalow, frequently visited by Jayalalithaa, at nearby Kodanad estate was found dead on April 24, while some documents were suspected to have been stolen from there. While 40-year-old Om Bahadur was found dead, a seriously wounded Kishore is undergoing treatment. Quoting villagers, the police had then said a 10-member gang in two vehicles was seen entering the area in the early hours. Police suspected the motive of the gang could have been to steal valuables or documents, as one door of the bungalow was found broken open. Resistance by the guards might have led to their being attacked causing the death of one of them, they said. Police had earlier said one or two suitcases at the bungalow were found prised open, but it was not clear what they contained.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Flat owners meet Yogi, seek action against builders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Flat buyers associations of Noida and Greater Noida today met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath seeking action against builders for allegedly harassing home owners by not delivering projects on time and charging extra money. The two associations, NEFOMA and NEFOWA, demanded that the Real Estate Regulatory Act (RERA), which was passed last year by Parliament, should be implemented in the state on priority. “We met UP chief minister today to raise our various concerns like significant delay in possession, builders charging extra from buyers in the name of cost escalation, late payment and increased farmers compensation,” NEFOMA President Annu Khan said. “We have also submitted list of 27 builders, which are harassing home buyers the most,” he said. Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association (NEFOWA) President Abhishek Kumar was also present in the meeting. The Noida Estate Flat Owners Main Association (NEFOMA) complained that the authorities in Noida and Greater Noida are not providing any relief to buyers and rather helping builders, it said in a statement. “We have requested them to implement the RERA on priority so that it can stop the unlawful work from the builders and buyers can get relief,” Khan said. The two associations requested the state government to take up this matter seriously and take action against the builders who are harassing the buyers. “The RERA (same draft of central government) should be implemented in Uttar Pradesh and it should apply on those projects also which are in process. “Builders are applying for tower wise completion certificate to escape from this bill. With the help of authority they are getting this and forcing buyers to get possession of their flats,” the NEFOMA said. The real estate market is facing a multi-year slowdown that has led to huge delay in deliveries of housing projects of up to 6-7 years, forcing home buyers to stage protests and file legal cases against builders.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Drop plan to build helipad at Dehradun Prez Estate: Activist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Social activist Anoop Nautiyal has opposed a proposal to construct a helipad at the President’s Estate in the city, ‘Ashiana’, saying it would cause massive damage to the environment. He has written to President Pranab Mukherjee, requesting him to drop the plan. He cited reports in a section of the local media that the proposal, cleared by the President’s Secretariat recently, would involve largescale chopping of trees and relocation of people living on the periphery of ‘Ashiana’. Noting that increased construction activities have already done enough damage to the city’s environment, he said a World Health Organization (WHO) survey ranked Dehradun as the 31st most polluted city in the world. “Dehradun has environmentally, ecologically and aesthetically been ravaged repeatedly by tasteless constructions. Air quality in Dehradun has deteriorated significantly. We are today the 31st most polluted city in the world as per the WHO Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database,” the social activist said. “I request you to kindly instruct your secretariat to completely abandon the idea of building the helipad in ‘Ashiana’. There are already two helipads in Sahastradhara and Cantt area which are barely 5-10 kms from ‘Ashiana’. On top of this, presidential visits to Dehradun are extremely rare. “Considering all these facts if the helipad were to still come up at the President’s Estate, then it will be one more nail in the green coffin of Dehradun. I earnestly hope that you will send out a strong message of environmental conservation and augmentation by taking a firm no-helipad stand on the issue,” he wrote to Mukherjee. The president had stayed in ‘Ashiana’, also called the President’s Bodyguard Estate, for three days in September last after its renovation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tamil Nadu: Security guard at Jayalalithaa’s Kodanad Estate murdered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid demand for probe in late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s death, the security guard of her Kodanad Estate was found murdered in the early hours of Monday.Om Bahadur (51), was hacked to death while another person, Krishna Bahadur, sustained serious injuries.The Incident took place when both the guards were manning gate number 10 of the Kodanad Tea Estate in the Nilgiris, which is spread over 800 acres area.Bahadur told the police that a gang of 10 entered forcefully entered into the premises and attacked them.Police said the estate was dotted with CCTV cameras for security reason and the accused would be traced soon.​(With inputs from our correspondent G Jagannath – Twitter: @Jagan_G1983​)

Maharashtra: Student attacked with sword after scuffle in Thane, accused on run

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-year-old college student was seriously injured after he was allegedly attacked here with a sword, by a group of miscreants including the driver of an auto rickshaw in which he was travelling, police said on Tuesday.According to the complaint filed by victim Rahul Pandey on Monday, the incident took place in Sathe Nagar locality of Wagle Estate on late Sunday night, when he set out to attend a friend’s birthday party and hailed an auto to reach the destination, they said.Enroute when Pandey stopped the rickshaw to attend nature’s call, the driver, Pawan Tiwari along with three of his occupant friends demanded money from him to buy cigarettes.When Pandey refused, an altercation ensued and an annoyed Tiwari along with the trio allegedly fisted him. The assailants then dragged him into the auto and forcibly took him to an isolated spot nearby. When he tried to escape by jumping from the auto, the accused attacked him with a sword, police said in a release quoting the complaint.The college student then managed to flee the spot by boarding another rickshaw and got himself admitted to the civil hospital here in the wee hours of Monday.Wagle Estate police have booked the accused under sections 363 (kidnap), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and other relevant sections of the IPC besides sections 4 and 25 of the Arms act along with Bombay Police Act sections 37(1) and 135.However, no arrests have been made so far in the case as all the four accused are on the run.

VIP movement puts to halt ambulance carrying bleeding child

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An ambulance carrying a bleeding child was allegedly stopped for a few minutes near Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in central Delhi since the road was barricaded for VIP movement. A video posted by a man on social media went viral that purportedly showed an ambulance stuck near the barricade while people were asking the police officials to let the ambulance go. In the video the bystanders can be seen questioning the policemen whether “VIPs are more important than the life of a child who is bleeding” as they urge the officials to let the ambulance go. The incident took place near gate number 14 of the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium near IP Estate. The route was blocked for public movement since Malaysiya’s head of state was to pass from the area. Police said they followed the protocol and it took a couple of minutes to let the ambulance go. “The ambulance was stuck behind several cars. We got the passage cleared and brought it ahead. In a span of few minutes, it was allowed to go,” said a senior police officer. No one from the child’s family has approached police so far. At the time of this story being reported, the video had been shared more than 7700 times and had been viewed by more 3,24,000 people.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pvt vendors’ food in trains not up to expectations: Prabhu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Admitting that private food vendors were not providing satisfactory service, Railway minister Suresh Prabhu today said a new catering policy has been brought in, keeping this in mind. “The food that was being served by private contractors was not living up to the expectation of the people, that is why there was a need to change the policy,” Prabhu said in Rajya Sabha during the Question Hour. Responding to concerns by members about the quality of food in trains, he said that under the new policy, RCTC would run the best mechanised kitchens, while a tender is being prepared as per which reputed professionals will cater to the passengers in the trains. Efforts have been made that people get ethnic food, reflecting the diverse cuisine of the country, he said. Responding to a question about the food being provided on Ahmedabad-New Delhi Swarna Jayanti Rajdhani Express, the minister said between May 2016 and this February, 133 catering complaints were reported. A total fine of Rs 9,55,000 has been imposed and Rs 83,000 has already been recovered by the railway during this period, against 104 complaints, he said. “There were many complaints. I have issued orders and can, with satisfaction, say that we have terminated the contract of Ambuj Hotel and Real Estate Pvt Ltd, the company that was working,” Prabhu said. One of the members said that food in trains was being stored next to the toilets, to which Prabhu said that to lodge complaints related to food, a helpline has been set up. Complaints can also be made on social media, he added. Prabhu also said that with regard to static units, one- third of the stalls will be reserved for the women. “Parliament is yet to do it (reservation for women), but we have done it,” he said, adding that these stalls will be given for 5 years and not for life as earlier.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ex-Bigg Boss contestant seeks bail in molestation case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former ‘Bigg Boss’ contestant Swami Om, who along with his associate is accused of molesting and threatening a woman, today filed an anticipatory bail plea in a Delhi court. The application has been listed for hearing tomorrow before Special Judge Hemani Malhotra. Swami Om sought the relief alleging that he was falsly implicated in the case as he has been advocating Indian culture and anti-social elements wanted to stop his “social activity”. Advocate A P Singh, who filed the plea, said there was no possibility of the accused tampering with evidence if granted anticipatory bail and he will not misuse his liberty. The accused claimed the allegations against him were false and that on the date of the alleged incident, he spent his day in different offices of Delhi Police seeking security. He also alleged that he is being harassed by police officials and he apprehends that he could be arrested. He claimed he has no link with co-accused Swami Santosh Anand, who was earlier denied anticipatory bail by the court. As per the FIR lodged at IP Estate police station, the woman was allegedly wrongfully restrained by Swami Om and Anand when she was going home and they started abusing her and committed objectionable acts. When the complainant requested them to leave her, they dragged her into their room and attempted to rape her, the FIR said. They also threatened that they will not spare her and that they had already ruined her husband’s life, it said. The woman had claimed in her complaint that Swami Om and his alleged associate Anand had ripped off her clothes on February 7. The victim alleged that they had attempted to humiliate her in full public view a few days earlier in Rajghat area here. No arrest has been made in the case. The court had earlier denied anticipatory bail to Anand saying the allegations against him were grave and the probe was at a nascent stage.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Odisha to set up Real Estate Tribunal & Regulatory Authority

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To protect people from being victim of any real estate fraud, Odisha government has decided to set up a Real Estate Appellate Tribunal and a Real Estate Regulatory Authority. Odisha’s Housing and Urban Development Minister Pushpendra Singhdeo informed this to assembly yesterday. He said the State Cabinet has given its seal of approval to the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, based on which such steps will be taken. He said the Real Estate Appellate Tribunal will be headed by a retired Judge or sitting Judge of High Court. Two experts will assist the tribunal to adjudicate the disputes. About formation of Real Estate Regulatory Authority, the Minister further informed that it will be headed by a senior administrative officer of the rank of Additional Secretary in Central Government. The chief of the regulatory authority will be selected by a three-member panel comprising of Chief Secretary, Urban Development and Law Department Secretaries. Singhdeo said steps are being taken to protect customers from being victim of any real estate fraud. As per the act, the registration for sale and purchase of properties is mandatory and violation will attract jail term and fine. The accused will have to pay fine amounting to 10 per cent of the total purchase price of the property and undergo three years jail term, the minister maintained. This apart, five per cent fine will also be taken from the broker of the property deal along with a jail term. He said the real estate developers cannot charge more than 10 per cent of the project cost from the customer before providing the sale agreement as per the new rules. A separate bank account for each project will be opened in which 70 per cent of the total project cost will be deposited in it that could only be utilised for project cost. Singhdeo also said that each company has to submit their five-year performance report religiously to the regulatory authority. “These rules have been framed for bringing in transparency and efficiency. There were complaints of people falling prey to cheats and getting harassed. These rules have been framed to put an end to fraud,” said Singhdeo. However, Real Estate Developers Association (REDA) has expressed surprise and alleged that opinion of stakeholders associated with real estate business was not taken by the government before framing of the rules. “It is surprise for us. They have framed the rules without intimating, without consulting or without taking the opinion of any of the stakeholders,” said REDA president Kantilal Patel.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Take personal interest in Real Estate Act’s implementation:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With four states and six UTs notifying the final real estate rules, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has urged chief ministers to take personal interest in ensuring implementation of the Act. In a letter dated February 9 to all chief ministers, he said, “Real Estate Act is one of the most important reforms for the sector which would bring benefits to all stakeholders. “It is therefore, my sincere request to please bestow your personal attention to this matter so that the Act is implemented in time and in the spirit with which it was passed by the Parliament,” he said. “Appropriate governments are required to establish the Real Estate Regulatory Authorities and the Appellate Tribunals, maximum by April 30, 2017,” Naidu said. “The timelines are important as the Act would commence its full operation from May 1 and in the absence of Rules and Regulatory Authority and Appellate Tribunal the implementation of the Act would be affected in your state, leading to a vacuum in the sector,” he said in the two-page letter. The minister said the Real Estate Act, 2016 was one of the most consumer-friendly laws passed by the Parliament and its timely implementation was the responsibility of both the central and state governments. It would not only provide the much needed consumer protection but would also give a fillip to the sector, benefiting all the stakeholders, he said. Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Ministry had organised a consultative workshop with all the states/UTs last month to review their progress. The ministry, mandated with the responsibility of making rules for UTs without legislatures, has done so for Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Lakshadweep while the Ministry of Urban Development has done so for Delhi. A few other states have been reported to have notified only draft rules seeking views and suggestions from stakeholders. States that have notified final rules are Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh. The ministry has also referred the complaints regarding the dilution of some of the provisions of the Act to the Committee on Subordinate Legislation of Rajya Sabha. From May 1 this year, under the provisions of the Act, both buyers and developers of real estate property can approach Real Estate Regulatory Authorities seeking relief against violation of the contractual obligations and other provisions of the Act.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Case registered against ‘Bigg Boss’ contestant Swami Om for

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A case has been registered against former’Bigg Boss’ contestant Swami Om after a woman accused him and his associate of allegedly outraging her modesty by ripping off her clothes. The case has been registered at IP Estate police station. According to the complaint filed by the victim, Swami Om and his associate Santosh Anand allegedly ripped off the woman?s clothes on February 7. The victim alleged that the duo attacked her and ripped off her clothes in an attempt to humiliate her in full public view, a few days ago at Rajghat area here. She also alleged that they threatened her of dire consequences and abused her. The attackers then fled from the spot after she screamed for help. Acting on the compliant, a case under section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against Swami Om and his associate. The victim will record her statement on Monday before the magistrate.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swami Om, associate booked for misbehaving with woman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman has accused former ‘Bigg Boss’ contestant Swami Om and his associate of allegedly outraging her modesty by ripping off her clothes, police said today. A case in this regard has been registered at IP Estate police station, they said. According to the complaint filed by the victim, Swami Om and his associate Santosh Anand allegedly ripped off her clothes on February 7. The victim alleged that the duo attacked her and ripped off her clothes in an attempt to humiliate her in full public view a few days ago at Rajghat area here, police said. She also alleged that they threatened her of dire consequences and abused her. The attackers then fled from the spot after she screamed for help, they said. “Acting on the compliant, a case under section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of IPC has been registered against Swami Om and his associate. The victim will record her statement on Monday before the magistrate. Police will take necessary action against the accused,” said a senior police officer. The officer added that both parties had a history of dispute.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Watch: PM Modi takes a jibe at Bhagwant Mann’s drinking problem in Lok Sabha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>PM Modi used his speech on Tuesday in Lok Sabha to hit out at his critics over demonetization and other issues. However, he also took time out to mock AAP MLA Bhagwant Mann. PM Modi said about Mann: “I generally tell people ‘ghee piyo’…but if Bhagwant Mann will say, he will ask to drink something else.” Answering criticism over demonetization, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted in Lok Sabha that the timing for the decision was perfect as the economy was doing well and hit out at Congress whose record he questioned with regard to various issues. Replying to a debate on Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address which was adopted by the House later amid walkout by Congress, he replied point-by-point to the issues raised by the Opposition, including surgical strikes and allocations for MNREGA, agriculture sector and for Scheduled Castes. Opposition had moved 190 amendments to the Motion which were negated.Watch the video below: In his 90-minute speech, which was punctuated by protests by some Opposition members at certain points, Modi also raised pitch for simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and Assemblies, asking all parties to consider the proposal, rising above political considerations as “everybody will face some difficulty” if it is implemented.On demonetisation over which he has been under sustained attack, the Prime Minister asserted that the timing of the decision announced on November 8 last year was perfect.”Some people have said why was this (demonetisation) decision taken when the economy was doing well…It was the best time for demonetisation as the economy was strong. Had the economy been weak, then we could not have done it successfully,” he said.In this regard, he gave the example of a patient who has to undergo a surgery. “Before subjecting a patient to surgery, a doctor checks all the parameters of the patient and only when those parameters are fine, is the operation done,” he said.He also emphasised that the decision was not taken in a haste as contended by some sections.”Don’t assume that Modi does anything in a haste. For that you will need to study Modi.” Acknowledging that demonetisation had brought “difficulties” to the people, the Prime Minister said, however, that the decision was not taken for any political mileage but for the benefit of the poor. “We had to take it and took it,” he said.Modi listed out the steps taken by his government to curb black money, including setting up of SIT, tightening the law on benami, Real Estate Bill, making PAN requirement mandatory for cash transactions of Rs 2 lakh and above and revision of tax treaties with countries like Mauritius, Singapore and USA.”Had it been for political benefit, you would have done it,” he told the Congress. Explaining why November 8 was chosen for the demonetisation decision, the Prime Minister said post-Diwali is usually a period when the business cycle subsides after peaking during the festival season.He said he was aware that there would be some problems for 15-20 days and things would move towards normalcy in 50 days. “Today I can see that whatever I had analysed, we are moving in that direction,” he added.To questions regarding change of rules 150 times after demonetisation announcement, Modi said it was done to find ways to ease problems of people.”On the other side, there were people who were trying to find ways to adjust their black money,” he said and narrated a Hindi couplet to say that the government wanted to be a step ahead of those indulging in frauds.Hitting out at Congress for raising the issue of change of rules 150 times on demonetisation, Modi said the previous UPA government had changed rules regarding MNREGA 1035 times during its implementation over six years.Spelling out benefits of demonetisation, he said it has brought everything on the record, including details regarding who has deposited money, where he has deposited and how much has been deposited.”There was a time when Income Tax officials used to operate arbitrarily. But that is history…. Now by use of technology and data mining, top names would be culled out without an I-T officer needing to go anywhere. They can just send SMS,” he said.”I urge everyone to come to mainstream and contribute to nation building and help the poor,” he said.”Whoever wants to come into mainstream, he can do that and I believe it will make India clean and like the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the economy will be cleansed,” Modi said.Responding to questions raised by the opposition whether black money would be curtailed because of demonetisation, he hit out at Congress, saying it had done nothing to fight this menace.In this regard, he cited the Supreme Court order of March 2014 which said “since 1947, nobody in last 65 years thought of bringing back black money stashed in foreign bank accounts. The government has failed in its role for 65 years.You have failed in your duty, therefore we order setting up of SIT. Three years have passed you have done nothing.” The Prime Minister said the first thing that his government did after assuming office in May 2014 was forming SIT on black money as directed by SC. He said the Real Estate bill was passed, considering the fact that much of black money is parked in this sector. With inputs from agencies

Indian Army being cheated into ‘paying rent’ for properties in PoK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday initiated a probe into an alleged cheating case, wherein the Indian Army is allegedly being made to pay rent for the land situated in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). As per the FIR registered by the agency, the criminal conspiracy was allegedly hatched in 2000 by the then Sub Divisional Defence Estate Officer, Patwari, Nowshera along with several private persons. ?It has been learnt that as per ?Jamabandhi? register for the year 1969-70 of the land in question, Khasra no? is under the occupation of Maqbooza Pakistan, but rents are being paid by Defence Estate to the alleged owner,? the CBI alleged. It has surfaced that then Sub Divisional Defence Estate Officer R. S. Chanderwanshi, Patwari, Nowshera Darshan Kumar along with several private persons including one Rajesh Kumar, allegedly showed the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) land as ?on rent to Army.? The board comprising an Army officer, estate officer and other officials kept disbursing rental worth Rs 4.99 lakhs for the land measuring over 122 karnals because of forged documents submitted to them, the FIR said, adding that a loss of Rs 6 lakh has been caused to the exchequer in the case. ?It has been further learnt that the Army acquired the land on rent from civilians. A board comprising Army officer, defence estate and revenue department approved the rent after physically verifying the land, but in this matter the Board of Officers, in criminal conspiracy with each other wrongly verified that the land was acquired by the Army, whereas the same is situated in PoK,? the FIR alleged. The CBI claimed that the board proceedings were convened in 2000, wherein Chanderwanshi and Darshan Kumar were declared to be under the occupation of defence forces, and the rental compensation to the tune of Rs 4.99 lakh was disbursed to Rajesh Kumar. A case is therefore registered and investigation entrusted to Inspector Sukhwinder Singh, CBI, ACB of Jammu.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Army made to pay rent to PoK land: CBI; FIR lodged

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CBI has initiated a probe into an alleged cheating case wherein Army was being made to pay rent for the land situated in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. As per the FIR registered by the agency, the criminal conspiracy was allegedly hatched in 2000 by the then Sub Divisional Defence Estate Officer, Patwari, Nowshera along with several private persons. “It has been learnt that as per ‘Jamabandhi’ register for the year 1969-70 of the land in question, Khasra no…it is under the occupation of Maqbooza Pakistan but rents are being paid by Defence Estate to the alleged owner,” CBI alleged. It has surfaced that then Sub Divisional Defence Estate Officer R S Chanderwanshi, Patwari, Nowshera Darshan Kumar along with several private persons including one Rajesh Kumar, allegedly showed the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) land as “on rent to Army.” The board comprising an Army officer, estate officer and other officials kept disbursing rental worth Rs 4.99 lakhs for the land measuring over 122 karnals because of forged documents submitted to them, the FIR said, adding that a loss of Rs 6 lakh has been caused to the exchequer in the case. “It has been further learnt that the Army acquired the land on rent from civilians. A board comprising Army officer, defence estate and revenue department approved the rent after physically verifying the land, but in this matter the Board of Officers, in criminal conspiracy with each other wrongly verified that the land was acquired by the Army, whereas the same is situated in PoK,” the FIR alleged. CBI claimed that the board proceedings were convened in 2000, wherein Chanderwanshi and Darshan Kumar were declared to be under the occupation of defence forces, and the rental compensation to the tune of Rs 4.99 lakh was disbursed to Rajesh Kumar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court asks EOW to file ATR on plea for FIR against Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court here today directed the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police to file an action taken report (ATR) on a criminal complaint seeking lodging of an FIR against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his brother-in-law and a public servant for alleged irregularities in grant of contracts for roads and sewer lines. Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra was informed by the SHO of I P Estate police station that the matter was being probed by its EOW branch. The court asked the deputy commissioner of EOW, Delhi Police to submit the report on February 9, the next date of hearing. Meanwhile, the court again directed secretary of the Delhi government’s Public Works Department (PWD) to file on February 9 a compliance report of its order directing it to freeze the records pertaining to the contract and keep those in safe custody. The court was hearing the complaint filed by Rahul Sharma, founder of Roads Anti-Corruption Organisation (RACO), in which officers of the Delhi government’s PWD, Kejriwal and his brother-in-law Surender Kumar Bansal, proprietor of a construction firm, were accused of corruption and an FIR was sought to be lodged against them for alleged offences including cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy under IPC. The court had earlier directed officials of I P Estate police station to file an ATR in the matter. (More)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cop knocked down by youth

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police officer attached Wagle Estate police station here was allegedly knocked down by a youth, police said today. Sub-inspector K G Babar was on naka bandi duty at Nitin Junction when he was hit by the 21-year-old youth who was riding his two-wheeler without wearing helmet, they said. The youth drove pass through police as soon as he was asked to stop by the cops, injuring Babar, police said, adding that SI was admitted a hospital here. The youth was identified as Krishna Engadalwar and was booked under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code and Motor Vehicles Act. The complaint lodged by the officer stated that the youth was driving in an inebriated condition.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Prohibitory orders clamped surrounding Marina

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prohibitory orders were clamped in the Marina starting tonight with police saying despite its warning, social media messages continued to do the rounds asking youth to congregate in the area which had witnessed week-long pro-Jallikkattu protests. Yesterday, police made it clear that Marina was out of bounds for any kind of agitation. “In the interest of preservation of peace and tranquillity in Chennai and to curtail the nefarious design of anti-socials and anti-nationals attempting to disrupt public peace and order, a prohibitory order under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code has been promulgated in Marina,” city police said in a release. Police recalled its appeal yesterday asking public not to believe in social media messages asking them to congregate at Marina, while warning those spreading such messages of strict action. “Despite the appeal and warning, messages continue to circulate in the social media requesting the youth and students to congregate in the Marina for various purposes,” it said. The order would be in force till February 12 and cover the areas under the police station limits of Marina, Mylapore, Ice House, Foreshore Estate, Triplicane and Anna Square, the release said. Police also released a copy of the order, issued by Commissioner S George. By this order, all assemblies, processions, fasts, demonstrations, human chains, meetings and movement of groups were “prohibited” around Marina beach and surrounding areas, it said and warned that “anyone violating the order will be prosecuted”, it said. However, peaceful visit by families, children and walkers for recreation and relaxation will in no way be affected by this order, it said and sought the cooperation of the citizens of Chennai, and “deeply regretted” any inconvenience. On Monday, police had dispersed pro-Jallikattu protesters who had stay put at Marina for a week. MORE(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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