Author: Jasbeer Mittur

But the country’s aggressive posturing against India will make it difficult for the government to take the process forward. The recent meeting between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Pakistani business leaders was marked by a sense of urgency and a need for bold action. The business community laid out a long list of challenges that have made it increasingly difficult to do business in Pakistan, including inconsistent economic policies, political instability, high costs, and a lack of foreign direct investment. Despite these daunting obstacles, the government’s efforts to stabilize the economy and engage with the IMF for a new bailout program were…

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In Asia, 14 countries — accounting for 26% of global transport emissions in 2019 — have made economy-wide net zero commitments. Momentum towards zero-emission transport is growing with countries enhancing ambition and including transport-related targets in their nationally determined contributions (NDCs). However, the transport sector still needs to catch up with many others, and each country must follow a unique path. New WRI research assesses how China, India and Vietnam are translating their international climate ambition into national climate change-related transport strategies and policies. Based on a detailed analysis of how each country’s governance structure and policy planning may support or hinder transport…

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India real estate: According to the documents shared by CRE Matrix, HCC board on November 9 passed a resolution to sell the land as part of asset monetisation of debt resolution Infrastructure major Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) has sold a 2.35 lakh sq mtrs land parcel in Panvel near Mumbai to Oak & Stone Construction Pvt Ltd for Rs 95 crore, registration documents accessed by real estate data analytics firm CRE Matrix show. The land parcel is located in Karnala village in Panvel of Raigad district. The stamp duty for the transaction was Rs 5.70 crore and it was registered…

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The bogus doctor treated and prescribed medicines to the decoy patient sent by the police The Mumbai crime branch unit 6 has nabbed a quack who had been practicing as a doctor in Govandi for the past six years. The bogus doctor has been identified as Altaf Khan, 50. “We had acted on a tip-off and apprehended the bogus doctor after laying a trap. Altaf Khan couldn’t provide us with any documents to prove that he’s a doctor and hence we apprehended him,” said a police officer. According to the police, Khan had treated a patient, who was a decoy sent by…

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An industry group representing several major U.S. tech companies has opposed the Indian government’s proposal against dark patterns, which are used to deceive online users, and said the move would adversely affect the state promise of enabling “ease of doing business” in the economy and bring “regulatory overlap” with existing laws. New Delhi released the draft guidelines (PDF) to prevent and regulate dark patterns for public consultation last month for 30 days until Thursday, October 5, to get feedback on the proposed rules to mitigate deceptive practices by online companies to deceive or manipulate consumers using unethical designs or patterns in their online interface.…

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Currently, the Vande Bharat on this route runs thrice a week. It has eight coaches and takes eight hours to cover the 586-kilometers distance. PANAJI: From November 1 the 8-hour Goa to Mumbai rail journey on the Vande Bharat Express will be available for travellers six days a week. There will be no journey on Fridays, for train maintenance reasons. The new schedule will be implemented on Konkan Railway from November 1 and rail passengers will be able to travel daily except on Friday between Margao and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Currently, the Vande Bharat on this route runs thrice…

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Of 1,064-odd privately-run state board schools under BMC’s jurisdiction, as many as 218 operating without recognition certificate Mumbai: The BMC has been denying recognition to 218 private state-board schools in the city as most of them have failed to fulfil structural safety and other norms related to school infrastructure. For the past few months, the schools, which include some of the old and prominent institutes in the city, have been facing scrutiny as they don’t possess the mandatory certificate of recognition required under the Right to Education (RTE). The major reason for the denial of the approval is the fact…

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The issue of illegal bhattis, on account of which Chandivali residents have been facing serious pollution issues, has been a long-pending one. BMC officials, however, said that the factories on Khairani Road preceded the residential complexes by two decades, and they thus took action only against the illegal ones Mumbai: On Thursday, the BMC, protected by a posse of policemen, demolished various illegally operating furnaces on Khairani Road, Saki Naka. More than 25 labourers, ward officials and around 25 police officials demolished 13 bhattis and disconnected 18 water connections. The issue of illegal bhattis, on account of which Chandivali residents…

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Afghanistan and Pakistan have not agreed on the resumption of operation of the Torkham checkpoint on the joint border, TASS reports citing The Express Tribune. Moreover, this checkpoint is one of the main transit routes to Pakistani ports for Asian countries that do not have access to the sea, including Uzbekistan. “The status quo remains. There is no progress in negotiations yet. In fact, the two sides are no longer negotiating at this time. They were interrupted after several rounds of consultations ended without results ,” The Express Tribune quoted official sources as saying. At the same time, representatives of…

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Mumbai, 16 September, 2023: MahaRERA (Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority), a real estate regulatory body, is planning to soon introduce an Act to monitor quality of housing with a view to safeguard interests of homebuyers in order to get houses of good quality as promised by the developers, announced Mr. Ajoy Mehta, Chairman, MahaRERA while addressing the Real Estate Forum, 2023 inaugurated today in Mumbai. JLL were the knowledge partners at the event. Mr. Mehta said, “In Maharashtra, 1.6 crore citizens are waiting for homes and about 14 lakh homes are under construction. Hence, the Government recognises the importance of the real estate…

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