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Continuous efforts being made to simplify GST system: Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia

Work on to make GST refund process fully automatic, FICCI GST Survey: 76 per cent respondents say GST had a positive impact on their business.

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“Safe and Smart Cities Is No Longer A Choice, It Is An Imperative”, Puri

Speaking at BW Businessworld Smart & Safe Cities Conclave in New Delhi recently, Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State for Housing & Urban Affairs said, “Building smart and safe is no longer a natural choice for us, it is an imperative. Urbanization in India is taking place at a very fast and worrying pace. There is no point in lamenting that pace because urbanization will take place. Already 65 per cent of our GDP comes from the urban spaces, more than 90 per cent of our tax returns come from urban areas. 17 per cent of Indian population was living in urban spaces in 1947, by 2030 we will have 600 million Indians living in urban spaces.”

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Relief under GST will be for future residential projects- Impact muted for on-going or nearly completed properties

Developers in the process of evaluating the per unit benefit arising on account of GST implementation. Most of the say there was a minor reduction in prices on offer passing on the cost savings.

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“3R Mantra- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle crucial to sustainable development”- PM Modi

The Mantra of 3R- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle- is at the heart of any vision towards the sustainable development of mankind- Prime Minister Narendra Modi's message to the Eighth Regional 3R Forum.

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"Gujarat has 6 smart cities and our focus is on making them compete with the best in the world.”

With a firm focus on making Gujarat a world class state, Gujarat Government is pushing ahead with its agenda of making the state a land of opportunities and an inclusive development taking everyone along in its quest to make Gujarat a model Smart State. In an exclusive interview with Annurag Batra, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, BW Businessworld and Manish Arora, Associate Editor, BW Smart Cities, Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister, Gujarat, talks about his Government’s initiatives taken so far and his planned vision on making Gujarat compete with the best cities in the world.

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Puri announces annual assessment of Livability Index for 116 Indian cities

Puri had last month announced the commencement of the country’s first-ever ‘Liability Index’ to rank 116 cities which include the identified Smart Cities and few more cities with a population of over 1 million.

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Government approves construction of 1,86,777 affordable houses for Urban Poor

RS.11,169 crore investment approved with central assistance of Rs.2,797 Crore. Haryana Gets 53,290 houses, Tamil Nadu-40,623, Karnataka-32,656, Gujarat-15,584, Maharashtra-12,123, Bihar-11,411, Kerala-9,461, Uttarakhand-6,226, Odisha-5,133

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Govt grants Infra status to affordable housing to ensure lower borrowing rates.

The move has been taken to ensure lower borrowing rates, tax concessions & increased flow of foreign & private capital, said Minister of State of Housing & Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday..

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“Housing for All by 2022” gets a boost with dedicated affordable housing fund

Going forward we would like the Government to look into pressing issues that have been highlighted by industry bodies at regular intervals. GST and stamp duty issues must be addressed at the earliest.

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Ahead of the election year, a pro-people budget with development agenda

Whether there will be on-ground action in renewal and development of cities, uptake of infrastructure funds, implementation of railway safety initiatives, or development of industrial corridors, in absence of a follow on mechanism, is yet to be seen.

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