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Price controversy brings cement into focus again
A threat by the State Government of a takeover of private factories if manufacturers don’t cut their prices has triggered action on the part of private cement producers, finds out T. Ramakrishnan


Need for reducing stamp duty on power of attorney
A Power of Attorney is executed by a person in favour of another to act on his behalf, writes C.H.Gopinatha Rao
Rs. 2400 cr. plan to set up malls
The company is developing a 250 acre Leisure City in Greater Noida
GUIDELINE - PAZHAVANTHANGAL

Construction costs

Retail, real estate boom will persist this year
The organised retail segment will see an additional investment of $70 billion by 2010
Before you buy a plot

•Check whether the layout has been approved by the CMDA. (Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority) and the local body. (Copy of approved layout can be obtained from the CMDA for a nominal fee.)

•Check whether the roads ...


Find a right spot to fix a painting
One must know conservation procedures to maintain works of art
The right move to save trees
Fully grown trees can be successfully replanted, finds out Hema Vijay
Precaution will go a long way
The list of electrical and electronic appliances used at homes commonly to make life easier is only getting longer and the user base is also expanding with increasing purchase power. However, do these gadgets live their full life and work to ...
Sustainability is the fulcrum of a city’s growth
India can boast of a series of wonderful urban spaces evolved for the people and evolved out of people’s need (people-centric urban spaces). But the process of urbanisation all over the country has proved to be quite detrimental to the ...
Factors to be weighed before buying property
Access to medical facilities and schools, and travel time to work place also influence the decision
The sunshine tree
This small, broad-leaved tree gives shade without encroaching on limited open space, writes Hema Vijay
Home loans drop in 2007
For all the talk of economic booms, financial conservatism held true in the urban market, says Paul Comrie
Will Residex come to the rescue?
The NHB has compiled an indicative price index, which is expected to serve as a reference rate to various stakeholders in residential property matters, writes K. SUKUMARAN
Marble gives that smooth, classy look
Most historic pieces of art couldn’t have made a mark if they were not chiselled, sculpted or built in marble. Architects, sculptors and artists of yore swore by the stone that is now an integral part of contemporary construction.

The ...


Consumer Forum raps builder
The dreams of having a shelter occasionally does come with its own drawbacks. For innumerable are the complaints from those who went by promises of the builders, paid the money, waited for completion of an apartment and moved in only to realise ...
On way to a self-contained township
Somapura near the BMIC corridor in Bangalore now has concrete homes, streetlights and roads with underground sewage facilities. A look at the transformed village



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