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  • 30 March, 2015
    Suresh Prabhu on the Financial Situation of Railways
    In an exclusive interview to CNBC-TV18, Suresh Prabhu, Railways Minister briefs the media about the financial state of the Indian railways. He says that:   "Traditionally railways have been relying on ministry of finance to give gross budgetary support. You must understand that ministry...
  • 30 March, 2015
    On OECD's Report: The Metropolitan Century
    This Urbanophile post mentions some interesting facts published in OECD's new report: The Metropolitan Century -   "First, they noted that productivity increases 2-5% when you double the size of a city. This is basically Geoffrey West’s finding, or something close to it. But what they...
  • 22 March, 2015
    Remembering Lee Kuan Yew
    BBC pays tribute through Lee Kuan Yew's life in pictures:   "Lee Kuan Yew... is considered the founding father of modern Singapore, and has been the point around which politics in the city-state has revolved for nearly five decades... [He] was sworn in as the first prime min...
  • 18 March, 2015
    Gender Imbalance Holding Back Economic Growth
    In this Mint article, Niranjan Rajadhyaksha writes that India has one of the lowest rates of female participation in the labour force and this holds back economic growth:   "... while the fact that India has one of the lowest levels of female labour force participation among e...
  • 18 March, 2015
    Big Cities Key Growth Drivers in Maharashtra
    The 2014-15 Maharashtra Economic Survey has corroborated the economic importance of cities again. The publication says:   "The major contributors to the State Income are Mumbai (22.1 per cent), Thane (13.3 per cent) and Pune (11.4 per cent). These districts together contribute 46.8...
  • 17 March, 2015
    How Urban Households are Driving Up Greenhouse Gases
    Researchers at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, have found that urban households contribute an unexpectedly high proportion of cities' GHG emissions. This Telegraph article explains:   "High-rise and glass-facade buildings, poor garbage management and ineffi...
  • 16 March, 2015
    In India, Human's Share of Power in Farming Drops to 5%
    A recent study by C R Mehta and his colleagues at the Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering finds that over 90% of power for farming is now drawn from mechanical sources, while the share of human power has dropped to 5%.   This Economic Times article explains:   "F...
  • 16 March, 2015
    How Chennai Made Strides in Women's Safety
    This WSJ article explains how Chennai experienced the largest fall in crimes against women in India between 2000 and 2013:   "... increased police presence and a change in attitudes among police officers towards women has helped the situation for women on the ground... Ch...
  • 13 March, 2015
    57 Storey Skyscraper Built in 19 Days in China
    Heralding technological advancements that could change the business model of the real estate and construction industries, and that could make affordable housing far more viable, a developer in China built a 57-story mixed-use building in 19 days using prefabricated brick.   Thi...
  • 09 March, 2015
    RBI Eases Affordable Housing Lending Norms
    The Reserve Bank of India recently announced measures to cut the repo rate cut by 25 basis points and ease lending norms for affordable housing.   This Hindu article explains:   "... The listless real estate sector has been facing a liquidity crunch, and the b...
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