Average housing prices inched up by just 0.89% during first quarter of the current fiscal compared to 2.46% in the previous quarter, although property rates were nearly 14% higher from year-ago levels, according to Macroeconomic and Monetary Developments Second Quarter Review 2013-14 of the Reserve Bank of India. The price increase was the highest for Lucknow, followed by Ahmedabad and Kochi. In Lucknow, housing prices rose by 4.66% on a quarter-on-quarter basis, while rates in Ahmedabad and Kochi were up by 4.47% and 2.28%, respectively. However, the all-India average price rose by 13.75% in April-June year-on-year (y-o-y). The index is a weighted average of city indices; the weights are based on population. The base year is 2010-11. The highest y-o-y increases are in Kochi (28.55%) and Lucknow (27.56%) respectively. Prices in Delhi and Mumbai were up by 21.15% and 8.38%, respectively
Home Minister Shinde said such a probe takes time and indicated that the outcome of the investigation may not come before the Delhi Assembly polls scheduled for 4th December
The Indian government on Monday said that it has ordered a probe into alleged foreign funding of Aam Admi Party (AAP) after receiving several complaints on the issue.
Sushilkumar Shinde, the home minister, told reporters that, “Complaints have come to me. We are probing the matter. ...From where the funds are coming, from which country, what is the source etc. We are trying to find out all these”.
However, the Home Minister said such a probe takes time and indicated that the outcome of the investigation may not come before the Delhi Assembly polls scheduled for 4th December.
AAP, led by activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal, is fighting the polls.
Shinde said the inquiry has been ordered only with regard to AAP as the complaints of alleged foreign funding were against the new party.
Replying to the probe into the alleged foreign funding, the AAP said, the party stands for honesty and clean politics and thus is ready for any kind of probe into our funds. "AAP welcomes union home minister's statement regarding prove into AAP funds. We feel that along with AAP, there should be a probe into funds of all political parties of the country and if corruption is found in any of them than their leaders should be sent to jail. Inquiry into funding of political parties should start from AAP and we have no problem with it," it said in a statement.
"However," AAP said, "if the union home minister doesn't order inquiry into funding of all political parties than it would be clear that BJP, Congress and all other political parties are securing funds for themselves through corruption."
On Sunday, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had questioned the source of funding of AAP, whose main election plank is to check corruption. AAP has been relentlessly attacking Dikshit and her government on the issue of corruption.
The new party has said it had collected around Rs19 crore till 8th November as donations from 63,000 people, including a host of non-resident Indians (NRIs).
It has claimed to have received donations ranging from Rs10 to several lakhs, from rickshawpullers to traders and industrialists to fight the polls and bring a graft-free administration.
Lakhs of cricket lovers who are eager to watch the last test match of Sachin Tendulkar at Wankhede Stadium are left frustrated with Kyazoonga.com, the only portal for buying tickets, crashing as soon as the booking started
Lakhs of people who are often left frustrated with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp (IRCTC)'s portal while booking rail tickets have now someone to share their grief with. Kyazoonga.com, the official ticketing partner for the 200th test match of Sachin Tendulkar crashed as soon as it opened for online booking. This has left lakhs of cricket lovers in the lurch, as there are only 5,000 tickets available online and no one has any idea if it is available or not. Many have taken the social networking route to vent out their anger and frustration against this crash. Here are some interesting tweets about the server crash at Kyazoonga.com...
Kyazoonga.com has been selected by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) for selling online tickets of the test series between India and West Indies. Kyazoonga.com is allowed to sell 5,000 tickets priced at Rs500, Rs 1,000 and Rs2,500 for this special test match. An individual can book only two tickets online through the portal. The seating capacity of Wankhede Stadium is 45,000.
This test match, which begins on 14th November at Mumbai will see cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar bidding adieu to the game of cricket. This will be the master blaster’s 200th and final test match.