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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 08:56
The head of the United Nations climate panel said he hoped its report on the rising threat of climate change would “jolt people into action”. The report, released on Monday, is a 2,600-page catalogue of the risks to life and livelihood from climate change – now and in the future. Rajendra Pachauri, who has headed the IPCC for 12 years, said he hoped it would push government leaders to deal with... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 07:56
You will see more manmade islands, skyscrapers and multiple projects expanding the growth of Dubai in its march towards sustainable and competitive urban development planned for 2020.  But, at the core of the Dubai 2020 Urban Master Plan lies the vision for integrated land use with the provision of housing and community facilities for all sectors, it was revealed at the Urban Agenda 2020... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 07:18
Greece’s state asset sales fund accepted a revised offer from Lamda Development SA (LAMDA) to develop Europe’s largest urban plot at the site of the former Athens airport, as the government struggles to catch up with its international creditors’ requirements to maintain the flow of funding. The Hellenic Asset Development Fund accepted Lamda’s improved offer of 915 million euros ($1.2 billion) to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 07:32
The Republic’s ambition to be an infrastructure hub took another step forward today (March 31) with the official start of operations of the S$17 million Asia Infrastructure Centre of Excellence (AICOE), trade agency International Enterprise (IE) Singapore said. The centre is a joint initiative with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Canada Department for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, as... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 07:09
THANE: Fire incidents and dousing mechanisms seem to be a burning issue for the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) disaster management and fire brigade officials. Figures accessed from the TMC's disaster cell show that from April 1, 2013, to February 28, 2014, which is 334 days, the fire department received 409 calls. To put in simple terms, there are over 36 calls per month or more than one call... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 10:07
Crumbling roads, dilapidated ports and an overstretched energy grid have long dragged on India’s economic growth. But Australia’s Hastings Funds Management sees a turning tide that is giving new opportunities for investors as New Delhi looks to plug the infrastructure gap. The Melbourne-based infrastructure manager has just struck a partnership with India’s Aditya Birla Group, seeking to extend... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 09:52
KARACHI: “Architects, please design suitable, adaptable housing that will suit poor people,” said honorary professor of housing at the city and regional planning department, Cardiff University, Prof Yap Kioe Sheng, during his keynote address on ‘The right to adequate housing for all’. He was speaking at the 9th seminar on urban and regional planning, ‘Housing for all’, organized by the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 09:47
Urban poor living in the cities of Uttar Pradesh will have to wait till the end of Lok Sabha elections to avail of benefits of a national scheme that could change their lives for the better by providing them employment and skill development. The UP government has decided to select beneficiaries under the ambitious National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) after the general elections. According to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 09:40
More than 1.8 million people living in the metropolitan region of Vitória, capital of the State of Espírito Santo, in southeastern Brazil, will benefit from a US$225 million loan approved by the World Bank Board of Executive Directors, according to the World Bank. The Espírito Santo Integrated Sustainable Water Management Project will focus on improving the management of water resources,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 08:52
The Kenyan government on Wednesday launched a new blue print to revitalize investments and policy attention to water and sanitation sectors and ensure universal access to these critical services is achieved by 2030. Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Water James Lopoyetum said the government and development partners will mobilize 14 billion U.S. dollars to implement the national water master... Read more