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  • 05 May, 2015
    Land Acquisition for Development
    This Economist article deals with the challenges faced in land acquisition and calculation of appropriate compensation to those affected.   "India’s current land-acquisition law is simultaneously too strict to pave the way for desirable projects and too lax to protect property ow...
  • 04 May, 2015
    Understanding Rural India
    Rupa Subramanya writes in Foreign Policy- "Roughly 600 million Indians are farmers -- the majority of whom would happily give it up for another job. So why is the Congress party so determined to keep them as peasants?" She casts the ongoing debate about the Land Acquisition Bill in terms of th...
  • 04 May, 2015
    Mumbai's New TDR Policy to Account for Price Variations
    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently approved a new Transferable Development Rights (TDR) policy, aiming to control property prices while encouraging land acquisition for public amenities. The new policy allows builders to obtain twice the amount of TDR for land that is surrendered ...
  • 29 April, 2015
    IDFC Institute Fellow, Praveen Chakravarty at the Milken Institute - India: Can Modi Turn the Elephant Around? (Video)
    Praveen Chakravarty, Visiting Fellow in Political Economy at IDFC Institute spoke on a panel at the Milken Institute Global Conference 2015 on "India: Can Modi Turn the Elephant Around?" (Video) The topic for the panel was "India's "gasping elephant" economy appears to be getting a second wind. &n...
  • 23 April, 2015
    3D Printed Homes in 5 Years, High-Rises in 10 Years
    3D printing technology to build home in a cost effective manner is gaining momentum in the last few years. With 3D printing, customized homes can be built at a rapid pace. This article talks about Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis' approach that:   "relies on mobile large-scale, lightweight 3D pr...
  • 21 April, 2015
    Reuben Abraham Discusses Houston's Urban Experience with Mayor Annise Parker
    IDFC Institute CEO Reuben Abraham moderated an Asia Society discussion with Houston Mayor Annise Parker. During this off-the-record exchange, they discussed topics including: the importance of making the economic case for environmentally friendly measures, and how Texas state laws regulated hom...
  • 21 April, 2015
    NASA Satellite Tracks Global CO2 Emissions
    This CityLab article talks about how NASA uses data from Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2), a newly launched remote-sensing satellite to visually track the CO2 emissions from the past 365 days. The article states that:   "the visualization shows how though the vast majority of ...
  • 16 April, 2015
    Publication by our Visiting Fellow in The Review of Economics and Statistics
    Mudit Kapoor, Visiting Fellow in Political Economy at IDFC Institute writes a paper on "The Impact of Study Groups and Roommates on Academic Performance" in The Review of Economics and Statistics. Abstract from the paper:   "This paper uses random assignment of students to investigate ...
  • 09 April, 2015
    Draft rules by the Environment Ministry on Waste Management
    Recognising the need for effective waste management, the Environment Ministry has drafted guidelines to invite public feedback on waste segregation, collection, transportation and disposal. This Mint article goes on to say that:   "No waste generator shall throw the waste gen...
  • 08 April, 2015
    Bulk of Farm Credit in Maharashtra not Directed towards Farmers
    This TOI article states that:   "although the majority of farmers live in rural areas, a larger portion of agricultural loans are supplied by urban and metropolitan branches of scheduled commercial banks. Urban and metropolitan branches of these banks accounted for nearly 44% of ag...
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