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Dalmia Bharat to Target 100% Production of Low-Carbon Cement in the Next Five Years

Dalmia Bharat has also worked to become a total waste and plastic waste recycling company.

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Hindware Home Innovation Clocks Revenue Growth of 16% in Q2FY23

For the quarter, consolidated revenue from operations came in at Rs 715 crore, up 16 per cent.

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Book your dates! Understand the Culturally embed Architectural Approach for dedicated Medical Value Tourism Centric Hospital | Nov 25, 2022

On the first day of its second edition, VERTICA DVIVEDI, FOUNDER-WADE ASIA AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SURFACES REPORTER, will be sharing her insights at the MVT (Medical Value Travel) Vision for 2020-2030 panel discussion. More at SURFACES REPORTER

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MNCs including TCS, IKEA to set base in Noida| A major jump in investment underway | SURFACES REPORTER Realty update

Major brands including Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Adani Group, furniture major IKEA are some of the big names who have promised major investment in Noida, a move that will spearhead economic development in the region. A report by SURFACES REPORTER.

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Dilli Sadan to be a Mixed-Use Building; will Incorporate Biophilic Design Principles

On the lines of several other states, the Delhi Government is in plans to construct its own state guest house in Dwarka sector 19 of the city. Almost each of the Indian state has its own guest house, sadan or bhawan, in the national capital. On similar lines, the Delhi Government aims to set up its

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Mumbai Airport Becomes First in India to Introduce 100% Hybrid Renewable Energy

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has become India’s 100 per cent sustainable airport with its recent shift to green sources. By transferring all its energy demands to green sources,

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This World Architecture Day, Design to Promote Health in Buildings | Architecture for Well-Being

Celebrated on the first Monday of October, this year today, World Architecture Day is a day of appreciation toward the works of architects and their great architectural works of brilliant designs, architectural engineering and innovation.

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Indias maiden realty NFTs by House of Hiranandani to provide access to exclusive design consultation to owners

House of Hiranandani has become the first real estate developer in India to join the Non-Fungible Token (NFT) and Web3 bandwagon. Its foray into the NFT segment has led to the inception of its maiden NFT series titled DreamVerse. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Somany Ceramics unveils “REPLIQ”, a stunning new collection of tiles

Somany Ceramics Limited, an internationally acclaimed organization specializing in ceramics and allied product segments, launched their brand new REPLIQ product range today at Hotel Hyatt Centric in the presence of Mr. Abhishek Somany, MD & CEO, Somany Ceramics Ltd. and Mr. Amit Sahai, Dy. CEO

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Asian Paints Introduces Ready-to-Use, Hassle-Free Interior Water-Proofing Solution | SmartCare Hydroloc

One of India’s largest paint and decor companies, Asian Paints recently launched the brand’s interior water-proofing specialist product titled Asian Paints SmartCare Hydroloc.

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Ambuja Cements’ Check Dam across River Kalnoi to Solve Major Water Crisis

One of India’s largest and most sustainable cement makers, Ambuja Cements has reportedly inaugurated a check dam recently across the Kalnoi River, Murshidabad in West Bengal.

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Asian Granito Announces New Launches at AGL Master Stroke 2022

One of the leading surfaces and bathware solutions brands, Asian Granito India Limited (AGL) recently hosted AGL Master Stroke 2022 to launch its latest collection of an exquisite and elegant range of premium tiles, large slabs, sanitaryware, faucets and bathware products.

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Saudi’s Two 120 km-long Parallel Skyscrapers to House 5 million People by 2030 | Mirror Line

Saudi Arabia recently revealed its plans for a USD 1 trillion, 120 km long mirrored building as a part of its Neom desert megacity. Conceptually touted as the world’s largest structure, Mirror Line will reportedly be 500 m tall and use vertical farming to feed its residents.

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Fire Evacuation Lift mandatory in high–rise buildings in Maharashtra

Maharashtra States Energy Department in conjunction with the Municipal Corporation and the Fire Department has made it mandatory to install and operate a Fire Evacuation Lift in every High-Rise Building scaling 70-meters and above since January 2018.

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Varmora Granito Launches Premium Sanitaryware and Faucets Solutions

One of India’s leading tile, sanitaryware and bathware brands, Varmora Granito recently launched an exclusive range of premium sanitaryware, faucets, kitchen sinks, water heaters and bathware accessories.

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Pottery Barn to be Available in India Online| SR Decor

Member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc portfolio of brands, the home furnishing brand Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids is now launched in India as a part of a franchise relationship with Reliance Brands Limited (RBL).

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Powerplay Introduces Pet Insurance Cover to Create a Pet-Friendly Workspace

One of India’s first and leading end-to-end construction management applications companies, Powerplay recently announced a new employee benefit addition that will foster a pet-friendly working environment within the office.

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PM Modi Unveils 9,500 kg Bronze National Emblem on the New Parliament Building

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently unveiled the bronze-made national emblem cast on the roof of the new parliament building.

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AFC Furniture Solutions Acquires Furniture Brands of Wipro Enterprise to Expand its Operations

One of India’s largest workplace furniture manufacturing solution companies, AFC Furniture Solutions recently acquired Xbench, Vibrant and Livo designed and owned by the furniture business of Wipro Enterprises to further expand the brand’s operations across India.

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JK Lakshmi Cement Introduces Its premium quality Cement Products in Central- East UP

JK Lakshmi cement and its premium brand, JK Lakshmi PRO+ Cement was unveiled at an event in the Amethi Plant in the presence of its top officials, business associates, and channel partners.

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Asian Granito Invests Rs 174 cr in Future Ceramic to Manufacture GVT Tiles

The wholly-owned subsidiary of Asian Granito India Limited (AGL), Future Ceramic has started its work on the glazed vitrified tiles (GVT) plant in Morbi, Gujarat.

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NTPC Commissions India’s Largest Floating Solar Power Plant in Telangana

The National Thermal Power Corporations (NTPC) recently announced the commercial operation of the final part capacity of 20 MW out of 100 MW Ramagundam Floating Solar PV Project at Ramagundam, Telangana.

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MIT Researchers Develop Lab-Grown Wood to Curb Deforestation

Reports suggest that the world has lost nearly 10 million hectare of forest each year due to deforestation, which is close to the size of Iceland. Going at this rate, researchers predict the world’s forests would disappear in the coming 100 to 200 days.

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Pyse to Build India’s First Largest, Fractionally-Owned Solar Power Plant in Karnataka

One of the leading investment platforms that help retail investors invest in sustainable projects, Pyse has reportedly strengthened its leadership position in the renewable energy sector by launching India’s first and the largest fractionally owned solar power plant.

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Hope Arises for the Morbi Tiles Cluster as Anti-Dumping Duty Gets Eliminated by GCC Countries

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have reportedly withdrawn the anti-dumping duty on ceramic tiles that are exported from India. This change is expected to boost the ceramic industry in Morbi. Here is a detailed report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Somany Ceramics Launches Extraordinary Collection

Somany Ceramics Limited, an internationally acclaimed organization specialising in ceramics and allied products segments, is delighted to launch the EXTRAORDINARY collection of products range today at Hotel Hyatt Centric in the presence of Mr. Abhishek Somany, MD & CEO , Somany Ceramics Ltd.

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Roca India to Invest Rs 50 cr in a Pipe Manufacturing Facility in Rajasthan

One of India’s leading sanitaryware manufacturers, Roca India is reportedly in plans to infuse Rs 50 crore in its new Greenfield plant in Rajasthan to double its revenue. Roca India, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Spanish Roca Group.

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A Turnout Beyond Expectations: Salone del Mobile.Milano is to Return in April 2023

Courtesy of quality, commitment, cohesion and a great desire to come together and get going again, the recently concluded 60th Salone del Mobile.Milano smashed all expectations in terms of turnout, revitalizing the city and a whole system internationally.

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Jaipur Rugs X Ashiesh Shah Collection Unveiled at Milan’s Flagship Store | Brahmaand Collection | Salone del Mobile

The recently concluded Salone del Mobile showcased the launch of Jaipur Rugs’ exquisite collection in collaboration with India’s leading designer Ashiesh Shah.

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Orvi Surfaces Unveils Filo Collection at Salone del Mobile | Orvi X Matteo Cibic

Orvi Surfaces, one of India’s leading producers of handmade surfaces and home decor pieces, in collaboration with Italian designer Matteo Cibic has launched the Filo collection.

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Nippon Paint launches AirCare VG and Sumo Xtra Dust Shield

Nippon Paint (India) Private Limited (Decorative Division) Asia’s leading paint manufacturer has launched AirCare VG and Sumo Xtra Dust Shield .  AirCare VG for interior surfaces, is formulated with Silver Ion and Unique Absorption technology that helps in creating a safer and  hygienic indoor

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Jai Prakash Lakhiwal’s Limited-Edition Sinks by Kohler Commemorates Traditional Indian Miniature Art | Quila

India’s diverse arts and crafts, traditions and folklore, speak of the country’s rich cultural heritage. Emerging from different corners of the country, they employ diverse methods and techniques, harness artisans.

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Nitco Expands its Franchise in Himachal Pradesh Through Nitco Galor Showroom

India’s renowned tiles manufacturing company, Nitco recently unveiled a new showroom in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district. The Nitco Galor store – opened in association with Milap & Sons Industries

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Uttar Pradesh Welcomes its First Construction Waste Plant that will Create Bricks and Tiles

A first-of-its-kind manufacturing unit in Uttar Pradesh that uses construction waste to make bricks and tiles has been recently made functional in Sangam City. Located at Baswar. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Ikea’s Space10 with Oio Launches a Furniture Concept that can upgrade to Users’ Needs | Updatables

In collaboration with creative studio Oio, Ikea alongside its research and design lab Space10 recently created a furniture range concept that would use artificial intelligence to tell owners how it can be updated.

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Goa Culture Minister Calls Charles Correa’s Work a Faulty Design | Kala Academy Renovation

One of Goa’s prominent cultural centres Kala Academy which had been designed by celebrated Indian architect and urban planner late Charles Correa recently has grabbed attention for all the wrong reasons.

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AkzoNobels launches improved Dulux Weathershield MAX for the exterior emulsion segment

AkzoNobel India, one of the leading paints and coatings companies in India, has recently launched the all-new Dulux Weathershield MAX in the super-premium exterior emulsion segment of decorative paints. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Kashmiri Woodcarving Business Comes at a Standstill Due to Low Demand

Kashmir is one of the few places where walnut is still grown. Its walnut wood is tough and long-lasting and has a fine grain appeal. Its evenly textured surface makes it suitable for fine and intricate carving work. The carved walnut woodwork is, therefore, one of Kashmir’s finest and most significa

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Rays Experts to Commission World’s Largest Solar Park in Rajasthan With a 3,000 MWp Capacity

One of the leading solar power plant companies, Rays Experts has reportedly stated that it will commission the world’s largest solar park with a 3,000 MWp capacity in Rajasthan. Spread across 9,000 acre in Rajasthan’s Bikaner, Rays Experts has signed the necessary transmission agreements .

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Entries called for 10,000 acre Aravali Safari Park in Haryana | SURFACES REPORTER News Update

Harayana State Govt has invited an expression of interest has been invited by from private companies to design its ambitious Aravali Safari Park. Interested companies are expected to submit their proposals online before June 16, 2022. A report by SURAFACES REPORTER (SR).

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China sees steepest drop in real estate since 2006 | SURFACES REPORTER Realty News Update

In nearly 16 years, China has experienced a massive fall in its property sales for the first time as the COVID lockdown has cooled the demand regardless of more policy easing steps. The property sales by value in April fell 46.6% from a year earlier. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Apollo to Lend $1 Billion to Indian Property Developers | SURFACES REPORTER Realty News Update

As the pandemic eases, Apollo Global Management Inc is in plans to lend nearly $1 billion to residential property developers in India this year. Reportedly, last year, Apollo had lent nearly $750 million to Indian developers. Read SURFACES REPORTER (SR) to know more.

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Instead of destroying, can Lava build new cities? | SURFACES REPORTER Ideas

In a radical preposition, Ar Arnhildur Palmadottir described that how lave eruption can be used to build cities the recently concluded Iceland’s largest design festival, the DesignMarch. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Cristo Protector Becomes Third Tallest Monument of Christ, 4.9m Taller than Christ the Redeemer

Visitors can now head down a little further south as Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer is not the only statue attracting tourist attention in Brazil. The construction of a taller statue of Jesus Christ than Christ the Redeemer has been completed in the town of Encantado.

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JLL Report: Indian Hospitality Sector Witnesses a Quick, Strong Recovery Post the Third Wave

Driven by growth in demand for leisure, wedding and business travel, the Indian hospitality sector witnessed a rapid and strong recovery post the third wave in January 2022. This has resulted to a rise in Revenue Per Available Room .

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H&M Home Introduces the Colourful World of Iconic Designer India Mahdavi | India Mahdavi X H&M Home Collection

For its upcoming colourful collection, H&M has collaborated with Paris-based top interior designer and architect India Mahdavi. Designed for everyday life, the India Mahdavi X H&M Home collection includes a curated range of crafted ceramics and textiles in natural materials.

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New Delhi Welcomes Wurfel Kuche’s Second Studio

One of the leading European stylized modular kitchen brands, Wurfel Kuche recently launched another studio in New Delhi. Offering functional contemporary kitchen solutions, Wurfel Kuche has teamed up with Delhi’s finest interior designer Rajni Rathi to launch the MG Road studio.

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Kone India Launches World’s Largest Elevator at Jio World Centre

One of the leading elevators and escalators company, Kone Elevators India announced the launch of its worlds largest passenger elevator during a press conference at Jio World Centre, Mumbai.

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Another Design Fair Postponed Due to Current COVID-19 Outbreak | Design Shanghai

Originally slated to take place from June 9, 2022 to June 12, 2022, trade fair Design Shanghai has been rescheduled to October 13, 2022 as the city is in lockdown following a coronavirus outbreak. Asia’s leading international design event will now take place from October 13, 2022 to October 15, 2022

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Disney Ventures into Home and Interiors Products through Disney Home | SR Decor

A new design brand selling furnishing, home accessories and limited edition collaborations called Disney Home has been recently launched by Disney. The entertainment and media conglomerate’s home and interiors brand.

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India Art Fair 2022 to be Hosted in its Physical Glory and the Metaverse| SR Art

Rescheduled from February 2022 to April 2022, the India Art Fair returns in its physical glory after two years. Raising the excitement in the South Asian art scene, the 13th edition of the India Art Fair will be presenting a diverse roster of 79 exhibitors

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Roca to invest Rs 130 Crore in India in 2022 | SURFACE REPORTER Material News Update

Roca, one of the major bath and sanitaryware solution providers in the country is looking to invest Rs 130 cr in the country in this calendar year. The brand has also considered India as one of its crucial markets and thus planning for major market growth. A report by SURFACES REPORTER.

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Rs 441 Cr rights issue by Asian Granito Limited is open for subscription

Asian Granito Limited (AGL) one of the major tiles maken in the country has recently opened its rights issue for subscription for its shareholders. The issue which opened on April 25, will close on May 10. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Embassy REIT Becomes Largest USGBC LEED Platinum Certified Office Portfolio in India

The Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI) has accorded Embassy Office Parks REIT – India’s first listed REIT and the largest office REIT in Asia by area – with the distinction of operating and maintaining the largest USGBC LEED Platinum

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AkzoNobel India Launches the All New Dulux Velvet Touch with Tru Color Technology

Dulux, the flagship decorative paint brand from AkzoNobel India today unleashed the next generation of colour innovation for consumers in India.

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Blum Furniture fittings inaugurated their first Warehouse and Distribution centre

Blum India inaugurated its new warehouse which will be the center for supplying products to all customers in India and nearby countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka.

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Myntras new 3 lac sqft Bangalore office exudes fashion, technology and sustainability

Myntra has moved into a new, swanky and state-of-the-art premises in Bengaluru, situated on Outer Ring Road at Kadubeesanahalli. Spread across a total area of over 3,00,000 sqft, the contemporary architecture flaunts conversational interiors that are an ode to Myntra’s core viz. fashion and technolo

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PM Modi Unveils 108 Ft Statue of Hanuman in Gujarat

On the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 108-feet statue of Hanuman in Morbi, Gujarat through video conferencing. Part of the Hanumanji Char Dham project, the recently inaugurated Hanuman statue.

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India Autism Centre: A Step Ahead

Autism is a common lifelong neuro developmental condition characterized by challenges in language and communication. According to WHO statistics, 1 in 160 individuals has Autism. In the Indian subcontinent alone about three million people live on the autistic spectrum.

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World’s Skinniest Skyscraper by SHoP Architects in New York | 111 West 57th Street

Touted to be the world’s skinniest supertall skyscraper and the second tallest in the Western Hemisphere, 111 West 57th Street adds to Manhattan’s list of classic skyscrapers that are a powerful combination of expression and technical innovation.

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illycaffe Celebrates illy Art Collection’s 30th Anniversary at the 60th Salone del Mobile.Milano

illycaffe, one of the leading leaders in high-quality coffee, is once again an official partner of the Salone del Mobile.Milano, which will be held from June 7 to June 12, 2022.

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Ca’ del Bosco Continues its Partnership with Salone Del Mobile.Milano for the Ninth Consecutive Year

The 2022 edition of Salone del Mobile.Milano will occupy all the spaces of Fiera Milano after the special edition of 2021 which had given way to numerous digital initiatives and installations created with reusable materials, with special attention to circularity and sustainability.

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Identita Golose to Interpret the Present and Future of Cuisine at Salone Del Mobile.Milano 2022

After its successful appearance at supersalone, Identita Golose is renewing and bolstering its collaboration with the Salone del Mobile.Milano with sustainability at the forefront this year, along with the celebrations for the 60th edition of the trade fair.

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Illustrator Emiliano Ponzi Paints Salone del Mobile.Milano’s 60 Years Journey

Following the posters dedicated to the 1960s and 1970s, the multi-award-winning Italian illustrator Emiliano Ponzi unveils his image for the third decade of the Salone del Mobile and discusses the concept, the narrative and the language on which it is based.

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Scala Home Introduces B&B Italias Iconic UP Series Armchair in India

As Scala Home launches a flagship store of B& B Italia and Flos in New Delhi’s Design District on MG Road, the luxurious showroom has unveiled B&B Italia’s iconic UP Series Armchair 2000 in India. The Gaetano Pesce’s iconic 1969 UP series has astonished connoisseurs.

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A POLI.design Study Bursary to be named after Salone’s Manlio Armellini

In collaboration with the Milan Polytechnic University, Salone del Mobile.Milano will be paying homage to one of its leading protagonists Manlio Armellini. The event is expected to benefit deserving students doing their Masters in Furniture Design.

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Tile Council of North America Donates Tiled Doghouses | Coverings 2022

At Coverings 2022 in Las Vegas, Tile Council of North America, Inc (TCNA) members including American Wonder Porcelain (booth # N2314), Anthology (booth # N2714), Casa Ceramica (booth # N2226), Crossville, Inc (booth # N2304), Florida Tile (booth # N2504).

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Steel Prices Scale up a Record as Raw Materials Prices Soar High

Observing a hike for two successive months, there has been a surge in raw material prices that has prompted major steel companies to increase prices in April, 2022. Top private steelmakers including JSW Steel.

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La Scatola Magica: Homage from Salone del Mobile to Milan

To mark its 60th edition, Salone del Mobile.Milano has chosen an original approach for telling its own story and communicating its founding values to an international audience. From June 7 to June 12, 2022.

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Mario Cucinella’s Design with Nature to Explore the Themes of Circular Economy and Reuse | Salone del Mobile.Milano

Design with Nature sparks many suggestions and reflections, on ethics, circularity, domestic space, participatory architecture and urban regeneration. It is a design and emotive exercise in pursuit of recycling and upcycling, illustrating the possible reconciliation of man and nature, entering into

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Go Figure! 60th Edition of Salone Del Mobile.Milano 2022 to Unfold From June 7

Salone del Mobile.Milano 2022 will be an edition packed with people and projects. Almost 200,000 m2 of net exhibition space and around 2,100 exhibitors including 600 SaloneSatellite designers with foreign companies making up 25 per cent of the total (excluding SaloneSatellite) .

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An Amalgamation of Sustainable Technology and Design to Be Seen at International Bathroom Exhibition 2022 | Salone Del Mobile.Milano

The growing biennial dedicated to bathrooms, the International Bathroom Exhibition 2022 will be showcasing lots of new ideas that bring water and energy saving together with relaxation and emotion from June 7 to June 12, 2022, at Fiera Milano, Rho, Pavilions 22-24.

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Sustainable and Inclusive Design for the Future at SaloneSatellite 2022 | Salone del Mobile.Milano

After the enforced break, SaloneSatellite is making its comeback with its 23rd edition from June 7 to June 12, 2022, at Rho Fairgrounds, Pavilions 1-3. Geared to an inclusive and welcoming society, in which the design of the younger generations is increasingly at the forefront, the event is devoted

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S.Project 2022 to Showcase a Multi-Tasking Space for Interior Design at Salone Del Mobile.Milano

An exhibition devoted to design products and decorative and technical interior design solutions, S.Project is making a return at Salone Del Mobile.Milano. Now into its second edition, the exhibition is expected to contain a heterogeneous mix of proposals ranging from indoor to outdoor furnishings.

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FTK (Technology For The Kitchen) to Showcase the Present and Future of Built-In Electrical Appliances at Salone Del Mobile.Milano

Beginning from June 7 till June 12, 2022, at Fiera Milano, Rho, in Pavilions 9-11 and 13-15, the natural complement to EuroCucina, FTK (Technology For the Kitchen) will be showcasing responsible, inclusive and related technology for a more sustainable future.

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EuroCucina 2022 to Bring Functional and Technological Kitchen Innovations at Salone Del Mobile.Milano

From June 7 to June 12, 2022 at the Fiera Milano fairgrounds in Rho the 23rd edition of EuroCucina will be held to bring together 82 exhibitors showcasing wide range of top quality goods.

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LEGO Turns Its Iconic Pieces into Stackable Wooden Furniture

In collaboration with Danish homeware design company Room Copenhagen, LEGO has launched a new wooden range of home furniture.

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Supertech goes into insolvency putting 25k buyers at risk |SURFACES REPORTER Realty News Update

In a major happening that has put the fate of 25,000 buyers in limbo, Supertech, one of the largest real estate groups of Delhi-NCR has gone into insolvency. A report by SURFACES REPORTER.

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Explore Projects and Themes at Salone del Mobile.Milano 2022

Celebrating its 60th milestone edition, Salone del Mobile.Milano will be held at Fiera Milano Rho from June 7 to June 12, 2022, where companies, brands and designers will come together to create an event that would reflect on the ongoing ecological transition of the furnishing system.

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Know All About Diébédo Francis Kéré, The First African to Win the 2022 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Diébédo Francis Kéré is the first African architect who has become the winner of the prestigious 2022 Pritzker Architecture Prize. In this post, at SURFACES REPORTER (SR), we will see what make the 57-years old Diébédo Francis Kéré’s works so special that he received this year’s architecture’s high

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RAK Ceramics acquire Kludi Group, to strengthen presence in European market | SURFACES REPORTER Material News Update

RAK Ceramics, one of the leading tiles and sanitaryware brands from UAE has inked the deal to acquire Kludi Group, a luxury kitchen and bathroom faucet and showering system brand at a total valuation of 39 mn Euros. A report by SURFACES REPORTER.

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Students Propose 3D Printed Coral Reef Dwellings to Rejuvenate Marine Ecosystem | C-Ecology

Students of Tunghai University in Taiwan have been recently nominated for the Green Concept Award 2022 for their C-Ecology project. Run by non-profit organization Green Future Club, the Green Concept Award recognizes and felicitates sustainable materials, products and services.

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Ultra HNIs preferring domestic residential market to invest | SR Realty News Update

A report by Knight Frank suggests that they have spent almost 29% of wealth to buy primary and secondary homes in 2021. The domestic residential market is followed by international markets of the UK, the UAE and the US. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Chinese floor and wall tiles to get costlier in India | SR Material news update

In a move that will surely benefit the domestic tile makers, the Finance Ministry has imposed definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain floor and wall tiles from China. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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MVRDV Halts All of Its Projects in Russia "In Solidarity" With Ukraine | SURFACES REPORTER News Update

Rotterdam-based architecture practice MVRDV has taken a decision to stop all five of its projects in Russian, including its Red7 tower in Moscow,

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New ISO Standards for Anti-bacterial Ceramic Tiles

The Life Sciences Research Department of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Product Performance Testing Laboratory recently made an anti-microbial testing using new ISO standard available.

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World’s Tallest Luxury Co-Living Space at 160 m in Hyderabad | Hyderabad One

Hyderabad will reportedly soon have a 47-story luxury co-living space, Hyderabad One (H1). Housing deluxe rooms, a terrace lounge, seven-star bar, gaming zones, food and drinks outlets, parking.

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Artist Maps Journey from Despair to Hope during the Pandemic | SR Event Guide

In a solo exhibition, which is to be held at The Stainless Gallery from March 5 to March 7, 2022, artist Divyaman Singh will be showcasing his thought-provoking work. Ideated on canvas with oil and acrylic, Esoteric encapsulates the cosmos in the universe and oceans that govern the world.

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New Focus Area for ISH 2023: Wood at the Helm of Future of Renewable Heating Technologies

The world’s leading trade fair for HVAC + Water, ISH 2023 will launch Fire & Flame platform for manufacturers who combine the latest heating technologies with future-oriented design. Exhibitors will get to meet new customers, stakeholders, experts, media representatives.

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Purvankara Group launches first residential project in Kerala for Rs 3000 cr | SURFACES REPORTER Realty Bites

Making its first footprint in Kerala, Provident Housing Limited (PHL) has launched a Rs 3000 Cr residential project. By the name of Provident Winworth, the project is launched in Edapally, Kochi the hottest realty destination in the state. A report by SURFACES REPORTER.

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Greenply Industries Ltd consolidated revenue grows by 24% in the third quarter of FY 2022

Greenply Industries Limited, one of countrys leading manufacturers of Plywood and allied products has posted a rise of 23% in its revenue registering around Rs 421.21 on YoY basis. During the same quarter, its Profit After Taxt (PAT) is at 29.8 cr which is 19.3% up on YoY basis. A report by SURFACES

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Nordic, Grimshaw, Haptic and STUP to Design Carbon Net-Zero Terminal of Delhi Noida International Airport

To commence the development of the Delhi Noida International Airport (DNIA), the Uttar Pradesh Government in October 2020 signed a concession agreement with the Zurich Airport International (ZAIA) for a period of 40 years.

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Neri Oxman’s Exhibition to Focus on Sustainable Architectural Ideas | Nature X Humanity

Nature X Humanity showcases the first-large scale exhibition of American-Israeli architect Neri Oxman’s exemplary work. Along with her team at New York-based practice Oxman Architects, the exhibition questions whether the materials, tools and construction of architecture.

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Mahindra Lifespaces, JSW Steel, Lodha Group Launch Business Charter to Design Net-Zero Buildings

In an effort to fight against climate change and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2070, World Resources Institute (WRI) India, along with partners, Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), EcoCollab and Mahindra Lifespaces, recently launched a voluntary Business Charter

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At 216 ft, Statue of Equality Becomes One of the Tallest Metallic Statues in Sitting Position | Hyderabad

On the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the Statue of Equality in Hyderabad commemorating the 11th century Saint Sri Ramanujacharya. The statue’s unveiling is part of the 12-day celebration of the saint’s 1000th birth anniversary.

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Luxury Lifestyle Paint Company Craig & Rose Opens its First Experience Centre in India

One of the leading Scottish paint companies which is known for making luxury lifestyle paints in the UK since 1929, Craig & Rose has launched its first-ever experience centre in India.

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Salone Del Mobile 2022 Rescheduled to June Due to Covid-19

The most awaited furniture and interior design event of the year that hosts local and international exhibitors at the Fiera Milano, Rho, Salone Del Mobile.Milana has postponed its 60th edition until June 7 to June 12, 2022.

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IITR-JMI Research: Thermocol Buildings Likely to Resist Earthquake Force

A recent research reportedly suggests that thermocol could be a material of the future, in terms of construction of earthquake-resistant buildings. Not only would such buildings be resistant to earthquake in the most seismic zone but would also save energy.

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Godrej & Boyce launches customer-centric Godrej Go Tuff Mobile App

To streamline the supply chain management of the ready mix concrete (RMC) industry from the purchase to delivery stage,

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Massive Fire Broke Out in a Mumbai Highrise Today | 7 dead, several injured | Level3 Fire | Surfaces Reporter

Saturday, 22nd January 2022, Mumbai - A level 3 massive fire broke out in Mumbais 20-storey Kamala building near Bhatia hospital, on the 18th floor.

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BSE Realty Index clocks 204% growth leaving other sectoral indices behind | SURFACES REPORTER Realty News Update

The last two years of Pandemic has been one of the best for BSE Realty Index as it clocked a massive 204% growth between 1st April 2020 to 12th Jan 2022 according to the research consultancy firm ANAROCK. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Big jump in Luxury residential real estate expected with 67% HNIs planning to buy a luxury home in 2022 | SURFACES REPORTER Realty News Update

In a survey conducted by Sotheby’s International Realty, it was found that the luxury residential real estate may take a big leap this year with 67% of the HNIs planning to buy a luxury residential home. Also, 29% of them showed the desire to acquire a Holiday home. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR

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Srinagar to get a 5lakh sq ft Shopping Mall | Emaar Group | SURFACES REPORTER Realty Roundup

Emaar Group, noted realty conglomerate from Dubai has announced its plan to develop a 5 lakh sq feet shopping mall in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Century Real Estate aims for crossing INR 1,000 crore residential sales by 2023 | SURFACES REPORTER Realty Roundup

Century Real Estate, who owns big chunks of land parcels in Southern India, has recorded a bumper growth of 68% in the net sales revenue as compared to the previous CY and eying to enter into Rs 1000 crore club in terms of residential business by 2023. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Surfaces Reporter and Ply Reporter awarded Best Enterprise India in Publishing 2021 - Top magazines in architecture, interior design and building materials

Surfaces Reporter & Ply Reporter have been awarded: BEST ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR (PUBLISHING) 2021 by MSME Business Awards in association with National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), and MSME Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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Simpolo Vitrified- The Leading Tile Brand- Opens its First ‘Exclusive’ Showroom in Virar, Mumbai | News Update

Spread in the area of 2,200 sq ft, the exclusive showroom in Virar offers the exclusive and elegant range of tiles and sanitaryware for every need of Households, Builders and Architects under one roof.

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594 km long Ganga Expressway| Longest in India | Facts check | Uttar Pradesh | SURFACES REPORTER News Update

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 594 km long Ganga Expressway connecting Meerut to Prayagraj traversing through 10 districts of Uttar Pradesh. Deemed as countrys longest expressway, here are some of the facts about the dream project of PM Modi by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Indian Real Estate will reach $1 trillion by 2030 | SURFACES REPORTER Real Estate Update

Indian real estate industry will reach upto $ 1 trillion by 2030 and will become a major contributor to the GDP, as suggested by report titled Indian Real Estate Industry by India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF). A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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PM inaugurates Kashi Vishwanath Corridor | Facts file | SURFACES REPORTER News Update

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently inaugurated the first phase of Kashi- Vishwanath Corridor in the Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh. Read the entire report of SURFACES REPORTER about the development brought forth by the corridor.

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“No serious impact of Omicron on Indian real estate,” CREDAI | New Delhi | SURFACES REPORTER Realty Update

Amid the growing concerns of the new Omicron variant, the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India has stated that there will be no major threat to the real estate sector of the country and has urged the government to exempt the sector from taking a future stringent steps inclu

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Sangeeta Prasad appointed as Runwal Group’s Group CEO | SURFACES REPORTER Realty Update

Runwal Group, the leading real estate developer from Mumbai has appointed Sangeeta Prasad, as its Group CEO who earlier essayed the role of MD & CEO of Mahindra Lifespace Developers Limited. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Realty sector cheers RBI decision on Monetary policy as it will keep up the growth momentum | New Delhi | SURFACES REPORTER Realty Update

Amid the growing concerns of Omicron, the Reserve Bank of India, has kept the key lending rates unchanged for the ninth consecutive time during its bi-monthly review as the bank stuck to its wait and watch policy. The move has been taken positively by the realty sector as it claims that it will ke

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Ar. B V Doshi wins 2022 Royal Gold Medal, UKs Highest Honour for Architecture

SURFACES REPORTER (SR) feels delighted to share the news that Balkrishna Doshi- India’s most distinguished architect and the first Indian architect who won the Pritzker Prize 2018 ( aka the Nobel Prize of Architecture)- is bestowed with Royal Gold Medal 2022- one of the world’s highest honours for a

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Prescon Midtown Bay gets Rs 130 Cr boost by TATA Capital | Mahim | Mumbai | Ar Hafeez Contractor | SURFACES REPORTER Realty Update

Tata Capital Housing Finance Ltd, has announced a whooping investment of Rs 130 Cr in the form of construction finance to the flagship residential development of Prescon Group named Midtown Bay in Mahim, Mumbai designed by noted Architect Hafeez Contractor. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR)

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Rs 18,000 Crore Worth Projects in Dehradun Inaugurated by PM Modi | Surfaces Reporter

Last Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for multiple projects worth Rs 18,000 crore in Dehradun.

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Dalmia Cement Becomes First Cement Manufacturer in India to Receive GRIHA’S Green Accreditation | SURFACES REPORTER

One of the leading Indian cement manufacturers, Dalmia Cement has been awarded a green accreditation from the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Council.

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Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) & Hyderabad become most expensive residential real estate | PropTiger | SURFACES REPORTER Real estate update

With the average price range of Rs 9,600-Rs 9,800 per sq ft, Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) becomes the costliest residential real estate market followed by the IT hub Hyderabad where the price looms between Rs 5,800-Rs 6,000 per sq ft, a report by PropTiger find out. Read more at SURFACES REPORTE

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Astral Ltd forays into faucets & sanitaryware eyeing Rs 15k crore potential| SURFACES REPORTER brand news update

Astral Ltd, one of the major CPVC pipes and fittings manufacturers in the country has recently forayed into the faucets and sanitaryware segment eyeing to tap the Rs 15,000 crore potential of the Indian market. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Back to the market "Touch & Feel" takes the stage | SURFACES REPORTER Market Update

With the onset of festive season and launching of new showrooms, the markets is starting to flourish. Brands are also accelerating the efforts towards attracting the customers with touch and feel again surpassing the COVID-19 fear. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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‘It’s more than Evergrande; the deepening trouble of Chinese real estate | SURFACES REPORTER Realty News Update

With the property sales plunging almost 31% in September, another developer of luxury apartments has missed its payment to the lenders, increasing worries for Chinas most prominent real estate sector. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Frame Model Builder-Buyer Agreement to protect homebuyers| SC to Centre | New Delhi | SURFACES REPORTER Real Estate News Update

In a notice issued to the BJP-led Central government, the Supreme Court has asked to frame model agreements for the builder-buyer and the agent-buyer deals in order to ensure more transparency in the real estate sector and protect the interests of the buyers. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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No relief for Supertech | SC asks to demolish both towers| Emerald Court, Noida| SURFACES REPORTER Realty News Update

In a major setback for the realty major Supertech, the Supreme Court has rejected its plea to save one tower and mandated to demolish both towers upholding its earlier judgement. A report by SURFACE REPORTER.

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GIHED- CREDAI Property show postponed till January| Ahmedabad | SURFACES REPORTER Real Estate News Update

Gujarat Institute of Housing and Estate Developers - CREDAI (GIHED CREDAI) has postponed the awaited property show to January next year stating that it will be in the best interest of the investors as well as the realtors. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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“Demolish only one tower,” Supertech pleads Supreme Court| Emerald Court Twin Towers | Noida, New Delhi | SURFACES REPORTER Realty News Update

In a major development, real estate major Supertech has moved to Supreme Court seeking the demolishing of only one tower against its earlier verdict of the demolition of the both towers in the Emerald Court Twin Tower case. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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NAREDCO launches first women wing, ‘NAREDCO MAHI’ |SURFACES REPORTER Real estate News Update

Indian Real Estate is taking major stride towards empowering women in the realty sector. In a major move, under the leadership of newly appointed President Mr. Rajan Bandelkar has launched, ‘NAREDCO MAHI’, the women’s wing of the realty body. A report by SURFACES REPORTER.

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Asian Granito’s 10000 sqft Kochi Display Centre for Tiles, Sanitaryware, biggest in Kochi - SURFACES REPORTER Showrooms of India

One of the leading tiles companies in India, Asian Granito India recently inaugurated its 10,000 sq ft display centre in Kochi, Kerala, showcasing the company’s production and technological excellence under one roof.

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LIGNA.Innovation Network’s First Digital Woodworking Edition to Go Live from Monday | Surfaces Reporter

The first digital edition of LIGNA.Innovation Network, LIGNA.Forum digital is all set to kick off from Monday, September 27 till September 29, 2021. On account of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s largest woodworking event had been cancelled for 2021.

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University of Manchester Scientists Develop Concrete-like Material Made of Space Dust and Astronaut Sweat, Blood

Transporting a single brick to Mars can cost more than a million British pounds, thereby making the future construction of a Martian colony seem prohibitively expensive. To potentially overcome this problem, scientists at The University of Manchester have developed a concrete like material made of e

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CalPlant launches world’s first post-harvest rice straw-made MDF called Eureka

With the aim to focus on manufacturing sustainably sourced building products, North California-based CalPlant recently launched the world’s first rice straw-made MDF. The upcycled MDF called Eureka is manufactured using post-harvest rice straw, an agricultural waste product,

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Norman Foster back on board for 2 World Trade Centre, Construction to begin soon | New York | SURFACES REPORTER News update

As the unfortunate terrorist attack on Americas twin tower enters its 21st year, the 2 World Trade Center that has been so far marred by design and practical complexities is all set to take off as Architect Norman Foster once again comes onboard. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Supersalone Concludes on a Promising Note With More to Look Forward Next Year

More than 60,000 people attended the special Salone del Mobile.Milano event which – bolstered also by the words of President Mattarella who underscored the courage behind and the quality inherent in the trade fair...

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For the first time, Salone del Mobile embraces carbon neutrality through its ongoing supersalone

Taking a step towards becoming a carbon neutral event, supersalone has strategised to enact a concrete and topical sustainability approach by calculating and compensating for its greenhouse gas emissions.

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IIT-Hyderabad gets India’s first bio-brick-made building | Telangana | SURFACES REPORTER News Update

India’s first bio-brick based building made out of agro waste has been recently inaugurated at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Dawn of Gaming Architecture; PUBG MOBILE partners with Zaha Hadid Architects | SURFACES REPORTER News Update

One of world’s most popular battle royale, PUBG Mobile has now collaborated with Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), taking the gaming architecture to an entirely new level. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Sustainability expert Lee Polisano joins Lodha Group | Mumbai | SURFACES REPORTER News Update

Lee Polisano, design & sustainability expert and cofounder of PLP Architecture has joined the realty conglomerate Lodha Group as the independent director. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Former Assarredo President Maria Porro is Newly Elected President of the Salone del Mobile.Milano

The Milan Furniture Fair has elected former Assarredo president Maria Porro its new president.

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Asian Granito’s subsidiary finishes 12,000 sq m per day capacity expansion for GVT tiles

Additional capacity of 12,000 sq m per day is expected to add an incremental sale of nearly Rs70-75 crore per annum in Crystal Ceramics Industries and AGIL’s consolidated turnover.

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Plants of Tomorrow launched by Ambuja Cement & ACC | SR News Update

Ambuja Cement Ltd & ACC Ltd, a part of the global Holcim group has brought Industry 4.0 under its ‘Plants of Tomorrow’ programme. Aims at making cement manufacturing more efficient through better plant optimization, higher plant availability and a safer working environment, the initiative is a part

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India to get its first E- Highway soon| Delhi | Jaipur| SR News update

Delhi-Jaipur Expressway, one of the busiest highways in the country is soon to become an E-Highway, according to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The project is likely to be completed by Mid-2022. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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The demand for Oriented Strand Boards gains huge momentum in North America | What is OSB? | SR News update

In a major development, the price of Oriented Strand Board (OSB), a substitute of plywood that was once- cheap has registered a staggering high of 97% since the beginning of 2021. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Road Transport Ministry to penalise officials for faulty construction works| New Delhi | SR News Update

According to a latest circular by Road Transport Ministry, officials and agencies will be now held responsible and penalise for failure in checking quality of work and structures. The responsible agencies include NHAI, Road ministry and more. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR)

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Cements domestic sales decreased, associations urges price revision | New Delhi | Tamil Nadu | SR News Update

According to the report in ICRA, the domestic cement sales in the April-June quarter has reduced to almost 25% on a quarter-on-quarter basis but it may change in the next quarter with the pent-up demand caused by the Lockdown. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Netflix Unveils Its First Global Live-Action Post-Production Facility In Mumbai in 2022 | SR News

Mumbai is set to be the Global-first for Netflix- the worlds biggest subscription-based streaming service.

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Saint-Gobain India provides medical supply worth Rs 4.5 Crore to Tamil Nadu Chennai| SR News report

As India is battling the 2nd wave of COVID-19, Saint-Gobain India – Glass Business joins the force to fight COVID-19 and extends its support to the government of Tamil Nadu. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Real estate Recovery to Pre-Covid level only after 2023 | CRISIL | SR News Update

While the residential sector seem to be on a rebound, reaching to pre-Covid level will only be possible after 2023, global rating agency CRISIL says. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Realty prices to rise in Dubai in six years | SR News update

The property prices in Dubai are all set to rise for the first time in six years, as per the Reuters poll of property analysts. The rise is caused by the hopes for an overall economic recovery fuelled by a swift vaccination drive. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Under Construction Tunnel collapse leaves 4 dead | Kullu, Himachal Pradesh | SR News Update

In a tragic incident, an under construction tunnel in Himachal Pradeshs Kullu district collapsed trapping an killing four laborers while one was left injured. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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ARE YOU DOING YOUR BIT FOR NATURE, FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?| WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY | Share your story at #MeTooEarth | SURFACES REPORTER

Join SURFACES REPORTER (SR) in its quest to bring out the untold stories of environment and nature to the forefront. Join the campaign #MeTooEarth on this World Environment Day (June 5).

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Office space looks forward to the IT Hiring spree | ANAROCK | SR News update

While most offices remained empty for the last one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the real estate is now pinning its hope on the IT hiring spree as approximately 90 million squre feet space spread across six major real estate is coming up for renewal. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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One of Chinas tallest structure shook mysteriously leading to evacuation| Shenzhen, China | SR News update

In a shocking incident, one of Chinas tallest skyscrapers, SEG Plaza, started to shake inexplicably leading to the immediate evacuation of the building on Tuesday. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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UP’s Largest Solar Project at A Single Location in Uttar Pradesh | Vikram Solar | Kanpur | SR News update

With an expected annual energy yield of 200 MU/year, Vikram Solar commissions Uttar Pradesh’s largest solar project at a single location. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Apex Court scraps WB real estate act | SR News Update

Supreme Court has recently annulled the West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act, 2017 (WBHIRA) citing it as unconstitutional for being in the direct conflict with the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA). A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR)

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Boom expected in Noida real estate with Microsoft & Adani | SR News Update

The real estate scenario in Noida is all set to get a boost with giants like Microsoft & Adani to set up their bas in the city, a report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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First Glimpse of the World’s Largest Tropical Greenhouse At the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021 | Zuecca Projects | Coldefy

In the 17th International Architecture Exhibition- Venice Biennale of Architecture, we will be able to take the first glimpse of the world’s largest tropical greenhouse- Tropicalia- under a single dome.

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SR TRIBUTE: A Brilliant Architect Amala Sheth Left To Her Heavenly Abode

SURFACES REPORTER (SR) and WADE ASIA pays tribute to the phenomenal architect Amala Sheth who left to her heavenly abode on 4th May 2021.

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Real estate sale in metros to bear the brunt of rising spread of COVID-19 | ANAROCK | SR News Update

The ever-increasing third wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the country will severely affect the housing sale during the ongoing April-June quarter, as already the new registrations has dropped drastically in Mumbai, a key market in Maharashtra. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR)

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Salone del Mobile 2021 to go ahead as planned | SR News update

Ending all the uncertainties looming over the most coveted mega event of the design industry, the Salone del Mobile 2021 will go ahead as planned in the month of September, as informed by the organisers. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR)

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Scientists at GE Research 3D Printed A Portable Device That Produces Water Out Of Thin Air

GE researchers are developing a compact, transportable device that produces water out of thin air.

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Delhi-to- Meerut now in 45 mins with the new DME ‘Smart’ Highway | News Bulletin | Surfaces Reporter

Forget about traffic woes and time wasted as now you can reach Delhi to Meerut in a mere 45 mins with the opening of much-awaited Delhi- Meerut Expressway (DME) also being pegged as Smart Highway. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Salone del Mobile may go digital; no dates announced yet | Milan, Italy | Surfaces Reporter

Under the shadow of COVID-19 Pandemic, one of the most famous design fairs of the world, Salone del Mobile may opt for the digital version amid rising concerns over the rescheduled timing in September, reports SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Newly elected CREDAI President announces Vaccination Drive for 2.5 cr construction workers | CREDAI National | Surfaces Reporter

A free COVID-19 vaccination drive has been announced for 2.5 cr construction workers by Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI). A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR)

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Massive Blaze at COVID Hospital @Dream Mall | 10 dead | Fire Safety in question | Mumbai | Surfaces Reporter

A massive fire broke out at the first floor of the Dream Mall in Mumbai city just before Midnight causing 10 people to lose their lives; many injured and huge loss of property. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR)

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Ken-Betwa interlink project launched | A boon for parched Bundelkhand | Surfaces Reporter

On the occasion of World Water Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Ken-Betwa Interlink Project with the state of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh signing the MoU which means that over 62 lakh households would not have to wait for the precious drinking water. Report by SURAFCES REPORTE

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Ar Bijoy Jain bags Alvar Aalto Medal | New Delhi| Surfaces Reporter

SURFACES REPORTER (SR) congratulates Ar Bijoy Jain, Principal, Studio Mumbai for winning the fourteenth Alvar Alto Medal. Studio Mumbai was selected for its skilful synthesis of architecture and craftsmanship. Studio Mumbai’s work reflects an understanding of the unique geographical, climatic and s

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Shapoorji Pallonji to invest Rs 300 cr | Bengaluru | Surfaces Reporter

In a major move, the real estate arm of Shapoorji Pallonji Group will invest Rs 300 crore for the new phase of its 46-acre luxury residential project Parkwest in Binnypet, Central Bengaluru. A report by SURFACES REPORTER

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Implementing Green Initiatives, CSMT Mumbai the first Railway Station to get IGBC Gold Certification | Mumbai | Surfaces Reporter

Equipped with smart technologies including LED fixtures, solar panels, energy efficient electrical equipment and green areas, Mumbais Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus has become the first railway station in India to be awarded IGBC Gold certification. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR)

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CREDAI worries over rising construction cost | Andhra Pradesh | Surfaces Reporter

According to the report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR), worried over the rising construction cost in Andhra Pradesh, the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) has appealed to the state government to initiate efforts to bring the prices down.

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Disposable Face masks to be used to create roads

Researchers at RMIT University in Australia have developed a new material using the disposable face masks that can be used to make roads. A report by Surfaces Reporter

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ISKCON going green; to develop all its temples across the world as the ‘Green Places of Worship’

The famous ISKCON society has opted for going green and turning its temples across the world as the ‘Green Places of Worship.’ A report by Surfaces Reporter

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A foot-over bridge made out of Bamboo | Assam | Surfaces Reporter

SURFACES REPORTER (SR) celebrates the inauguration of a Bamboo Foot-over bridge in Guwahati, Assam and perhaps becoming the first ever major city to do so.

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DDA Landscape projects to be a part of London Biennale 2021

In a major moment for the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), two of its landscape projects have been selected to be exhibited during the renowned London Biennale 2021.

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Despite rising construction costs, India to become a hotspot for investment says- JLL

According to the recently published Construction Cost Guide Book India 2021 by JLL India mentions that the Indian real estate sector is growing in all sectors; commercial, industrial and data centre business and is heading to a new high.

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The Luxury Homes in Bengaluru and Pune Are Seeing Highest NRI Demand Post-COVID-19 | ANAROCK Latest Survey

Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) seem to be interested in investing in luxury homes, priced between Rs 90 lakh to Rs 2.5 cr, post-COVID-19. Read ANAROCK’s latest consumer survey at SURFACES REPORTER.

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Hiranandani Group To Invest Rs 10,000 Crore  To Develop Industrial, Logistics Data Centre Park In West Bengal

The Hiranandani Group, Mumbai-based diversified conglomerate said that it is set to develop an integrated logistics and hyperscale datacentre park in West Bengal.

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The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) Names Architect CR Raju as New President

Ar. CR Raju has become the new President of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA)

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House Sales Will Rise Over the Next Six Months

The Real Estate Sentiment Index- a survey conducted by Frank-FICCI-NAREDCO says that residential sales would rise over the coming six months.

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Khadi Prakritik: India’s First Paint Made out of Cow Dung

Based on cow dung as its main ingredient, the paint is eco-friendly and non-toxic with antifungal, antibacterial properties.

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Will Buying Homes Get Cheaper?

Property prices will drop sharply in Mumbai as Maharashtra government has reduced premiums and levies on construction by 50 percent. Check out Surfaces Reporter full story here.

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First Pictures of Ayodhya Mosque and Hospital Design Unveiled | Surfaces Reporter

The mosque complex in Ayodhya will include a community kitchen (saarvjanik bhojnalaya), super-speciality hospital, and a modern library.

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DLF To Invest Rs 130 crore To Build Data Center in Noida | SR Bulletin

The data centre in Noida will have 3.7 lakh sq ft space that will help to fulfil the increasing demand for data storage capacity. A report by Surfaces Reporter

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Ikea To Open Its 2nd Store In Navi Mumbai On Dec 18, Plans Two More Stores In 2021 | SR Bulletin

The global home furnishings retailer IKEA will open its second store in Navi Mumbai and is also planning to open two more stores during 2021.

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Atmanirbhar 3.0: Income Tax Relief for Developers and Home-Buyers

As part of Atmanirbhar 3.0 to boost the demand for residential real estate in the country, Finance Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman has announced income tax relief for developers and home-buyers. This initiative aims to push economic growth. For houses costing up to ? 2 crores

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Public Works Department Allows Mainstream Use of Bamboo as a Building Material

Bamboo will soon be used as mainstream construction material on the lines of concrete.

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Housing Ministry Will Soon Come Out with Model Tenancy Law To Lift Real Estate Sector

The Model Tenancy Act, 2019 will bring a sea change in the status quo for rented premises. It describes the rights and obligations of the landlord and the renter in a detailed manner.

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COVID Induced Work From Home Culture Is A Surprise Boon For India’s Women

India’s $200 billion technology services industry – one of the nation’s largest financially – can now allow employees to move from traditional offices to anywhere working arrangements, constantly if needed.

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Maharasthra Govt Decides to Extend Zero Stamp Duty For Home Buyers Until December 31

Maharashtra government has recently announced yet another spell of zero stamp duty for home buyers.

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Krisumi - A joint venture of Indo Japanese real estate to deliver 433 housing units in Gurgaon by 2024

Indo Japanese real estate venture Krisumi is all set to deliver 433 housing units in Gurgaon, India by 2024. Krisumi is the fifty fifty joint venture between Fortune 500 company Sumitomo Corporation of Japan, and the Krishna Group in India.

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Residential Property Sees Sharp Recovery in Q2 FY21 with 60% Sales Growth, Says ICRA

Residential property sales activity has surpassed pre-COVID level and the sector has witnessed a sharp recovery in Q2 FY2021, according to ICRA, a rating agency.

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Commercial Real Estate Sector in Hyderabad sees 172% growth in the last five years

Knight Frank India in its latest report stated that Hyderabad is one of the few cities in India that recorded positive growth of 2% year-on-year (YoY) in Q3 2020 in the real estate sector. In the commercial real estate market in India between 2014 to 2019

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Big relief for homebuyers - The Supreme Court has restored the sanctity of the builder-buyer agreement

The Supreme Court provided a big relief to thousands of homebuyers and in its latest action restored the sanctity of the builder-buyer agreement. The apex court said, "It is relevant to note that even for Section 18 (of RERA) the period has to be reckoned [with] in terms of the agreement and not the

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Varmora Granito to Invest Around Rs 300 Crore in Two State-of-art plant | Aims to Generate 1,200 Employment

Varmora Granito Pvt Ltd - one of Indias leading tile and bathware brands is setting up two state-of-art high-tech plants at Morbi in Gujarat. Company is planning to invest around Rs. 300 crore in 35,000 sq meters per day facility for large format GVT tiles.

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Residential in Delhi NCR sales move up 38% in Q3 2020 | Ready-to-move-in homes in higher demand

The Delhi NCR region, driven by low interest rates and lucrative plans witnessed an improvement in sales by 38% Q-o-Q. As per a JLL report, SURFACES REPORTER (SR) shares some of the key points.

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Residential market in India, on road to recovery with strong sales | Hyderabad leads in new launches

Hyderabad dominated the residential market in India with new launches accounting for more than 40% of the overall launches (across all 7 cities under review) during Q3 2020. The city witnessed a 7% growth in new launches in Q3 as compared to Q2 this year.

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Sir David Adjaye awarded RIBA Royal Gold Medal 2021

Ghanaian-British architect  Sir David Adjaye has been recently awarded the 2021 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture from The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

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Top 5 Cleanest Cities in India| Surfaces Reporter

According to the Swachh Sarvekshan 2020, these are the top 5 cleanest cities in India and how they have attained the status.

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Secretary, Housing on new Affordable Rental Housing Opportunities for Real Estate | Durga Shankar Mishra | PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry | Surfaces Reporter

Secretary, Housing & Urban Affairs Ministry, on new Affordable Rental Housing Opportunities for Real Estate | Durga Shankar Mishra | PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry | Surfaces Reporter

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Jaquar Group to start production at two new factories in October

Jaquar Group is all set to start production at two new factories by October, making household LED lighting systems and water heaters.

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Realty developers look towards Railway for transportation support for migrant workers

Realty developers have requested Indian Railways to help provide necessary logistical support for migrant workers’ return.

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Delhi Metro, NHAI among the worst performers for using recycled materials in construction works

Some of the major concerned departments and agencies that performed below par in the statistics were the Railway Board, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC), and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

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Has Delhi become more breathable due to COVID-19?

As India went through prolonged lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the air quality index (AQI) of major industrial cities like Delhi, recorded a massive drop in pollution levels.

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Maharashtra Builders Woo Homebuyers With Zero Stamp Duty

NAREDCO, the apex national body of real estate industry has taken a courageous and customer-friendly decision to waive off the stamp duty entirely on buying homes.

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BRAND BUZZ with Keshav Bhajanka | LIVE on 6 September | Sunday | 10:45 to 11:30 AM

What is the buzz about Virokill. Catch the live interaction between Keshav Bhajanka & Pragath Dvivedi to know more

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Atal Tunnel: An Engineering feat at 3000 metre above sea above

The 8.8-km strategic Rohtang Tunnel, also called the Atal Tunnel, is being built at 3,000 metre above sea level between Himachal Pradesh’s Manali and Leh in Ladakh by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

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Aedas Bags International Architecture Awards 2020 for Three Projects

The International Architecture Awards (IIA) has announced the recipients of its 2020 Architecture awards. In the 15th edition IIA, the three Aedas-designed projects accolades for their design excellence and innovation.

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SR Research- Is Luxury Interior Segment rising post COVID-19?

Check out! Fresh article by Surfaces Reporter (SR) with inputs from architects in various cities across the country to know the performance of luxury interior segment. And heres what we have found!

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Tata Realty says No to Work from Home

While the world is moving towards making Work From Home (WFH) a permanent feature, Tata Reality thinks otherwise.

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Now get Architecture degree in 3 Years - COA issues New Structure

The Council of Architecture (COA) has launched the Minimal Requirements of Structure Training Rules, 2020 on 11th August. The released ‘Minimum Standards of Architectural Education’ aligns with the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

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People Opting for Larger Homes In Top Cities: Housing Sales Rebound 50%

Reality firms see a jump in serious property enquiries, which are now 50 percent of before lockdown in the top cities like Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Kolkata & Noida.

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Decowood Care- Covid-19 health insurance scheme for interior contractors by Greenlam Industries

Decowood is offering health insurance cover worth Rs 1 Lakh to its existing interior contractors who are a part of the brand’s annual program called Achievers Club.

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Top Developers to Add 10 Mn Sq.Ft L Into Creating Data Centre Spaces

The digital push originated by COVID-19 has been profitable for data centers that still have a potential to earn around 10-14 percent rental yield yearly.

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WFH Concept is Changing People’s Home Buying Decisions

Professionals and college students feel that buying homes in the city’s outskirts is better than paying high rents and this is one among the most noticeable residential real estate trends of this time.

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LIVE E-talks with Bijoy Jain, Manuel Aires Mateus

Special E-talks with Stalwarts of Architecture with LIVE Q&A session moderated by Vertica Dvivedi, Editor, SURFACES REPORTER. Register to attend

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LIVE E-talks with B V Doshi, Alvaro Siza

Special E-talks with Stalwarts of Architecture with LIVE Q&A session moderated by Vertica Dvivedi, Editor, SURFACES REPORTER. Register to attend

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The First Virtual Natcon 2020- Transcend By IIA Concluded Successfully

IIA virtual Natcon 2020: Transcend has concluded successfully on 11th and 12th July 2020. Vice President of India Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the event.

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JSW Won’t Import from China. SR Asks, Who Else Will Follow?

The chairman of JSW group -Sajjan Singh Jindal has been vocal about cutting trade links with China.

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Senior Living: 300 Crore by Max India’s Antara to be invested for Care Homes chain

The Max group company- Antara Senior Living is set to launch two new lines of business- ‘Care Homes’and ‘Care at Home’ for the elderly.

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Must use 25% recycled materials in govt infra projects urges NITI Aayog

Amitabh Kant, the CEO of Niti Aayog recommends the government to utilize at least 25% of recycled products like plastics, paper or metals in big infrastructure projects.

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Cabinet Approves Affordable Rental Housing Development for Urban Migrants

The Cabinet approves the development of affordable rental housing complexes (ARHC) for urban migrants and the poor to help fulfill the government’s ambitious ‘Housing for All by 2022’ initiative.

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Architects see Spike in demand for Home offices

As the world became quarantined in their houses, the living spaces faced a requirement to be more versatile.

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42mm Creates Multiple Yet Controlled Meeting Environments - New Office Space

New Delhi-based firm 42mm Architecture has come up with a new workplace design that follows a biophilic environment while maintaining a safe distance for the post-COVID world

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Welspun Group forays into Warehousing with 110 acre logistics park estimated 900 cr in Bhiwandi

Welspun One Logistics Parks (WOLP) has launched its maiden 110 acre Grade A warehousing park with a leasable area of 3.2 MN SFT and an estimated investment of INR 900 CR (USD 120 MN) in Bhiwandi- a key warehousing market in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), India’s largest consumption center.

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Central Public Works Department (CPWD) revokes Ban on Timber

Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has removed the ban, which came under the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry in 1993 stating to ban the use of timber in the construction of buildings and habitat projects.

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Why are Indian Architects and Designers boycotting Chinese goods and services?- SURFACESREPORTER Exclusive

Is India ready to come out of Chinese dominance in our architectural and interior decorative product/ material import

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