Monday, September 17, 2012

Smriti looks to extending lead in fifth leg of Hero-WGAI Women’s golf
Gurgaon, September 17: Smriti Mehra will look to extending her lead on top of the Hero-WGAI Order of Merit, as she gets ready for the fifth leg of the Hero-WGAI Women’s Pro Tour at the DLF Golf and Country Club.
The fifth leg gets underway on Wednesday, though the golfers went through their practise round on Monday. The club is closed on Tuesday and the first round gets underway on Wednesday.
On Monday it rained a bit in the morning but the course conditions at DLF Golf and Country club were near perfect as the golfers are eager to tee off.
Smriti Mehra has won two of the four legs held so far, while Vani Kapoor and Sharmila Nicollet have won one each. Sharmila, however, has not played since the second leg.
Last week at Srinagar, Smriti was in excellent form and it will be hard for others to catch up is she continues in the same vein. Smriti has won twice, finished third once and fourth once.
The one to catch the eye has been Rookie Vani Kapoor. The 18-year-old has won once, the third leg, and was also runner-up, losing in play-off to Sharmila Nicollet in the Opening leg. Vani was fifth in the other legs, the second and fourth and is now second on the Money List, behind Smriti.
Nalini Singh Siwach has been consistent without winning. She has been second once, third twice and fourth once. But she will be looking for is her first win of the year at DLF Golf and Country Club this week.
Tee times: First round on Wednesday:
8:30 AM: Nalini Singh Siwach / Preetinder Kaur
8:40 AM Vani Kapoor / Ankita Tiwana / Priya Puri
8:50 AM Neha Tripathi / Saaniya Sharma / Smriti Mehra
9:00 AM Rani Sonti / Meghna Bal / Nikki Ponappa
9:10 AM Pallavi Jain / Shraddhanjali Singh / Vandana Agarwal

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Realty cash crunch may end soon
Govt sends positive signs
·         Banking Secy discusses housing industry issues with IBA, CREDAI
·         Developers call for easing funding norms
·         Bankers agree to address the issue
·         Focus on speeding up approvals across the country
MUMBAI, September 17, 2012: Sending positive signs from easing the cash crunch for the realty sector, Secretary for Financial Services Mr D K Mittal today asked the commercial banks to focus on funding partially completed projects on a priority basis and development of projects in small towns.
Presiding over a joint meeting of Indian Bankers Association (IBA) and developers apex body CREDAI at SBI in Mumbai, Mr Mittal asked the realty industry to conduct a survey of unsold housing stock in cities in batches so that a decision would be taken on unlocking their value.
He also asked CREDAI to come with norms for development in consultation with the NHB and standards for funding the projects.
He told CREDAI to work on rating the real estate projects for the benefit of bankers as well as buyers.
The meeting was called to understand the issues of housing sector and the problems being faced by developers in terms of funding the projects. Apart from SBI, many leading bankers like HDFC, NHB, Bank of Baroda attended the meeting.
Describing the outcome of the meeting as “positive”, CREDAI Chairman Mr Pradeep Jain said: “We are happy that a good beginning has been made and we hope this will send positive signals to the real estate market as such. As we move on, we hope to solve the various issues one after the other.”
Briefing media on the meeting, CREDAI National President Mr Lalit Kumar Jain said “we highlighted the problems related to supply aide as well as demand side. All bankers more or less agreed that besides banking, the other factors like project approval delays, limitation on land availability for real estate and even the FSI restrictions should be addressed for the development housing sector.”
Bankers also felt that the knotty issue of speeding up the approval process should be addressed across the country by sensitizing all the States since real estate is typically a local issue and the rules differ from state to state and even city to city, Mr Jain said. This will help create adequate housing stock in the country.
On the issue of restructuring the realty debt, it was felt that it has to be addressed by the regulator RBI.
Bankers on their part also insisted on the one-project one-bank norm and opening escrow accounts. In metro cities, the developers should have one lead banker for funding. They also suggested incentivising the rated projects through lower rate of interest.
Mr Lalit Kumar Jain said at the meeting that credit limit for realty projects should be raised to 25% of the total credit from the current 2.8%. In other countries, the norm is as high as 30%.
Referring to the reduction of CRR by the RBI today, Mr .Jain said “This is not enough.”He said there could two options to contain inflation: Either to cut monetary supply or increase the supply of products.”The second option is the right one since it will generate employment and contribute to growth of GDP,” he said.
He said the rollover facility for commercial real estate (CRE) should be on par with the industry since it is the safest sector to lend.
He reiterated CREDAI suggestion to reduce the rate of interest on housing loans to 7% to strengthen demand. All other expenses like stamp duty and the various taxes should be added to the overall cost of project and should be funded up to 90% of the total cost.
The real estate project funding should be at 10% instead of the prevailing 15.5% and even the costly funding by NBFC sector should be brought down, CREDAI said. CREDAI called for easing the RBI risk weightage of 1.25 given to real estate sector.
CREDAI expressed its happiness that the positive vibes generated by the meeting would help the home buyer as well as the developer as the revival of real estate industry would help rejuvenate hundreds of other industries, generate massive employment and contribute to the nation’s growth.
The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) is the apex body for private real estate developers in India. CREDAI represents over 8,800 developers through 20 states and 114 city chapters across the country. Its numerous initiatives and activities help developers come together and work towards better practices, improved customer service and a stronger realty industry.
Acting as the voice of India’s Real Estate industry, CREDAI has been the guiding force for the growing Real Estate sector in India bringing more transparency to rid the sector of its most potent virus, Corruption and Red-Tapism.

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