Real estate, natural gas may soon be brought under GST, says Arun Jaitley
Arun Jaitley hints at the possibility that the govt may bring cooking gas and real estate under the ambit of GST, to be followed by a similar move with regard to petrol, diesel and potable alcohol
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/Jy1TjpKTLCwrQzdQMMcOiP/Real-estate-natural-gas-may-soon-be-brought-under-GST-says.html

Tax implications of circle rate relaxation
Currently, property transactions are never valued below their circle rates. Now, if the sale value is within 5% of its circle rate, the tax department would accept that value
http://www.livemint.com/Money/eF2VNmrRTCPNir4zFAZ6BO/Tax-implications-of-circle-rate-relaxation.html

China warns US it may retaliate if proposed metal tariffs are imposed
China says the proposed US tariffs on imported steel and aluminum products are groundless and that it reserves the right to retaliate if they are imposed
http://www.livemint.com/Industry/QRqEHNYiMmPPgox18hSHwN/China-warns-US-it-may-retaliate-if-proposed-metal-tariffs-ar.html

Has the tide finally turned for cement demand?
Low base due to demonetisation helped cement sales volume growth to look better in December quarter, and increased infrastructure spending by the govt also helped, but it is a quarter or two early to call this a demand revival
http://www.livemint.com/Money/JAlqMduID6rIt7JJeGRGtN/Has-the-tide-finally-turned-for-cement-demand.html

Rs. 60,000 crores urban housing fund gets cabinet approval
The fund will be raised from non-budgetary sources and could tap into existing government entities such as the Housing and Urban Development Corp.
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/vprragXEXxpUIUYwRrmjmN/Rs60000-crore-urban-housing-fund-gets-cabinet-approval.html

Cabinet approves extra-budgetary support for urban housing scheme
The govt’s flagship housing scheme, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), received allocation at Rs6,505 crores for Budget 2018-19 as compared to Rs6,042.81 crore in 2017-18
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/RW0LZEQaXnaBkSUOO4MyMI/Cabinet-approves-extrabudgetary-support-for-urban-housing-s.html

Trade wars
If the US becomes an inhospitable market for steel from China and Europe, will that drive down import prices in countries such as India?
http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/HDGznPmHFMuH2IEUVHpvtM/Trade-wars.html

India’s January crude steel output at 9 MT
India, which overtook the US to become the world’s third largest steel producer, is now looking to bag the second spot from Japan
http://www.livemint.com/Industry/iNoBPxRWujQLQoIIBc5M8K/Indias-January-crude-steel-output-at-9MT.html

Builders challenge MHADA’s move to retake Mumbai land leased out to original developer
Builders developing the plot on sub-contracts have asked the Bombay HC to prevent the MHADA from retaking the land from the original developer Guruashish Construction
http://www.livemint.com/Companies/SYrUbtx83MdObjpdVfBZFK/Builders-challenge-MHADAs-move-to-retake-Mumbai-land-leased.html

China’s steel clampdown gives domestic producers a leg-up
Major Indian steel producers have been doing well, due to rising steel prices and completed capacity additions; the prospect of domestic steel prices staying firm in FY19 has improved after China’s decision
http://www.livemint.com/Money/cGQAwXyN5vW30C4u6missI/Chinas-steel-clampdown-gives-domestic-producers-a-legup.html

Investors, developers flock to industrial real estate
Firms rush to buy land across states for industrial and logistics parks in bid to capitalize on consumption, e-commerce story
http://www.livemint.com/Companies/9mStOnGbRq9f1hL9lVCfvJ/Investors-developers-flock-to-industrial-real-estate.html

Local, State levies on real estate, petroleum may continue under GST
https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/local-state-levies-on-real-estate-petroleum-may-continue-under-gst/article22745115.ece

The plot gets interesting
https://premium.thehindubusinessline.com/portfolio/beyond-stocks/the-plot-gets-interesting/article22789981.ece

Need to build faster, better infrastructure: Puri
https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/need-to-build-faster-better-infrastructure-says-minister-hardeep-puri/article22764452.ece

Housing Ministry to conduct annual survey of liveability standards in cities
https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/housing-ministry-to-conduct-annual-survey-of-liveability-standards-in-cities/article22743636.ece

Regularizing river sand mining seen key to tackling sand shortage in TN
https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/regularising-river-sand-mining-seen-key-to-tackling-sand-shortage-in-tn/article22707906.ece

A relaxation in lending rate would have been a morale booster: Realty players
https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/money-and-banking/a-relaxation-in-lending-rate-would-have-been-a-morale-booster-realty-players/article22681511.ece

Millennials set to drive demand for affordable housing
https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/real-estate/millennials-set-to-drive-demand-for-affordable-housing/article22712606.ece

RBI decision to hold rates steady disappointing for real estate sector
https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/real-estate/rbi-decision-to-hold-rates-steady-disappointing-for-real-estate-sector/article22678803.ece

₹6,500-cr Budgetary support for urban housing scheme
https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/macro-economy/6500-cr-budgetary-support-for-urban-housing-scheme-says-hardeep-singh-puri/article22670653.ece

Infra status to affordable housing will ensure lower borrowing rates: Puri
https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/macro-economy/infrastructure-status-to-affordable-housing-will-ensure-lower-borrowing-rates-hardeep-singh-puri/article22661326.ece

Affordable Housing Fund to be available to banks, too: NHB chief
https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/money-and-banking/affordable-housing-fund-to-be-available-to-banks-too-national-housing-bank-chief/article22637037.ece

A brick-by-brick approach to ‘Housing for All’
https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/budget/budget-2018-a-brick-by-brick-approach-to-housing-for-all/article22625382.ece

Budget 2018 balanced for affordable housing, no direct impact on realty
https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/budget/budget-2018-balanced-for-affordable-housing-no-direct-impact-on-realty/article22622633.ece

Planning permissions for residential buildings in Tamil Nadu to go online in a year
https://realty.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/residential/planning-permissions-for-residential-buildings-in-tamil-nadu-to-go-online-in-a-year/63108907

Finance ministry signs MoU with NBCC for housing project
https://realty.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/residential/finance-ministry-signs-mou-with-nbcc-for-housing-project/63052217

Resale property buyers in Chennai can now check official docs online
https://realty.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/residential/resale-property-buyers-in-chennai-can-now-check-official-docs-online/63039675

Govt approves construction of over 1.86 lakh more houses under PMAY-Urban
https://realty.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/residential/govt-approves-construction-of-over-1-86-lakh-more-houses-under-pmay-urban/62844615

ISH India to showcase high-end solutions for sanitation, plumbing, renewable energy and home automation
http://www.constructionweekonline.in/ish-india-to-showcase-high-end-solutions-for-sanitation-plumbing-renewable-energy-and-home-automation/

IEE Expo all set to showcase high-end elevator and escalator technology
http://www.constructionweekonline.in/iee-expo-all-set-to-showcase-high-end-elevator-and-escalator-technology/