Indian Housing Project extended to Madakumbura and Vellaioya

Minister for Hill country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development Palani Digambaram, State Minister for Education V.S. Radhakrishnan and Acting High Commissioner of India Arindam Bagchi jointly laid the foundation stones. The Indian Housing Project has been extended to the Madakumbura and Vellaioya Estates, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said today.The foundation stone was laid for the construction of 250 new houses under the Indian Housing Project at the Madakumbura Estate in Punduloya, Nuwara Eliya yesterday. Member of Parliament Thilakraj, Members of Central Provincial Council, senior Government officials as well as officials from Plantation Human Development Trust(PHDT), Plantation and Estate Management participated in the ceremony. A large number of people from the Madakumbura Estate attended the function. In a similar ceremony held at the Vellaioya Estate in Hatton on the same day the foundation stone for construction of 50 new houses was laid. The Ministers were joined by Assistant High Commissioner of India in Kandy Dhirendra Singh for this ceremony.The Government of India has committed a total of 14,000 houses in the Plantation areas including the 10,000 houses announced by Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi. Around 1000 houses out of these are nearly complete. The foundation stones laid at the Madakumbura and Vellaioya Estates marks the start of another 3000 houses in phases in as many as 40 estates and around 70 locations/divisions. UN Habitat is the implementing agency for the houses being constructed at Madakumbura Estate and IFRC/SLRC is the implementing agency for Vellaioya Estate houses on behalf of High Commission of India. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Limit shortterm rentals screen all drivers says new sharing economy report

Limit short-term rentals, screen all drivers says new sharing economy report by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 31, 2016 12:20 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 31, 2016 at 1:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A new report on the sharing economy suggests governments should screen drivers on platforms such as Uber and limit what kinds of homes can be rented on sites like Airbnb.In creating the report, research group MaRS Solutions Lab interviewed more than 136 people including taxi drivers, uberX drivers, hotel managers and Airbnb hosts.Officials from the Ontario and Toronto governments also contributed to the report.The report makes a series of recommendations for how to effectively regulate the sharing economy.One of the recommendations says residents should only be allowed to rent out their primary residences — and not secondary or commercial residences — on home-sharing websites like Airbnb for a maximum of 180 days a year.The report also suggests that every driver should be screened and every vehicle inspected and insured, even if those drivers are operating on platforms like the ride-hailing app, Uber.Driver training should also be revamped, to compensate for differences in the kinds of training that taxi drivers and Uber drivers receive.“When it comes to introducing regulation for the sharing economy, governments should not only look at regulating new entrants, but should also revisit current regulations to reduce burden for existing operators,” Joeri van den Steenhoven, the director of MaRS Solutions Lab, said in a statement.———Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter read more

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