PESO increases pilot projects for home delivery of diesel

Image result for PESO increases pilot projects for home delivery of dieselThe Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) has increased pilot projects for home delivery of diesel.

In April 2017, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan had said that the government is looking at options to deliver diesel at doorstep. More than a year later, three pilot projects are being run by the oil marketing companies (OMCs) such as Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) in cities like Pune, Rewadi and Navi Mumbai.

CNBC-TV18 learns that the PESO has doubled the license for doorstep delivery of diesel from 24 to 50. The government is not happy with the OMCs as they are yet to submit a proposal on a full rollout of these schemes.

The government is eager to expedite the full rollout of diesel home delivery, which will initially target high consuming diesel dependence like shopping malls, genset owners and transportation business.

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Senior living societies a home away from home for elderly

Kiran Gupta, 62, lived in an old-age home for 5 years before moving to a senior living society, and finds the facilities much better here. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Kiran Gupta, 62, lived in an old-age home for 5 years before moving to a senior living society, and finds the facilities much better here. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

In 2013, Kiran Gupta wound up her business and shifted to an old-age home in Jaipur after her two children got settled. While initially things were okay at the old-age home, over the years the quality of services deteriorated and she found it difficult to stay there. Gupta, now 62, discussed the problem with her daughter, who did some research and zeroed in on a senior living housing society, Utsav Senior Living, in Bhiwadi, Haryana. Gupta, whose husband died 25 years ago, shifted there in August 2018.

“Food quality deteriorated a lot at the old age home, maintenance was low, very little assistance was available and the behaviour of the staff and organisation head was unpleasant. Compared to the old-age home, things are much better here. The facilities, amenities and the overall environment is much healthier,” said Gupta.

Pawan Bagga, 73, shifted to Ashiana Housing’s senior living project Nirmay in Bhiwadi, Haryana in July 2018. “Someone told me about this place, and I discussed the option with my children and we came to check it out. I got very impressed with the friendly and comfortable environment here and decided to live here,” said Bagga. Her husband died eight years ago. She has a son living in Australia, another in Himachal Pradesh and a daughter in Delhi. Bagga doesn’t like to travel too far, but often visits her daughter in Delhi.

Like Gupta and Bagga, more and more Indians are considering staying in senior living societies after retirement.

Read: Monetise physical assets to raise cash in your old age

The demand

Indian families are getting smaller, with children exploring job options in other cities and countries.

Moreover, there is an increase in number of elderly population in India. According to a recent report, Indian Senior Care Industry 2018, by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), “In about 30 years from now, the elderly population in India is expected to triple from 104 million in 2011 to 300 million in 2050, accounting for 18% of the total population in 2050.”

Pawan Bagga, 73, liked the friendly and comfortable environment of the senior living community she went to check out and decided to shift. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Pawan Bagga, 73, liked the friendly and comfortable environment of the senior living community she went to check out and decided to shift. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

In this scenario, the senior living real estate industry in India is witnessing a huge demand, which is going to only increase over the years. This points to a significant growth prospect for the industry. “If we look at the present scenario, there are only 20,000 units of senior living available, while the current demand is of around 230,000 units,” said Mohit Nirula, chief executive officer, Columbia Pacific Communities, a developer of retirement communities with close to 1,600 residential units under management in five cities in southern India.

The supply

With demand on the rise, real estate developers are gradually foraying into this mostly untapped segment. The ongoing slowdown in the overall housing market is also leading developers to focus on end-user products, including senior living societies.

Real estate developers such as Tata Housing, Paranjape Schemes, Ashiana Housing, Adani Realty, Silverglades and Brigade already have residential societies targeting seniors. Currently, there are 37 firms into senior living housing, according to the CII report. Apart from established developers, other business groups are also getting into this segment. For instance, Antara Senior Living, Dehradun, is a senior living community by Max India Ltd. “Considering the success of our senior living project in Dehradun and demand in the segment, we are going to launch another senior living housing project in Noida in a couple of months,” said Renuka Dudeja, head of marketing and communications, Antara Senior Living.

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Reverse Screening Vs Traditional Screening Algorithm for Syphilis

The study revealed that the traditional screening algorithm is more suitable for laboratories with low-volume samples due to the lower false-reactive rate and its cost-effectiveness.

The reverse screening algorithm identified more patients with syphilis than the traditional screening algorithm, but also led to an increased likelihood of false positives, making retesting with a second treponemal test necessary, according to a study published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

Researchers compared the performance of the reverse screening algorithm with the traditional screening algorithm, thus serum screenings for syphilis were conducted in parallel with chemiluminescence immunoassay and toluidine red unheated serum testing.

Chemiluminescence immunoassay-reactive sera from reverse screening algorithms were confirmed with Treponema pallidum-particle agglutination assay. Traditional screening algorithms with toluidine red unheated serum testing which were reactive were further tested with Treponema pallidum-particle agglutination assay for confirmation.

Out of a total 110,663 serum samples, the reverse screening algorithm identified 2.0% (n=2259) with chemiluminescence immunoassay-reactive results, 16.7% (n=377) of which showed nonreactive Treponema pallidum-particle agglutination assay results. In addition, 61.6% (n=1392) were toluidine red unheated serum test-nonreactive, 25.1% (n=350) of which were Treponema pallidum-particle agglutination assay-nonreactive. Of the 350 Treponema pallidum-particle agglutination assay-nonreactive sera, 182 were tested again by a second chemiluminescence immunoassay, which showed 85.2% (n=155) as nonreactive, and 14.8% (n=27) as reactive.

Further testing of the 27 VITROS Treponema Pallidum assay-reactive sera with treponemal IgG western blot assays, which found 37% (n=10) as reactive, 22% (n=6) as nonreactive, and 41% (n=11) as indeterminate. Out of the 10 western blot-reactive sera, 2 seroconverted to Treponema pallidum-particle agglutination assay 1:80 approximately 1 year after follow-up. Of note, 3.1% (n=27) of the 867 sera samples which were chemiluminescence immunoassay-reactive and also subsequently toluidine red unheated serum test reactive, were Treponema pallidum-particle agglutination assay-nonreactive.

Study investigators concluded that “the present study revealed that the traditional screening algorithm is more suitable for laboratories with low-volume samples due to the lower false-reactive rate and its cost-effectiveness.”

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India wiring mess: Soon, one duct for Power, TV, Internet

Pilot projects for the ‘common duct’ are being planned in Delhi and Rajasthan. Photo: Reuters

Pilot projects for the ‘common duct’ are being planned in Delhi and Rajasthan. Photo: Reuters

New Delhi: Operators may soon be able to lower their costs by sharing infrastructure, with the Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA) holding discussions with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) for rolling out pilot projects under a common duct policy. Under the initiative, a common optical fibre would be laid underground and would be used for providing multiple services such as electricity, cable TV and home broadband internet.

Operators will thus not incur capital expenditure independently as this will result in only one-time costs for things such as digging and also lead to sharing of infrastructure.

“The fibre would be owned by the infrastructure providers and they have suggested three kinds of business models. These include public-private partnership, a one-time fee for laying fibre charged by the authorities, and revenue sharing between municipality and the operator,” a person aware of the development said, requesting anonymity.

A pilot project in Delhi was also discussed at a session organized by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 24 October. Another pilot could also be undertaken in Rajasthan, a second person aware of the matter said, on condition of anonymity.

The fibre sharing arrangement envisaged would be similar to the tower sharing arrangement between telecom operators.

Moreover, under the National Digital Communications Policy, 2018, approved by the cabinet in September, the department of digital communications has stated its intention to implement a “fibre first initiative” to take fibre to homes, to enterprises, and to key development institutions and to accord telecom optic fibre cables the status of public utility.

This would be done by promoting collaboration models involving state, local bodies and the private sector for provision of shared duct infrastructure in municipalities, rural areas and national highways.

The government also seeks to establish a ‘National Digital Grid’ by establishing common service ducts and utility corridors in all new city and highway road projects, and related elements and creating a collaborative institutional mechanism between the centre, states and local bodies for common rights of way, standardisation of costs and timelines, and removal of barriers to approvals, the policy said.

Trai, in April 2017, along with the Jharkhand government undertook tests for a small project in Deogarh district where each common duct would comprise seven micro ducts. Public sector telecommunication consultancy firm Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd provided consultancy to the project in Deogarh. A feasibility report prepared by the consultant found that the total capital expenditure for this project was about ₹46 crore for a 300-km area. The idea is to offer a common duct for at least 20 years, and no other entity would get permission to dig land there.

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Senior living societies a home away from home for elderly

Kiran Gupta, 62, lived in an old-age home for 5 years before moving to a senior living society, and finds the facilities much better here. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Kiran Gupta, 62, lived in an old-age home for 5 years before moving to a senior living society, and finds the facilities much better here. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

In 2013, Kiran Gupta wound up her business and shifted to an old-age home in Jaipur after her two children got settled. While initially things were okay at the old-age home, over the years the quality of services deteriorated and she found it difficult to stay there. Gupta, now 62, discussed the problem with her daughter, who did some research and zeroed in on a senior living housing society, Utsav Senior Living, in Bhiwadi, Haryana. Gupta, whose husband died 25 years ago, shifted there in August 2018.

“Food quality deteriorated a lot at the old age home, maintenance was low, very little assistance was available and the behaviour of the staff and organisation head was unpleasant. Compared to the old-age home, things are much better here. The facilities, amenities and the overall environment is much healthier,” said Gupta.

Pawan Bagga, 73, shifted to Ashiana Housing’s senior living project Nirmay in Bhiwadi, Haryana in July 2018. “Someone told me about this place, and I discussed the option with my children and we came to check it out. I got very impressed with the friendly and comfortable environment here and decided to live here,” said Bagga. Her husband died eight years ago. She has a son living in Australia, another in Himachal Pradesh and a daughter in Delhi. Bagga doesn’t like to travel too far, but often visits her daughter in Delhi.

Like Gupta and Bagga, more and more Indians are considering staying in senior living societies after retirement.

 

Indian families are getting smaller, with children exploring job options in other cities and countries.

Moreover, there is an increase in number of elderly population in India. According to a recent report, Indian Senior Care Industry 2018, by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), “In about 30 years from now, the elderly population in India is expected to triple from 104 million in 2011 to 300 million in 2050, accounting for 18% of the total population in 2050.”

Pawan Bagga, 73, liked the friendly and comfortable environment of the senior living community she went to check out and decided to shift. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Pawan Bagga, 73, liked the friendly and comfortable environment of the senior living community she went to check out and decided to shift. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

In this scenario, the senior living real estate industry in India is witnessing a huge demand, which is going to only increase over the years. This points to a significant growth prospect for the industry. “If we look at the present scenario, there are only 20,000 units of senior living available, while the current demand is of around 230,000 units,” said Mohit Nirula, chief executive officer, Columbia Pacific Communities, a developer of retirement communities with close to 1,600 residential units under management in five cities in southern India.

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How to get your home up and ready for the festive season

Close to the festive season, weekends are as precious as gold. With limited time at hand, the task of giving your space a much-needed facelift tops the priority list. Though it sounds daunting, the process can be a smooth ride if planned properly. So sit back and let this be your guide to a festive-ready home.

LIVING ROOM

living room

As guests would spend most of their time in the living room, you need to make sure that space is nothing less than impressive. An entertainment unit with multi-storage options makes a great buy. Look for smart entertainment units in great shades and finishes. At Royaloak Furniture, you could pick from a glossy or matte finish, depending on the colour scheme of your living room. Add a bit a glamour to the space by bringing in a smart wine cabinet.
Buy Royaloak sofas here.

living room

Seating a number of people can get awkward sometimes. If you are fortunate enough to have a huge living room, it makes sense to invest in a Royaloak Ludo Sofa Cum Bed. This comfortable and fashionable sofa cum bed comes with exceptional contemporary design that blends perfect with the decor of your space. Or simply look for stylish and comfortable recliners as a smarter alternative in a more compact room. Royaloak Falcon Single Seater Manual Recliner in Air Leather that lends an elegant look to your living room is definitely worth a look.

DINING AREA

dining

Consider introducing a dining table into your living room. Something like the Royaloak Crystal 6 Seater Dining Set with Bench would work just fine. Looking to ring the changes? Substitute the dining chairs with long benches – they are extremely light to move and can accomodate more people compared to single chairs.
Buy Royaloak dining tables here. 

BEDROOM

bedroom

And, lastly, the bedroom. A lot people, especially the elderly, prefer to have some alone time after meals. Make sure your guest bedroom is ready to cater to their requirements. Invest in beds that are spacious and comfortable, something like the stylish, strong and durable Royaloak Daffodil King Size Bed With Hydraulic Storage and Reflective High Gloss Finish.

It is always a great idea to have bookshelves with some great books for people who would love to read their afternoons away. Smart dressing tables, full-sized mirrors and other accessories will make their stay in the bedroom a memorable experience.
Buy Royaloak beds here.

KITCHEN

kitchen

You’ll find guests scrutinising your kitchen as they walk in and out of it in search of food and wine. Make sure it has cabinets dedicated to cater to the various needs of your guests. It is important that these cabinets are installed at a decent height which makes access to crockery, glasses, food and other utilities extremely easy. Avoid cluttering your kitchen with furniture, gadgets, and accessories, as moving around might get extremely difficult.
Buy Royaloak crockery units here.

ENTRANCE/BALCONY

entrance

The festive season means entertaining a lot of guests, and often over a long period of time, so organising the entrance of your home is crucial. Invest in a well-sized shoe rack, like this one from Royaloak Furniture. You wouldn’t like a heap of shoes at the door when you welcome your guests, would you? You could even add a few smart furniture pieces like the Royaloak Ebony Chair 2S for a classic minimalistic look to your outdoor space.
Buy Royaloak shoeracks here.

Declutter

outside

The first and crucial step to a good-looking space is to declutter. Be brutal and get rid of all the unwanted mess; experience the joy of an uncluttered space. Take stock of all your rooms and plan your decluttering based on the needs of each of these spaces. Invest in smart accessories and furniture pieces that will help you organise your space better. Bring home great furniture solutions like magazine racks, wall shelves and cabinets to help you make the most of your space.

Buy Royaloak outdoor furniture here.

Sometimes, small changes make a big impact. Planning your space with smart furniture and accessories can transform your space into a happy home. All you need is a bit of creativity and the right furniture!

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Tips for DIY flooring projects: Everything you need to know

DIY flooring projects

If you have less experience and less time, click-together floors can make it easier.Getty Images stock

Nov. 14, 2018 / 11:10 PM GMT+5:30 / Updated Nov. 14, 2018 / 11:13 PM GMT+5:30 / Source: TODAY
By Chrissy Callahan

Replacing the floors in your home is a surefire way to give your space a fresh, new look. At the same time, purchasing quality flooring and hiring an experienced professional can get pricey — fast.

If you’re craving a new floor and aren’t afraid to go DIY, attempting your own flooring project can save you lots of money. Of course, it can also turn into a huge mess if you don’t do all the research first. To save you from a major headache, TODAY Home consulted the pros to find out exactly what you need to know before starting your own DIY flooring project.

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DIY flooring isn’t for the faint of heart

Looking up DIY flooring ideas can be fun, but make no mistake: Installing a new floor isn’t easy. “Even relatively simple materials, like vinyl or laminate, require a lot of careful calculations and precision cutting for the patterns to be just right,” said Dan DiClerico, an expert at HomeAdvisor.

In other words, if you’re new to the DIY home renovation world, it may not be the best idea to start with flooring.

Then again, if you’re up for the challenge and don’t mind doing your research, learning how to install floors can pay off. “An intrepid DIYer who tackles the project could save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars,” DiClerico said.

Before you get ahead of yourself, though, make sure you spend plenty of time poring over how-to videos and deciding which type of flooring will work best in your home.

“Before you go on a tool-buying spree, you want to determine the type of floor you are laying and do your research. Go online and look at installation videos for the products you selected and talk to the supplier about the warranty conditions and get advice on how to deliver, treat and install the flooring product,” said professional contractor Mike Holmes, whose DIY Network series “Holmes & Holmes” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Fashion-Forward Flooring for the Healthcare and Education Sectors

Fashion-Forward Flooring for the Healthcare and Education Sectors

Tailor Grace’s Natural Nautical collection adds a warm touch to this hospital waiting room. Rendering courtesy of Mats Inc. 

When it comes to specifying flooring, designers tend to have a tough time finding suitable products for  healthcare and education projects. That’s because these spaces see a lot of action and need to be outfitted with products that perform consistently well. Flooring in a hospital or an elementary school needs to be tough enough to take regular beatings—whether from heavy biomedical equipment or exuberant running and jumping—and pliable enough to provide comfort underfoot. It also needs to resist germs, abet acoustics, and most importantly, look good. It’s a tall order, but one company has a solution that goes above and beyond.

Designed specifically with the healthcare and education sectors in mind, Mats Inc.’s newest flooring product, Tailor Grace, provides a durable, environmentally friendly, and aesthetic alternative to standard commercial flooring options. Designers styling spaces as diverse as classrooms, NICU’s, libraries, and operating rooms can focus on making spaces beautiful knowing that Tailor Grace is equipped to handle the rough demands thrown on flooring products. In addition to being a resilient vinyl flooring product from Mats Inc., Tailor Grace is FloorScore certified, 100% phthalate-free, and manufactured with water-based inks and no heavy metals.

Tailor Grace’s Urban Classic collection in lime green enlivens this school cafeteria. Rendering courtesy of Mats Inc. 

“Tailor Grace emerged from the timeless nature of the capsule wardrobe: well-appointed and edited to include essentials that withstand the test of time,” explains JoAnn Durette, vice president of marketing at Mats Inc. “Like a favorite outfit, Tailor Grace flooring is beautiful and reliable.”

Although its name draws inspiration from fashion, there’s nothing superficial about Tailor Grace. The line features four distinct collections of saturated hues and warm wood tones with matte finishes, all designed to be mixed and matched to create dynamic spaces.

Tailor Grace regulates noise in this cavernous university building lobby. Rendering courtesy of Mats Inc.

With the inclusion of Tailor Grace, Mats Inc. ensures that designers now have a product that not only keeps people healthy and comfortable, but also elevates these spaces to a new standard of beauty

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Dea Jolly’s tips to help you choose an interior design style for your home

The ultimate goal for most renovations is to produce an end result that seamlessly merges the new with the old. But if you aren’t even sure what your style is, or what would be the best style for your home, how do you decide on one?

It’s very easy to fall in love with a particular look, here are my tips to help you choose an interior design style perfect for your home.

Do your research

Figure out your favourite style by reading interior design blogs, magazines and searching websites such as Pinterest, Instagram and Houzz. Make a note of what you do and don’t like, what colours and design aesthetic appeals to you, what furniture you like, what feel you want to achieve in your space.

Figure out your favourite style by reading interior design blogs and magazines. Photo: iStock

A common theme should start to emerge and that will help you to narrow down your approach.

Consider the context

Think about the style of the existing home and about the style of the other homes in the area. Period homes, for example, can be approached either by building an extension that is sympathetic to the existing style and features of the home, or by building a more contemporary extension that celebrates the contrast between old and new.

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The goal is to choose a design style that works in harmony with a home’s structure while ensuring that the taste preferences of its owner are met at the same time.

The goal is to choose a design style that works in harmony with a home’s structure. Photo: Stocksy

Unify the spaces in your home to create flow. Creating a consistent theme should be a priority rather than implementing a mish-mash of different styles that don’t honour the architecture, or your personal style.

Focus on a style and stick to it. Create a mood-board that can be referred to and that will keep you on track. As always, the little details are important – matching light switches, doors, handles, skirtings and architraves will create a feeling of cohesion throughout the home.

Overall, ignoring the elements of your home’s architecture when selecting an interior design style can be risky, so be thoughtful and decisive about the look you are ultimately going for.

Allow your style to shine with elements that unify your chosen look, such as the colour palette, decor items and lighting.

The possibilities are endless with interior design, so taking the time to map out a plan will help create a house that is where you can feel most at home.

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