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THE HINDU: Editorial Summary Tall Stories (June 27, 2013) In its attempt to cope up with the acute shortage of housing in the national capital, the planning body of Delhi is all set to allow houses that are built for the poor and middle-class to go vertical by tripling the floor area ratio. FAR is the ratio of the total floor area of a building to the plot area. The concept underlying FAR is utilization of land in the most optimal manner. If the current limit is relaxed, DDA can potentially build high-rise apartments, which could reach up to twenty floors in certain locations, as compared to four-to-six floors currently. It will be the first step towards Delhi having a taller skylines, similar to its global counterparts and akin to Mumbai where buildings are getting taller and could also lead to an increase in the number of new apartments and a drop in home prices. On the contrary, in New York and Singapore, in spite of high FAR, the land prices are sky-rocketing. The eminent urbanization in following decade will lead to a similar situation. Also, the policies relating to infrastructure, resource management etc. must to be carefully formulated to ensure a successful future. TRAI harder on roaming (June 25, 2013) The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has reduced the limit for national roaming tariff for calls and SMS. They have also issued a new regime for the telecom providers to offer unlimited roaming through Special Tariff Vouchers (STVs) and Combo Vouchers. TRAI earlier announced to make roaming absolutely free, but it says providing free roaming is not possible since it would hit operators by Rs. 2200 crores, which would make them increase the tariffs. Although the financial impact of the new regulation is likely to be immaterial, the event is rational because the regulator has tried to balance the interests of both the consumers as well

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