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Budget 2018 may roll out tax sops for home buyers

Budget 2018 may roll out tax sops for home buyers

Finance
The government may use Budget 2018 to make owning a house slightly more affordable and even rekindle the interest of home buyers. These measures could be in the form of tax sops for home owners and those looking to buy property. Tax benefits help in bringing down the effective interest burden in properties that are financed through a home loan. Here are few things that Budget 2018 could do to help taxpayers own a home and save tax simultaneously. Principal repayment enhancement In Budget 2018, the tax benefit on the principal amount repaid on a home loan for a self-occupied property may get an additional benefit of Rs 50,000 or more within the section 80C limit. While existing home loan takers can use the prepayment feature to benefit from it, new borrowers get an add...
Turpin: Shackled siblings found in Perris, California home

Turpin: Shackled siblings found in Perris, California home

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceTwo parents have been arrested in California after police found they allegedly kept their 13 children captive at home, some "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks".David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were held on charges of torture and child endangerment.The couple's children - aged two to 29 - lived in Perris, 59 miles (95km) south-east of Los Angeles. Officers were alerted by one of the victims, a 17-year-old girl.The girl - who appeared to be "only 10 years old and slightly emaciated" - on Sunday managed to escape and call the emergency number using a mobile phone found inside the house, the Riverside Sheriff's Department said in a statement.What did police find in the house?Police officers later found "several childr...
5 Healthy and Satisfying Meals Nutritionists Love to Make at Home

5 Healthy and Satisfying Meals Nutritionists Love to Make at Home

Health
Ever wonder what nutritionists eat when they’re craving an easy, healthy, yet super filling meal? We do. That’s why we asked our favorite food experts to reveal the meals they whip up when they're pressed for time or stressed to the max, yet craving something hearty and energizing. Here, five nutritionists dish up the breakfast, lunch, and dinner fallbacks they always look forward to. Eat up! RELATED: 8 Foods You Need in Your Kitchen for a Healthier 2018 Go-to grain bowl"My favorite meal is a power bowl. I just follow this formula: a simple, cooked whole grain (such as brown rice, quinoa, or farro), veggies (greens, bell peppers, tomatoes, cauliflower), plant protein (chickpeas, pistachios, tofu), and a flavorful sauce (vinaigrette, Th
Buying a home: How long does it take to save a deposit?

Buying a home: How long does it take to save a deposit?

Business
Potential first-time buyers must typically save for eight years to afford a deposit to buy a home, data suggests.A typical 20% deposit in London is now more than £80,000, according to the Nationwide Building Society.Elsewhere in the UK, the average deposit could be closer to £20,000, the lender said.The squeeze on wages and low interest rates makes it more difficult to raise the money than a decade ago.The Nationwide, which calculated that house prices rose by 2.6% in 2017, analysed its mortgage data for the cost of the typical first-time buyer's house purchase in each region, and from this derived how much a 20% deposit would be.The £80,000-plus cost in London is about £30,000 higher than a decade ago. In other regions, such as the Midlands and northern England, deposit requirements are s
Home rules tweaked in Haryana, now get occupation certificates in 8 days

Home rules tweaked in Haryana, now get occupation certificates in 8 days

Finance
GURUGRAM: The Haryana government has decided to allow people constructing homes to file a self-declaration mentioning they have followed the building plan in an attempt to streamline the process of issuing occupation certificates. Under the amended Haryana Building Code, 2017, a person building a home will have to give a "self-certificate" through a recognised architect to the department of town and country planning. The government is expected to issue the occupation certificate (OC) in eight working days if the applicant is found to have followed all the rules of construction. Officials said the district town planner (DTP) and the assistant town planner (ATP) might conduct random checks of the site to ensure the new rules aren't misused. In case of any discrepancy, the department ...