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Star India Renews Mumbai Office Lease For 9 Years At Rs 5.91 Crore Per Month

Star India Pvt Ltd, the company that runs sports and entertainment channels, has renewed its lease agreement for the next 9 years at a monthly rental of Rs 5.91 crore. Star operates from Urmi Estate, located very close to Lower Parel station, Mumbai. Lower Parel has emerged as the new Central Business District. It may be recalled that Lower Parel was once synonymous with textile mills, and the area had several mills and chawls housing mill workers and their families. Now, these mills and the chawls have made way for swanky apartments and commercial complexes. According to documents provided by CRE Matrix, a real estate data analytics firm, the renewal was signed on October 3, 2022 between Star and Keshav & Co. It has paid a security deposit of Rs 93.48 crore. The details include, office premises 27th to 36th Floor, 37th Floor, Sports floor 6,7,23,24 and 26th floor in Urmi Estate Building Tower A.  Ground Floor Lobby, Meeting room & Studio area on the ground floor, Mail Room SRM. And this includes a terrace on the 8th floor. Star will have access to 650 parking spaces of which 500 are for four wheelers and 150 for two wheelers. The rent escalation is 4.5% at the end of every 12 months. By arrangement with

Flat Buyers Beware! 52 Housing Projects In Kalyan-Dombivli Deregistered

Do you stay in the jurisdiction of Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC)? Then this news is of utmost importance to you. The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has put out a list of 52 projects which are either suspended, kept in abeyance or deregistered. MahaRERA took this decision after KDMC filed a complaint against several developers for allegedly forging documents that they had permissions, whereas no such permission was issued. It is mandatory that every project registered with MahaRERA should have all the permissions required to carry out constructions from the planning authority. In this case the planning authority is KDMC for all the 52 projects which are now deregistered. As per the RERA Act, 2016, all real estate projects are to be registered with the RERA in respective states. In Maharashtra, on registration of a project with MahaRERA, the projects are provided with a certificate and a number. Every developer who wishes to sell a project in Maharashtra has to have this number, even to advertise, they need this number, any project that hasn’t been completed and not received an OC, they need to register with MahaRERA. The watchdog’s job is to save the homebuyers from frauds. Buyers before investing in any new project in Maharashtra, should visit MahaRERA’s website and check the details before investing. By arrangement with


Technology Cannot Disrupt Original Content Provider: Short Post Editor

They say time flies. How true!  Today is our #SecondAnniversary. Two years back at the height of Covid-19 Pandemic when lockdown was the way of life we took a leap of faith and launched Short Post (Jan 28, 2021), the first-of-its-kind website in the country that focuses on Authentic Gossip. The Oxymoron is deliberate. Well, the response has been quite encouraging. That’s what has kept us going. Till date we have posted close to 2000 stories in the areas of Politics, Business, Entertainment and Sports. Each insightful story of around 225 words has been contributed by Senior Editors. There is a sense of satisfaction of creating a new segment in the market – authentic gossip — and in the process creating a brand (in a limited sense), creating demand (readers) and creating supply (writers). Well known advertisers — IDFC FIRST Bank, ICICI Lombard – supported us.  And that really boosted our confidence. Thank you!

So here we are raring to go.  But, when I look at the media landscape the disruption is indeed fast and furious. Technology is playing a very big role in how content will be consumed. In the past, we have seen how social media has disrupted the media world. Now, everybody is saying the same thing about ChatGPT. It has reached 1 million users in five days. Its scorching pace of growth is indeed frightening and will disrupt the media industry big time. My limited argument is can it do investigative stories, write gossip items using the digital world ecosystem. Unlikely. Clearly, the original content has to be created first — only then can ChatGPT do the magic. That’s what we promise to do – focus on original content.

Before I sign off, I am reminded of an old advertisement of the early sixties: “Avis is only No.2 in rent a cars. So we try harder”. Likewise I can say, we are two years old and we are trying even harder to be relevant to you readers.