Millennials are more willing than baby boomers to pay higher rents for housing equipped with automated and remote-control devices, a recent study says.According to a survey of 1,000 multifamily renters in the U.S. by Wakefield Research and Schlage, 86% of millennials said they’d pay higher rents for features like keyless entry doors, while only 65% of baby boomers agreed, Construction Dive reported.When housing incorporated smart technology, millennials were comfortable with rents that were 20% higher. The study published by Schlage, a manufacturer of door hardware, found that 61% of millennials were likely to rent an apartment specifically because it came with electronic access. Conversely, 63% would move out of an apartment because of inadequate security; and 44% said they would give up a parking space to live in a high-tech apartment.(There’s no standard for who’s considered a millennial, also called Generation Y, but this article in The Atlantic provides some background, and defines millennials as those born between 1982 and 2004.)Big builders are taking note as more first-time home buyers enter the housing market. In two new communities in California’s Silicon Valley, KB Home has included home automation features controlled through the Apple HomeKit platform, Construction Dive reported separately.The technology allows homeowners to control lighting, HVAC systems, garage doors, cameras, thermostats, windows shades, and door locks with their iPhones or iPads.For more information on installing smart-home technology in rental units, see Firm Will Test Smart Features in Rentals.
Odisha’s Berhampur parliamentary constituency that boasts about electing former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao in 1996 will have a triangular fight this time between the BJD, the BJP and the Congress.In this constituency that goes to the polls in the first phase on April 11, three major parties have fielded new candidates. The BJD has dropped Siddhant Mohapatra, the cine-star turned MP of Berhampur in 2009 and 2014. The party is fielding former Union Minister Chandrasekhar Sahu as its candidate. Mr. Sahu as the Congress candidate had lost to Mr. Mohapatra twice in the past and had joined the BJD in 2018. However, the party hopes for a hat-trick through him from Berhampur.Without Mr. Sahu, the Congress has fielded V. Chandrasekhar Naidu, an energy sector industrialist from New Delhi having ancestral links with the region. He is completely new to politics and this constituency. The party hopes to garner sizeable Telugu voters in the constituency that made former PM choose it in 1996.The BJP had won this seat in 1999 during the Kargil-wave, but as an ally of the BJD. This time hoping to ride on the post-Pulwama air strike sentiments, the BJP has fielded its State secretary Bhrugu Baxipatra. The party is also planning a rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to strengthen its prospects. The BJP leaders feel the voters here vote differently for the Assembly and Lok Sabha constituency although both elections are held together. From 1957 till 1996, Berhampur continued to be a safe bastion for the Congress where even the anti-Emergency wave of 1977 had failed to work. The magic has vanished since the past two decades. The Congress had managed to win back this seat in 2004. However, with Mr. Sahu and several other key party leaders now in the BJD, the organisational strength of the Congress has gone down in the Berhampur parliamentary constituency. Berhampur, Gopalpur, Chhatrapur, Digapahandi, Chikiti, Mohana, Paralakhemundi Assembly segments where the polling will be held on April 11 are part of Berhampur Lok Sabha seat. Mohana happens to be a reserved seat for the Scheduled Castes.
Main opposition leader and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia (C) looks on as she is escorted back to prison from a hospital visit in Dhaka on 8 November, 2018. Photo: AFPBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday said the Niko deal was signed when Awami League was in power and the BNP government just maintained its continuity, reports UNB.Khaleda came up with the remarks when she was produced before a makeshift court at the abandoned central jail in the Niko graft case, said Khaleda’s lawyer Sanaullah Miah.“Sheikh Hasina was an accused in the same case; she got acquittal, but not me. If I’m produced before the court then prime minister Sheikh Hasina should also be produced before the court in the graft case,” Sanaullah Miah quoted her as saying.In response to Khaleda’s statement, Dhaka Special Judges’ Court-9 judge Mahmudul Kabir said Sheikh Hasina has already been acquitted from the graft case by the High Court, so there’s no question of producing her before the court in the case.The court also set 14 November for the next hearing in the case.Earlier, Khaleda Zia was discharged from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) upon approval from the medical board formed for her treatment, said BSMMU director brigadier general Abdullah-Al-Harun.Later, a black SUV carrying Khaleda reached the old central jail in the capital’s Nazimuddin Road around 11:40am, according to jail sources.Several police vehicles escorted her to the jail from the hospital in the morning.Following the hearing, she was taken back to the jail, they said.Earlier on Wednesday, the law ministry issued a gazette notification saying that the trial of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and others accused in the Niko corruption case will be held at the makeshift court in the abandoned central jail.The ministry issued the gazette notification transferring the court citing security reasons.According to the gazette, room No. 7 of the old central jail’s administrative building will be the venue for the makeshift court.A large number of police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Detective Branch (DB) of police and Ansar members was deployed in and around Nazimuddin Road to maintain law and order.On 6 October, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was admitted to the BSMMU after prison authorities shifted her there from jail for better treatment in response to a court order.On 4 October, the High Court directed the government to immediately admit Khaleda Zia to the BSMMU and form a 5-member medical board afresh for her treatment.Khaleda Zia was in the erstwhile abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road since she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on 8 February last.