Discrimination faced by Mumbaikars...

If the housing societies in Mumbai (Bombay) are only meant for families (married couples), then the government of Maharashtra should make marriage compulsory in the state/city.
Or else the government should tell its citizens where will Unmarried, Divorcees, Bachelors, Spinsters live in the city of skyscrapers or is Bombay only for those who have families.
This is one of the greatest mental blocks of Mumbaikars, who otherwise want to bask in the FALSE HALO of Cosmopolitanism.
This disease (of not giving apartments to Bachelors, Muslims, etc on rent) is specially prevalent in housing societies where the Gujaratis, Marathis and North Indians (to some extent) abound; while the rest of the population is more or less okay with the concept.
The government of Maharashtra should take this matter seriously and devise laws to eradicate this malice ASAP, so that BOMBAY (and its suburbs) becomes free of discrimination based on Marital Status, Religion, etc. Or else the Honourable Supreme Court of India should step in, and give directions to the state or central governments -- so that the fundamental rights of its citizens enshrined in the constitution of India is not violated.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

FDI boosters on cards
The government is considering a series of measures to liberalise the country’s foreign direct investment (FDI) policy.

As part of this, it is looking at permitting 26 per cent FDI in insurance broking through the automatic route, which would mean a nod from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) would not be necessary.

The Department of Economic Affairs has also suggested that activities covered under the non-banking financial company list be enlarged to include financial services such as insurance agencies and services auxiliary to insurance. It is also seeking to allow up to 100 per cent FDI in commodity broking under the automatic route, subject to certain capitalisation norms.

Many of these proposals would be incorporated in the consolidated FDI policy, which is modified every six months. The latest version is expected soon.

In a major boost to FDI in wholesale retailing, the government is set to clarify the definition of a group company. Under the definition, group companies would mean two or more enterprises that directly or indirectly are in a position to exercise 26 per cent or more of the voting rights of another company, or can appoint more than 50 per cent of the members of the board of directors.

Walmart had approached the government for a clarification on the definition of what constituted a group.

The government had earlier scrutinised the relationship between Bharti Walmart — a 50-50 joint venture for cash-and-carry between the Bharti group and Walmart — and Bharti Retail — a wholly owned front-end retail company of the Bharti group.

Branded international retail stores in the fashion and jewellery businesses have been stymied from setting up stores through the single-brand retailing window due to a clause that makes it mandatory for these to sell only those products “which are branded during manufacture”. The government is planning to put a clarificatory guideline exempting such firms from this rider.

The government is also looking at permitting a foreign company that has picked up the entire stake in a pharma company to make additional investment through the automatic route, but with a few riders. It can now infuse fresh capital or convert external commercial borrowing in the Indian company into equity without going to the FIPB every time. But the money invested must not be used for acquisition of a domestic pharma company. 

Courtesy:  Business Standard