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.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

India surpasses US, China as most attractive investment destination: Survey
New Delhi, 24 November, 2013: With relaxation in FDI norms to boost investor sentiments, India has emerged as the most attractive investment destination surpassing neighbouring China and the US, says a report.

The global survey of leading consultancy firm Ernst and Young (EY) has ranked India as the most attractive investment destination followed by Brazil and China at second and third positions, respectively.

While Canada has cornered fourth spot, the US is placed at fifth position. Other nations in the top ten are South Africa (6), Vietnam (7), Myanmar (8), Mexico (9) and Indonesia (10).

"With sharp currency depreciation and opening up of FDI in various sectors, India has become an attractive destination for foreign investors," EY, earlier known as Ernst & Young, said.

In August, the government announced relaxation in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms in many sectors, including multi-brand retail and telecom.

According to the global consultancy firm, due to the present macro-economic pressures and heavy debt pile, several Indian companies are looking to divest non-core businesses.

"This has created a large opportunity for foreign players vying for a greater role in the Indian market," it added.

When it comes to investments, the US, France and Japan have emerged as "top three investors likely to invest in India".

The findings are a part of EY's latest Capital Confidence Barometer report, based on a survey of about 1,600 senior executives from large companies across 70 countries. It aims to gauge corporate confidence in the economic outlook and understand boardroom priorities, among others.

With respect to India, sectors with the highest level of anticipated deal-making include automotive, technology, life sciences and consumer products.

About 38 per cent of the respondents felt that M&A volumes in India are expected to improve over the next 12 months.

"Indian companies also reflect a concerted focus on job creation as well as optimising operations to deliver cost reduction," the report said.

Amit Khandelwal, who is National Leader & Partner (Transaction Advisory Services) at EY, said the investor outlook for India remains positive, despite the challenges the country's economy has faced in the recent past.

On the other hand, the report said that Indian corporate entities have started looking at developed markets for making acquisitions.

"After two years, European countries (UK and Germany) have made a comeback on the potential investment destinations list for Indian companies," it added.

Courtesy: NDTV Ltd