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Presidential Elections: Support Dr.Meira Kumar
Bihar and Jharkhand governments have no choice but to support Dr.Meira Kumar. As defeat of "Bihar ki Beti" will invariably bring Shame to the Biharis and Jharkhandis (or erstwhile unified Bihar). Do you think that, people of Bihar will leave Nitish Kumar Scott - free, if Dr.Meira Kumar loses ? So, Nitish Kumar has very little option left but to support, Dr.Meira Kumar.
Moreover, if Nitish Kumar wants to fall in the BJP's well calculated electoral TRAP no one can save him in the next election.
Also, I am surprised to see Mr.Navin Pattanayak, so easily chewing the RSS bait. Orissa is a state, where there is large chunk of Tribal Christian voters loyal to the BJD (Biju Janata Dal). I am still to fathom, BJD's sudden electoral gamble of siding with the RSS and the BJP; when Mr.Pattanayak has been maintaining distance from them since some time.
Besides, the election of Dr.Meira Kumar, who is educated, experienced and very sober, might also correct some of the historical mistakes of not making her father, the Prime Minister of India.
Also, I don't think all the Muslim and Christian MPs and MLAs from the TDP and TRS will ever support a RSS backed Candidate, who acted against Dalit Christian and Muslin reservations. Therefore, invariably cross voting will take place, which might give the underdog, Ms.Kumar, a win. Support Dr.Meira Kumar, give a conscience vote and make her the 2nd Female President of India.
All the best to Dr.Meira Kumar.....👍✌
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Gold jewellery imports surge to over 20 ton at fag-end of 2013
With import curbs on gold bars and coins creating shortages, gold jewellery imports have surged suddenly to over 20 tonnes in the October-December period of 2013, according to the Bombay Bullion Association.
India, the world's largest gold consumer and that meets its entire demand through imports, did not buy any gold jewellery abroad in the same period last year.
"For the first time, gold jewellery imports have picked up suddenly this year. Total imports are estimated to be more than 20 tonnes in October-December of 2013," the Association's past-President Suresh Hundia said.
This is despite gold jewellery attracting higher duty of 15 per cent as compared with 10 per cent on gold bullion.
Hundia said jewellery makers are facing shortage as recent curbs have made bullion imports difficult. They have resorted to jewellery imports to meet domestic demand.
Much of the gold jewellery is imported from the UAE. The imported gold jewellery is melted and re-designed as per the taste of Indian buyers.
To bring down current account deficit, government has taken several measures in the past few months to contain gold imports. Import duty on gold has been hiked to 10 per cent, while traders are mandated to re-export 20 per cent of each gold consignment before ordering fresh shipments.
Going forward, Hundia said gold jewellery imports are expected to remain higher in the coming months as well.