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.

Friday, January 10, 2014

India considers easing gold import curbs - government sources
[Editor: This move will help most of the Jewellery Manufacturing companies, eg, Shree Ganesh Jewellery House (I) Ltd (Rs.28.85). According to the management, nearly 81 % of the company’s revenue was derived from exports in 2012-13 and 98 per cent of its raw materials were imported, creating a hedge. Since exports exceeded imports, a weakening rupee tended to benefit the company’s margins. Shree Ganesh Jewellery House (I) Ltd, IPO price-band was set at Rs.260-270, in 2010. Shree Ganesh Jewellery House Limited is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of handcrafted gold jewelery in India]
New Delhi, Jan 6, 2014 Officials are in discussions to cut a record high import duty on gold and relax rules on exports, government sources said, after the measures helped narrow the country's trade deficit and now threaten to encourage smuggling.

India imposed the curbs last year when overseas gold purchases - the country's second most expensive import after oil - pushed its current account deficit to a record and undermined the rupee currency.

With three duty hikes last year to a record 10 percent and onerous restrictions tying purchases to exports, official arrivals shrank almost 90 percent in the six months to November, helping China displace India as the world's top gold buyer.

The decision to cut the import duty is likely to be taken anytime this month, said one of the government sources, who has direct knowledge of the deliberations but did not want to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue.

With the current account deficit much reduced and little impact seen on the rupee from the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to cut back stimulus, the time may soon be right for authorities to make it easier for gold-hungry Indians to buy.

"Earlier, we had argued that we should wait for the Fed's decision on tapering its monetary stimulus. After the Fed's decision, we are not left with any strong argument," said another source with direct knowledge of the deliberations.

The Fed trimmed its monthly bond purchases at the end of 2013 with little impact on the rupee.

India's current account deficit is now likely to be less than $50 billion in the year to March 31, 2014, down at least $20 billion from earlier estimates, the second source said.

Even the governor of India's central bank, whose insistence that 20 percent of gold imports be exported as jewellery has hurt the most, has suggested there may come a time for change.

"Once we feel more comfortable with the current account deficit, once we have a sense the tapering, at least the threat of it, is behind us, we will certainly consider unwinding some of these distortionary actions," Raghuram Rajan said last month.

He had also said smuggling would rise if curbs on gold imports continued for too long.

Indians are smuggling in more bullion than ever as buyers seek alternative sources of the metal, which is often given as gifts at weddings and festivals in the country.

Between April and September, customs officials seized nearly double the amount of illegal gold taken in the whole of 2012. The World Gold Council estimates about 150 to 200 tonnes may be smuggled during 2013, on top of official demand of 900 tonnes.

India's official imports were 21 tonnes in November, down from 2012's monthly average of 72 tonnes and sharply below the record of 162 tonnes hit in May, according to Thomson Reuters GFMS.

SUPPLY CRUNCH, PREMIUMS SOAR

The supply crunch helped drive Indian gold premiums to a record high of $160 an ounce over London prices in early December, versus about $1.30 to $1.50 an ounce in Singapore.

Jewellers, who estimate India's monthly demand to be nearer 60 tonnes, have been asking for a duty cut to 8 percent and have the backing of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, which is leading in state polls ahead of national elections due this year.

A final decision lies with Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, who has so far resisted a cut but shifted last week to say he was in favour of continuing "some restraint" on imports.

N. R. Bhanumurthy, an economist at Delhi-based think-tank the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), said: "We have unaccounted imports of gold that are much more damaging for the overall monetary system. It actually creates a huge problem for monetary policy.

"Now when they have come close to a comfort level on the current account deficit, there is definitely a need to review this import duty."

Courtesy: Reuters