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.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Revisiting gold import rules, says Anand Sharma
[Editor: P Chidambaram's obstinacy should have its  usual limits.  Normally, he is hard-working and has performed better than many other Finance Ministers, during the last couple of decades, but his "Herculean Stupidity" and overconfidence is what  gets him flak at the end. When the elections are only few months away, he is still talking of Fiscal Deficits and Current Account Deficits while relaxing norms for Gold imports, as if the voters will give vote depending on this figure. Moreover, even if he is trying to contain CAD  now, he should at understand that any decision works with a time lag. Therefore, if the import restrictions are removed now, it would not be before April, 2014 that the steam for imports will start to pick up. Anand Sharma is right  in his assessment and a sector cannot be victimized for such a long time with draconian laws. There are poor artisans associated with this sectors whose life is in trouble due to high-handedness of the FMO. If the import of gold is made so much costlier, then how would the exports take place---are we living in an Utopia?]
January 28, 2014: The Union Commerce Ministry was for relaxing gold import rules and actively discussing the issue with the Finance Ministry, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said here on Monday.

“I am for a review and [the matter] is on my table,” Mr. Sharma, told a news conference after opening the CII Partnership Summit. “I am discussing this with the Finance Minister on my return to Delhi. We will see how to have a balance.”

(Earlier in the day, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, too, said in New Delhi that the restrictions on gold import would be relaxed by the end of the year.)

Mr. Sharma said the UPA government would continue to push through its economic agenda, including opening up the Railways and the construction sector to foreign direct investment.

Mr. Sharma dismissed the talk of policy paralysis in the government as a canard.

Cautioning certain States against reneging on their earlier decisions to allow FDI in multi-brand retail in their areas, the Minister said the 12 States that joined it “had exhausted the option.”

“We created a policy, not a revolving door. I would like to tell those States who are talking otherwise that India cannot be turned into a banana republic. Resolutions of both Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court should be respected.”

Courtesy: The  Hindu