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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, February 11, 2014
Gold smuggling rises in 2013-14, no plans to cut duty: Government
Enforcement agencies during the first nine months of 2013-14 have seized 1,074 kg of gold as against 326 kg seized during the entire 2012-13 fiscal
New Delhi February 11, 2014: Government today said there has been a rise in cases of gold smuggling due to increase in customs duty rate, but ruled out any immediate change in the duty structure of the precious metal.
The enforcement agencies during the first nine months of 2013-14 have seized 1,074.41 kg of gold as against 326.23 kg seized during the entire 2012-13 fiscal, Minister of State for Finance J D Seelam said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
"The cases booked by DRI and customs field formations indicate that there has been an increase in gold smuggling during the past one year. The increase may be partly attributable to the fluctuation of the price of gold and customs duty rate," he said.
The Minister further pointed out that 514 people have been arrested so far in the current financial year for smuggling of gold as against 154 persons during 2012-13.
On whether the government is considering revoking the restrictions on gold import, Seelam said: "At present there is no such proposal under consideration."
In order to contain the Current Account Deficit, the government had hiked import duty on gold thrice last year to 10%.
CAD, which touched a record high of $88.2 billion last financial year, is expected to come down to $50 billion in 2013-14.
Gold imports which had touched a high of 162 tonnes in May came down to 19 tonnes in November.