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.....👍✌
Monday, February 17, 2014
Spot gold up for 3rd session; futures rise for 9th day
* Silver at highest since early November
* Dollar index at six-week low
SINGAPORE, Feb 17 - Gold hit a 3-1/2 month peak on Monday as fears over U.S. economic growth and a weaker dollar added to the metals' safe-haven appeal, extending its gains after rising the most in six months last week.
Market sentiment towards gold has been positive since the beginning of the year as weak U.S. and China economic data, and emerging market jitters have taken a toll on global equities, spurring demand for bullion - often seen at times of uncertainty as a safe haven.
Gold is up 10 this year percent after a 28 percent drop in 2013, while silver has gained 12 percent.
Investor positioning in gold and technicals seem to suggest the upside could continue. "We think near-term drivers for gold price would be (weak) U.S. macro data and increasing portfolio allocation to gold for
diversification," said Helen Lau, senior analyst at UOB-Kay Securities in Hong Kong.
Spot gold rose 0.6 percent to $1,326.40 an ounce by 0340 GMT, after hitting $1,329.55 earlier in the session - its highest since Oct. 31. The metal jumped 4 percent last week, its biggest weekly gain since August.
U.S. gold futures rose for a ninth session - their longest winning streak since July 2011. Silver was trading up
1.6 percent near its highest since early November. "We are bullish gold, targeting a full retracement back to
the $1,433 high from August 2013," said analysts at ScotiaMocatta, adding that there are encouraging signs that silver has formed a bottom.
U.S. manufacturing data on Friday joined weak retail sales and employment data in suggesting that cold weather had spurred a step-back in economic growth early in the first quarter after a strong performance in the second half of 2013.
In a sign that gold prices are expected to climb further, speculators raised their bets in gold futures and options to a three-month high, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Regulatory filings also showed hedge fund Paulson & Co maintained its stake in the world's biggest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust, in the fourth quarter.
Though SPDR Gold Trust's holdings fell 5.10 tonnes to 801.25 tonnes on Friday - the first drop in three weeks - they have remained relatively stable compared with last year's 500-tonne outflow.
Gold premiums in India, the world's second-biggest consumer of the metal after China, fell 17 percent on Friday to their lowest in four months as buyers postponed purchases on speculation over a possible cut in import duty soon.
The Indian government is set to present an interim budget on Monday, in which many expect it to announce a relaxation in gold import curbs. Expectations over a duty cut have increased since the leader of India's ruling Congress party, Sonia Gandhi, asked the government to review tough import restrictions on gold that have
crimped gold supply.