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.....👍✌

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Gold: Outlook Looks Bullish
~~by Sean Brodrick
Friday, February 14, 2014: What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? We're about to find out in the gold markets.

The irresistible force is Chinese gold demand, which is surging along with its price. Gold flirted with $1,300 on Thursday. (Much higher demand from India could be coming shortly, too.)

The immovable object is Wall Street's bearish view on gold, a view that hardened after gold plunged 28% last year. Wall Street hates gold with the white-hot heat of a thousand suns.

But I think Wall Street is about to get blown away. And not just because gold hit a three-month high on Tuesday.

A chart of gold prices shows that the metal has fallen very far - but there are signs to give the bulls hope. We can see a double-bottom is in place. Gold broke its weekly downtrend.

I'd say the technical picture is improving even as bullish fundamentals line up for the next push higher.

They include
(i) Renewed Buying From China
China's gold consumption jumped 41% last year to 1,176.4 metric tonnes, according to data from the Chinese Gold Association. "Chinese consumer demand is unprecedented," one dealer said in news reports.

Jewelry demand climbed 43% and bullion demand soared 57%.

Consumer sales surged by at least 20% in December 2013 from a month earlier and were up 15% compared with the same period in 2012.

China's 2013 gold imports from Hong Kong more than doubled from the previous year, even though its own mines are producing at record rates.

An End to Selling of Gold by ETFs?
Assets in bullion-backed exchange-traded funds shrank 33% last year. All that metal rushing out of the funds weighed heavily on gold prices.

China bought most of the gold that the funds sold, and doesn't seem eager to give it back.

But ETF selling has slowed to a trickle. Gold ETF outflows slowed 76% from December to January, according to data from ETF Securities.

What's more, the end of January saw gold ETFs experience their largest inflows in a year.

It's still early in the year, but if the funds are done hemorrhaging yellow metal, that lifts a huge weight off the market price.

Yellen Puts Wings on Gold
New Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen appears for the moment to be following the easy-money path laid by predecessor Ben Bernanke. And that's good news for gold.

Although she said tapering of the bond-buying program is likely to continue, she also signaled there is no preset course for the scale-back of quantitative easing. That statement helped gold rally this week.

India May Lift Restrictions on Gold Imports
Last year, India's gold imports soared. In fact, the trend was blamed for pushing India's current account deficit to a record.

So the Indian government hiked duties on gold imports three times last year, to a record 10%. It also dictated that a fifth of all imports of gold be shipped out.

Since India was 20% of global demand in 2012, these actions pushed gold prices lower last year. Indian gold imports probably fell 70% in the final quarter of 2013.

These policies have reduced India's current account deficit, as intended. But it's also ruining India's jewelry business.

Many experts expect India to ease restrictions on imports after the official current account deficit is released next month.

There are other forces at work, including a potential strike at gold mines in South Africa and booming gold coin sales in the U.S.

Could gold prices go lower? Yes. But it darned sure looks like the bottom is in. If that's the case, gold miners, which have been beaten into the dirt, are now bargains.

CourtesyInvestment U