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, July 11, 2014

Ban-hit Goa mining industry sees ray of hope in Budget
Time is running out for Mr.Manohar Parrikar 
Photo: Hindustan Times
Friday, July 11, 2014: Panaji: Goa's beleaguered mining industry on Thursday said certain proposals in the Union Budget are expected to help the resumption of iron ore extraction, which had been stalled in the State since the last two years.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his maiden Budget speech, proposed to expeditiously resolve the "current impasse" in mining industry to encourage investment and bridge supply-demand gap.

He proposed to revise royalty rates on minerals which would help swell the coffers of States and make changes, if necessary, in the Mines and Minerals (Development & Regulation) Amendment Act (MMDRA) to facilitate to encourage investment and promote sustainable mining practices.

"We hope necessary amendments are done in the MMRD Act so that mining operations resume at the earliest and existing ambiguities are removed," Glenn Kalavampara, Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association (GMOEA) Secretary, told PTI, reacting to the Budget.

"It's correct decision to amend the MMRD Act. At present there is a lot of ambiguity due to multiple interpretation of the Act. The amendment will help the entire mining sector in the country," Kalavampara said.

Asked about the revision of royalty rates, he said stakeholders should be taken into confidence before moving ahead on this front as the current rates of taxes paid by the mining industry are high.

India's mining sector, particularly extraction of iron ore - the steel-making raw material - was affected after the Supreme Court imposed a ban in Karnataka and Goa on allegations of illegal mining.

The SC had banned iron ore mining in Karnataka in July-August 2011, and in Goa in October 2012 and it was lifted early this year with a cap on production.

As a result of the ban, both production and exports of iron ore fell drastically. 

Courtesy: Zee News India
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