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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.....👍✌
Friday, July 11, 2014
Ban-hit Goa mining industry sees ray of hope in Budget
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.