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.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Will India Choose Steel or Iron Ore in its Budget Battle?
~by Sohrab Darabshaw 
Mr.Narendra Singh Tomar
Photo: BJP.Org
JULY 7, 2014: India’s new Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar needs to tread carefully. He must recommend a path that makes economic and financial sense, but it also must not anger either of the two lobbies, steel or iron ore. While one issue relates to mining, the other, to steel. In the previous governments, such a conflict never arose since both were separate ministries handled by different ministers. In the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government, while the ministries continue to remain separate, there’s one minister in charge of both, so therein lies the rub.

The miners, inclined towards exports, hold the view that due to the paucity of ore, high duties have made exports not viable, resulting in job and revenue losses. The steel majors, on the other hand, cite the same iron ore shortage to prop up their case that India’s 30 percent duty on exports, imposed in late 2011, should be continued, stating that restrictions on mining of iron ore in the recent past had led to an estimated drop of 35 percent in India’s total annual output of ore, presenting a “grave challenge” within the steel industry.

Until recently, India was the third largest exporter of iron ore, but the combination of a series of mining bans and the export tax have dropped it a few nothces. Exports plummeted to just 14.42 million tons in 2013-14 compared to 117.37 million tons in 2009-10. During the period, India’s ore imports went up from 0.89 million tons to 5 million tons. For a while, India had turned into a net importer of iron ore.

The previous government also imposed a five percent export duty on iron ore pellets, an agglomerated form of the raw material. So, while industry association, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India was of the view that the government should raise the export duty on iron ore pellets even further to safeguard the interests of India’s steel industry, the Pellet Manufacturers’ Association of India has demanded that commerce ministry remove the duty, claiming it was choking the industry and would stunt growth.

Anil Agarwal, Chairman of Vedanta, one of the world’s biggest diversified metals and mining companies, has supported the mining industry’s demand to reduce the export duty. In a tweet that he sent out, he said India could earn $10 billion if the government allowed the export of iron ore.

So how’s the Steel and Mining Minister planning to tackle the dichotomy? Insiders have told the media that he seems inclined to continuing allow the export tax to stand. When asked for his reaction, Tomar told news agency, the Press Trust of India (PTI), that a conciliation had to be reached on the two issues, and that his ministry was studying both demands.

Which is not saying much at all, is it?

Courtesy: Metal Miner

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