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.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Budget 2015: Government may consider 2-4% import duty cut on gold, say sources 
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NEW DELHI, 5 Feb, 2015: With decline in gold imports, the government may consider 2-4 per cent reduction in import duty on it in the forthcoming Budget, a move that could help boost exports and manufacturing of gems and jewellery, sources said.

The industry has already sought reduction in customs duty on gold to 2 per cent, from 10 per cent now.

"Gold imports are declining continuously. Gems and jewellery sector contributes significantly in the country's total exports. On account of this, we are expecting a cut in the import duty. But it is up to the Finance Minister to take the final decision in the Budget," said a source. 

The government may consider cutting the duty by 2-4 per cent, sources said.

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had last month hinted that the gems and jewellery sector, which employs about 3.5 million people, may get some incentives in the Budget.

The issues including the import duty related to this sector were widely discussed recently at a 'Make In India' workshop and a presentation was given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on it by Commerce Secretary Rajee Kher.

The ministry suggested that import duty on gold and silver be reduced to 2 per cent from the current 10 per cent.

Gold imports in December declined sharply to 39 tonnes, from 152 tonnes in November. Exports of gems and jewellery too declined by 1.2 per cent year-on-year to USD 2.66 billion in December. 

The ministry suggested that import duty on gold and silver be reduced to 2 per cent from the current 10 per cent.

Gold imports in December declined sharply to 39 tonnes, from 152 tonnes in November. Exports of gems and jewellery too declined by 1.2 per cent year-on-year to USD 2.66 billion in December.

The sector is one of the 25 thrust areas identified under the 'Make in India' programme. The campaign aims at attracting domestic and foreign investments to boost manufacturing and create jobs.

The All India Gems and Jewellery Federation has suggested that the customs duty should now be reduced to help check the smuggling of the precious metal.

The government had raised the import duty on gold to contain the widening current account deficit. 

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