While 61 mines had earlier been asked to pay Rs47,805 crore as fine, Rs20,095 crore penalty was imposed on 42 mines a couple of days back for excess mining in Odisha
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A very valuable lesson in investing I...
With just one day to go, Obama and Bruce Springsteen are due to hold a rally while Governor Romney continues to press for his case as President
I arrive at Wisconsin late Sunday evening and learnt that President Obama and Bruce Springsteen are to hold an early morning rally in Madison. This should be the icing on the cake. President Obama has been revisiting the message of ‘change’ and bipartisanship once again. He is casting himself as an agent of change. He will also visit Ohio and Colorado. The years of organisational and campaigning effort is culminating in one final push.
It is rumoured that his final rally is with Dave Matthews in Aurora, Colorado, the site of the appalling ‘Batman’ shootings. If the rumours are to be believed, it is Obama’s most significant statement against gun control, possibly to woo the undecided women electorate. A bold move nonetheless, and I hope it has been polled and cross-checked before the announcement and not just a speculation.
Governor Romney, on the other hand, has been is criss-crossing the swing states and will speak to anyone who listens. He had been in Ohio criticising offshoring and says that a vote for him is a vote for America. I found the people of Ohio unusually subdued in view of their crucial role in deciding the outcome of the election. They were completely matter-of–fact and taking it in their stride.
The polls indicate that one or the other side is leading with the thinnest of margins. All sorts of variables and unknowns are in play and nobody is confident.
America is on a knife’s edge and the direction of the country for the next four years is an issue. Americans are feeling hopeful, nervous, optimistic and pessimistic all at once. It feels like America is at crossroads as the world watches with baited breath.
(Harsh Desai has done his BA in Political Science from St Xavier's College & Elphinstone College, Bombay and has done his Master's in Law from Columbia University in the city of New York. He is a practicing advocate at the Bombay High Court.)