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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaking at a conference post-Budget | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Where Budget 2023 excels—fiscal prudence to reviewing ‘Covid spending’

The sanctity of budgeting has been preserved amid a lot of expectations, given that this is a pre-election year budget.
Row of soft-drinks and water bottles

Taxing soft drinks and booze can spark healthy spiral, experts say

When it comes to sweet drinks, more countries are willing to try taxes to tackle obesity along with budget deficits, potentially hurting companies such as Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc.

Defence

Nirmala Sitharaman being sworn in as defence minister by President Ram Nath Kovind

The biggest challenges Nirmala Sitharaman will face as India’s new Defence...

Sitharaman, who is only the second woman defence minister in India's history, is expected to work closely with the Finance Minister to take key industry-related decisions

Return of the Muslim: From Modi ‘sermon’ to Pathaan to Bharat...

Most key Hindutva/RSS objectives have been achieved, and Modi & BJP now need social calm, at least till summer of 2024. A de-escalation of some sort is on.