Saturday, June 3, 2023


Budget 2023 energising debates on defence spending but Indian police left begging

For years, experts have argued the case for rethinking the Centre-state relationship regarding the police. The time to debate police financing is running out.

Budget 2023 takes a leap in reducing India’s fiscal deficit

Measures announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Budget 2023 are clearly not populist, which has been the convention.

Some hits and misses for India’s agricultural sector in Budget 2023

A dedicated fund for start-ups in rural India is a much-needed thrust but Budget 2023 has unexpectedly slashed allocation to the agriculture ministry and reduced funds for MGNREGA by 33%.

How the new tax regime encourages long-term savings like Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana

The transition to a new tax regime will be a smart move by existing taxpayers in search of simplicity and more disposable income.

Budget 2023: An election-year bonus for the super-rich. No, Modi govt hasn’t lost it

See the political messaging in this budget. It is an uncluttered continuation from last year and is a statement of confidence, bordering on overconfidence.

Budget 2023: Coming up, 100 5G labs to develop applications — smart classrooms to healthcare

Labs will be set up in engineering institutions, says FM. She also announces relief in customs duty on import of certain phone components.

Budget 2023: MEA gets much less than parliamentary panel wanted. But chair says ‘satisfactory’

Less than 2 months ago, panel chaired by BJP MP P P Chaudhary had recommended more than doubling allocation to foreign ministry, to 1% from 0.44% of overall budget.

Budget 2023: Green push for auto sector — funds for scrapping old govt vehicles, cheaper EVs

No import duty on machinery required to manufacture lithium-ion cells for batteries used in EVs, specific budgetary allocation for scrapping & replacing old govt vehicles.

Budget 2023: Govt introduces startup fund for young agri-entrepreneurs, idea long pushed by RSS

Agriculture Accelerator Fund aims to bring 'innovative & affordable solutions for challenges faced by farmers' and modern technologies to increase productivity & profitability.

Budget 2023 for tech sector: Digital India funds slashed, PAN ‘common identifier’, KYCs simplified

Sitharaman's 'technology-driven' also pushed for access to anonymised data, DigiLocker expansion & job creation through Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 4.0.

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ThePrint Illustration by Manisha Yadav

FY23’s positive GDP data hides worrying trends: Weak consumption, sustained slump...

It should be cause for worry that, by latest quarter, agriculture had become 25% bigger than manufacturing. This is the exact opposite of what 'Make in India' intended.
A woman shops inside the Big Bazaar retail store in Mumbai | Reuters/Niharika Kulkarni

GST collection rises 12% to Rs 1.57 lakh crore in May

The government collected 1.41 trillion rupees as GST in May 2022 and a record 1.87 trillion rupees in April.


Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Manipur CM N. Biren Singh chairs a meeting with senior officials of the Manipur Police, CAPFs and the India Army to review the security situation in Manipur, in Imphal | ANI

Manipur unrest: Army defends itself against social media attacks, says its...

Statement follows social media posts giving out names of 21 officers belonging to one of two Manipur communities locked in violence — Kukis and Meiteis — and alleges favouritism.
Illustration by Prajna Ghosh | ThePrint

Manipur saw ‘free’ India’s 1st flag hoisted. Now it’s BJP’s biggest...

There are 3 things you never do in a small northeastern state: undermine local leaders, divide and rule, push homogenisation.