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Adi Godrej talks about Budget 2018

Budget 2018 makes India uncompetitive for investments, says Adi Godrej

Arun Jaitley has re-introduced long-term capital gains tax of 10 per cent. Companies with turnover of up to Rs 50 crore have got corporate tax relief.
A groundnut farmer with his produce

Budget 2018: It’s the rural economy, stupid

With large parts of the country, including poll-bound states, gripped by a farm crisis, Modi govt’s last budget gives top priority to the rural sector.
Farmers sorting through potato crop in Uttar Pradesh

Budget 2018: What onions, tomatoes & potatoes can learn from the milk shake-up

Like milk, government wants to develop market for onions, potatoes and tomatoes, launches new scheme with a corpus of Rs 500 crore to help farmers.
The C130J aircraft (for representational purposes) | Source: Ministry of Defence

Pensions overtake modernisation, modest 7.8 % hike in defence budget

Bill for pensions zooms past Rs 1 lakh crore mark; sharp increase in fund to assist private sector
Women working in factory

Budget 2018 gives incentives to get more women in the workplace, keep them there

EPFO payment rate eased for women workers from 12 to 8 per cent; Rs 3 lakh crore allocated for loans under Mudra Scheme.
Arun Jaitley in Parliament

Full text of the Union Budget 2018

Here's the full text of the Union Budget presented by Arun Jaitley.
Animal hides used by tanneries being dried on the banks of Ganga

Fact check: Arun Jaitley claims in Budget that Ganga cleanup has picked up speed. It hasn’t

ThePrint's visits to Kanpur and Varanasi showed that the Ganga is far from being cleaned, and projects under Namami Gange have been progressing sluggishly.
Budget 2018 doubles MPs’ salaries, but they’ll no longer decide on their own raises

Budget Live: Jaitley gives no income tax benefits, imposes long-term capital gains tax

Tracking the latest updates as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents the Modi government's last Union Budget before the next general elections.
Arun Jaitley

Budget announces Rs 1 lakh crore new funding mechanism for higher education institutes

Scraps grants-in-aid, asks higher education institutes like IITs, IIMs NITs to take soft loans and pay 25 per cent principal.
A farmer plowing the field

Economic Survey echoes Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz’s concerns for India’s farm sector

The survey indicates that climate change impact could be extremely high in unirrigated areas if an adequate policy response is not brought in time.

On Camera

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.