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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.
Arun Jaitley on Modi Government's policies towards rural India| PTI

The feel-good steps the Modi govt can take for India Inc. in this Budget

Sending the right feelers to industry would mean laying down a roadmap for bringing in land and labour reforms, infrastructure development, etc.
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, CEO of Paytm

Demonetisation is like a monkey on my back, says Paytm’s Vijay Shekhar Sharma

There were pros and cons to demonetisation and to being an entrepreneur, says Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma at Democracy Wall.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field in Kolkata | PTI Photo

In this Budget, ignore science at farmers’ peril

The lasting legacy of this government will be that it oversaw the lowest average growth rate of agriculture in almost three decades. As the...

On Camera

Amit Shah

Coronavirus-hit China must look at helpful India, not pick on Amit Shah’s Arunachal visit

The India-China border dispute is a complicated issue and it is futile to expect it to be resolved in the ‘early harvest’ manner suggested by China.

Do Shaheen Bagh protesters run risk of waning interest or should stay put for CAA endgame?

The Shaheen Bagh protest against CAA has entered its third month. SC-appointed mediators met protesters this week and may meet them again at a different location.

Defence

Representational image of Kandla Port, Gujarat | Photo: Commons

Chinese ship carrying suspected cargo to Pakistan allowed to leave, equipment held back

The ship was detained at Gujarat's Kandla Port for allegedly mis-declaring an autoclave, which can be used to launch ballistic missiles, as an industrial ‘dryer’.

Amit Shah’s performance as minister will now determine the success of Modi-Shah power pair

Modi-Shah share a unique power equation unlike Nehru-Patel and Vajpayee-Advani. After Delhi defeat, Shah enters a new, unfamiliar phase of his political career.