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It’s an election year budget and govt has made sure its ad plans are well-funded

The allocation for ‘information’ under the I&B ministry has gone up to Rs 212.51 crore in the last two years — a rise of more than 1,800 per cent from 2016-17.
Rakesh Bharti Mittal-CII president and VC, Bharti Enterprises watching budget 2018

What India’s industrialists thought about Budget 2018

The general consensus is that while the Budget is slightly populist, it's good that it focuses on healthcare rather than handing out sops.
Arun Jaitley and Amit Shah

The perfect word to describe Arun Jaitley’s budget: Restless

The budget has the fingerprints of a worried, impatient government not as sure of a second term with a clear majority. Thankfully, it isn’t irresponsible.
Farmers working | Representational image | commons

The Modi govt never understood the problems of Indian farmers. Budget 2018 proves it

Arun Jaitley seemed to make a grand declaration as if he was fulfilling a manifesto promise. But he just shifted the goal posts with Budget 2018.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

Happy that budget has taken our concerns into account: RSS affiliates

Swadeshi Jagran Manch, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh call this budget as the first that truly addresses the concerns of ‘70 per cent India’s population’.
Arun Jaitley arrives in the Parliament ahead of budget

The biggest numbers from Modi government’s last full budget are mixed

The govt has been struggling with managing its spending following the rollout of the GST last year as well as the impact of demonetisation.
File image of PM Narendra Modi | PTI

In Davos, Modi said protectionism is terrorism. Jaitley shows he didn’t mean it

An election Budget is usually marked by fiscal profligacy to voter-friendly finance schemes. But this government is confident about selling empty promises.
Indian women and Budget 2018

Gender Budget Statement 2018: Small step for fund allocation, giant leap for lip service

While ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ will get more money than last year, the budget for all other major schemes including Ujjwala has been reduced.
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.

On Camera

US ban on Chinese ownership of TikTok does no favours for Facebook, Google

By citing data privacy and foreign influence to justify its restrictions, the US has thrown a spotlight on issues that Silicon Valley’s social media giants have kept in the shadows.
Customers talk on mobile phones outside a Vodafone India Ltd. store | ThePrint,in

Vodafone Idea posts eighth straight loss, loses more subscribers

Vodafone Idea has so far failed to win better payment terms from the govt on the money it owes. Its net debt was Rs 1.2 lakh crore as of the quarter ended June.

Defence

Representational image of military equipment in Ladakh | Photo: ANI

Document saying sensitive Ladakh standoff likely to be prolonged removed from MoD website

In the official document, now taken down from its website, defence ministry also said Chinese aggression increasing along LAC and 'more particularly' in Galwan valley since 5 May.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.