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Farmers plant paddy saplings as monsoon rains fill their fields, at a village in West Bengal | PTI

Modi govt’s Zero Budget Natural Farming still in trial mode, scientists say not viable

The low-cost method uses a cowdung-based mixture called ‘jeevamrut’ instead of chemicals. Scientists say it could lead to decline in farmers’ income.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi | Shahbaz Khan | PTI File Photo

Manmohan Singh to Modi Govt: forget vendetta politics, focus on crashing economy

Former PM, in a video address, urges Modi govt to 'put aside vendetta politics' and reach out to sane voices so that economy is steered out of this 'man-made crisis'.
MoS Finance Anurag Thakur and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during a press conference in New Delhi |Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Modi govt rolls back super-rich tax, announces series of measures to revive economy

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also announced the withdrawal of angel tax provisions citing difficulties faced by start-ups and their investors.
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Opposition walkout during vote on Triple Talaq Bill exposes their hypocrisy

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Indian stocks

Stocks crash after Modi govt stays super-rich tax on foreign fund trusts

A higher surcharge on wealthy Indians in the Budget has alarmed overseas investors since it also applies to trusts – a choice for several foreign funds that invest in India.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy

Iran’s Ambassador feels US wrong on Iran, Valerian Rodrgiues on Karnataka politics & TCA Raghavan on ‘Indo-Pacific’

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.
The Union Public Service Commission premises in New Delhi

UPSC doesn’t want mandatory aptitude test in civil service exam

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

Modi isn’t about to change India into national security state like Pakistan & bankrupt it

Hope that Modi would dramatically raise defence budget were misplaced & unfair. A robust strategic posture doesn't mean Modi is a reckless militarist.
Budget 2019

Blame tradition, not ‘data fudging’ by Modi govt for missing Rs 1.7 lakh crore in Budget

Modi govt used revised estimates for FY19 in budget for FY20 rather than provisional actual numbers. That’s standard practice in election year budgets.
Nirmala Sitharaman during the post-Budget press conference | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Shyam Saran on Budget’s ‘flawed Swadeshi’ angle, & Brahma Chellaney on ‘Make in India’ for weapons

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.

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Why Titan is beginning to shine again after lockdown woes while other jewellers struggle

Titan is set to post best quarter in nearly 3 years as investors bet on recovery in demand ahead of festive season & economic slump weakens its competitors.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.