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Former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh | File photo: ANI

PVN Rao took everyone along, even nominated Subramanian Swamy to cabinet rank: Manmohan Singh

In a speech inaugurating the birth centenary celebrations of PV Narasimha Rao, former PM Manmohan Singh praised Rao’s economic reforms and his ability to take opposition into confidence.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh poses with officers at a forward base in Ladakh, 17 July | PTI

India must allow armed forces to raise own finances. Defence budget will never be enough

India needs every penny during the Covid crisis. So, defence bureaucracy must let armed forces raise their own money and not divert all resources when events like Galwan occur.
File image of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Modi govt introduces Hindu, Sufi yatra circuits in J&K, total budget crosses Rs 1 lakh cr

Announcing the budget for the union territory of J&K, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the circuits will help re-energise the tourism sector.
Lok Sabha

7 Congress MPs suspended from Budget session for ‘gross misconduct’

The Congress MPs had snatched papers off the Speaker's desk and scattered them while the House was in session.
Rishi Sunak arrives for a weekly meeting of cabinet ministers at number 10 Downing Street in London | Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg File Photo

Infosys’ Narayana Murthy’s son-in-law Rishi Sunak to present UK budget on 11 March

Sunak added that he would deliver the promises made to voters ahead of December's General Election won by the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey | Photo: Sajid Ali | ThePrint

NRIs earning in UAE, Bahrain won’t have to pay tax in India: Revenue Secretary Pandey

Revenue Secretary A.B. Pandey says govt is open to changing the law to clarify this, and adds that it aims to plug holes in existing regulations.
File photo | PM Narendra Modi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Modi meets with economists, industry experts to discuss economy as govt formulates Budget

The high-profile meeting was held at NITI Aayog to discuss the state of the economy and the steps the govt should take to revive growth, projected to drop to 5% this fiscal.
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India’s budget could widen to 3.8% of GDP

The Modi government is facing a revenue crunch as economic growth slows, putting pressure on the budget.
MoS Finance Anurag Thakur and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during a press conference in New Delhi |Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

To realise NIP worth Rs 102 lakh crore, Modi govt needs Indians to save long-term

To help India become a $5-trillion economy, the National Infrastructure Pipeline has been unveiled. But the big constraint is money willing to be locked up for years.
Illustration by Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

Nirmala Sitharaman must get GDP estimate right in Budget 2020 — it should be about 5%

All Budgets face resource restraints, but this one will have to confront them in their full severity. Modest growth figure will force govt to make hard choices.

On Camera

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' defence industry outreach webinar via video conference, in New Delhi on 27 August

Mahabharata to irresponsible Indians — How Modi govt’s message on Covid changed in 6 months

In the last few months, the Modi government’s Covid communication has focussed only on absolving itself of all blame. Not data or roadmaps.
A Harley Davidson dealership (Representational Image ) | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Harley-Davidson riding away reflects poorly on both US icon and Modi’s ‘Make in India’

Modi’s ambitious plans to ‘Make in India’ could have been helped by a symbolic gesture to hold on to Harley, a premium manufacturer with an outsize brand.

Defence

Representational image | ANI

India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Modi is a true reformer, he’ll bury Vodafone ghost and campaign on reforms in Bihar

No politician sees economic reform as a vote-catcher; it’s the old, povertarian economy that gets votes. Can Modi bring farm and labour reforms centre-stage?