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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.
Indian Army (representational image) | Photo: PTI

Indian Army plans new budget model to financially empower its commands

New budget model of the Indian Army will empower all command headquarters to plan estimates, allocation and expenditure according to their priorities.
File image of unfinished Amrapali Group flats in Noida | Photo: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Development is now all about Modi coining new terms, not Indians’ well-being: Shashi Tharoor

Modi govt can celebrate Ease of Doing Business ranking but can’t ignore India’s 140th rank in happiness index or the highest suicide rate in South East Asia.

On Camera

File photo | An employee inspects a godown of Food Corporation of India (FCI) where rice bags are being stored during a nationwide lockdown, in Srinagar | PTI

FCI has highest rice, wheat stock since 2005. Modi govt continuing legacy of bad economics

It is clear from the rising stock of rice and wheat that the government has been buying more from farmers than what it requires during a pandemic.
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Modi govt drops plan to merge 3 state-owned general insurance companies

Decision to merge the 3 companies — National Insurance Co Ltd, United India Insurance Co Ltd, and Oriental Insurance Co Ltd — ahead of their proposed listing was announced in 2018 budget.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

There’s ‘thinning down’ of Chinese troops at Finger 4 at Pangong lake, but no pullback yet

India-China disengagement at Pangong lake will be a focus area in the next round of military talks at the corps commander level. 
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

Read my lips, forget the camera

Say Central forces' angry soldiers. They need reform, committed leaders. And very sensitive handling.