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Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh during the Budget session at Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh

Allama Iqbal to Thomas Piketty: Punjab’s Budget has poetry to match the numbers

Reciting couplets has almost become a tradition in Budget speeches as it helps break the monotony of a lengthy text full of statistics.
PM Modi with Army and BSF Jawans in Kashmir in 2017 | @narendramodi/Twitter

Narendra Modi govt wants a strong military, but its defence budget can’t guarantee that

Prime Minister Modi has been high on emotions and low on substance on military matters in the last five years.
Graphic by Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

Looks like even Modi govt can’t deliver anything more than cash for the poor

From focusing on the ‘aspirational’, the Narendra Modi government has gone ‘aam aadmi’ with a vengeance.
PM Narendra Modi addresses the Lok Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament | PTI

Modi spends 100 minutes demolishing 55 years of Congress with his 55 months of seva

Modi launched an acerbic onslaught on Congress, responded to allegations against his government, and listed out his ‘achievements’ in the last 4.5 years.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo is displayed inside the central bank building in Mumbai

RBI governor Shaktikanta Das’ first rate cut move is government-friendly, as expected

Experts say RBI's 25 basis points cut in lending rate is expansionary given as it comes shortly after an expansionary budget.
RBI logo displayed on a gate at the central bank's headquarters in New Delhi | Bloomberg/Bloomberg

RBI does its bit to compliment Modi govt’s budget sops for farmers

RBI raises cap on collateral-free agricultural loans to Rs 1.6 lakh from Rs 1 lakh — move to benefit all farmers who were left out from budget proposals.
Bank notes | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi’s borrowing plan wasn’t the only piece of bad news this budget

Global funds see more pain for India’s debt as budget math weighs
A file photo of villagers walking down rice fields (Representational image) | Commons

Piyush Goyal hails India’s newly-connected villages, but 26% still await pucca roads

In his budget speech, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said “construction of rural roads has been tripled” under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.
PM Narendra Modi cheers as Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presents the interim Budget 2019-20 | PTI

Modi, the arch-populist? Interim budget hints at return to vote-buying formula PM once mocked

Those who supported Modi in 2014 imagining he would lead India away from populist economics, must be kicking themselves now.
Finance minister Piyush Goyal before the interim budget presentation outside Parliament

The arithmetic of this election year interim budget is questionable

Overstatement of revenue and understatement of expenditure is a constant problem with Indian budgets.

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CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.


Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.