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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Lok Sabha during ongoing Winter Session of Parliament in New Delhi, on 6 December 2021 | PTI

61 companies raised Rs 52,759 crore via IPOs till October this fiscal, says FM Sitharaman

In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Nirmala Sitharaman said that among the 61 IPOs, 35 were below Rs 100 cr, while 4 were in the range of Rs 100 cr & less than Rs 500 crore.
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Modi govt’s pandemic strategy focused on revival has worked. Economic indicators prove it

Modi government’s policy response to Covid — focusing on directed credit to the distressed — was prudent, even if unpopular.
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Ban vs regulation, ‘misleading ads’: Crypto alarm reaches RS but Sitharaman keeps MPs guessing

MPs raised a number of questions in the context of an upcoming Bill that aims to 'prohibit' private cryptocurrencies, but Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman offered few answers.
A file photo of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman | ANI photo

Modi govt committed to compensate state for 5 years for loss due to GST rollout: Sitharaman

Sitharaman said Rs 37,134 crore and Rs 14,664 crore worth GST compensation is yet to be released to states for 2020-21 and 2021-22 fiscal years.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament in New Delhi, on 9 August 2021 | PTI

India has no proposal to recognise Bitcoin as currency: Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament

Sitharaman said the Modi govt doesn't collect data on Bitcoin transactions. Centre plans to introduce cryptocurrency bill that seeks to ban all but a few private cryptocurrencies.

Will bring back all money taken away from banks, says Nirmala Sitharaman

Speaking at an event in Jammu Tuesday, Sitharaman said the govt is actively pursuing the cases of loan defaulters, irrespective of whether they are in India or outside the country.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the BJP National Executive meeting in New Delhi Sunday | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Sitharaman slams rivals for vaccine suspicions as BJP National Exec passes 18-point resolution

India’s vaccination achievement, climate change initiatives, employment and farmers were among the issues discussed as part of the resolution at BJP National Executive meet.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the G-20 ministerial meet in Rome, on 29 October 2021 | Twitter/@FinMinIndia

Nirmala Sitharaman attends G20 health, finance ministers meet in Rome

Sitharaman participated in the meet for discussion on long-term challenges in pandemic prevention, preparedness & response and strengthening global health financing governance.

Pushing to have LIC IPO done by March 2022, FM Sitharaman says

Sitharaman said any delay won't be due to a lack of political will. The 65-year old insurer's internal valuation hasn't been done & the process will take time, she added.

Opportunities galore in India for investors, FM Sitharaman tells global business leaders

Addressing global business leaders at a roundtable organised by FICCI & US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, Sitharaman also talked about fintech & role of tech in financial sector.
Indian Army soldiers patrolling the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | Representational image| ANI

I served in Nagaland during the peak of insurgency and without AFSPA

Despite the Nagaland Peace Accord signed in the presence of PM Narendra Modi, AFSPA continues to exist. And we call ourselves mother of all democracies.
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Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.