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A vendor hands Indian rupee banknotes to a customer at a stall in Chauta Bazaar in Surat, Gujarat

Income Tax refunds being held back so that stiff collection targets are met, allege CAs

Tax collection targets were revised upwards by Rs 50,000 crore in the interim budget, and CAs claim officials are also withholding refunds for previous years.
Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley

Jaitley returns from US, tweets ‘delighted to be back’

Union minister Arun Jaitley had flown to New York last month to undergo medical treatment.
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.
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 vocational training centre | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Job plan is missing link in Modi govt’s last budget amid drama over data

Much of the interim budget focused on consumer stimulus with few specific measures to create opportunities for about 12 million young Indians who enter the job market each year.

In images, CBI-Kolkata Police row washes out both Houses of Parliament

Proceedings in Lok Sabha were adjourned after Trinamool leaders were joined in their protest by leaders from Congress, BJD, NCP, SP and RJD. Rajya Sabha witnessed similar scenes.
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.
Seemanchal Express

Solid iron reduced to mangled heaps of metal: Seemanchal Express survivors recount horror

The Railways have clarified that only six people, including three women, have died in the train accident in Bihar's Vaishali district.
Union minister Piyush Goyal | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Piyush Goyal: The chartered accountant and minister who became newsmaker of the week

Acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal’s imprint on the interim budget was visible in his speech.
Finance Minister Piyush Goyal arrives in the Parliament to present the interim Budget 2019-20 | PTI

Media positive on BJP’s poll budget bonanza

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Priyanka Vadra, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Robert Vadra

Not Gandhi dynasty, but a Narasimha Rao-like figure can save the Congress now

The Congress needs someone who can re-build its image and appeal as a credible opposition without totally sidelining the Gandhi family.
imran khan

With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.

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RAW & IB chiefs, cabinet & defence secretaries — the key appointments awaiting new govt

The new govt will also appoint the IAF chief after incumbent Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa retires in September. 
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

Never has one constituency had such a bearing on Indian nationalism and the pretence of a Gandhian polity. So what if PM Modi doesn’t forgive her in his heart?