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Want to protect your baby from harm? Don’t have it, say these Indians

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
PM Narendra Modi at the Budget Session of the Lok Sabha at Central Hall of Parliament | PTI

Jobs, not josh: Modi government’s interim budget missed the elephant in the room

Acting finance minister Piyush Goyal's 1 hour and 45-minute budget speech had three acts of commission and one glaring omission.  
Finance minister Piyush Goyal after presenting the budget in Parliament | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Forget interim budgets, even full budgets haven’t been this generous in recent times

If these moves do not fetch Modi the votes to retain power in New Delhi, the disenchantment with his government must also be huge and widespread.
Narendra Modi

This is where Modi govt is getting its money from for budget giveaways

Slew of measures in budget will cost exchequer over Rs 94,000 cr, for which govt is banking on higher RBI surplus, better disinvestment and corporate tax.
File photo of Delhi metro

Metro projects get 25% more in this year’s Housing and Urban Affairs budget

The Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has been allocated Rs 48,000 crore, 17 per cent more than last year's provision.
Red tape and lethargy ensure Delhi remains a gas chamber

Modi govt’s 50% cut to pollution control budget invites criticism from environment experts 

The interim budget presented by Piyush Goyal reduced the budget for pollution control to Rs 10 crore for 2019-20 from Rs 20 crore in the last fiscal.
Narendra Modi

Budget stumps opposition but euphoria in the BJP camp misplaced

The Modi dispensation still has to contend with the lack of jobs narrative and the growing OBC, SC/ST consolidation over the upper caste quota.
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After budget, do you save tax or not? The devil lies in the details

If your taxable income is over Rs 5 lakh, the rebate will not apply.

How to pay zero tax on income of upto Rs 10 lakh, thanks to Piyush Goyal’s budget

After today’s interim budget announcement, a person earning upto Rs 10 lakh can pay zero income tax with smart financial management.
Neighbourhood of Piyush Goyal's residence in Mumbai | By special arrangement

In Mumbai’s Sion, old neighbours recall Piyush Goyal the ‘gentle & studious boy’

Finance Minister Piyush Goyal, who presented his maiden budget Friday, spent his childhood in Mumbai's Sion.

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Commons

Verdict 2019: Modi Ji is now India’s Modi Xi

Modi will be straddling another NDA government like an undisputed leader with unquestioned authority and unparalleled power — like Xi Jinping of China.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.