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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Lok Sabha. | Photo: ANI

FM Sitharaman budgets Rs 1.67 lakh crore of extra expenditure, mostly for Covid package

This expenditure includes Rs 40,000 crore towards enhanced expenditure under MNREGA. The first batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants includes 54 Grants and 1 Appropriations.
MNS Rally in Mumbai

BMC’s ‘blatant oversight’ that has Raj Thackeray’s MNS riled up

Pre-Truth — snappy, witty and significant snippets from the world of politics and government.
Yoga and ayurveda will form the pivot of a new government push to attract more foreign students

Modi govt wants 2 lakh foreign students by 2022, with some help from Yoga, Ayurveda courses

The initiative, called ‘Destination India’, will seek to streamline the process of foreign admissions in a bid to project the country as a hub of education.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo is displayed on a gate at the central bank's headquarters in Mumbai

RBI sticks to script, holds rates due to inflation and fiscal deficit

RBI projects growth for 2020-21 at 6%. Repo rate retained at 5.15% and reverse repo rate at 4.9%.
File photo of Expenditure Secretary T.V. Somanathan. | Photo: YoutTube

Modi govt has tried to stimulate economy without creating future crisis: Expenditure Secy

Speaking to ThePrint, Expenditure Secretary T.V. Somanathan says borrowings through extra-budgetary resources have increased but Modi govt has been transparent in disclosing it.
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RSS affiliate calls Sitharaman’s Budget 2020 move to open FDI in education ‘not welcome’

While appreciating rural thrust of Nirmala Sitharaman’s Budget 2020, Swadeshi Jagran Manch says FDI in education will ‘transfer our domestic resources abroad’.
Indian Air Force fighter jets fly during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi

IAF needs 200 new fighters but Modi govt has cut funds in Budget 2020

Nirmala Sitharaman marginally increased the capital budget of both the Navy and Army in the Union Budget 2020-21 announced Saturday.
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Sitharaman cuts budget for Modi’s pet Ayushman Bharat scheme over fund ‘under-utilisation’

Ayushman Bharat’s budget has been revised downwards from Rs 6,400 crore to Rs 3,314 crore in 2019-20.
The Army shows off its hardware during the parade | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Only 1.82% hike in defence budget could hurt military acquisition & modernisation plans

In Union Budget 2020, defence pension sees the biggest jump with a 13.6% increase against the 2019-20 revised estimates.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Union Budget 2020-21. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Budget 2020: 15th Finance Commission keeps states’ share virtually unchanged for FY21

With Census 2011 as basis, the panel has reduced shares of states like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. States expected to oppose the recommendations.

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Babri Masjid

Why Babri Masjid judgment and Hathras gang rape case are examples of inadequate justice

In episode 581 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains how CBI was responsible for the Babri verdict and why everyone was complicit in the Hathras case.
Representational image. A file photo of Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. | Photo: Commons

92 start-ups in just 1 year — how Andaman & Nicobar is on course to be a new ‘start-up hub’

From Diglipur to Campbell Bay, the islands’ administration reached out to all gram panchayats & conducted awareness campaigns in its quest to become a start-up hub.


Representational image of Army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir | ANI

Army jawan killed, another injured as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K’s Poonch

The Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing from small arms and intense shelling of mortars along the LoC in Poonch, a defence spokesperson said.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.