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After UPA-like noise, big slash

Finance minister Arun Jaitley today promised gifts for children, women, patients and the poor but slashed his government's funding across the social sectors.   | Read..

PC's kindest cut: Unkind to the poor

Manmohan Singh and P. Chidambaram have refused to give pass marks to Arun Jaitley's budget.   | Read..

A for Arun... and acronym

MUDRA (Micro Units Development Refinance Agency): A bank that will refinance micro-finance institutions, with priority given to SC/STs   | Read..

Nothing new for us, complain minorities

Finance minister Arun Jaitley today announced a Rs 4-crore increase in allocation for the minority affairs ministry and no new worthwhile schemes, leaving community leaders...   | Read..

PF contribution optional for some

The Centre today said provident fund contribution would be optional for workers whose salary is below a certain threshold, but did not specify the cut-off.   | Read..

Thorn of a couplet, then 90 laboured minutes

Among the things that finance minister Arun Jaitley revealed to us today was that the allocation for couplets in his scheme was tight; he could squeeze in no more than a...   | Read..

Boost for tourism sector

The Narendra Modi government has increased the allocation for the tourism ministry by a whopping 33 per cent and promised a facelift for over two dozen Cultural World...   | Read..

Single voice of dissent in parivar

The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, competing with the Citu and the Hind Mazdoor Sangh to retain its supremacy as India's No. 1 trade union, was the only member in the RSS family...   | Read..

Funds slashed for diaspora, neighbours

India has slashed aid for neighbours and cut its budget for diaspora outreach days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on serial overseas visits to woo these two...   | Read..

Pension letdown for defence veterans

Arun Jaitley today hiked defence allocations but the modest rise has disappointed veterans who were looking forward to fatter pensions and led industry to ask if there is...   | Read..

Institute spree fans brand debate

Finance minister Arun Jaitley's announcement of at least 15 new central higher education institutions has rekindled the debate whether such expansion sprees dilute the...   | Read..

Curtains for cop upgrade

Finance minister Arun Jaitley's budget for 2015-16 has wound up the police modernisation scheme that over the years had impelled state governments to upgrade their forces.   | Read..

IIM surprise for Andhra

Finance minister Arun Jaitley today announced a new Indian Institute of Management in Andhra Pradesh, catching education officials by surprise.   | Read..

Budget cheer for senior citizens

As Arun Jaitley rolled out the budget this morning, Aruna Chakroborty, 85, was still asleep.   | Read..

Panchayat schemes off Centre table

Eight central schemes have been left to states following the Centre's decision to raise their share of federal taxes, but this has left the Union panchayati raj ministry...   | Read..

Modi is following Manmohan's logic with more aggression

This Modi government's first full-fledged budget has concretised the "payback time" redemption to those who heavily financed his 2014 election blitzkrieg....   | Read..
After UPA-like noise, big slash