Union Budget 2020
Auto  /  Published 04.02.20

Duty worry for Maruti

Budget 2020 has no direct benefits for the auto industry, but the government’s outlay of Rs 3 lakh crore for the rural sector and Rs 1.7 lakh crore investment in transport infrastructure will have a...
By Our Special Correspondent in New Delhi

Business  /  Published 03.02.20

Cigarette price hike to cover tax

Market leader ITC may be forced to make a double-digit hike in cigarette prices to tackle the tax whammy dealt by the Union Budget on Saturday.Brokerages and industry sources differed on the extent of...
By Sambit Saha in Calcutta

India  /  Published 02.02.20

Meagre funds for housing scheme

A government scheme to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise of houses for all by 2022 has been allocated Rs 19,500 crore in the budget for the coming year, less than even half the amount re...
By Our Special Correspondent in New Delhi

Business  /  Published 02.02.20

Comfort cue for global investors

The Budget was a great opportunity for the finance minister to redeem the government’s promise of Subka Saath, Subka Vikaas. But given that the FM finds herself between a rock and a hard place — i...
By Ashok Hinduja

Business  /  Published 02.02.20

Debt recoup salve for NBFCs

The budget proposal to ease the the eligibility of non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) to recover loans from truant borrowers will improve the asset quality of the beleagered sector — the proposal...
By Our Special Correspondent in Mumbai


India  /  Published 01.02.20

Kashmiri literati Koul out Nirmala

Kashmiri literary figures on Saturday described finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s “inappropriate” reference to famed poet Dinanath Nadim in her budget speech as an attack on Kashmir’s sync...
By Muzaffar Raina in Srinagar

India  /  Published 01.02.20

Jitters over scholarship fund cut

Yogesh Bagotia, a Dalit PhD scholar with the Indira Gandhi National Open University, fears the 60 per cent slash in the budget allocation for higher-education scholarships will wreck his dreams.For th...
By Basant Kumar Mohanty in New Delhi

Business  /  Published 01.02.20

Disappointed Sensex dives

Nirmala Sitharaman’s second budget proved to be disastrous for the investing community, driving the Sensex down by almost 1,000 points at close.The absence of any major stimuli to take the economy o...
By Vivek Nair in Mumbai

Business  /  Published 01.02.20

Some comfort, a lot of confusion

By The Telegraph

Business  /  Published 01.02.20

Social sector allocation inadequate

Government spending on the social sector, especially on health, education and social protection, is crucial to address widening inequality (economic/social). In Union Budget 2020-21, the FM clearly em...
By N.R. Bhanumurthy and Bhabesh Hazarika


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