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Finance minister P Chidambaram earmark $1.9 billion for a populist programme to combat malnutrition, a move seen as a major vote winner for the ruling Congress party in elections next year.
India will launch its first space mission to Mars in 2013, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Thursday.
President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday hinted that the budget 2013-14 would reflect the government’s bid to revive economy through fiscal management and some “difficult decisions”.
Government can hope for a less turbulent budget session of parliament after Congress and BJP seemed to converge on key issues on Wednesday.
The govt is all set to double the allocation for schemes for protection of women in 2013-14 budget. This comes in the backdrop of nationwide protests demanding women safety. Moushumi Das Gupta
The government will face significant challenges on revenue mobilisation while formulating the budget for 2013. Not only does it have to support social schemes, there is significant non-plan expenditure as well. KR Sekar
Finance minister P Chidambaram in his forthcoming budget is likely to give complete income tax (I-T) exemption for five years to micro and small enterprises (MSE) units, established by first generation entrepreneurs. Debobrat Ghose
This week's budget should focus on keeping the fiscal belt tight, increasing infrastructure spending and boosting investor confidence. Abhijit Patnaik
The UPA government is set to go all out to woo women in the coming budget with a slew of incentives including gender-oriented spending programmes, special savings schemes and greater tax exemptions. Gaurav Choudhury
Finance minister P Chidambaram may have good news for those stung by high medical and education expenses.
Mobile e-ticketing, SMS alerts on train schedules, a new online ticketing system, free wifi, GPS-enabled passenger verification as Bansal turns away from Lalu's earthy solutions to technology to help passengers. Charu Sudan Kasturi
In the first railway budget by a Congressman in 17 years, minister Pawan Kumar Bansal sought to walk a tightrope by combining political compulsions with fiscal prudence. Srinand Jha
UPA-II's last budget may offer some sops to salary earners and households as finance minister P Chidambaram will tomorrow look to balance the compulsions of growth and fiscal prudence with election year politics.