• Feb 28, 2013 13:25 IST

    FM allocates $1.9 bn for populist food bill

    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.

  • Feb 21, 2013 12:53 IST

    India to launch Mars mission this year: President

    India will launch its first space mission to Mars in 2013, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Thursday.

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    Feb 22, 2013 00:48 IST

    Pranab hints at tough budget

    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”.

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    Feb 22, 2013 00:51 IST

    Budget Session: Cong, BJP converging on key issues in House

    Government can hope for a less turbulent budget session of parliament after Congress and BJP seemed to converge on key issues on Wednesday.

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    Feb 22, 2013 00:53 ISTUnion Budget 2013-14

    Govt set to double allocation for schemes related to women’s safety

    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 reports.

  • Feb 24, 2013 20:49 IST

    Govt should focus on revenue mobilisation

    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 writes.

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    Feb 25, 2013 22:54 ISTBudget 2013-14

    Start-up units likely to get complete tax exemption

    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 reports.

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    Feb 25, 2013 23:32 ISTHindustan Times-Mars Ceo Survey

    All eyes on finance minister

    This week's budget should focus on keeping the fiscal belt tight, increasing infrastructure spending and boosting investor confidence. Abhijit Patnaik writes.

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    Feb 26, 2013 01:16 IST

    Bigger tax breaks in the offing for women

    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 reports.

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    Feb 26, 2013 17:17 ISTRail Budget 2013-14

    Slowdown? Bansal's Poll exp offers 1.5 lakh jobs

    Railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal announced that 1.52 lakh vacancies would be filled up in the coming election year. The next general election is slated for April-May 2014. HT reports. Railways take tech leap | Rail budget forward looking: PM | Gaffes and barbs | Bansal’s budget: one size fits all

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    Feb 27, 2013 00:45 IST

    Income tax relief on tuition fees likely

    Finance minister P Chidambaram may have good news for those stung by high medical and education expenses.

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    Feb 27, 2013 01:07 IST

    From kullads to Wifi: Railways take tech leap for a smooth journey

    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 reports.

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    Feb 27, 2013 01:39 IST

    Bansal’s rail budget 2013-14: reforms, populism share berth

    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 reports.

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    Feb 27, 2013 08:51 ISTUnion Budget 2013-14

    Economic Survey likely to make strong case for accelerating reforms

    The Economic Survey to be tabled in Parliament today is likely to suggest a series of steps to arrest the declining GDP growth, which is estimated to be at the decade-low of 5% in the current fiscal. What is in it for you | Freight charge to push up prices

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    Feb 27, 2013 19:33 IST

    Some sops likely in UPA-II's last budget before elections

    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.