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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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Income tax relief on tuition fees likely

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

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.

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

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.
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