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HindustanTimes Sat,29 Nov 2014

Interim budget 2014

Modi's criticism of budget like schoolboy debate: Chidambaram

Chidambaram and BJP leader continue their argument. Chidambaram accuses Gujarat leader of 'fake encounter with facts'.

UPA poll code: Pay jawan, pay kisan...something for everyone

Weeks before the Lok Sabha elections, finance minister P Chidambaram reached out to a wide swathe of voters —youth, minorities, Dalits, tribals, women, farmers and the middle class — who had formed the core support base of the Congress-led UPA in the 2004 and 2009 general elections.

Audi, Mercedes lower prices up to Rs. 3.82 lakh on excise cut

Audi and Mercedes-Benz cut prices by up to Rs. 3.82 lakh, while Tata Motors announced their intent to follow suit after FM reduced excise on automobiles on Monday.

Interim budget: Defence budget hiked by 10% to Rs. 224K crore

Finance minister P Chidambaram on Monday announced that the defence budget for 2014-15 had been hiked from Rs. 203,672 crore to Rs. 224, 000 crore, a 10% increase over last fiscal’s outlay.

Chidambaram reaches out to minorities, increases allocation by 12% to Rs. 3,511 crore

The Sachar panel, set up by PM Manmohan Singh to probe disadvantages faced by Muslims, had pointed out in its report that a vast majority of Muslims were self-employed and that access to credit at reasonable rates was a major factor holding back their businesses.

Interim budget 2014: Govt resets disinvestment target to Rs. 36K cr

The government has set a target of Rs. 36,925 crore that it expects to earn by selling equity in state-owned companies in 2014-15 even as it halved target by more than half to Rs. 16,027 crore for the current financial year.

Interim budget 2014: DTC, GST decision left to next govt

Two of India’s biggest tax reform initiatives — the Direct Taxes Code and the Goods and Services Tax — will have to wait until a new Lok Sabha and a new government is in place, thereby slowing down efforts made over the years on consensus-building to modernise the country’s tax laws.

Interim budget: 2G auction, low spend help reduce fiscal gap

When he took over as finance minister in August 2012, P Chidambaram had identified taming of the twin deficits — the current account and the fiscal gaps — as among his topmost priorities.

Interim budget faces flak from Oppn, termed as 'farewell speech'

The Opposition hurled brickbats at P Chidambaram’s interim budget that showcased UPA’s achievements at length, calling it a ‘farewell speech’ and a “populist budget that will hurt the economy”.

Farm output sparkles, but high prices continue to pinch: Chidambaram

India’s food output is growing twice as fast as its population, and has joined a small club of nations to do so, FM P Chidambaram said on Monday, underlining a triumph on a key front from the UPA government ready to fight polls amid a welter of political charges and corruption scandals.

Interim budget 2014: Chidambaram bets on manufacturing revival

In a bid to boost demand and revive manufacturing growth, finance minister P Chidambaram on Monday reduced excise duties for key sectors like automobiles, consumer non durables and telecom.

FM mixes prudence with sops in interim budget

Grabbing his last chance to please voters before the general elections, P Chidambaram on Monday cut excise duties on a range of consumer goods and cars, deft tweaks that could lift consumption and boost industry but leave his successor with plenty of headaches. Full Coverage: Interim budget 2014 | Mood in Parliament 

Interim budget 2014: For the first time in last few days, a minister's speech did not get drowned

For the first time in the last few days, a minister's speech did not get drowned in opposition-sponsored disturbances. It was also the first time in the recent past that no visitors were allowed to sit in the Lok Sabha galleries to witness the presentation of a budget.

Five things that got cheaper with the interim budget

Finance minister P Chidambaram presented the 2014 interim budget on Monday. He tried to win over key sections of the country with his budget. These announcements are expected to leave many smiling.
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