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Mobile, hotel, other services to be costlier as Service Tax goes up to 14 per cent

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget had proposed to raise service tax from 12.36 per cent (including education cess) to 14 per cent. The proposal takes effect from June 1.

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GIFT City model can be emulated for creating 100 smart cities: Arun Jaitley

The project was first conceptualised by Narendra Modi when he was the chief minister of Gujarat.


Money well spent

Union budget’s principal positive measure was the significant outlay for infrastructure.

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Have money, won’t spend

Defence ministry shows a troubling inability to spend budgetary allocations.


A triumph for plumbing

This budget makes a radical new promise — policy will pray at the altar of jobs.

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Over the Barrel: Green fig leaf

Finance minister’s focus on growth and equity is incomplete. He should have acknowledged the trade-off between the need for energy and the imperative of environmental protection.

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Yoga given special status; its promotion charitable activity

Modi, who himself is a Yoga practitioner, welcomed the announcement by thumping the desk in the Lok Sabha.

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Arun Jaitely announces an Indian gold coin, wants to cash in on love for yellow metal

The day when you will see Indian women sport long chains Ashoka Chakra coins hanging on it are not far away.


Arun Jaitley leaves tax slabs untouched, says rich and wealthy must pay more

The Budget is expected to draw a strategy for curtailing subsidies and boost investment, both in the public and private sectors.

On previous Budget promises, Centre’s glass is half empty, half full

Many announcements from the Budget presented on July 10 have been implemented such as Swachh Bharat, financial inclusion and an expenditure management commission.

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Finance Commission award gives meaning to ‘cooperative federalism’.

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‘Make in India’ to get a shot in the arm this Budget

A major push is being planned for the electronic goods sector where the country imports electronic products worth $16 billion annually.


Arun Jaitley hints at more spending cuts ahead of Union Budget

Jaitley hinted at a stable tax regime, saying that ‘no unfair effort’ will be made by states and the Centre to mop up revenues.

Lower export duties on iron ore likely; to help mining revival in mineral-rich states

Arun Jaitley will soon chair a meeting to explore the possibility of lowering the export duty on iron ore fines.


Express contrarian views, but be careful, says Jaitley

Advocates greater dissemination of information by ministers