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Nirmala Sitharaman presser Highlights: 'Rs 10,000 cr funding window for completion of affordable housing projects'

Nirmala Sitharaman press conference Highlights: The FM announced that India will hold mega shopping festivals at four locations across the country which will be similar to the Dubai shopping festival in order to boost exports.

Govt announces measures to boost housing, facilitate home buyers

While unveiling the third set of stimulus measures for the economy today, Sitharaman said the government will contribute Rs 10,000 crore for the special window and roughly the same amount is expected from outside investors.

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To revive growth, govt rolls back super-rich surcharge on foreign, domestic equity investors

Finance Minister: Banks to pass on rate cuts to consumers, CSR violation will no longer be a criminal offence.

Nirmala Sitharaman gets Finance, task cut out: at 5.8%, lowest growth in 20 quarters

This is the lowest growth rate in 20 quarters and puts India behind China after almost two years. The rate was lower than this at 5.3 per cent in the last quarter of UPA II or January-March 2013-14.

With Finance Ministry, Nirmala Sitharaman remains among top four in new Modi Cabinet

Nirmala Sitharaman as Finance Minister: She was among the 57 sworn in by President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday who form Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers.

Across the Aisle: The day of reckoning

The sensible course for the government and the RBI is to put aside the issue of reserves and focus on the immediate concerns.

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Arun Jaitley to resume work as Finance Minister in August

Jaitley, who was named Finance Minister by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, underwent a renal transplant in mid-May.

Surat textile processors to meet Finance Minister over GST issues

The demands to be put forward includes the difficulty in procuring input tax credit refunds following the implementation of GST.

Ex-RBI Governor warned against loan waiver promises by parties

Jaitley neither named the former RBI governor, nor the date on which the letter was written to the poll panel chief.

Union Budget 2017-18: Passing mention about women's schemes

While Jaitley mentioned the central government will commission railways lines of 3,500 kms this year, and even stressed on tiny details like certain trains would be dedicated for religious tourism -- there was no mention on how safety of women in these railways would be improved or looked into

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Sensex rises 700 points after government sticks to its fiscal deficit target

Mumbai, Mar 01 (ANI): Sensex rose sharply on Tuesday a day after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government would stick to its fiscal deficit target. The benchmark Sensex was trading 700 points higher where as Nifty was up by 220 points. Analysts said a commitment by Jaitley in the annual budget to meet the fiscal deficit target of 3.5 percent of the gross domestic product would raise confidence among foreign investors after heavy selling this year. A market expert, Sunil Shah, attributed the sudden jump in stock markets to the government decision to put money in farm sector to revive rural economy. Shah added that the coming monsoon will revive the growth and there will be a demand push because of the thrust given by the government towards the rural economy.

Petrol price reduced, diesel hiked

New Delhi, Mar 01 (ANI): The government on Monday lowered the price of petrol by Rs 3.02 per litre while the price of diesel was raised by Rs 1.47 per litre. The revised prices will take effect from the midnight of February 29 and March 1. The revision in fuel prices comes on a day when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget for 2015-16 in the Parliament. With this change, the price of Petrol in Delhi will become Rs. 56.61/litre while diesel will be available at Rs. 46.43/litre. People across the nation welcomed the reduction of petrol price, and hoped for further reduction in fuel price.

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Prudence lay in adhering to fiscal targets: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, Feb 29 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while presenting the Union Budget 2016-17 said they were confronted with stress assets problem in public sector banks. He said that public money should reach the poor and deserving without any leakage. A bill on targeted delivery of financial services using Aadhar is also to be introduced. Jaitley also said that prudence lied in adhering to fiscal targets. He also increased allocation of Rs 1, 80,000 crores under PM MUDRA Yojana. He further added that fiscal deficit for fiscal 2016-17 have been targeted at 3.5 percent. Revenue deficit estimate for Financial Year 2015-16 has been down to 2.5 percent from earlier estimates.

Tax proposals to provide relief to taxpayers: Arun Jaitley (Part 3)

New Delhi, Feb 29 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that tax proposals will provide relief to small taxpayers through rebates. People who do not have any house of their own and don't get any house rent allowance from their employer will get a reduction of Rs.24000 per annum. There would be an increase in limit of deduction in respect of rent paid from Rs 24000 pa to Rs 60000 pa. Jaitley also said that service tax would be exempted for general insurance schemes under Niramayi Swasthya Bima Yojna. He said that to lessen burden on individuals with income not exceeding Rs. 5 lakh, a proposed ceiling of tax rebate under sec 87A from Rs 2000 to Rs 5000 has been announced. The minister also said that a limited tax compliance window from Jun 1 - Sep 30 will be given for declaring undisclosed income at 45% inclusive of surcharge and penalties. He further added that excise duty on tobacco products would be raised by 10-15%. He also proposed to abolish 13 different taxes levied by various Ministries in which revenue collection is less than Rs 50 crores per year. Arun Jaitley even said that relief would be provided to differently-abled people on braille paper by exempting the duty levied on it. He also said that there would be no change in Income Tax slab.

Tax proposals to provide relief to taxpayers: Arun Jaitley (Part 1)

New Delhi, Feb 29 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that tax proposals will provide relief to small taxpayers through rebates. People who do not have any house of their own and don't get any house rent allowance from their employer will get a reduction of Rs.24000 per annum. There would be an increase in limit of deduction in respect of rent paid from Rs 24000 pa to Rs 60000 pa. Jaitley also said that service tax would be exempted for general insurance schemes under Niramayi Swasthya Bima Yojna. He said that to lessen burden on individuals with income not exceeding Rs. 5 lakh, a proposed ceiling of tax rebate under sec 87A from Rs 2000 to Rs 5000 has been announced. The minister also said that a limited tax compliance window from Jun 1 - Sep 30 will be given for declaring undisclosed income at 45% inclusive of surcharge and penalties. He further added that excise duty on tobacco products would be raised by 10-15%. He also proposed to abolish 13 different taxes levied by various Ministries in which revenue collection is less than Rs 50 crores per year. Arun Jaitley even said that relief would be provided to differently-abled people on braille paper by exempting the duty levied on it. He also said that there would be no change in Income Tax slab.

There is no new idea in Budget 2016-17: P. Chidambaram

New Delhi, Feb 29 (ANI): Congress Leader P. Chidambaram on Monday said that one big take away from Budget 2016-17 was that there is no new idea presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, adding that NDA has followed its own brand of budget making. He further said that there is no major relief for tax payers, and the reduction of corporate tax rate from 30 percent to 29 percent for a very limited class, is laughable. He said that the only virtue of the budget is that it has left every section disappointed and he is happy that the UPA schemes have been continued with. He added that the government is boasting that they collected more tax than ever, but it was only due to excise on crude and not from corporate tax.

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Everything about BJP is retrospective: Kapil Sibal

New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Commenting on the tax notice to telecom major Vodafone, Congress leader and former union minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday said that the NDA Government has a habit of doing everything in retrospective. He recalled that current Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had once said that there should be no retrospective action in any matter, and now the government has gone back on that view. He said that when the Congress was in power, the opposition termed its actions as tax terrorism, and when the latter assumed power, it is being described as legitimate tax collection?

Haryana ministers criticise Krishna Kumar Bedi for abusing engineer

Chandigarh/ New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Reacting over Haryana Minister Krishna Kumar Bedi allegedly abusing an engineer, Haryana Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu on Monday said no one has the right to use abusive words for his workers or collogues. He added that even he makes sure that he never uses such kind of language. Echoing similar sentiments, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said people should mind their language before speaking to their workers. He also said that he can understand that Bedi might be disappointed over something, but he should have controlled his language before talking to anyone.

PM Modi calls all-party meet to discuss Budget Session

New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called an all-party meet of the leaders of Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha to discuss upcoming budget session. The Budget Session of Parliament will commence on February 23. The Rail Budget will be presented on February 25 and the Economic survey on February 26. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Union Budget for 2016-17 on February 29.

No need for 'exaggerated panic' among investors: Jaitley

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): As the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex plunged around 800 point on Thursday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday came out to calm the investors, saying that there was no need for an 'exaggerated panic' among investors. Jaitley emphasised that the investors should keep in mind the inherent strength of the Indian economy while investing. He added that the Government is fully committed to empower and support public sector banks by providing whatever capital requirements is required, adding that the problem of recovering bad loans from the borrowers will soon be ended.

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