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Nirmala Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman, is the Union Finance Minister and former Defence Minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. Earlier, she held the position of Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry, during the first three years of the NDA regime. She served as a member of the National Commission for Women between 2003-2005. She was first inivited to become a member fo the BJP's National Executive in 2008, after which she became actively involved with party's economic and political resolutions. She was appointed as the National spokesperson of the party in 2010. In 2012, Sitharaman worked directly under Modi, given the responsibility of organising BJPs media campaign for the elections.


Explained: Glitches on the new Income Tax e-filing portal

June 17, 2021 7:33 am

The Income Tax Department had last month announced launching its new e-filing portal on June 7, 2021.

New IT e-filing portal continues to face glitches; some features yet not functional

June 14, 2021 5:42 pm

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman herself had asked Infosys - the vendor which created the portal - and its Chairman Nandan Nilekani to fix the technical glitches.

From vaccines to key drugs, here are key decisions taken during GST Council meeting

June 12, 2021 7:21 pm

These GST rate reductions shall remain in force till September 30, 2021.

FM Sitharaman asks Infosys to fix tech glitches on new income tax e-filing portal

June 08, 2021 9:51 pm

Infosys was in 2019 awarded a contract to develop the next-generation income tax filing system to reduce processing time for returns from 63 days to one day and expedite refunds.

FM stresses on faster claim disposal for Covid workers

June 06, 2021 6:15 am

The Finance Minister observed that under the insurance scheme for health workers launched under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) scheme, a total of 419 claims have been paid as on date, amounting to Rs 209.5 crore disbursed in the account of their nominees

‘Front-loading’ capex: FM meets ministries, PSUs

June 05, 2021 1:09 am

Amid fresh calls for demand stimulus, Nirmala Sitharaman also asked public-sector undertakings (PSUs) to do their bit in boosting capex, stressing that enhanced capex will key to revitalising the economy.

No consensus in GST Council on rate for vaccines amid Centre-Oppn rift

May 29, 2021 8:17 am

GST Council meet: The Council, which met after October 2020, discussed the issue of compensation payments, for which states raised concerns about the 7-per cent revenue growth assumption.

GST Council meet: Sitharaman says import of free Covid-related relief items to be exempted from IGST till August 31

May 28, 2021 9:19 pm

GST Council meeting: The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council led by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also decided to put Amphotericin B, a key medicine for the treatment of black fungus, in the list of items exempted from IGST.

Arrest the slide

May 28, 2021 8:03 am

Government must provide more direct monetary help to poor, extend schemes for collateral-free loans to small businesses

GST Council meeting on May 28

May 16, 2021 1:00 am

The GST Council is expected to discuss the modalities for borrowings by states to meet shortfall in tax revenues for this fiscal, if there would be a requirement for it this year like last fiscal.


Union Budget 2021: Covid-19 vaccine push, FDI in insurance, tax relief for seniors

February 01, 2021 6:04 pm

The Finance minister in her Budget 2021 speech announced a slew of taxation reforms, along with increased spending on healthcare, with Rs 35,000 crore earmarked for Covid-19 vaccine development.

Union Budget 2020: Sitharaman carries 'bahi khaata' to Parliament

February 01, 2020 1:48 pm

As the Indian economy battles a sluggish growth, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday will table the second budget of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government after it returned to power last year.

Modi's Day 2 in Germany

April 13, 2015 6:12 pm

Narendra Modi enters the second day of his Germany visit.

2014: The year of PM Narendra Modi

December 31, 2014 8:44 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the top news and newsmaker in 2014. He led BJP to a historic election victory and formed a stable government at the Centre.


Rafale deal couldn't take place without Reliance, says report

June 22, 2020 6:14 pm

A report has claimed a top official of Dassault Aviation said in 2017 that a joint venture with Anil Ambani’s Reliance group was a condition to win the 36 jet Rafale deal.