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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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.


India lockdown: Banks are certain they’ll ensure customer service without disruption, says FM

March 29, 2020 7:40 am

India lockdown: The minister said she will discuss with states and ensure there are no restrictions on the movement of cash, bankers, vendors or bank mitras.

A long way from home

March 28, 2020 11:27 am

States need to step up coordination, set up helplines, to reach relief and succour to migrant workers. There is no time to lose

Rs 1.7 lakh cr package targets farmers & informal labour, includes existing schemes

March 27, 2020 5:59 am

While Sitharaman pegged the cost of the package at Rs 1.70 lakh crore, a scrutiny of the measures shows that around Rs 70,000 crore could already be accounted for in existing schemes and funds.

Arduous road ahead

March 27, 2020 9:58 am

Finance Minister’s package to deal with corona fallout can be only a beginning, will need to be reviewed as situation changes

Coronavirus lockdown: Rs 1000 aid for disabled inadequate, says disability rights body

March 26, 2020 8:32 pm

Nirmala Sitharaman announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1,000 in two installments over three months for poor senior citizens over 60 years, widows and the disabled. "This will benefit 3 crore poor senior citizens, widows and disabled," she said.

Coronavirus package: Govt to pay 24% EPFO contribution for three months

March 26, 2020 3:41 pm

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made a slew of announcements as part of the government's Rs 1.7 lakh crore relief package to combat COVID-19.

Lockdown relief: Cash transfers to over 8 crore farmers, increase in NREGA wages

March 26, 2020 4:34 pm

India lockdown: To ensure that BPL families do not run short of cooking mediums, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced free cylinders for three months to nearly 8.3 crore families under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.

Sitharaman unveils Rs 1.7 lakh crore lockdown package for poor: Top announcements today

March 26, 2020 4:08 pm

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also announced Rs 50 lakh per person as medical insurance for paramedics, ASHA workers and doctors. She also said 8.69 crore farmers would be given Rs 2,000 immediately through direct cash transfer.

Finance Minister to announce economic package soon to deal with coronavirus impact

March 26, 2020 12:46 pm

The announcement is expected to take place at 1 pm on Thursday, an official said without giving any specific details.

Compliance norms eased for firms, FM says financial package ‘sooner than later’

March 25, 2020 6:20 am

“Work is going on and we are very close to coming up with an economic package, which will be announced sooner rather than later,” Nirmala Sitharaman said.


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

October 11, 2018 6:22 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.