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Diesel, LPG overpriced: CAG

Top auditor finds current pricing method benefited oil firms by Rs 26,000 crore

Fiscal deficit target at 4.1%


Despite a low growth in revenue and the economic slowdown, finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday stuck to 4.1% fiscal deficit target this year in the Union Budget.Markets and analysts were expecti

Jaitley plays it safe on retro tax

Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday played safe on the retrospective tax issue despite talks claims.

Arun Jaitley G-Force: Grow, Grow, Grow

Finance minister Arun Jaitley presents the Union Budget in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday. 	— PTI

Relief for taxpayers, but no change in rates. 49% insurance Foreign Direct Investment , big divestment plans and Rs 7,000 crore to set up a slew of ‘smart cities’

Focus on ease of doing business


India needs to improve its ranking on World Bank’s ease of doing business report, said the Economic Survey 2013-14.The doing business report 2014 prepared by the World Bank shows that India ranks 134

Survey eyeing 5.9% growth, 7-8% in 2 years

Finance minister Arun Jaitley at Parliament House in New Delhi on Wednes-day. 	— PTI

Faster clearances, simpler taxes, no policy uncertainty...

Dilute call quality: Telcos


Leading telecom players Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea bat for relaxation in quality of services standards set by Trai saying that some of them are practically difficult to implement.

Tough task ahead for Narendra Modi government

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has talked about administering a “bitter pill” to revive the economy, partial rollback in railway fares and postponement of natural gas price hike last week shows th

Fingers crossed on reviving growth

At a time when Indian economy is in one of its worst phase in 25 years in growth terms, the maiden budget of the BJP led NDA will be crucial to determine whether the country could come out of the slum

Government makes most of social media

Departments have been asked to create their accounts on social media and engage with the public on policy issues

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was oracular in his prophecy: “When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago”. Sixty-two years after the Sino-India border conflict, the Indian state remains obtusely paranoid about making the Henderson Brooks Report public.

Wellington, New Zealand Rarely, if ever, have I written a self-referential essay. However, I had occasion to visit the Te Papa Tongarewa, the National Museum of New Zealand. My leisurely stroll through the museum enabled me to peruse the exhibits with some care.