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FM proposes Kisan Rail to transport perishables in refrigerated vans

PTI New Delhi Even as Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed to set up a “Kisan Rail” through the public-private-partnership (PPP) mode for the cold supply chain to transport perishable goods in her budget speech on Saturday, the railways said nine such refrigerated vans were already available on its network. Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav said these vans, with a carrying …

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WCD Ministry’s allocation hiked by 14%

PTI New Delhi A sum of Rs 30,000 crore has been set aside for the Women and Child Development Ministry for the next fiscal in the Budget announced on Saturday, a 14 per cent increase over the 2019-2020 financial year. The total amount allocated for the social services sector, which includes nutrition and social security and welfare, has been increased …

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Bold reforms missing in budget: India Inc

PTI New Delhi The Budget 2020-21 unveiled on Saturday drew mixed responses from India Inc, with a section of industry leaders saying “big bold” reforms needed to kick-start economic growth are missing while others acknowledged that the Finance Minister had “little room” to manoeuvre. Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Budget woven around the themes of aspirational India, economic development for all …

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No big bang idea in Union budget

Dr D M Deshpande The Finance Minister, delivered perhaps, the longest ever budget speech in our living memory; true, it appears to be a budget for detail and addresses most of the sections of society. There is something for everyone. Sizeable cuts in personal income tax coming on the back of huge decrease in corporate tax, is one example. Rural …

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BJP-ruled states praise budget, others say it lacks vision

PTI New Delhi BJP-ruled states hailed the Union Budget as focussed on boosting development, creating jobs and taking every section of the society along, but those governed by the opposition parties expressed disappointment saying it lacked vision to revive the economy. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and their counterparts from Karnataka and Goa — …

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BIG-PUSH TO REVIVE ECONOMY

PTI New Delhi Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday slashed income tax for individuals, abolished dividend tax for companies and announced record spending in agriculture and infrastructure sectors to pull the economy out of its worst slowdown in more than a decade. The cut in income tax rates, which would help save Rs 1,820 to Rs 20,300 a year …

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SC to hear Centre’s plea on victim-centric guidelines

IANS New Delhi The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a plea by the Ministry of Home Affairs seeking modification in the guidelines to be followed in the case of death row convicts, making it more victim- and society-centric. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde and comprising Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant said: “We …

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Coronavirus: with 5 doctors on board, plane departs for Wuhan

PTI New Delhi Air India’s 423-seater jumbo B747 plane took off from the Delhi airport at around 1.20 pm on Friday to evacuate Indian nationals from Wuhan as China deals with the novel coronavirus outbreak, officials said. There are five doctors from Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital and one paramedical staff onboard, they said, adding that around 400 Indians are …

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Officer stays back in North Block for Budget, ignores personal loss

IANS New Delhi There are some people for whom duty comes first. They are always ready to make any sacrifice to remain committed to their jobs. Kuldeep Kumar Sharma, Deputy Manager (Press), has been in lock-in as he is one of the key staff tasked with printing of confidential Budget documents. While he was busy with the assignment, his father …

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Nirbhaya convicts not to be hanged today

PTI New Delhi The four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case will not be hanged on Saturday morning as a Delhi court on Friday postponed the execution of their black warrants till further order. Additional sessions judge Dharmender Rana passed the order on the plea by the convicts seeking adjournment of the executions “sine die” (with …

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