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  • India has potential to grow at 10 per cent: Arun Jaitley 2 days ago

    Washington: India has the potential to make nine to 10 per cent growth rate a "new normal", Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday while asserting that high growth was essential to meet the challenges posed by the country's burgeoning young population. "India has the potential to make nine to ten...
  • Senior ministers discuss Sukma attack, famer's issues 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Senior central ministers met at the residence of union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday for an "informal" meeting which discussed the Maoist attack at Sukma in Chhattisgarh and the issues concerning farmers, informed sources in said. The meeting was held in the absence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,...
  • PIL activists should declare source of funds: Arun Jaitley 1 week ago

    Gandhinagar: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said it should be mandatory for those filing PILs against the government on development projects to declare their source of funds, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi cautioned the judiciary against being influenced by "five-star activists". The suggestion by Jaitley also came a...
  • Raghuram Rajan says full rupee convertibility in a few years 1 week ago

    Pune: Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan on Friday said the central bank is looking at allowing full capital account convertibility in a few years. "My hope is that we will get to full capital account convertibility in a short number of years," he said. Full capital convertibility means a foreign investor...
  • Land law passed under UPA 'conspiracy' against farmers: Arun Jaitley April 9, 2015

    Bhopal: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday alleged that the Land Acquisition Law passed in 2013 under the UPA regime was a "conspiracy" to deprive rural areas of development and render landless people jobless. "With an intention to serve their political interests, I can say the 2013 Land Acquisition Law passed...
  • Raghuram Rajan calls on Arun Jaitley, discuss macro-economic situation April 8, 2015

    New Delhi: A day after presenting first bi-monthly monetary policy of 2015-16, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on Wednesday called on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and is believed to have discussed macro economic situation and the new monetary policy framework. Besides Jaitley, he also met Minister of...
  • MPs having conflict of interest should declare it: M Venkaiah Naidu April 6, 2015

    New Delhi: Amid a raging debate over BJP MPs in tobacco trade on a panel looking into framing rules for the product, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday made it clear that anybody having conflict of interest is supposed to declare it as per rules. Accosted with a barrage...
  • Finance Minister promises reasonable compliance window under black money law April 6, 2015

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday promised a "reasonable compliance window" under the new black money law for persons with overseas funds to come clean, even as he asserted that targetting undeclared assets cannot be termed as 'tax terrorism'. Addressing industry representatives at CII annual general meeting, he also...
  • Government reviewing norms to hike compensation for crop damage: Finance Minister April 4, 2015

    Bengaluru: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said government is reviewing the norms to raise the compensation limit to farmers in case of drought or heavy rains damaging the crops. Demands in this regard have been made by various states. "I am seriously reviewing those norms...
  • Central Vigilance Commission forms panel to fast-track prosecution sanction April 3, 2015

    New Delhi: A six-member panel of experts has been formed by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to review pending cases, referred to it by CBI for sanction of prosecution against corrupt government officials. CVC tenders advice in respect of officers coming under its jurisdiction against whom the CBI has sought sanction...
  • Bihar all-party meet to write to PM Modi on loss due to Finance Commission March 23, 2015

    Patna: An all-party meeting convened by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, which was boycotted by the BJP, on Monday decided to "write" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the "estimated Rs 50,000 crore loss" to the state due to the 14th Finance Commission recommendations. The meeting attended by leaders from RJD,...
  • Government to borrow Rs 3.6 lakh crore in first half of 2015-16 March 23, 2015

    New Delhi: The Union government will borrow Rs 3.6 lakh crore from markets in the first half of the next financial year, which is over 50 per cent of the annual target of Rs 6 lakh crore. "We will issue long-term bonds of 40 years in early next financial year....
  • India needs to become competitive in infrastructure, tax policy: Arun Jaitley March 21, 2015

    Gurgaon: Advocating easing of entry barriers for global corporations, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that India needs to become globally competitive from infrastructure to taxation. In his convocation address at the Management Development Institute (MDI) here he underlined the need for relaxing norms for...
  • Black money bill likely to be tabled in Lok Sabha on Friday March 19, 2015

    New Delhi: To check the black money menace, a bill is likely to be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Friday with stringent provisions to prosecute those stashing illicit wealth abroad, with rigorous imprisonment of up to 10 years. The Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets (Imposition of New Tax) Bill,...
  • India to strip RBI of power to regulate government bonds March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: India plans to strip its central bank of authority to regulate government bonds but leave it in charge of other money market instruments, setting the stage for a confrontation with Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan. The move by Arun Jaitley's finance ministry is part of an overhaul...
  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley wins the Indian of the Year 2014 in politics section March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley won the Indian of the Year award for his work in politics section. Currently the Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley is credited with ending the festering and unresolved leadership issues within the BJP post the Vajpayee-Advani era. He played a crucial role in...
  • India @ 9 with Zakka Jacob March 13, 2015

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  • News 360: India summons Pakistan Envoy over 26/11 attacks prime accused Lakhvi's release March 13, 2015

    India on Friday summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit after Islamabad High Court ordered the release of 26/11 mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. ...
  • Corporate espionage case: CBI raids expose theft and sale of policy papers March 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday raided various places in Delhi and Mumbai and blew the lid off a racket involving theft and sale of policy papers from the Finance and Commerce ministries. CBI has arrested three persons including a CA Khemchand Gandhi and a section officer and...
  • No more separatist will be freed, J&K CM Mufti assures Rajnath Singh March 10, 2015

    New Delhi: Three days after the Jammu and Kashmir government released hardliner Masarat Alam from jail, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed assured Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh that no more separatists will be released without consulting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). According to sources, Singh spoke with the J&K Chief Minister...
  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to address RBI board on March 22 March 8, 2015

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will address board members of the Reserve Bank on March 22 to inform them about steps taken in the Budget for 2015-16 to boost economic growth and contain fiscal deficit. "The meeting has been scheduled for March 22 where he would be addressing the board...
  • States should use additional funds for infrastructure: PM Modi March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday suggested that additional funds and resources at the disposal of states should be directed primarily towards nation building, an official release said. At a meeting with 35 first-time Maharashtra MLAs, who called on him at the Parliament House, Modi highlighted the union government's...
  • RBI rate to lower EMI, boost growth: Finance Ministry March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Welcoming RBI's decision to cut policy rate by 0.25 per cent, the Finance Ministry's top functionaries on Wednesday said it will bring down EMIs, increase demand and boost economic growth. "What is going to happen to rate cycle moving forward is going to be driven by data and...
  • Tax evasion through foreign assets to be a criminal offence March 2, 2015

    New Delhi: The announcement by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley categorising tax evasion in relation to holding of illegal foreign assets as a "predicate offence" under anti-money laundering laws has, for the first time, made concealment of income a criminal offence in India. At present, tax evasion is a civil offence...
  • Cut in education budget due to higher tax devolution to states: Smriti Irani March 2, 2015

    New Delhi: The huge cut of 16 per cent in the education sector for 2015-16 has been attributed to the higher tax devolution to the states as has been recommended by the Finance Commission. The Union Budget presented for 2015-16 has proposed Rs 69,074 crore as against Rs 82,771 allocated...
  • Finance Ministry proposes levy of tax on all government services March 2, 2015

    New Delhi: The Finance Ministry on Monday proposed the levy of service tax on all services provided by the government and an enabling provision has been proposed in the Finance Bill in this regard. Although the list of services which will incur the service tax has not been decided, telecom and...
  • Completely wrong to call Budget pro-corporate: Centre March 1, 2015

    New Delhi: Rebutting criticism that proposals in the Budget for 2015-16 are pro-corporate and anti-poor, government on Sunday said the views are "completely wrong and ill founded" and not backed by any data. "They (critics) are completely wrong...it is ill founded, misguided and certainly not backed up with any data,"...
  • Narendra Modi regime cracks down on black money, will have one time compliance opportunity: sources March 1, 2015

    New Delhi: A day after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented his first full-fledged Budget, the Narendra Modi government took the first step towards cracking down on black money. The Centre will soon introduce one time compliance opportunity, said Finance Ministry sources on Sunday. Sources said the government expected huge revenue collection...
  • Union Budget: Government emphasises on job creation to create millions of jobs February 28, 2015

    New Delhi: With the government putting strong emphasis on job creation, experts on Saturday said measures proposed in the Union Budget can help in creating millions of employment opportunities in the coming years. Global management consultancy Hay Group India Managing Director Nitin Razdan said, "Jobs and hiring in India needs to...
  • Ministry of External Affairs gets 19 per-cent hike in allocation February 28, 2015

    New Delhi: The foreign ministry has seen a good hike of 19 per-cent in its fund allocations in the Union Budget 2015-16 as the main thrust remained towards various development assistance projects implemented by India in neighbouring countries including Bhutan and Afghanistan. While Rs 12,620 crore was given by Finance Minister...