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  • The first Budget since demonetisation has been a careful exercise by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. It caters to the core constituency - farmers and lower income people - while not introducing anything that hurt industry.
Feb 26, 2017
Cover Story A Little Relief

A Little Relief

All you need to know about the Budget to realign your finances with the new tax rules.
Focus The Debt Gamble

The Debt Gamble

Low cost of debt has helped Reliance raise huge loans. Jio's success is a must for it to again rebalance its debt-to-equity ratio.

The Budget Story in Numbers

While spending prudently, Arun Jaitley has managed to ensure that the government's pet schemes don't remain underfunded.

Hitting a Bump

The cab aggregation industry is facing a demand-supply mismatch, denting the earnings of drivers.

Totally Trumped

New US administration's move on H-1B visas and protectionist rhetoric are bad news for India's exports, especially from the information technology sector.

Taking a Pledge

Shares pledged by promoters touched a 13-quarter high at the end of December.

A Good Call?

The proposed Vodafone-Idea merger, although beneficial for the sector, may not augur well for consumers.
Technology A Class Apart

A Class Apart

In the clutter of laptops, tablets and hybrids, Lenovo's Yoga Book is a breath of fresh air.

Get A Shade Smarter

Tricks and hacks to learn a new skill, manage your time and tasks better, and get an edge in your work life.

Politically Correct

Why political campaigns do better than brand campaigns on social media.
Features Big Changes

Big Changes

The Budget has the potential to reverse the declining investment cycle and spur demand growth, eventually building up to 7 per cent-plus GDP growth in 2017/18

Work In Progress

Rural, agriculture and allied sectors get top priority. The allocations are tilted towards schemes and projects that have already been prioritised.

A Culture of Violence

The book explains in great detail Mao Zedong's dogged pursuit of ideologically pure communism, and the resulting catastrophe.


Cloud nine

Cloud telephony is at a take-off point but a poor regulatory environment may yet derail it.

Filling Funds Gap

Adequate finance to MSMEs is a must to help them get out of the slump caused by demonetisation. The Budget tries to do just that

Moving Out of an Outdated Tradition

The finance minister has brought down the fiscal deficit to an unprecedentedly low level. Now he must raise his ambition

Long-term Focus

Consumer and cement sectors may benefit from the rural focus and thrust on infrastructure may help select defence and capital goods stocks

Charged Up

Poll frenzy has led to a spike in demand for business aviation, but demonetisation could spoil the party.

Building Hopes

Real estate gets a shot in the arm, with a raft of proposals for the sector.

Growth Engine

The government continues to bet on high infrastructure spending to get growth going. It is time to focus on getting the execution right.


Hit by scams and delays in clearances, the mineral mining sector struggles for investments while shelved projects pile up.


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella joins the chorus of opposition to curbs on entry of immigrants from some countries announced by US President Donald Trump.

Waiting for the Sun

Leo Puri has a plan to help UTI AMC get its mojo back. But it may be difficult to make it work.
Banking BHIM Explained

BHIM Explained

With BHIM, the government is fortifying its focus on digital India. We tell you how the app fares compared with other digital payment solutions

Sunny Days

The worst seems to be over for the banking sector. It may be the right time to buy bank stocks.
Stocks Green Shoots

Green Shoots

Indian retail is set to script a turnaround after years of weak demand and sluggish growth.
Expert Speak What the Budget Means for the Aam Aadmi

What the Budget Means for the Aam Aadmi

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Meeting Your life Goals

You need a financial plan to secure your future. Our experts show you how you can go about it.
LATEST Spurring Growth

Spurring Growth

The Rs 7,200-crore tax-cut bonanza is likely to rev up the MSME sector reeling under the effect of demonetisation.

The Panchayat Connection

The tech industry sees a major business opportunity in increased allocation for the BharatNet project.
Columns Straight and Narrow

Straight and Narrow

Still, the 'narrow' corridor managed to include measures to boost consumption, to provide growth stimulus, and to ensure fiscal discipline.

More of the Same

This Budget has relied on strengthening strategies for agricultural progress articulated in the previous year, rather than new initiatives
Letters Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor Business Today Magazine
Leadership Spotlight Leaderspeak  Kurt Stoeckli

Leaderspeak Kurt Stoeckli

Kurt Stoeckli, President and Chief Scientific Officer, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, talks to P.B. Jayakumar about the latest trends in drug research globally.
Event High Five

High Five

The five sectors that will throw up big business opportunities because of the Budget.

Challengers to the Fore!

Editors note A Balancing Act

A Balancing Act

In my letter (A Lack of Data) in the Business Today pre-Budget special, I had pointed out: "Almost all economists agree what the finance minister ought to do. He should go in for hefty tax cuts to make firms and consumers start spending again, deepen the social security net so that the poor are benefitted, and boost government spending on infrastructure to get the economy going."
Book A Lasting Impression

A Lasting Impression

It imparts a great lesson in governance, and brims with the author's years of expertise in the domain.