Rural development, agriculture and social pensions all found prominent mention in the Budget announcements.
The spending involved in implementing Budget proposals will throw the fiscal position off track.
Can the Modi government fund the bonanza of sops for voters without wrecking the country's financial stability?
The government has tried to apply balm on realty sector's wounds with sops ahead of the 2019 general elections. But that may not be enough.
A lot of NDAs vision for the future is similar to BJPs 2014 manifesto. RCom had been trying to conclude its Rs 25,000 crore 2017 deal with Reliance Jio, owned by Mukesh Ambani.
Crashing Bottom Line Third phase of Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik scheme awarded airlines
235 routes to create a seat capacity of 6.9 million, the biggest seat
addition so far.
Side Effects Many brands of widely used medicines such as Telmisartan, Rabeprazole, Vitamin C, Furosemide are just not available.
Losing Shine If Goyal is to realise his dream, more than lip service is needed.
Unmanageable Commitments Interim FM Piyush Goyal said the government would digitalise 100,000 villages over the next five years.
No Country for Women Like last year, women comprise 70 per cent of MUDRA Yojana beneficiaries getting loans for new ventures.
Tanked Outlay The government is planning to spend Rs 1.08 lakh crore on pensions as compared to Rs 93,982 crore on capital outlay.
Not Aiming High Enough With the largest chunk of the young population in an ageing world,
leveraging education to create tomorrow's workforce is imperative.
No Josh Here The question, in the Interim Budget's case, is not 'How's the Josh?' but 'Where's the Josh?'
Why RBI Gets It Wrong The backward-looking household survey does not capture the full picture, thus leading to elevated inflation projections and consequent policy error.
At Any Cost Chinese apps are going all out to capture small-town millennials from India.
Questionable Numbers Is Indian GDP data going the Chinese way?
Bank Not Above Board Why did the ICICI Bank board wait 10 months to act against its erstwhile CEO?
Ruing Their Situation The Ruias may well end up as a benchmark of how business shouldn't be conducted by families desperate to retain control.
What Are They Hiding? Transparency is critical to long-term success. Amazon's Echo Input houses a four-microphone array for capturing your voice from anywhere in the room even when the music is playing.
Look No Further The company's latest entrant costs Rs 10,000 less than its predecessor but still manages to live up to expectations.
A Heist Like No Other 1MDB, one of the biggest kleptocracy scandals in history, contains stuff Hollywood movies are made of.
Outstanding Golfing Action The winning team prevailed with a combined score of 95 points.
Splurge In Style Start the year with a celebration of self - go on a luxe vacation, sample gourmet food and indulge in Savile Row-quality clothes.
Behind Buybacks Getting an assured sum for an old device sounds tempting, but one has to be aware of the pitfalls.
Waiting For Smart Carts Self-checkout shopping baskets will be more than just a convenience. They will encourage buying.
Listen To The Beat Heart rhythm abnormalities are a growing cause for concern, but a little caution and timely tracking of early warning signs should help. Here are the best options that you can use to optimise tax savings.
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New Rider At IDFC First Bank V Vaidyanathan, the new boss of the merged entity, has had a good run but now faces challenges and high expectations.
Milk and More From dark chocolates and frozen snacks to cookies and cakes, the country's official milkman - Amul - is looking beyond dairy.
Government's Cash Cows Despite the call for large-scale disinvestment, PSUs continue to bail out the government.
Fresh Designs Innovative and disruptive strategies are helping Kalyan Jewellers beat competition; now, it wants to more than double revenues and the number of stores in five years.
Legal Fee Squeeze Sectoral growth has not translated into growth in fees paid for professional and legal services.
Making The Cut Value fashion retailers are reporting runaway growth by dressing up the masses.
Side-Pocketing Should Be Next Tax Focus Now that mutual funds are allowed to segregate risky assets, tax implications in such cases should be well-defined. With global giants Amazon and Netflix pouring money to develop original Indian content and desi players not far behind, the OTT race has entered an exciting phase. Under his leadership, Salesforce India has grown more than double year on year and expanded the team to 1,000-plus employees across Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. As Budgets go, this one has a perfect focus - alleviating rural distress. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in an interaction with journalists after the Budget, says income support can co-exist with subsidies.
Socially Sensible At The Core The Interim Budget has tied up the final threads of a much-needed basic social security net.
Fiscal Reforms Hit Pause Button The shift might be aimed at boosting disposable incomes of farmers, middle-income class and workers in the unorganised sector.
A Credible Balancing Act The Interim Budget has delivered pro-growth impetus without giving way to populism.
Focussed On Rural, Benefits Urban Too Assured cash transfers to small and marginal farmers might become more inclusive, leading to a new form of universal basic income.
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