Jaswant strikes right note for polls Sops for Central staff, promises for the rest
IN what is probably the last of the `feel-good factor' measures announced by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government with an eye on the coming general elections, the Finance Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, today rolled out Rs 3,500-crore ...
Mungeri Lal's dreams `come true'
WITH the `Mini-Budget' packages announced earlier, culminating in the presentation of the Interim Budget 2004-05 on Tuesday, the Finance Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, has ingeniously managed to please all sections of the society, be it the India ...
`Non-coercive tax regime will continue'
THE Finance Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, today said that the Government would continue with a "non-coercive" tax regime despite the disappointment over personal income tax collections falling below the budget estimates by around Rs 3,800 ...
LPG, kerosene subsidy in for cut
LPG and kerosene consumers can expect a steep hike in prices of the two products in April, aggravated by the Government's decision to reduce the subsidy on these products by one-third in the Interim Budget. At present, the public sector oil ...
Govt betting big on industrial recovery
IS the Government betting rather big on industrial recovery sustaining its tax collection efforts? Or so it would seem. For without any increase in excise, customs and income-tax rates (a constraint imposed by the circumstances of a ...
Sensex yo-yos, down 75 points
JITTERY investors took the stock market on a yo-yo trip on Tuesday even as the Finance Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, unveiled a typical election-year interim Budget that contained enough goodies for voters but also took care not to disturb the ...
Tonnage tax regime - a shot in the arm for shipping sector
EUPHORIA surged through the Indian shipping industry with the introduction of the long-proposed tonnage tax in the interim Budget for part of 2004-05 presented by the Union Finance Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, on Tuesday. The shipping companies, ...
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