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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to present the Budget

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday presented the Union Budget 2021-22 in Parliament on Monday. She announced changes in the taxation process, exempting senior citizens above age 75 from filing income tax returns. She also announced new rules for removal of double taxation for NRIs, and a reduction in the time period of tax assessments among other measures. She announced Aatmnirbhar packages totalling Rs 27.1 lakh crore to fight the Covid pandemic in her budget speech. She allotted Rs. 35,000 crore for Covid-19 vaccine.

While presenting the Budget, Sitharaman said the budget for 2021-22 rests on six pillars – health and well-being, physical and financial capital and infrastructure, inclusive development for aspirational India, reinvigorating human capital, innovation & R&D, Minimum Govt and Maximum Governance. The Finance Minister had assured that the 2021-22 budget will be a Budget like never before.

Sitharaman said government is committed to welfare of farmers. She said MSP has gone through a sea change. Over Rs 75,000 crore have paid to wheat farmers in 2020-21 and 43.36 lakh farmers have benefited from this. The finance minister announced to hike the FDI limit in Insurance from 49% to 74%.

The FM Sitharaman allotted announced 11,000 km of national highway infrastructure this year specifically in three states which are set to contest elections later this year. Over Rs 1 lakh crore have been allocated to Tamil Nadu, Rs 65,000 crore for National Highways in Kerala and Rs 95,000 crore for road projects in West Bengal.

The Finance Ministry’s Economic Survey projected that India’s GDP will record 11 percent growth in 2021-22. The nominal GDP growth has been estimated at 15.4 percent, implying an assumption of 4.4 per cent inflation during the year. This year’s budget is unique as it is paperless. The finance minister used a tablet computer to deliver a paperless Budget address.

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Watch Nirmala Sitharaman’s speech here:

The Aam Aadmi party took a dig at Modi government in its tweet after the Finance Minister presented the Budget in Lok Sabha. This is what the AAP tweeted.

After the presentation of Budget in Lok Sabha, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor took a dig at the BJP government. This is what he tweeted.

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No change in income tax slabs

Income tax slabs will remain the same, announced FM in her budget speech. To further ease filing of IT returns, details of capital gains and interest from banks, post offices, etc will be pre-filled.

Government to borrow Rs 80,000 crore in a bid to meet FY21 expenditure

Centre will borrow Rs 80,000 crore in remaining two months to meet FY21 expenditure.

The fiscal deficit in 2021-22 estimated to be 6.8% of the GDP

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announces fiscal deficit for 2021-22 at 6.8% of GDP.

Nirmala Sitharaman says no IT returns for those above 75

Those above 75 years of age will not have to file I-T returns.

The government has launched one nation, one ration card scheme through which beneficiaries can claim their rations anywhere in the country. The scheme is under implementation by 32 states & Union Territories.

Government committed to welfare of farmers, says FM

Amid the ongoing farmers’s protest against the centre’s three farm laws, Sitharaman says government is committed to welfare of farmers. She said MSP has gone through a sea change. Over Rs 75,000 crore have paid to wheat farmers in 2020-21 and 43.36 lakh farmers have benefited from this.

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The government announces LIC IPO in 2021-2022

In 2021-22 the government will also bring the IPO of LIC for which the FM is bringing the requisite amendments in this session itself. The FM announced government’s plan to sell part of its holding in Life Insurance Corporation of India this year through initial public offering.

FM infuses Rs 20,000 crore for public sector banks

FM announces further infusion of Rs 20,000 crore for public sector banks

The FM Sitharaman increases FDI limit in insurance to 74 percent

The finance minister announced to hike the FDI limit in Insurance from 49% to 74%. She however said that majority directors on board and Key management personnels will be Indians.

The pneumococcal vaccine to be rolled out across the country. This will avert more than 50,000 child deaths annually, says FM.

Rs 18,000 crore for public buses, says FM Sitharaman

The government announces a budget of Rs 18,000 crore for public buses.

FM announces Rs 1.10 lakh crore outlay for railways

The centre to provide Rs 1.10 lakh crore outlay for railways, of which Rs 1.7 lakh crore is for capital expenditure.

The Finance minister allocates Rs 64,180 crore for healthcare sector

The government has announced a new central healthcare scheme to strengthen the country’s healthcare infrastructure over the next 6 years. The Pradhan Mantri Atma Nirbhar Swasthya Bharat Yojana has been allocated around Rs 64,180 crore. 

Government aims to complete 11,000 km of national highway infrastructure this year: FM Sitharaman

3,500 km corridor in Tamil Nadu, 1,100 km in Kerala at investment of Rs 65,000 cr, 675 km in West Bengal at a cost of Rs 95,000 cr, 1,300 km in Assam in the next 3 years

Sitharaman introduces Voluntary scrapping policy for vehicles

All private vehicles beyond 20 years and commercial vehicles older than 15 years old will have to undergo fitness test.

Sitharaman announces 35 thousand crores for Covid-19 vaccine.

FM Sitharaman announces Rs 95,000 crore for roads development in Bengal.

Government to launch Mission Poshan 2.0; Jal Jeevan Mission Urban will be launched. “The Urban Swachh Bharat scheme will be implemented with an outlay of over Rs 1.4 lakh crore,” she said.

Sitharaman said today India has 2 #COVID19 vaccines available and has begun safeguarding not only its own citizens but also those of 100 or more countries.

The preparation of this Budget was undertaken in circumstances like never before, in view of calamities that have affected a country or a region within a country. But what we have endured with COVID-19 to 2020 is Sui generis, says finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Congress leaders reach Parliament in black gowns.

Congress MPs Jasbir Singh Gill and Gurjeet Singh Aujla wear a black gown to the Parliament to protest against the three farm laws, that have sparked a widespread agitation by farmers.

The Cabinet ministers have approved the #UnionBudget 2021-22 that will be presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Parliament at 11 am.

Ahead of the Budget 2021 presentation, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has tweeted that MSMEs, healthcare and defence sectors should be at top focus.

The Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, MoS Finance & Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur and senior officials of the Ministry of Finance, met President Ram Nath Kovind before presenting the budget 2021-22.

At the start of the joint session of Parliament on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had already announced 3-4 mini budgets and that the 2021-22 Budget should be seen as an extension of the same effort.

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Viral: Residents of Omaxe society face UP government’s bulldozer justice, resident asks have fundamental rights of people vanished | Watch

The probe by the Noida authority was influenced by Shrikant Tyagi’s wife, who alleged that only her family was subjected to actions in the encroachment issue, whereas, other residents who had done the same are not subjected to the same punishment.

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A video from UP’s Noida has been making rounds on the internet where residents of the Grand Omaxe society in UP can be seen blasting the bulldozer culture started by UP CM Yogi Adityanath. In the video, the resident can be seen saying that the alleged encroachment done by is false and asked the Media to come along with him, he further can be heard saying that these people will get exposed.

The media in reply can be heard that they are not being allowed to see the alleged encroached area of the resident, to which the resident can be seen losing his cool and blasting the government officials asking the media if the fundamental rights of people have vanished. The resident further asked when did India turn into the Republic of China. He further added and asked are Iran? has Uttar Pradesh turned into Iran?

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The Omaxe Society of UP’s Noida recently came into the limelight when a video went viral where Politician Shrikant Tyagi had an altercation with another resident. Subsequently, after the video went viral, Tyagi was arrested for abusing and pushing a woman on camera.

After his arrest, the Noida authorities rolled in with bulldozers to demolish the illegal structures constructed on the encroached land. The residents of the society had welcomed the decision taken by the authorities as many of them came in support of the bulldozer action taken by the government on Shrikanth Tyagi’s residence.

However, in a sudden turn of events, the residents of the Omaxe society, who were celebrating the bulldozer action, became victims of it themselves as the municipal corporation of Noida rolled into the society to demolish any illegal construction done to it.

The probe by the Noida authority was influenced by Shrikant Tyagi’s wife, who alleged that only her family was subjected to actions in the encroachment issue, whereas, other residents who had done the same are not subjected to the same punishment.

The residents of the Omaxe society were given a 48-hour notice, however, some reports claim that some residents were not given any notice and this action by the authorities came as a surprise to them. The residents of the society can be seen protesting outside the gate of their society, imploring the authorities to not carry out these actions.

Despite incessant impeding and imploring by the residents, the authorities carried out demolition on the encroached land of the residents.

The Supreme court of India recently cautioned and instructed the UP to strictly adhere to due process before carrying out the removal of unauthorized structures.

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8 men repeatedly raped and filmed 17-year-old Rajasthan girl, blackmailed her for Rs. 50,000

After being told that an FIR has been filed against he four men, 17 year old Rajasthan girl then detailed the sequence of events to her family.

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A shocking incident came into light from Rajasthan’s Jaipur, when a 17-year-old girl was repeatedly gang raped by 8 men Bhiwadi. The incident took place in December last year when the accused forced the victim to ₹50,000 for the video of the sexual assault.

The torment didn’t stop there, the 17 years old was asked to pay Rs. 2.5 lakhs and when she failed to do so, the accused released the video clip where the 4 men were forcefully having sexual intercourse with the girl.

On Thursday the father of the 17 year old filed a Police complaint after the video circulated for some time and reached him. However, the girl didn’t say a word about the sexual assault or the blackmail.

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But after being told that an FIR has been filed against he four men, 17 year old Rajasthan girl then detailed the sequence of events to her family.

The father said in his complaint that his daughter was raped by 8 young men last year in December. The accused belong to from Bhiwadi, not far from where he lived. The eight men first raped and filmed the assault and later blackmailed her for money.

This January, the girl was gang raped again and was later forced to pay ₹50,000 to keep the video a secret by the same accused 8 men. Police said the men later demanded more money. When she could not pay the ₹2.5 lakh that they demanded, they released the video on social media. Girl’s medical examination has been conducted.

And seems like the state of Rajasthan is doing nothing about the fact the maximum numbers of rape in India happen in their state. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, Rajasthan recorded 6,337 rape cases in 2021, the highest in the country, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

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Varanasi lecturer removed for his FB post asking women to read Indian Constitution rather than fasting for 9 days

Several students from Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith filed complaints against the guest lecturer and his FB post being a anti-Hindu message.

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A shocking incident took place in Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi when a guest lecturer from Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith (MGKV) was dismissed over his Facebook post. Dr. Mithilesh Kumar Gautam’s entry was restricted in to the college campus after he suggested women to read the Indian Constitution rather than fasting for 9 days during Navratri.

Dr. Gautam took to his Facebook handle and posted a status writing that instead of fasting or 9 days in Navratri, Hindu women should rather read Indian Constitution and Hindu Code Bill these 9 days so as to avoid the slavery and crimes that they face.

This FB post gathered a lot of attention on social media followed by several students of the same college filling complaint against the guest lecturer about it being an anti-Hindu message. And the incident ended by MGKV removing the guest lecturer “with immediate effect” due to the resentment caused among students and the environment of the varsity being affected.

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The guest lecturer Dr. Mithilesh Kumar Gautam received lot of back lash on social media as well. People called it a rather regressive post and called out the man for not understanding the real essence of Navratri and the importance of it. But the lecturer also got support from some social media users that the man is entitled for his opinion and no organization can close doors on the basis of personal opinion.

Four days ago, another shocking incident from Varanasi had taken over the headlines, when a a French woman who was in India on her tour, found herself naked in bed after her drink was spiked by a man who posed as a local guide in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi.

Reports say the woman tourist from France suffered serious stomach illness after her drink was spiked by a man before she was leaving for her home. Following the incident, the woman filed an FIR under Section 328 (causing hurt by means of poison with intent to commit an offence) of the Indian Penal Code with the Bhelupur police.

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