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Budget 2023 updates: Congress slams government over NREGS cut

Ahead of the Budget 2023, Sitharaman reached the finance ministry where she is expected to meet President Droupadi Murmu.

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Nirmala Sitharaman announces change in tax structure

Congress slammed the government and asked whether the Capex hike will be met through cuts in the allocation for the MGNREGS.

12:25 pm: FM Nirmala Sitharaman announced a new tax structure under the new tax regime.

The new tax rates are:

  • 0 to Rs 3 lakhs – nil
  • Rs 3 to 6 lakhs – 5%
  • Rs 6 to 9 Lakhs – 10%
  • Rs 9 to 12 Lakhs – 15%
  • Rs 12 to 15 Lakhs – 20% and
  • Above 15 Lakhs – 30%

12:10 pm: Nirmala Sitharaman said the maximum deposit limit for Senior Citizen saving scheme will be increased from Rs 15 to 30 lakh.


12:05 pm: FM Nirmala Sitharaman, during her Budget 2023 speech, said the Centre will set up the Govardhan Scheme to promote a circular economy with a total investment of Rs 10,000 crore.


12:02 pm: FM Nirmala Sitharaman said 50 tourist destinations will be selected through challenge mode to be developed as a whole package for domestic and international tourism.


12:00 pm: Nirmala Sitharaman said 100 laboratories will be set up in engineering institutions for developing applications for 5G services.


11:50 am: FM Nirmala Sitharaman, in her Budget 2023 speech, announced that 50 additional airports, helipads, water aero drones, and advanced landing grounds will be revived to improve regional air connectivity.


11:45 am: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the KYC process will be simplified.


11:40 am: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her Budget 2023 speech, said capital investment outlay being increased by 33% to Rs 10 lakh crores, which would be 3.3% of GDP.


11:35 am: Centre will provide Rs 5,300 crore assistance to the drought-prone central region of Karnataka, said Nirmala Sitharaman during the Budget 2023 presentation.


11:30 am: FM Nirmala Sitharaman said assistance for the traditional artisans and craftspeople will be provided under the PM Vishwa Karma Kaushal Samman.


11:15 am: FM Nirmala Sitharaman said the Centre will set up an agriculture accelerator fund and the agriculture credit target will be set up at Rs 20 lakh crore.


11:10 am: FM Nirmala Sitharaman, during the Budget 2023-24 presentation, said the promotion of tourism will be taken up on a mission mode.


11:08: Nirmala Sitharaman began the Budget 2023 speech and said the Indian economy is on the right track and is heading towards a bright future.


11:05 am: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman begins the Budget 2023 speech


10:55 am: Union Cabinet ministers have okayed the Budget 2023 and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present it shortly.


9:55 am: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met President Droupadi Murmu and will then attend the Union Cabinet Meeting. Sitharaman will present the last full budget of the Modi government 2.0 at 11 am.


9:25 am: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reached Rashtrapati Bhavan to call on President Droupadi Murmu and will further attend the Union Cabinet Meeting.


9:00 am: Finance Minister left for the Parliament with Bahi Khata, to present the Budget 2023 at 11 am.


All eyes are on Union Budget 2023 as it will be presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today at 11 am. Ahead of the Budget 2023, Sitharaman reached the finance ministry where she is expected to meet President Droupadi Murmu.

This is this government’s last full-fledged Budget before the Lok Sabha polls early next year. Union Budget 2023-24 will also be the first normal budget after the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with President Droupadi Murmu started the Budget Session and addressed the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. In his address, PM Modi said the budget will aim the hopes and aspirations of the common citizen.

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Farmers take out tractor march near Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Budh Nagar

The Noida police had issued an advisory for daily commuters and warned them of traffic jams at many places which also included the Delhi-Noida border. The farmers are planning to carry out the tractor march along the Yamuna Expressway, Luharli Toll Plaza and Mahamaya Flyover and traffic diversions have been imposed by the police at these places.

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Farmers took out a tractor rally near the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Budh Nagar on Monday to protest against the central government for accepting their demands, which included a legal guarantee for minimum support price (MSP) for crops. Videos showed many tractors being driven on the road. The rally was stopped by the police at the Yamuna Expressway’s entry point.

They were not allowed to carry out their rally on the expressway. The development comes even as farmers have delayed their march to the national capital till February 29 after a decision is made and are staying at the Khanauri and Shambhu points on the Punjab-Haryana border.

The Noida police had issued an advisory for daily commuters and warned them of traffic jams at many places which also included the Delhi-Noida border. The farmers are planning to carry out the tractor march along the Yamuna Expressway, Luharli Toll Plaza and Mahamaya Flyover and traffic diversions have been imposed by the police at these places.

The police have barricaded the Delhi-Noida border and police will conduct checking of vehicles entering Delhi or Noida. Daily commuters have been advised not to use the Yamuna Expressway and to use alternative routes or the metro to avoid inconveniences.

Farmer leader Baldev Singh Sirsa said a farmer named Pritpal Singh was doing Langar seva at the Khannauri on the Punjab-Haryana border when he was allegedly dragged by the policemen from his tractor trolley and was badly beaten. He said Pritpal Singh was admitted to a hospital in Rohtak. But he got shifted to PGIMER at Chandigarh.

Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher said Pritpal Singh has suffered multiple injuries and they strongly condemn the action of the police. He said the prime minister should take action against policemen who indulge in such barbaric acts. Former Punjab chief Minister and senior BJP Leader Captain Amarinder Singh condemned the barbaric act of violence against Pritpal Singh.

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Allahabad High Court refuses to ban ongoing puja at Vyas Tehkhana inside Gyanvapi mosque complex, grants permission for worship to continue

Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain who is representing the Hindu side said today the Allahabad High Court has dismissed the first appeal from orders of Anjuman Intezamia which was directed against the order of 17th and 31st January and the effect of the order is that the ongoing puja in the Vyas Tehkhana of Gyanvapi complex will continue.

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The Allahabad High Court on Monday dismissed the Gyanvapi Mosque committee’s appeal challenging the Varanasi district court’s decision to offer prayers in a cellar in the Gyanvapi mosque complex. Justice Rohit Ranjan Agarwal of the Allahabad high court pronounced the judgement.

He said after going through the entire records of the case and after considering arguments of the parties concerned, the court did not find any ground to interfere in the judgement passed by the District judge dated 17.01.2024 appointing DM, Varanasi as receiver of the property as well as the order dated 31.01.2024 by which the district high court had permitted puja in the Tehkhana.

Advocate Prabhash hailed the verdict and said it is a big victory of Sanatana Dharma. The judge dismissed the pleas that the Muslim side had filed against the District judge’s order. He said this means that the puja will continue as it is. The District magistrate will continue as the receiver of the Tehkhana and the Muslim side can go for a review of the decision.

Another Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain who is representing the Hindu side said today the Allahabad High Court has dismissed the first appeal from orders of Anjuman Intezamia which was directed against the order of 17th and 31st January and the effect of the order is that the ongoing puja in the Vyas Tehkhana of Gyanvapi complex will continue. He said if the Anjuman Intezamia comes to the Supreme Court, then they will file their caveat before the top court.

The Varanasi court on January 31 had ruled that the Hindu side can offer prayers in the southern cellar of Gyanvapi masjid – the Vyas Tehkhana. The court had also directed the District magistrate to make arrangements for prayers and a priest which is nominated by Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple Trust.

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MEA rejects reports about Indians seeking early discharge from Russian Army

The Ministry has clarified that India is actively pursuing all cases related to the issue and that some Indians have already been discharged.

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The Ministry of External Affairs on Monday issued a statement denouncing several media reports claiming that Indians serving in the Russian Army are seeking an early discharge. The Ministry has clarified that India is actively pursuing all cases related to this issue and some Indians have already been discharged.

The statement was issued following a report that stated some Indians are working as security staff in the Russian Army and are forced to fight alongside the Russian soldiers in the conflict zone of the Ukraine War.

The statement further added that every case brought to the attention of the Indian Embassy in Moscow has been strongly taken up by the Russian authorities. Furthermore, the matters that have been brought to the attention of the Ministry of External Affairs have also been taken up with the Russian embassy in New Delhi. 

The Ministry of External Affairs also mentioned that it remains committed and its priority is to actively pursue all relevant cases of the Indian nationals for early discharge from the Russian army with the Russian authorities.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, Randhir Jaiswal, spokesperson for the External Affairs Ministry mentioned that the ministry is aware of Indian nationals who have signed up for support jobs with the Russian Army. He further advised all the Indian nationals to be cautious and steer clear of the Ukraine conflict. 

Meanwhile, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen [AIMIM] leader, Asaduddin Owaisi had urged the External Affairs Ministry to rescue the Indians. He asked External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on X, formerly Twitter on Wednesday, to use his offices to bring those men back home, adding that their lives are at risk and their families are justifiably worried.

Reportedly, a 23-year-old Indian named Hemil Mangukiya had died in a missile strike in Russia on February 21. He has been working as a helper in the country and had reportedly been inducted into the war zone on the Ukraine Border.

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