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Budget 2023: Defence budget hiked by 12.95 percent to Rs 5.94 lakh crore

A total of Rs 5.94 crore has been allocated to the defence budget for the financial year 2023-24, an increase of 12.95 percent from last year’s amount of 5.25 lakh crore.

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A total of Rs 5.94 crore has been allocated to the defence budget for the financial year 2023-24, an increase of 12.95 percent from last year’s amount of 5.25 lakh crore.

The Union Budget, which was presented in the Parliament by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday reveals that a 1.62 lakh crore in the defence budget has been set aside for capital expenditure including purchase of military hardware such as weapons, aircraft, warships among others.

The budgetary allocation for capital outlay for last financial year was 1.52 lakh crore but the revised estimate showed the expenditure at ₹ 1.50 lakh crore.

The budget revealed that Rs 2,70,120 crore from the defence budget has been allocated to revenue expenditure which payment of salaries and maintenance of establishments. Last year’s allocation of Rs revenue expenditure was 2,39,000 crore.

The capital outlay for the Ministry of Defence (Civil) has been fixed at Rs 8,774 crore while an amount of Rs 13,837 crore have been set aside under capital outlay.

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Defence pensions have been allocated a separate amount of Rs 1,38,205 crore, while the total revenue expenditure including the pension outlay has been estimated at Rs 4,22,162 crore.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who presented her fifth consecutive budget today at 11 am, announced a capital expenditure (CAPEX) outlay of Rs 10 lakh crore for the financial year 2023-24, a 33 percent increase from the allocation announced in the previous budget.

Sitharaman, in her budget speech announced the increase of capital investments outlay of Rs 10 lakh crore for 2023-24, a 33 percent hike, compared to the outlay of Rs 7.5 lakh crore for the previous financial year.

She said the capital investment outlay will be hiked by 33 percent to Rs 10 lakh crore, accounting to 3.3 percent of the GDP in 2023-2024 fiscal.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hailed the budget as fulfillment of Modi government’s commitment to support growth and welfare-oriented policies for the benefit of all sections of the society.

Budget 2023: Capital expenditure outlay hiked by 33 percent to Rs 10 lakh crore

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Deve Gowda says he has no objection to the action taken against his grandson Prajwal Revanna if found guilty in sexual abuse case

The former Prime Minister said, there are many people connected to this (sexual abuse case) and he did not want to take anyone’s names.

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JD(S) Supremo H D Deve Gowda, who turned 92 on Saturday, broke his silence over the sexual abuse charges levelled against his grandson and MP Prajwal Revanna and said he did not have any objection to the action taken against him if he was found guilty. But, he said the cases against his son and JD(S) MLA H D Revanna, who is facing charges of sexual harassment and kidnap of a woman, had been created. He did not comment on the matter further, as the matter was subjudice.

Recently, Deve Gowda had announced his decision that he will not celebrate his birthday and requested all party workers and well wishers to wish him from wherever they are. He said he did not want to make any comments on things that are taking place in the court regarding Revanna. He further added Prajwal Revanna has gone abroad, regarding that Kumaraswamy has on behalf of his family said it is the duty of the government to take action in accordance with the law of the land.

Talking to the media, the former Prime Minister said, there are many people connected to this (sexual abuse case) and he did not want to take anyone’s names. Kumaraswamy commented on the issue and said that those who are involved in this crime, action must be taken against all of them, and the affected women should get justice and compensation. 

He said there is no objection from his party for taking action against Prajwal. But people have come to know (facts) about the allegations made against Revanna and how the case has been created. In one case he has got the bail, in another case the judgment is awaited. He said he did not want to comment on it and said that no one should be spared if found guilty.

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Swati Maliwal reacts to viral video, refers accused as political hitman

The Rajya Sabha MP added that the political hitman is getting his people to tweet and play videos without any context.

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal has reacted to the viral video, allegedly shot at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence. The video shows the Rajya Sabha MP in a heated confrontation with the staff. 

Reacting to the viral video on X, formerly Twitter, Swati Maliwal said that like every time, this political hitman has started efforts to save himself.  She was apparently referring to Bibhav Kumar, whom she accused of assaulting her. 

The Rajya Sabha MP added that the political hitman is getting his people to tweet and play videos without any context. She added that the truth will be revealed to everyone as soon as the CCTV footage of the house and the room is checked.

She concluded that he may fall to whatever level he can, but God is watching everything, and one day everyone’s truth will come out in front of the world. Earlier, Swati Maliwal has alleged that she was assaulted by the Chief Minister’s personal assistant, Bibhav Kumar, when she sought time to meet the Chief Minister that day. 

In the viral video, shared across the social media platforms, Swati Maliwal can be seen engaged in a heated exchange with staff members who are requesting her to exit the drawing room. 

In the footage, Bibhav Kumar, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s former PA implicated in the assault allegations, is seen present in the room while other staff are speaking with Swati Maliwal. Additionally, MP Swati Maliwal is also heard issuing a threat to one of the staff members, vowing to ensure their job termination. However, the authenticity of the video remains unverified.

In the formal complaint lodged with the Delhi Police, Swati Maliwal detailed a disturbing sequence of events, alleging that Bibhav Kumar subjected her to multiple instances of physical violence. Maliwal alleged that Bibhav Kumar repeatedly slapped her at least seven to eight times while she continued to cry. She also said that she was dragged and kicked in the chest, stomach, and pelvis area.

The complaint stated that when she entered the office and attempted to reach the Chief Minister’s PA, Bibhav Kumar, she was unable to find him. She then entered the residence and was told to wait in the drawing room, when Bibhav Kumar suddenly entered, shouting and abusing her. The alleged assault took place on May 13, when she visited the Civil Lines residence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. 

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ED names Arvind Kejriwal, AAP as accused in Delhi excise policy case

Arvind Kejriwal was taken into custody on March 21. The Supreme Court last Friday granted him interim bail.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been named toady as a prime accused by the Enforcement Directorate in a new supplemental chargesheet in the money laundering case pertaining to the now-scrapped Delhi liquor excise policy 2021–2022.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has been identified as an accused in the case by the central inquiry agency.

In the excise policy case, the ED informed the Supreme Court that it had found conversations between Arvind Kejriwal and hawala operators about the purported profits of crime.

The organization said that since Kejriwal declined to provide the password to his devices, the chats were retrieved from the hawala operators’devices.

Kejriwal filed a plea contesting the legality of his arrest by the EnforcementDirectorate, and the top court has reserved its decision. It allowed the Delhi Chief Minister to petition the trial court for bail without compromising his legal rights and appeals before the Supreme Court.

The CM filed a plea contesting the legality of his arrest by the EnforcementDirectorate, and the top court has reserved its decision. It allowed the Delhi Chief Minister to petition the trial court for bail without compromising his legal rights and appeals before the Supreme Court.

After the Delhi CM ignored nine summonses from the ED, he was taken into custody on March 21. The Supreme Court last Friday granted him interim bail. Last month, bail was granted for Sanjay Singh, his party colleague. Two other leaders of the party, Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain, remain incarcerated.

On August 22, 2022, the ED filed a money laundering case in response to a CBI FIR that had been filed on August 17, 2022, in order to investigate suspected anomalies in the DelhiExcise policy of 2021–2022.

Following Delhi Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena’s recommendation for an investigation into purported irregularities in the formulation and execution of the liquor policy, the CBI had filed a FIR.

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