Arun Jaitley hits out at Gandhi family

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today accused the Gandhi family of misusing India’s Naval assets, day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi levelled similar accusations against late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Continue Reading

Percentage of BPL population will be down to single digits by 2025: Jaitley

The 2011 census showed that 21.9 per cent of India’s population lived below the poverty line (BPL) and with the present rate of growth, this might have further reduced to 17 per cent today, Jaitley said. Continue Reading

2019 polls: Modi, Shah among 40 BJP star campaigners for UP

Besides Modi and party chief Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Uma Bharti have also been included to take the party’s message to people at large here. Party veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, however, did not make it to the list. Continue Reading

12, 18 per cent GST slabs to be merged with rise in revenues: Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Monday hinted at further rationalisation of GST by merging the 12 and 18 per cent slabs, while criticising Congress for oppressing the country with a high indirect tax rate of 31 per cent. With an increase in revenue, India will eventually have a standard goods and services tax (GST) rate between 12-18 per cent for commonly used goods. This would be in addition to 0 per cent and 5 per cent for essential items and a higher rate for luxury, sin and demerit goods.

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Clean chit

The Supreme Court Friday gave the Narendra Modi government a clean chit on the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France and dismissed all the petitions seeking a direction to the CBI to register an FIR for alleged irregularities in the deal. Continue Reading