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LIVE: Finance Minister Sitharaman gears up to present her 5th Budget

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman getting ready to present the last full budget of the Modi 2.0 government, expectations are high that she will meet the demands of all stakeholders, including the common man who is reeling under the price rise. The finance minister has held several rounds of discussions with various stakeholders, and final touches are being given to the Union Budget for 2023-24 which will be unveiled in the Lok Sabha on February 1.


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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman getting ready to present the last full budget of the Modi 2.0 government, expectations are high that she will meet the demands of all stakeholders, including the common man who is reeling under the price rise. The finance minister has held several rounds of discussions with various stakeholders, and final touches are being given to the Union Budget for 2023-24 which will be unveiled in the Lok Sabha on February 1.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge greeted party MP Rahul Gandhi at the concluding event of Bharat Jodo Yatra in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. The event took place amid heavy snowfall. This marks the end of the 136-day-long yatra. 

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday ruled out the possibility of a realignment with the BJP, asserting that he will “rather die than join hands” with his former ally. The JD(U) leader also reminded the saffron party that while in alliance it used to get votes of all his supporters, including Muslims who have always been “wary” of the BJP’s Hindutva ideology.

An all-party meeting, being convened by the Centre ahead of the Budget Session, will be held in the national capital today. The government is likely to seek cooperation from the for a smooth running of the . Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi has convened the meeting which will be held at noon in Annexe Building.

The mortal remains of Health Minister Naba Das, who succumbed to bullet injuries, were brought to his official residence early Monday. Das was shot in Brajarajnagar in Jharsuguda district and succumbed to his bullet injuries in Bhubaneswar hospital. According to a statement from the government, the national flag will fly at half-mast on the day of death and on the day of the funeral. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed deep shock and distress over the unfortunate death of Minister Naba Das. “He was an asset for both the Govt and the party. His death is a great loss to the State of Odisha,” CMO quoted him as saying.

A top Republican has said that the risk of conflict with China over Taiwan is ‘very high’, after an American general said in a memo that the country will be at war with China by 2025. In an interview to Fox News, the new chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the US House of Representatives Michael McCaul said, “We have to be prepared for this and it could happen I think as long as Biden is in office projecting weakness as he did with Afghanistan that led to Putin invading Ukraine — that the odds are very high we could see a conflict with China and Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific.” On Friday, a US general said he believes the country will be at war with China by 2025, saying Taiwan’s and America’s presidential elections in 2024 may give Chinese President Xi Jinping an ‘opportunity’.

A full emergency was declared at 8.04 pm last evening at the Cochin International Airport after an Air India Express flight from Sharjah experienced suspected hydraulic failure during landing, a CIAL spokesperson said. All 183 passengers and six crew members onboard flight IX 412 were safe. The CIAL said no runway was blocked or flights were diverted due to this incident. The emergency was withdrawn at 8.36 pm and air operations were declared normal. An Air India Express spokesperson said later it was a normal landing at the scheduled arrival time (8.34pm) and no urgency or emergency call was made by the pilot to the Air Traffic Control.


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