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Post Budget: Imported PCs to cost less
Imported personal computers and notebooks have become cheaper post-Budget with vendors deciding to pass on the benefits of the reduced Customs duty to consumers. However, buyers planning to buy a local PC may have to pay about four per cent more than earlier.Read more.

Sweet dreams are made of these...
The whole nation went into a slumber as the ‘dream merchant’ presented the budget. After snapping out of it, everyone, including industry, looked rather dazed and once again unsure whether they had experienced a good or a bad dream. The final verdict was that it was, at best, a peaceful dream full of promise, continuity, progress and reforms. Read more.

An agenda for gender-budgeting
Budgets are not gender-neutral. Though their provisions may appear gender-neutral, they actually affect men and women quite differently, since their roles, responsibilities and capacities in any society are never the same. And in a male-dominated society like ours, are even more skewed than elsewhere. Read more.


NRI News    
• The politics of Budget-making
• No forex reserves for infrastructure SPV
• Govt may borrow less than budgeted
• Highlights of Union Budget 2005
• MSS issuances depends on forex inflows
• Inflation gives leeway to hold rates
Budget Analysis    
Media hoopla over Budget Media hoopla over Budget
Hype around the Budget is bigger than the event.
• Figuring out the fine print
• Finally, real reforms are here
• Budget widens options with income
The Big Picture    
On The Home Front On The Home Front
Except for Fringe Benefit tax, the Budget was fairly well-received.
• Budget: Keep tab on developments
• Track the B-Day reports
• Bird's eye view of Budget statistics
In Focus    
The Fine Print The Fine Print
Budget was a mixed bag for NRIs Check out.
The Highlights The Highlights
NRI deposits remain untouched in Budget 2005. More.
Sector Impact   Fullcoverage 
• Agri-initiatives seen giving the boost
• Pharma Inc waits for the action
• Consumer Durables: AC prices to fall
• Auto sector disappointed over budget
• Oil and gas: A mixed measure
• FMCG: On fast track
• Sugar industry receives mixed bag
Multilingual Coverage
Taxation    
• Tax planning avenues
• Hurrah from both MIG and HIG
• A survival guide to PC-speak
• FM unfair to salaried class
• Tax savings: Choices galore
• Budget imposes fringe benefit tax
Spotlight: FM    
On deposit withdrawal tax On deposit withdrawal tax
Under the proposal, a mere Rs 10 would be levied on every Rs 10,000 of withdrawal.
Rating Budget Rating Budget
Does FM deserve full marks for Budget 2005? Find out now.
Interactives     
Chat transcript Chat transcript
Ace taxman T C A Ramanujam decodes the tax reforms for you.
Up close & personal Up close & personal
FM has moved closer to the salaried with his tax proposals.
Budget Reactions    
• Extra burden on salaried class: Vajpayee
• Budget uninspiring: Opposition
• India Inc welcomes Budget
• Budget growth-oriented: Manmohan
• Tax savings: Choices galore
• Black money is never kept in bank: CPI
Looking back    
Budget 2005: A curtain raiser Budget 2005: A curtain raiser
FM sets the ball rolling for Budget 2005 with pre-budget meetings.
Union Budget 2004 Union Budget 2004
Know the wishlist, highlights, reactions and impact here.