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Jharkhand finance minister tables Rs 91,277 crore budget




The Jharkhand government on Wednesday tabled the annual budget of the of Rs 91,277 crore for the financial year 2021-22 with a focus on the education and health sectors.

Jharkhand Finance Minister Rameshwar Oraon tabled the budget in the state assembly on Wednesday amid a parallel budget tabled by the main opposition party, BJP. Of Rs 91,277 crore a sum of Rs 75,755.01 crore has been set for revenue expenditure while a sum of Rs 15,521.99 crore has been set for institutional expenditure.

The budgetary allocations have been done in three sectors: the general sector has been allocated a sum of Rs 26,734.05 crore, the social sector 33,625.72 crore and the economic sector Rs 30,917.23 crore.

The fiscal deficit for 2021-22 has been pegged at Rs 10,210.87 crore which is 2.83 percent of the GSDP.

The finance minister said that in the year 2019-20 the growth rate of Jharkhand was 6.7 per cent. However due to Coronavirus pandemic, apart from the country the growth rate in Jharkhand has also been impacted. He said that in 2020-21 the GDP of the country is expected to fall by 7.5 per cent while that of Jharkhand is expected to decline by 6.9 per cent.

Oraon said due to the efforts of the state government development has once again come on track. “Due to far sighted policies in the year 2021-22 the growth rate has been projected at 9.5 per cent “.

The state government is likely to generate Rs 23,265.42 from its own taxes, non tax receipts have been pegged at Rs 13,500 crore. From central assistance a sum of Rs 17,891.48 crore while from the share in central taxes a sum of Rs 22,050.10 crore, from public borrowings Rs 14,500 crore and from advance taxes a sum of Rs 70 crore is expected.

The government hopes to earn a maximum of 25.49 per cent from state own taxes, 24.16 per cent from state’s share of central taxes, 19.60 per cent from grants in aid, 15.89 per cent from borrowings, 14.79 per cent from state-owned taxes while from recovery of loans and advances 0.07 per cent has been projected.

The Jharkhand government has introduced outcome budget in 11 departments. Poor people will be given sari, dhoti and lungi at a cost of Rs 10. There will be scholarships for tribal students to study abroad. Every ten tribal students on merit basis will be selected under scholarship to study overseas.

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Small LPG cylinders, financial services at FPS proposed





 The Centre on Wednesday proposed to sell small LPG cylinders through Fair Price Shops (FPS) across the country.

There is a proposal to provide financial services through FPS and extending MUDRA loans to its dealers for capital augmentation.

There are a total of 5.32 lakh FPS in the country. With this step, the Centre is aiming at taking its services closer to poorer and needy consumers.

Focussing on enhancing financial viability of FPS, Department of Food and Public Distribution Secretary, Sudhanshu Pandey in a video conference with representatives of multiple ministries and PSUs stressed on the need of taking proactive measures for the same.

The representatives from oil marketing companies appreciated the proposal for retail selling of small LPG cylinders through FPS and informed that “necessary support required would be provided for the same in coordination with interested state or Union Territory (UT) governments,” said a release from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in New Delhi.

The representative from the Department of Financial Services appreciated the government’s proposal to provide financial services through FPS, extending MUDRA loans to FPS dealers for capital augmentation and informed that necessary support would be provided for it in coordination with interested state or UT governments.

Earlier, the CEO, Common Service Centre (CSC), gave a presentation about the various service offerings provided by it. An update on the activities undertaken by CSC to tie-up with individual state or UT governments to take this initiative forward was presented, too.

Set up under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the CSC scheme provides a centralised and collaborative framework for delivery of services to the citizens.

In his concluding remarks, Sudhanshu Pandey mentioned that different states or UTs can take up these initiatives and tailor them to suit their individual requirements.

Representatives from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, CSC e-Governance Services India Limited and all states/UTs participated in the virtual conference, the release added.

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Google logs record $18.9 bn profit, Search and YouTube soar




Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has posted an all-time record revenue of $61.9 billion for the July-September quarter, along with record profits at $18.9 billion.

Google Services revenues were $59.9 billion, up 41 per cent, and Google Search and other advertising revenues of $37.9 million in the quarter were up 44 per cent.

The company said in a statement late on Tuesday that YouTube advertising revenues of $7.2 billion were up 43 per cent due to strength in both direct response and brand advertising.

“Our long-term investments in AI and Google Cloud are helping us drive significant improvements in everyone’s digital experience,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Google.

“Search remains the heart of what we do. We have made remarkable advances over the past 23 years that benefits Search and related products like Google Assistant, which just celebrated five years,” he added.

For Google Cloud, the revenues were $5 billion for the third quarter, up 45 per cent.

“Google Cloud Platform’s (GCP) revenue growth was again above cloud overall, reflecting significant growth in both infrastructure and platform services,” said Ruth Porat, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

At the Alphabet level, headcount grew by nearly 6,000 in the third quarter, including seasonal campus hires.

“We expect robust headcount growth in Q4 for both Google Services and Google Cloud,” the company said.

Alphabet said that with respect to foreign exchange impact on reported revenues, it expects virtually no impact in Q4 in contrast to a 1.5 per cent tailwind in Q3 and 4 per cent in its Q2.

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Petrol, diesel rates raised again by 35 paise/ltr





Petrol and diesel prices increased again on Wednesday after a two-day break as global oil prices failed to relent and continued to remain firm.

Accordingly, the pump price of petrol in Delhi increased by 35 paise per litre to jump to Rs 107.94 a litre while diesel prices also increased by the same margin to reach Rs 96.67 a litre, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers.

In the financial capital Mumbai, petrol prices have now risen to Rs 113.80 per litre while diesel to Rs 104.8 5 a litre, the highest among all metros.

Across the country as well petrol and diesel prices increased between 35-40 paise per litre, but their retail rates varied depending on the level of local taxes on petroleum products.

The fuel prices remained static last week on Monday and Tuesday, but had risen for four straight days by 35 paise per litre previously before again rising for five consecutive days between Wednesday and Sunday. It remained static again on Monday and Tuesday before rising again on Wednesday. There was no change in rates on October 12 and 13.

Diesel prices have now increased for 25 of the last 33 days taking up its retail price by Rs 8.15 per litre in Delhi.

With diesel prices rising sharply, the fuel is now available at over Rs 100 a litre in several parts of the country. This dubious distinction was earlier available to petrol that had crossed Rs 100 a litre-mark across the country a few months earlier.

Petrol prices had maintained stability since September 5, but oil companies finally raised the pump prices last week and this week given a spurt in the product prices lately. Petrol prices have also risen on 22 of the previous 29 days taking up its pump price by Rs 6.75 per litre.

Crude prices have been on a surge rising over three year high level of over $ 86 a barrel now as global demand remains firm while OPEC+ continues to move slowly on increasing production. Since September 5, when both petrol and diesel prices were revised, the price of petrol and diesel in the international market is higher by around $9-10 per barrel as compared to average prices during August.

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