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Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley (born December 28, 1952 in New Delhi) is a senior Indian politician, BJP member, former BJP General Secretary. He is the current Union Finance Minister in Narendra Modi's Cabinet. Arun Jaitley is a Rajya Sabha member.

Arun Jaitley is the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence.

Professional Biography

As a BJP member / leader

Jaitley campained for the Assembly elections in various states in October 09.

In September 2008, Jaitley rejected an offer from BJP to stand as the Chief Ministerial candidate for the Delhi elections.

As BJP General Secretary

  • In April 09, Jaitley said that if voted back to power, a commission would be formed to investigate the role of the CBI in the Bofors case.
  • He resiged from the post on June 16, 2009 in view of a rule of one man one post. Jaitely had been elected by the BJP as the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.

2002 Gujarat riots

In March 2010, Jaitley said Narendra Modi will cooperate with the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing Gulbarg carnage case of the 2002 Gujarat riots.

2014 Elections

Arun Jaitley is contesting to the Lok Sabha in the 2014 elections from Amritsar. His chief rival in the election is Punjab Chief Minister and Congress nominee Amarinder Singh.

Arun Jaitley conveyed his displeasure for denying Narendra Modi to hold rally in Varanasi. In a post on his blog, Jaitley said men in constitutional offices need to be bolder. May 8, 2014

As Finance Minister

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has selected Arun Jaitely as the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence. He took oath as a Council of Minister on May 26, 2014.

Assumes Office

Arun Jaitely assumed charge of his office on May 27, 2014. After assuming the charge, he was briefed on the key initiatives and policy issues by the Secretaries of the different departments of the Ministry of Finance. The Finance Minister also held a meeting with the senior officials of the Ministry to have a first hand information regarding the ongoing issues and the forthcoming challenges facing the Indian economy among others. Later during his brief media interaction, Finance Minister Jaitely said that his priorities would be to tackle inflation, boost economic growth and follow the path of fiscal consolidation among others.


A day after Prime Minister's office defended Manmohan Singh, Arun Jaitley criticized that even though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was speaking, it was not being heard. He said that a prime minister should be a leader and not a reader. He took pot shots at Manmohan Singh saying that the later walked in snow, but did not leave any footprints. Apr 19, 2014

Arun Jaitley took oath as a Union Minister in Narendra Modi's cabinet. May 26, 2014

Jaitley took charge as the Union Finance Minister. May 27, 2014

Jaitley said that the Government expects economy to grow an annual 7.4 per cent in the financial year 2014-15, faster than a revised 6.9 per cent a year earlier. Feb 12, 2015


In the discussion on the Constitution of India in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley took digs at the Congress party and compared the 1975 Emergency to Hitler's Germany. The Emergency was imposed by former Prime Minister and Congress leader Indira Gandhi. He also took a dig at Bollywood actor Aamir Khan who had commented on the rising tolerance in the country. Nov 27, 2015

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India Tries a New Economic Mantra: Dr Niranjan Hiranandani
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CEPR and NITI Aayog Join Hands for IBC 2018 to Address Issues Concerning India’s Banking Sector
Business Wire IndiaCentre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) along with its knowledge partner and the government Think Tank, NITI Aayog are organizing two-day India Banking Conclave 2018 (IBC) in New Delhi between August 23-24, 2018

Unified Regulator for India's only IFSC Imperative Amendment to be at par Excellence in Global Financial Landscape
Business Wire IndiaTo step up in the global financial landscape, the announcement of Unified Financial Regulator set up for India’s only IFSC in the union budget 2018 came in as a powerful and significant move. It was a prudent decision aimed to enhance the development of IFSC with an integrated approach aligned to ‘Ease of Doing Business’ concept of central government

Jaipuria Institute of Management Successfully Organises 5th Corporate Summit
Business Wire IndiaThe 5th Corporate Summit for Talent Management was organised by Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad on 3rd February 2018 at Hotel Radisson Blu, Kaushambi, Ghaziabad. The summit was inaugurated by Mr. P. Dwarakanath, Director – Group Human Capital, Max India Ltd, who was also the Chief Guest for the event

Sunil Gutte says, Budget 2018-19 is a Great Push to Infrastructure and Affordable Housing, will Strengthen Development Goals for India
Business Wire IndiaAfter the Union Budget 2018-19 for India was announced on 1 February, by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, hopes for high-end infrastructural growth saw a massive boost. As per the Union Budget for FY18-19, Rs. 14.34 lakh crore has been allocated for infrastructure and livelihood upgrades in rural areas

Nasofilters can Join Modicare in its War on the Rising Air Pollution in India
Business Wire IndiaPrasoon Sharma, Mentor & Chief Strategy officer - NasofiltersIn his budget speech, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that a special scheme will be executed with Delhi government and adjoining states to address the rising air pollution in the National Capital

Wolters Kluwer Launches Book on Income Tax; Reforms in Tax System to Create a Positive Economic Growth Outlook in the Country
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Chairman, TEXPROCIL Welcomes Reduction in GST Rate for Job Work in Textile Sector
Business Wire IndiaMr. Ujwal R. Lahoti, Chairman - TEXPROCILThe Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council in its 20th meeting on Saturday decided to cut the tax rate for job work for the entire value chain of textiles sector to 5 per cent

Implementation of GST on Track Says Finance Minister, Augurs Well for Indian Real Estate: Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani
Business Wire IndiaFor Indian real estate, a series of government-lead reforms, including implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST), as also RERA, demonetization and the law on ‘benami’ ownership of property, will change how business is transacted in the real estate industry – for better

Positive Sentiment Augurs Well for Indian Economy Given GDP Growth of 7.0 Percent: Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani
Business Wire IndiaIndia has retained the title of ‘the world’s fastest growing major economy’, with annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the October-December 2016 period being reported at 7.0 percent. I am delighted by this statistic and hope it results in positive sentiment across different sectors of the economy

HCL Grant 2017 Winners Announced
Business Wire India Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, felicitates the winners Three winning NGOs receive Grant of up to INR 15 crore   Three winners of HCL Grant 2017 across categories of Environment, Health and Education were today announced at a ceremony held at HCL Technologies Hub, Noida

""Post FM's Budget Speech, RBI Governor Likely to Maintain Status Quo"": Dr Niranjan Hiranandani

""Budget 2017-18 is Positive & Growth Oriented but Could Have Been Better""- Shri Ujwal Lahoti, Chairman, TEXPROCIL
Business Wire IndiaThe Government has announced the Union Budget for 2017-18 in the parliament today. “Overall the budget is positive, wide ranging and inclusive” said Shri Ujwal Lahoti, Chairman, TEXPROCIL

Time Inc. Announces the 2017 Time India Awards
Business Wire IndiaToday, Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) announced the winners of the second annual TIME India Awards, honoring leaders for manufacturing excellence in India at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Partnership Summit in Andhra Pradesh, India

Gold and Silver Price Forecast for this Festive Season by Mr. Prithviraj Kothari, Managing Director of RiddiSiddhi Bullions Ltd. (RSBL)
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Business Wire IndiaLexisNexis®, a leading global provider of legal and business information services and solutions, announced the release of ‘Arbitration Resource Book’, at the ‘National Initiative towards Strengthening Arbitration and Enforcement in India’ Conference at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on October 21, 2016. Hon’ble Mr. Justice T.S

India's First IFSC Set for Formal Inauguration during Vibrant Gujarat Summit Jan 2017
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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Maintains Optimism in India's Growth Story at 7–7.5%, Despite Adverse Global Headwinds
Business Wire IndiaThe Growth Net Summit, in its fourth edition, started on a high note in New Delhi today with Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley exuding confidence that India will be able to maintain the growth level of 7-7.5%, despite challenges in the global economy

Rural Electrification is a Bucket Full of Hopes: Ratul Puri on Union Budget 2016
Business Wire IndiaIt was the third time that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget in the Parliament and this time the budget is focusing on small investors and small taxpayers to ensure rapid growth of Indian economy as these areas strengthen the foundation of economic growth of any country

Union Budget should Incentivize and Spur Real Estate Growth, 'Housing for All' should be Prime Focus”: Niranjan Hiranandani
Business Wire IndiaWhen one considers the potential that India’s Union Budget has vis-à-vis real estate, in one word, it is ‘immense’. For a sector which is all set to undergo a paradigm change once the Real Estate Regulatory Act comes in force, this year’s Annual Budget needs to be positive and growth-oriented – especially where real estate is concerned

Bharat Forge Limited participates in Make In India Week, Mumbai
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'Hope Budget Results in Lower Home Loan Interest Rates': Niranjan Hiranandani
Business Wire IndiaOn 29 February 2016, when the Hon’ble Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley makes his Budget proposals speech, the hopes and aspirations of home seekers will be that the Union Budget would enable home loan interest rates becoming affordable

Watch Prime Minister Narendra Modi honour 12 Amazing Indians on Saturday 23 Jan at 8 pm on TIMES NOW
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SKILLSdox and Datawind Partner to Bring High Quality Online Educational Experiences to India
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New FDI Norms for Real Estate a Positive Move: Niranjan Hiranandani
Business Wire IndiaThe Indian Government on 10 November 2015 removed all restriction on foreign direct investments into the real estate and construction sector except for a three-year lock-in period for select projects, in a major boost to the cash-starved sector

Union Minister Arun Jaitley and Former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee Faceoff with Former CJI Justice Lodha and Eminent Lawyer Rajeev Dhawan in the Biggest Debate of 2015

Niranjan Hiranandani says Rate Cut for Real Estate Unlikely in the RBI Policy Review
Business Wire IndiaFrom a real estate perspective, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) policy review on Tuesday, April 7 has the potential to be a key ‘trigger’, one that has the potential to create a positive sentiment in the real estate industry, said Niranjan Hiranandani, MD, Hiranandani Constructions Pvt Ltd (HCPL)

The Growth Net Concludes with Optimism on Emerging Economies
Business Wire IndiaThe Growth Net 2015, an annual economic conclave organized by the Ananta Centre and the Smadja and Smadja Strategic Advisory, concluded today having brought together thought-leaders from across the new growth countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America

Modi Govt. has a Clear Roadmap to Translate Growth into Poverty Eradication: Arun Jaitley
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One Day to go for The Growth Net 2015
Business Wire IndiaThe three-day economic conclave, The Growth Net 2015, begins on March 25th with a stellar line up of speakers for highly-relevant panel discussions and keynote sessions. Prominent policy makers, CEO’s, heads of institutions, academics and economists will converge at the event to deliberate on current economic and societal trends emerging from the new growth countries

The Growth Net 2015 to Highlight New Growth Driver Economies
Business Wire IndiaThe Growth Net Summit 2015 is the first major economic summit to be held in India since the Modi government’s economic vision was detailed in the Union Budget last month

""A Good Budget for the Economy; Housing Sector would have Wanted More"": Niranjan Hiranandani
Business Wire IndiaThe past few months have witnessed a much improved real estate scenario driven by positive sentiments

USIBC Welcomes Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s First Full-Year Union Budget as a Bold Roadmap for Improving the Ease of Doing Business in India
Business Wire IndiaThe U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) welcomes Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Union Budget as a bold roadmap for improving the ease of doing business in India. The Council strongly supports many reforms announced in the budget targeted to encourage infrastructure development, modernize capital markets, reduce tax uncertainty, and spur domestic economic growth

Government launches special portal for educational loans
Union Finance Minister Jaitely announced in the Budget session

Andhra Pradesh News on June 19, 2015
Andhra Pradesh News and Headlines on June 18, 2015

India News on May 20, 2015
India News and Headlines on May 20, 2015

Lok Sabha passes GST Constitutional Amendment Bill
GST Constitutional Amendment Bill passed in Lok Sabha with 352 members voting in favour and 37 against

'Low Interest Rates Can Give a Positive Boost to Real Estate’: Niranjan Hiranandani
Given the ‘challenging phase’ as a result of the economic slowdown in the past couple of years, the change in Government at the Centre had evoked positive sentiment among all stakeholders in Indian real estate

Intellvisions Partners with Accenture to usher a Paradigm Shift in Branch Banking
Branch Banking in the coming years will witness a paradigm shift. With an increasingly young generation and demanding set of customers the days of 4000 Sq feet, 12 to 15 tellers and 6 to 8 hours of operation will pave way to more downsized branches with a smaller footprint

Emaar MGF: Budget Promises to Trigger Revival of India’s Real Estate
There was a deep sense of anticipation that underpinned the days preceding to the announcement of the Union Budget for the financial year 2014-15. At the close of finance minister Arun Jaitley’s presentation, the general consensus echoed encouraging mandate - the budget highlighted the new government's rational approach to policies for taxation, government spending and growth

Track Budget’s Impact on your Investment Portfolio on
Live Budget coverage online Track your investment portfolio Access across web, mobile & tablets ​ Modi government has promised a new direction for India and everyone wants to know what lies ahead. If you are invested in stock market, you need to pay close attention to Budget coverage on 10th July.  On moneycontrol

Ordinance on e-auction of coal blocks cleared by Centre
Centre decides to put cancelled coal blocks on e-auction

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik meets Prime Minister - seeks special package
Naveen Patnaik met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought special package for Odisha

Stage set for Narendra Modi to be sworn in as the Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi and his council of ministers to take oath

Narendra Modi elected as BJP parliamentary party leader
Modi's name was proposed by LK Advani in party meeting

Seven States and two UTs will go to polls on Wednesday
Eighty-nine Lok Sabha seats spread over seven states and two Union Territories will go to polls in this phase on Wednesday

Institutional Investor and the IIFL Host the 10th Annual India Investment Forum
Institutional Investor Forums and India Infoline Limited, IIFL, announced the 10th Annual India Investment Forum will take place September 24-25, 2014 at The Pierre, in New York City.

TDP president Chandrababu Naidu to invite Prime Minister Modi for oath taking ceremony
Telugu Desam Party president and Chief Minister designate Nara Chandrababu Naidu is inviting Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with a galaxy of leaders for the oath taking ceremony

Andhra Pradesh News on February 20, 2014
Andhra Pradesh News and Headlines on February 20, 2014

Lakhs of employees stage strike in Uttar Pradesh against promotion quota bill
18 lakh employees join strike, while emergency services were exempted

Government introduces SC/ST promotion quota bill in Rajya Sabha
BJP asks government to reconsider the bill

BSP to support UPA on FDI vote in Rajya Sabha
Numbers favoring government in Rajya Sabha on FDI vote

Congress goes offensive against opposition parties at its rally
Opposition parties term the rally 'anti-people'

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hits out at BJP for violating Parliamentary Politics
Monsoon session of the Parliament comes to an end - Business held six out of 19 days

Centre to move Bill for promotions of SC/STs in Rajya Sabha today
Bill unlikely to see a smooth passage

BJP rejects Prime Minister's statement on the coal block allocation issue
Government says no need for a vote for confidence

PJ Kurien elected Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha
Kurien elected unanimously as Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha

Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma stokes controversy saying inflation is better for farmers
Beni Prasad Verma says that increasing costs will help farmers

Jagadish Shettar elected leader of Karanataka BJP legislature party
Karnataka State BJP elects Jagadish Shettar as the leader of the legislature party. Outgoing Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda puts forth his set of demands.

BJP core committee likely to make Jagadish Shettar as Karnataka CM
BJP core committee meets Saturday to replace Sadananda Gowda with Jagadish Shettar as Karnataka Chief Minister

Bihar BJP leader Sanjay Jha justifies decision to join JD (U)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Bihar, Sanjay Jha, on Tuesday justified his decision to join the Janata Dal (United), saying the latter is an alliance and that he had not gone into some other political party.

Sangma files nomination, to begin campaign trail from Saturday (Update)
Former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma, who filed his nomination papers for the presidential election here on Thursday, expressed his gratitude to the leaders of various political outfits for their support, and added that he would begin his campaign from Saturday.

Sangma files nomination for presidential poll
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) backed contestant P.A. Sangma filed his nomination for the 2012 presidential election here on Thursday.

PM reaches out to parties, seeks support for Mukherjee
With the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) nominating Pranab Mukherjee as its presidential candidate, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday reached out to various political parties, including the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to seek their support.

Rajnath Singh downplays Advani's veiled attack on Gadkari
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh on Friday played down party veteran Lal Krishna Advani's controversial remarks in his blog, indirectly targeting current president Nitin Gadkari and calling for introspection.

Gadkari more of a businessman than politician: Digvijay Singh
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari, and said the latter is more of a businessman than a politician.

Upset Advani calls for introspection in BJP

After Modi, aggrieved Yeddyurappa joins BJP national executive meet
Former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who has been upset with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) central leadership for sidelining him following charges levelled against him in connection with a mining scam, arrived here today to attend the party's national executive meeting.

BCCI bans five players for spot fixing
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has imposed a lifetime ban on cricketer TP Sudhindra for accepting money to bowl a no ball.

Salman Khurshid reiterates Government commitment on Lokpal Bill
A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged that the ruckus in Rajya Sabha was completely choreographed by Congress to avoid a vote, Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid today reiterated the government's commitment to bring in an effective Lokpal Bill, and accused the opposition of playing a game and wasting the time of the House.

Arun Jaitley says Government has lost right to remain in power
Lashing out at the Central Government for not being able to pass the Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley has said it had lost the right to remain in power with this failure.

Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die, Lokpal Bill not passed
A day after the government faced embarrassment in Lok Sabha following the defeat of Constitution (116th Amendment) Bill on the Lokpal, the Congress-led UPA Government today faced another debacle when the Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die amidst chaos.

Corruption is not a discovery by Anna Hazare, says Jethmalani
Stating that corruption is not a discovery by Anna Hazare, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and noted criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Thursday said the veteran social activist has brought out the consciousness of the public on the issue of corruption.

Congress rebuts charges, accuses BJP of suffering from political amnesia
Criticising the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for opposing the constitutional status to the Lokpal, the ruling Congress Party on Thursday accused the former of suffering from political amnesia, and said the Parliament has the right to make law of India.

Jaitley says BJP wants Government to accept suggested amendments to Lokpal Bill(Amended)
Slamming the Centre's 'phoney Lokpal Bill,' Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that the UPA Government is trying to make a Constitutional cocktail.

BJP for strong Lokpal, not a weak one, says Jaitley
Opposing the Government's Lokpal Bill, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Thursday said we don't want a weak and hollow law.

BJP rubbishes reports of reconciliation with Congress over Lokpal Bill
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley has rubbished the reports over possibility of settlement between the BJP and the ruling Congress party over the controversial issue of Lokpal Bill.

Revised Lokpal Bill to be introduced in Lok Sabha today
The Central Government will introduce the revised draft of Lokpal Bill in Lok Sabha today.

BJP gears up to corner government on Lokpal Bill, black money
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders met here on Tuesday and discussed their future course of action as they gear up to corner the government in parliament on the issues of the Lokpal Bill and black money.

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