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Finance Minister P Chidambaram presented the Union Budget for 2004-05 in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. While he raised the I-T exemption limit to Rs 100,000, the FM said that the Budget would aim seven to eight per cent growth, focus on agriculture and fiscal consolidation. 
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Highlights of the Budget 2004-05

• Computers, mobiles, tractors to be cheaper
• I-T exemption limit raised to Rs 100,000
• 'We've brought in both thought and passion'
• Budget: Good news and bad
• The Complete Budget Document
• Budget '04: What's in it for me?
• Shopping a taxing affair now
• 'A reformist Budget from Chidambaram'
• FM's Rs 950 cr lip service to social sector
• The trick Chidambaram played
• Turnover tax: All you want to know
• Tax dept to issue Form 16
• FII holdings may go out of FDI cap
• This is the tax you will have to pay now
• Budget leaves a wincing hangover
• Real estate prices likely to go up
• Govt levies 2% education cess
• FDI cap in civil aviation hiked to 49%
• Infographic: Budget at a glance
• An 'A' for PC!
• How will software sector be affected
• FM says Main Hoon Na. Farah's amused!
• 10 key measures that affect you
• FM is damn cute: Main Hoon Na Man
• Filing returns easier now
• Indian budget is a miracle: NRIs
• Budget leaves a wincing hangover
• Budget - an outside perspective
• Slide Show: Chidambaram, the dream merchant
• Infographix: The new tax structure | More
• What India thinks: 'Budget promises are rarely kept'
• Special: The Budget gobbledygook
• Slide Show: 'The Budget affects everybody’
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  Railway Budget 2004-05
  Economic Survey 2003-04 

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• What Young India Thinks
• 'The Budget affects everybody’
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Budget Infographics
• Economic Survey 2003-04
• Railway Budget 2004-05
• More...
Sectoral Analysis
• MFs: An encore for investors
• Small savings: Bonanza in store!
• More...
Personal Finance
• 5 things not to do with money
• Retired? You can invest here
• More...
Budget Quiz
• Budget papers are printed in...?
• India's forex reserves are..?
• More...
• FM seeking NTT or Samadhan?
• MoF policy to hit 3,000 taxmen
• More...
• How to judge the Budget
• Mr Chidambaram: go for gold
• More..
Stock Talk
• 'Transaction tax: Rollback likely'
  Chat with Ramesh S Damani
Information You Can Use
• Interim Budget 2004-05
• RBI's Credit Policy 2004-05
• Mini Exim Policy 2004-05
• Ministry of Finance

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