Friday, February 27, 2015

Budget 2015- Returning the Indian Economy to the path of explosive Growth

As the Modi Government presents its first full Budget, CNN-IBN and IBN7 prepare to bring a ring side view of all key announcements and their implication

New Delhi, 25th February 2015: With Budget 2015 just round the corner, the entire nation awaits with hope. As Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu and Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley prepare to present the Rail & Union Budget on February 26th& 28th respectively, nearly every economic indicator is favourable – inflation is down, so are crude oil prices, foreign exchange reserves are at a peak and foreign investors are interested again in India’s stock markets. So, what will Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team do to return India to the oath of exponential growth?
To decode this much-awaited budget, CNN-IBN & IBN7 will bring rolling coverage on the Rail Budget & Union Budget on the 26th and 28thof February, respectively, under the aegis of the specially branded shows ‘Modi Express & The Modi Budget’ on CNN-IBN & ‘Prabhu Ki Patri & Jaitley Ki Potli’ on IBN7. These will be a culmination of a series of pre-budget shows that both channels have been running capturing the mood, expectation and suggestions from a cross-section of individuals from corporate to entrepreneurs to students. With more than 18 hours of live programming on each channel, the network is all set to be the one stop destination for viewers to know everything about the upcoming budgets.
The finest editorial teams of both the channels including Bhupendra Chaubey, Sumit Awasthi, Karma Paljor, Shereen Bhan, Sanjay Pugalia and Anubha Bhonsle will bring budget updates, public reactions and impact assessment. They will be joined by the country’s most formidable economists and commentators including SB Ghose Dastidar (Former member-Traffic, Railway Board), Raghu Dayal (Founding CMD, Concor/Container Corporation of India Ltd.), Sumant Chak (Former Additional Member, Planning, Railway Board) and Sanjeeva Shivesh (Railways Expert /Ceo, Smartwave) for Rail Budget 2015. For Union Budget 2015, experts such as Shaurya Doval (Head, IndiaFoundation), Dr. Ajay Dua  (Former Secretary, Industry & Commerce), C M Vasudev (Former Finance Secretary), Dr. Arvind Virmani(Former chief economic adviser), Swapandas Gupta (Sr. Journalist/Columnist), Ashok Malik (Sr. Journalist/Columnist) and Dr. Shankar Aachraya (Former chief economic adviser) will be on board.
Tune in to CNN-IBN & IBN7 on Feb 26th & Feb 28th starting 8 am for major highlights & analysis of Rail Budget & Union Budget respectively.

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