Budget centrestage on BBC World this week

MUMBAI: BBC World has chalked up a programme schedule to offer extensive coverage of the Union Budget, to be presented tomorrow, with in-depth analysis from both Indian and global perspectives.     



Along with reports on the channel's hourly news bulletins, Karan Thapar will conduct an exclusive interview with finance minister Palaniappan Chidambaram on Thursday. Yashwant Sinha, who was finance minister from 1998 until earlier this year under the Bharatiya Janata Party government, will also appear on a special edition of HARDtalk India on Friday to offer the opposition's point of view on the Budget.

BBC World's regular programmes including India Business Report, Asia Business Report and Asia Today too will assess the implications of the measures for the coming year that are being presented to members of parliament in the Lok Sabha, says a press release.


India Business Report on 11 July will have a complete post-Budget analysis programme, with a panel discussion featuring guests including Confederation of Indian Industries president Sunil Munjal, Shell Indian chairman Vikram Mehta, economic journalist Prem Shankar Jha, and Fortune magazine's John Elliott. According to the release, the daily programmes Asia Today and Asia Business Report will also offer a wider assessment of the Budget's implications from pan-Asian and global perspectives, including a series of specially commissioned features that will appear on Asia Today in Budget week.

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