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Middle Class Not Thrilled, but Optimistic: Post-Budget Survey

The survey, conducted on Saturday immediately after the budget presentation by Sitharaman concluded, had a sample size of 1,200 respondents from all demographies

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Ease of doing business means less bureaucracy so that entrepreneurs can build solutions without distractions. Pixabay

While being hailed as pro-farmer, the Union Budget 2020 presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday has failed to capture the imagination of the middle class, findings of the IANS-CVoter post-budget poll indicate.

The poll compiled people’s responses to a series of questions aimed at measuring popular perception about the Union Budget in the context of issues such as the economy and employment.

Yashwant Deshmukh of CVoter told IANS: “People are fearing that monthly expenses are going to go up. Less of savings, more of expenses. More or less, people are satisfied.”

Net approvals ranged from a low of 10.7 on the budget’s ability to boost employment in the country, to a high of 44.1 on the pro-farmer initiatives undertaken in the budget.

The net rating for sentiment on improving the economy hovered at 31.8 per cent.

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Savings and investments have become crucial parts of our lives, especially when the inflation and rising costs of living are concerned. Here comes the budgeting to force-fit several costs towards regular needs- from clothing to food, from education to other lifestyle stuff under insurance. Pixabay

Interestingly, the budget was perceived as pro-poor by 27.5 per cent, pro-capitalist by 24.9, and pro-middle class by 20.1 per cent of respondents.

The poll results show that the government’s social welfare initiatives in the form of several schemes are gaining traction with the lowest net approval ratings measured at 34.5 per cent for the government’s plan to operate 150 private trains.

The government’s plans to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) from the country by the year 2030 received the highest net approval ratings of 79.9 per cent.

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The respondents were posed queries on 13 social welfare schemes that focus upon water supply to homes, establishment of hospitals in district headquarters in private-public mode, FDI in education, solar pump schemes for farmers, increase in income tax exemption limits etc.

The survey, conducted on Saturday immediately after the budget presentation by Sitharaman concluded, had a sample size of 1,200 respondents from all demographies. (IANS)

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Dolby App For iOS, Android Now Available in India For Free

A user can further edit the sound sound "styles" like photo filters in Instagram, these allow users to apply sonic profiles to their recording

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The iOS app also has an in-built live streaming feature for sharing out content to Twitch or Facebook. Wikimedia Commons

Dolby On which is music video recording and streaming app on Friday launched its iOS as well as Android versions in India for free.

The app is designed to easily record and live stream audio and video with superior Dolby sound quality by using only phone.

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According to the company, the Dolby On listens to the sound coming in and automatically applies audio effects like compression, EQ, limiting, noise reduction, stereo widening and more.

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Dolby On which is music video recording and streaming app on Friday launched its iOS as well as Android versions in India for free. Wikimedia Commons

A user can further edit the sound sound “styles” like photo filters in Instagram, these allow users to apply sonic profiles to their recording.

The app aims to enable creators to record and livestream, both audio and video, with exceptional Dolby sound from the comforts of their home, without having to go to a studio, the company addes.

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The iOS app also has an in-built live streaming feature for sharing out content to Twitch or Facebook. (IANS)