Arun Jaitley: Former India finance minister dies

Former Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley has died after a long illness.He was admitted to Delhi's AIIMS hospital on 9 August with breathing issues. Mr Jaitley, 66, was a close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and a senior member of the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).As finance minister during the BJP's first term, he was credited with a landmark goods and services tax bill - India's most significant tax reform since independence.However, citing poor health, Mr Jaitley opted out of the BJP's second cabinet after its massive election victory earlier this year. He underwent a kidney transplant in 2018.It was also under his watch as finance minister that Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an overnight decision to withdra ...