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India's April-Sept fiscal deficit touches $70.4 billion

FILE PHOTO: Commuters make their way on the platform at the Churchgate train station during the morning rush hour in Mumbai

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's federal fiscal deficit during April-September, the first half of the current fiscal year, stood at 5.27 trillion rupees ($70.4 billion) or 35% of the budgeted target for the whole year, government data showed on Friday.

Net tax receipts were 9.2 trillion rupees while total expenditure was 16.3 trillion rupees, the data showed.

($1 = 74.8860 Indian rupees)

(Reporting by Manoj Kumar, Editing by William Maclean)

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