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Wikimedia CommonsKerala Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac on Friday, March 3, presented the 68th state budget in the Assembly. The Budget 2017-18 had an anti-climax as the opposition staged a walkout at the end of the budget presentation alleging that the budget papers were leaked.Check live updates and highlights of Kerala Budget 2017-18 here: Budget allotments – HighlightsSmart City mission – Rs 100 crore Karunya scheme- Rs 350 crore Suchitwa Mission – Rs 127 crore Scientific landfills – Rs 50 crore Soil and land conservation – Rs 201 crore Water conservation – Rs 150 crore Drinking water – Rs 1,858 crore Crematorium cleaning – Rs 100 crore Coastal development – Rs 216 crore Vizhinjam port project – Rs 90 crore Fish farm promotions – Rs 500 crore Welfare of differently-abled people – Rs 250 crore Security pensions fixed at Rs 1,100 Ration subsidy – Rs 900 crore Anganwadi teachers’ honorarium – Rs 350 crore Primary milk society – Rs 30 crore Dairy development – Rs 97 crore Pepper and cardamom farming – Rs 10 crore To stabilize rubber base price – Rs 500 crore Mid-day meal scheme – Rs 640 crore rape victims’ rehabilitation – Rs 5 crore KSRTC – Rs 3,000 crore Kudumbashree – Rs 161 crore Transgender pension, relocation – Rs 10 crore12.22 p.m.: It was not the budget documents, highlights prepared for media was circulated on the web, says Isaac.12.20 p.m.: Finance Minster Thomas Isaac meets the press after his eighth budget presentation.11.50 a.m.: Budget speech ends. Opposition demands an explanation from the government.11.45 a.m.: Finance Minster Isaac tables Budget 2017-18 in the assembly.11.44 a.m.: CM Pinarayi Vijayan hands over a note to Speaker.11.43 a.m.: Chennithala reads out budget paper outside the Assembly.11.43 a.m.: Chennithala sys, “budget leaked for the first time in the history of Kerala.”11.42 a.m.: Leader of opposition meets press at the media room.11.41 a.m.: BJP MLA O Raja opal also joins UDF and walks out.11.40 a.m.: TM Thomas Isaac continues budget speech.11.38 a.m.: Opposition resorts to sloganeering in the assembly.11.37 a.m.: BJP MLA O Rajagopal walks out.11.36 a.m.: Poonjar MLA PC George stays in the assembly. 11.35 a.m.: Oppositions boycott assembly.11.34 a.m.: Government announces Rs 61 crore for NoRKA.11.32 a.m.: Finance Minister resumes budget presentation.11.31 a.m.: Speaker intervenes, says the allegations to be probed.11.30 a.m.: Chennithala says Thomas Isaac is “a man of social media” and the budget leaked from FM’s office.11.29 a.m.: FM resumes Budget 2017-18 speech in the assembly.11.27 a.m.: Finance Minster Isaac seeks permissions to resume the budget presentation in the assembly.11.25 a.m.: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan responds to the accusation made by the opposition in the assembly.11.24 a.m.: Ruckus in Kerala assembly following the Leader of Opposition’s statement.11.23 a.m.: Sanctity of budget lost. Kerala 2017-18 budgets compromised; secret papers are out in the social media platforms,” says opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala.11.17 a.m.: Rs 203 crore announced for farmers’ relief11.16 a.m.: Rs 30 crore for drought relief11.15 a.m.: Government allots Rs 10 crore for transgender pension, relocation11.14 a.m.: Announces taluks, revenue divisions; New taluks in Kunnamkulam and Payyanur11.13 a.m.: New department has been announced for the welfare of women. Rs 161 crore has been allotted for Kudumbashree11.11 a.m.: FM invokes MT Vasudevan Nair’s Randamoozham in the budget before announcing the projects and fund allocations for women safety in the state.11.10 a.m.: ONV memorial to get Rs 5 crore.11.09 a.m.: Isaac announces increase in Pravasi kshema pension.11.06 a.m.: Kochi biennale and film festivals to get permanent venues.11.05 a.m.: Budget avails Rs 724 crore for health service.11.01 a.m.: 10,000 young artists to get Rs 10,000 per month11.00 a.m.: Allotted Rs 265 crore for Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan10.59 a.m.: Announces Rs 3,000 crore for Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)10.56 a.m.: Education loan repayment support scheme to be formed to give relief to the students. Rs 640 crore for mid-day meal scheme10.55 a.m.: Rs 5 crore allotted for rape victims’ rehabilitation10.54 a.m.: 381 crore for Kerala varsities for different projects. 2 rescue homes to be set up and Pink control rooms to be allotted with Rs 12 crore.10.53 a.m.: Allots Rs 1,858 crore for drinking water.10.52 a.m.: Avail Rs 70 crore for Japan drinking water project.10.51 a.m.: Rs 15 crore allotted for minor irrigation projects.10:50 a.m.: Government allots Rs 600 crore for the construction of check dams and regulators10.49 a.m.: Sabarimala master plan for Rs 25 crore10.47 a.m.: Rs 682 crore credit for metro/transport projects10.45 a.m.: Announces solar and water projects. Solar power project in Kasaragod set to commence its operations this year.10.42 a.m.: Allots Rs 900 crore for power transmission network projects.10.40 a.m.: All street lights in Kerala to be made LED.10:35 a.m.: All districts in the state to set up parks for autistic children.10.34 a.m.: Special investment (chit fund) plans by KSFE for non-resident Keralites.10.29 a.m.: Kerala to invest Rs 3,500 crore for hill-highway project (1,267 km)10.27 a.m.: The Finance Minister foresees Rs 50,000 crore worth road projects in next five years.10.26 a.m.: Government has plans to expand mineral sand mining in public sector 10.25 a.m.: Rs 111 crore for Kinfra.10.24 a.m.: Palakkad to get a life science park.10.24 a.m.: Government allots Rs 482 crore for industries, Rs 51 crore for textile mills.10.23 a.m: Announces Rs 20 crore for tourism marketing projects.10.22 a.m.: The government allots Rs 5 crore to promote boat race (Vallamkali) in Kerala.10.18 a.m.: Government aims to make the state of Kerala an IT hub, announces free Internet for 20 lakh people. 10.13 a.m.: Kerala Beedi employees’ welfare to get Rs 20 crore.10.08 a.m.: Kerala Budget 2017-18 announces Rs 90 crore for Kasaragod project.10.04 a.m.: Budget allots 97 crore for dairy development, 30 crore primary milk society and Rs 150 crore for value-added agro parks.10.00 a.m.: Thomas Isaac announces Rs 2,600 crore for SC welfare and Rs 750 crore for ST welfare.9.57 a.m.: Budget allots Rs 10 crore compensation for endosulfan victims.9.54 a.m.: Thomas Isaac announces Rs 250 crore for the welfare of differently-abled people.9.52 a.m.: Finance minister TM Thomas Isaac promises infrastructure projects worth Rs 25,000 crore worth in 2017-18.9.41 a.m.: CPI (M) office in Kozhikode was set on fire last night after a bomb was hurled at the RSS headquarters.9.40 a.m.: Kerala Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac is presenting his eighth budget.
Akshay KumarTwitterAkshay Kumar is undoubtedly one of the most bankable stars in Bollywood and his box office track record is a proof of that. He has earned a set of loyal audience who never give his films a miss in theatres. His immense fan following and choices of roles guarantee him a certain percentage of occupany that soon gets converted into big numbers at the box office. And after doing an assessment and knowing his worth, the Khiladi Kumar has reportedly started charging double the amount that he was charging 7 years ago.According to a report in The Asian Age, Akshay, who had earlier charged Rs 27 crore for Rowdy Rathore, now demands a whopping Rs 54 crore per film.”Akshay is fond of the number nine. When he was working on Rowdy Rathore, he billed the makers for Rs 27 crore. But that was in 2012. Now, Akshay demands a cool Rs 54 crore and gets it too,” a trade expert was qouted as saying by the daily.And now that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has reportedly bankrolled the sequel to Rowdy Rathore, the filmmaker will have to pay Akshay double the price compared to the amount that he charged for the part 1.”Sanjay Leela Bhansali had bankrolled Rowdy Rathore, which was directed by Prabhudheva. And when Akshay shifted the release date of Pad Man last year to get a free run for Padmaavat at the box office, he jokingly asked Bhansali to promise him a sequel. And now that the sequel is happening, the makers realise that they will need to pay him exactly double for it,” the trade expert added.It is to be noted that Akshay was the only Indian celebrity who was featured in the Forbes list of the world’s highest paid actors 2019. He had secured the 33rd spot with earnings worth 65 million USD (that is around Rs 444 crore in Indian currency).Akshay is currently loaded with a few big and interesting line-ups this year. After triggering nationalist fervor with Kesari, the Khiladi Kumar will be next seen in Mission Mangal, Housefull 4, Laxmmi Bomb and Good News this year and Sooryavanshi, Laxmmi Bomb in 2020 and will also make his debut in digital space with The End on Amazon.