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With the assembly elections due in four months, Kerala finance minister TM Thomas Issac presented the last budget of the Pinarayi Vijayan government for now(PTI)

Kerala earmarks fund for mental health

By Ramesh Babu, Thiruvanathapuram
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 04:23 AM IST
The state has earmarked Rs.64 crore for mental health programmes, usually a neglected sector. According to a survey conducted by the state mental health department last year, at least 15% of the youth between 18 and 25 years suffered from depression and other mental health problems.
Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac said there are different narratives about Onam.(PTI)
Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac said there are different narratives about Onam.(PTI)

Kerala minister’s Mahabali vs Vamana tweet on Onam sparks row, BJP seeks apology

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
PUBLISHED ON SEP 01, 2020 04:26 PM IST
Many saints and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders have asked the Marxist minister to withdraw his tweet and apologize for hurting sentiments of Hindus.
Defending the move, the state finance minister said it was a painting by an artist from the state and the depiction was more relevant now.(PTI FILE)
Defending the move, the state finance minister said it was a painting by an artist from the state and the depiction was more relevant now.(PTI FILE)

Row over depiction of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination on Kerala budget document

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2020 03:08 AM IST
The picture on the cover of the Kerala budget document depicts Gandhi lying in a pool of blood as supporters surround him in mourning.
Residents of Kozhikode in north Kerala paid a tearful adieu to the 32-year-old man, who died while carrying out rescue work .(Twitter image)
Residents of Kozhikode in north Kerala paid a tearful adieu to the 32-year-old man, who died while carrying out rescue work .(Twitter image)

Heroes save the day in flood-hit Kerala

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2019 04:02 PM IST
On Sunday, his friends noticed he had not come back after attending an emergency call in a nearby area. Missing for the last two days, his body was recovered on Monday
The GST Council had allowed the state to impose the flood cess.(Ht Photo)
The GST Council had allowed the state to impose the flood cess.(Ht Photo)

A year after floods, Kerala imposes 1% flood cess to mobilise funds

Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2019 07:22 PM IST
The cess will be effective for two years and the state is expected to generate Rs 1200 crore, said Kerala finance minister Thomas Issac. The additional levy was announced by Issac in his budget in March.
Spices and herbs in metal bowls and wooden spoons. Food and cuisine ingredients.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Spices and herbs in metal bowls and wooden spoons. Food and cuisine ingredients.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Kerala CM to ring bell at LSE for listing of 2.1k cr masala bonds

Hindustan Times, Thiruvanathapuram | By HT Correspondent and Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAY 17, 2019 12:43 AM IST
The tiny Masala debt market has been struggling since its emergence four years ago.
People get their two-wheelers filled with petrol at a fuel station in Ahmedabad on May 14.(REUTERS/ Representative image)
People get their two-wheelers filled with petrol at a fuel station in Ahmedabad on May 14.(REUTERS/ Representative image)

No plan to cut taxes on fuel till central duties reduced to 2014 level: Kerala

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2018 11:09 PM IST
Kerala finance minister TM Thomas Issac said the Centre has reduced its tax on petrol by Rs 1.50 per litre after hiking it by Rs 9.
An aerial view shows partially submerged buildings at a flooded area in Kerala.(REUTERS)
An aerial view shows partially submerged buildings at a flooded area in Kerala.(REUTERS)

Kerala seeks Centre’s nod to hike market borrowing limit, raise Rs 10,500 crore following floods

Bengaluru, Hindustan Times | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 11:45 PM IST
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Kerala desperately needed more money and resources to tide over the crisis and the present borrowing limit was an impediment to this.
Kerala charges roughly 32.2% tax on petrol and 25.58% on diesel, among the highest in the country.(PTI Photo)
Kerala charges roughly 32.2% tax on petrol and 25.58% on diesel, among the highest in the country.(PTI Photo)

In Kerala, fuel prices cheaper by a rupee from today as state cuts tax

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2018 12:03 AM IST
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the onus was now on the central government to effect a price reduction from its end.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi and his finance minister Thomas Isaac (right) meeti with union finance minister Arun Jaitley in Delhi in this file photo.(Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi and his finance minister Thomas Isaac (right) meeti with union finance minister Arun Jaitley in Delhi in this file photo.(Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)

Centre can’t punish Southern states for implementing national policies: Kerala FM

UPDATED ON APR 09, 2018 07:50 PM IST
Thomas Issac denies“north and south” division but says the country’s finances must be shared fairly.
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