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The cat-and-mouse game between election commission officials and offenders happens because small handouts mean a lot to people in a country where a quarter of the population still live on less than $2 per day.(BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO)

India seizures of cash, booze and gold surge

By Vrishti Beniwa | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2019 06:15 PM IST
They’re confiscating as much as one billion rupees in cash and goods each day, as offenders use ambulances and other vehicles fitted with flashing lights to carry cash and give handouts in lunch boxes to lure voters.
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Wendell Rodericks anchoring the session during the Khushwant Singh Literature Festival in Kasauli.(HT Photo)
Wendell Rodericks anchoring the session during the Khushwant Singh Literature Festival in Kasauli.(HT Photo)

Khushwant Singh lit fest 2018: For the love of booze and salads...

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kasauli
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2018 02:40 PM IST
Founder of Agave India, Desmond Nazareth has spearheaded a movement to bring indigenous liquors, fermented by the tribal populations, into the limelight.
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While 2,47,296 cases of imported beer were sold in Gurugram in 2016-17, it jumped to 5,37,664 cases in 2017-18, an increase of 117%.(HT/Photo for representation)
While 2,47,296 cases of imported beer were sold in Gurugram in 2016-17, it jumped to 5,37,664 cases in 2017-18, an increase of 117%.(HT/Photo for representation)

Make it a double: Consumption of imported booze soars in Gurugram

By Leena Dhankhar | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2018 10:45 PM IST
Consumption of foreign spirits doubled in Gurugram over the last year, according to excise department data — a trend experts ascribed to changing lifestyles and increasing incomes.
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