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As locals complained of a mysterious disease killing the villagers, health officials from the district headquarters of Malkangiri, who visited Benchanpalli to probe the deaths, cited alcoholism.(Representative photo)

Alcohol, superstition take a toll on tribals in Odisha villages

By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON NOV 07, 2020 03:34 PM IST
Doctors in Malkangiri said a series of the deaths in Sodiguda and Bapanpalli were mostly due to alcoholism and the unwillingness of the tribals to go to local health centres fearing Covid-19
Between May 18 and 22, more shops, including those in markets and those owned by private enterprises, were allowed to open, but on alternate days based on the shop numbers..(Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Between May 18 and 22, more shops, including those in markets and those owned by private enterprises, were allowed to open, but on alternate days based on the shop numbers..(Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Liquor to be cheaper in Delhi as govt removes 70% corona fee

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Dey
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 12:13 AM IST
VAT is applicable on all Indian manufactured foreign liquor and country liquor. Prices of imported liquor – on which several other duty fees are levied – are likely to witness no change in MRP after June 10.
There are around 150 liquor shops that are eligible to open in the city.(Bloomberg)
There are around 150 liquor shops that are eligible to open in the city.(Bloomberg)

Stand-alone liquor stores with L6, L8 licences allowed to open

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 03:56 AM IST
Establishments, however, have been mandated to maintain strict social distancing, including a prohibition on gatherings of more than five persons at a time at the outlet.
A worker marks circles for social distancing at Okhla Mandi on Saturday.
A worker marks circles for social distancing at Okhla Mandi on Saturday.

First breather for Delhi: Govt to allow relaxations for red zones

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sweta Goswami
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2020 03:02 AM IST
In addition, the government on Saturday also started identifying standalone liquor shops that could be opened with social distancing norms.
HT Image
HT Image

Curfew effect: No hike in excise on liquor in Chandigarh till May 15

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Munieshwer A Sagar, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2020 12:51 AM IST
The decision came in the wake of the curfew imposed in the city to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus

Beer gets at least 20% costlier in Chandigarh

Hindustan Times. | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2020 12:36 AM IST
Liquor vendors cannot sell beer at prices lower than the stipulated minimum price set by the administration. Vendors can fix the maximum price on their discretion.
Mountview is among half a dozen hotels that will benefit from the relaxation. They can open mini bars in rooms as well.
Mountview is among half a dozen hotels that will benefit from the relaxation. They can open mini bars in rooms as well.

Bars at 5-star hotels to remain open 24x7 in Chandigarh

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2020 12:48 AM IST
But get ready to shell out more, as come April, liquor to get dearer by 10-15% in Chandigarh
Justice Bhuyan’s order on Friday came in view of Section 135C of the Representation of the Peoples Act, 1951.(HT image)
Justice Bhuyan’s order on Friday came in view of Section 135C of the Representation of the Peoples Act, 1951.(HT image)

Maharashtra assembly election 2019: HC allows Mumbai liquor shops to open on evening of counting day

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2019 01:46 PM IST
The Maharashtra Wine Merchants Association had moved the high court challenging the October 4, 2019, order of Mumbai’s district collector to close their shops.
According to police, the liquor manufacturer and one of his aides were taken into custody, and a first information report was registered.(HT Photo)
According to police, the liquor manufacturer and one of his aides were taken into custody, and a first information report was registered.(HT Photo)

Three die, four take ill after drinking hooch in Lucknow

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2019 10:49 PM IST
The deaths were reported from villages under Mahmoodabad police station area in Sitapur.
State excise minister, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, said there have been several cases in various parts of the state where inferior quality liquor has been filled and sold in branded bottles. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
State excise minister, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, said there have been several cases in various parts of the state where inferior quality liquor has been filled and sold in branded bottles. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Scan code on app to check if liquor bottle is genuine

Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2019 02:32 AM IST
In a first in the country, the Maharashtra government plans to print barcodes on caps of all liquor bottles to plug duty evasion, tackle an annual revenue loss of Rs 1,500-Rs 1,800 crore and prevent duplication of liquor, said excise officials.
A change in the opening and closing time of country liquor bars across Maharashtra, which was introduced three months ago, has left retailers in Mumbai fuming.(Bloomberg)
A change in the opening and closing time of country liquor bars across Maharashtra, which was introduced three months ago, has left retailers in Mumbai fuming.(Bloomberg)

New timings lead to losses, say country liquor bar owners

PUBLISHED ON APR 25, 2019 03:19 AM IST
Recently, the government amended the Maharashtra Country Liquor Rules, 1973, and blurred the distinction between urban and rural areas before changing the opening and closing time of country liquor bars in the state.
28,000 liquor bottles, 29kg cannabis seized in Gurugram. (Representative Image)(PTI)
28,000 liquor bottles, 29kg cannabis seized in Gurugram. (Representative Image)(PTI)

28,000 liquor bottles, 29kg cannabis seized in Gurugram

Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 09:03 AM IST
Meanwhile, on Monday, the district administration and Gurugram Police seized around Rs 20 lakh in cash from two men in a mini truck near Tauru, officials said.
The grand alliance (GA) led by the Congress was rocked by the comments of a JMM legislator in a video that the Congress will have to bear the cost of the campaign by providing liquor, diesel and petrol if it wants to win the Singhbhum Lok Sabha seat. HT Photo (Story by Manoj Choudhary)
The grand alliance (GA) led by the Congress was rocked by the comments of a JMM legislator in a video that the Congress will have to bear the cost of the campaign by providing liquor, diesel and petrol if it wants to win the Singhbhum Lok Sabha seat. HT Photo (Story by Manoj Choudhary)

‘Congress has to pay for fuel, liquor to win Singhbhum’: Ally JMM’s MLA

Jamshedpur | By Debashish Sarkar
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2019 09:01 AM IST
JMM MLA from Chaibasa, Deepak Birua, refused to comment on the video saying that it was Samad’s personal opinion.
From April 1, all liquor bottles in the will have on their labels prominent statutory warnings, asking consumers to not drink and drive and outlining how alcohol consumption is harmful for health.(Getty Images)
From April 1, all liquor bottles in the will have on their labels prominent statutory warnings, asking consumers to not drink and drive and outlining how alcohol consumption is harmful for health.(Getty Images)

Alcohol bottles to carry health warnings from April 1

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 25, 2019 11:46 PM IST
For alcoholic beverage bottles up to 200 ml, the letters on the label, all in capitals, should not be less than 1.5 mm high; bottles larger than 200 ml will have letters 3mm tall.
Police book seven for selling liquor, worth Rs 3 lakh, without licence. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Police book seven for selling liquor, worth Rs 3 lakh, without licence. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Police book seven for selling liquor, worth Rs 3 lakh, without licence

Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 19, 2019 12:58 AM IST
In total, the police have recovered 110 cases of IMFL and country liquor from their possession. The men were booked under the Excise Act, said the police.

Cheers for tipplers: Punjab govt hikes liquor quota, rates may dip

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2019 12:15 AM IST
Rs 1 bottling fee per litre introduced to fund alcohol de-addiction; new battalion to check smuggling from neighbouring states
In the nine months from April 2018 to December 2018, Pune consumed 209.93 bl (bulk litres) of country liquor,which is 39.4 bl more than what was consumed during the same period in 2017.(HT REPRESENTATIONAL PHOTO)
In the nine months from April 2018 to December 2018, Pune consumed 209.93 bl (bulk litres) of country liquor,which is 39.4 bl more than what was consumed during the same period in 2017.(HT REPRESENTATIONAL PHOTO)

Revenue boost as Pune drinks up in 2018

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shrinivas Deshpande
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2019 04:42 PM IST
High sale of alcohol has brought good news for state excise department as the revenue earned has increased by 9.18 per cent for Pune district as compared to last year.
Police seize country liquor in Daltonganj.(HT File Photo/Representative image)
Police seize country liquor in Daltonganj.(HT File Photo/Representative image)

7 dead after consuming spurious liquor in West Bengal’s Nadia; 11 excise officials suspended

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2018 09:17 PM IST
The government ordered a CID inquiry and said investigations would be able to throw light on whether the spurious liquor is being smuggled into rural Bengal from Bihar and Jharkhand, West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra said.
State finance an excise minister Amit Mitra had set a target of Rs10,500 crore towards collection of excise revenue in 2018- 19.(HT File Photo)
State finance an excise minister Amit Mitra had set a target of Rs10,500 crore towards collection of excise revenue in 2018- 19.(HT File Photo)

High liquor sale during festival pushes Bengal’s revenue collection to record high

Hindustan Times | By Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON NOV 12, 2018 06:10 PM IST
In October, sale of India made foreign liquor (IMFL) stood at 1.20 crore litre, marking a shopping 57% rise over October 2017.
Tourists watch a one horned rhino with her calf as they cool off, during an elephant safari in Kaziranga National Park in Bokakhat district of Assam.(PTI Photo)
Tourists watch a one horned rhino with her calf as they cool off, during an elephant safari in Kaziranga National Park in Bokakhat district of Assam.(PTI Photo)

MP suggests casinos, visits to former militant camps can boost tourism in Assam

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Utpal Parashar
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2018 01:56 PM IST
Biswajit Daimary, Rajya Sabha MP representing Bodo People’s Front (BPF), also said photographs of commander-in-chief of banned United Liberation Front of Assam-Independent (ULFA-I) Paresh Baruah should be used in promotional campaigns.
A woman who gave up bootlegging to take up dairy business pastes a notice outside her house in south Delhi's Sangam Vihar.(HT Photo)
A woman who gave up bootlegging to take up dairy business pastes a notice outside her house in south Delhi's Sangam Vihar.(HT Photo)

South Delhi’s illegal alcohol hub now sells milk, vegetables after pledge

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shiv Sunny
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2018 07:39 AM IST
More than 50 alleged bootleggers in Sangam Vihar decided to start their lives afresh after being encouraged by the local police to quit selling illegal liquor and choose a legal business.
(PTI Photo)
(PTI Photo)

Madhya Pradesh excise department ‘dumps’ hundreds of litres of liquor in Narmada river

Hindustan Times, Dhar /Bhopal | By Chhotu Shastri
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2018 07:18 AM IST
Narmada river, a major source of water in Madhya Pradesh, is considered holy and is worshipped as one of the seven sacred rivers in the country.
While sale of beer saw a relatively moderate 14.26 per cent jump, wine saw the highest increase, with an increase of 42.96 per cent when compared to figures of April 2017.(SHUTTERSTOCK)
While sale of beer saw a relatively moderate 14.26 per cent jump, wine saw the highest increase, with an increase of 42.96 per cent when compared to figures of April 2017.(SHUTTERSTOCK)

New high for alcohol sales in Maharashtra this April compared to April 2017

Hindustan Times | By Debasish Panigrahi, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUN 16, 2018 12:37 AM IST
Thanks to relaxation of Supreme Court’s alcohol ban, sale of spirits saw a 35.39 per cent increase, sale of country liquor rose by 27.6 per cent
On April 1, 2017, SC banned the sale of liquor within a 500-metre radius of state and national highways.(Representational photo)
On April 1, 2017, SC banned the sale of liquor within a 500-metre radius of state and national highways.(Representational photo)

Liquor sales in Maharashtra drop by after Supreme Court’s 2017 ban

Hindustan Times | By Surendra P Gangan, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2018 02:07 PM IST
Consumption of beer dropped by 15.04%, while consumption of IMFL and country liquor dropped by 3.99% and 6.81%, respectively.
More than 1.29 lakh people have been arrested for violating the liquor prohibition imposed by the Janata Dal-United government led by chief minister Nitish Kumar in Bihar nearly two years ago.(HT File Photo)
More than 1.29 lakh people have been arrested for violating the liquor prohibition imposed by the Janata Dal-United government led by chief minister Nitish Kumar in Bihar nearly two years ago.(HT File Photo)

Two years of alcohol prohibition in Bihar: Women credit CM for welcome change

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Reena Sopam
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2018 12:48 PM IST
After the stores shut overnight, a lot of women say they have enough to eat and her children have started going to school.
Liquor seized by police at SSP press conference in Patna.(HT File Photo)
Liquor seized by police at SSP press conference in Patna.(HT File Photo)

From ‘pure milk’ to ‘bechara’, how people dodge liquor ban in Bihar

Hindustan Times, Patna | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2018 02:27 PM IST
In urban areas of the state, “pure milk” is the code used for Indian Made Foreign Liquor, and in rural areas, country liquor is identified as “bechara”.
The vehicle with loudspeaker making announcement of “heavy discount” on liquor, in Talwandi Sabo, 30km from Bathinda, on Friday.(Photo: Grab from video by local resident who sought anonymity)
The vehicle with loudspeaker making announcement of “heavy discount” on liquor, in Talwandi Sabo, 30km from Bathinda, on Friday.(Photo: Grab from video by local resident who sought anonymity)

Law run over as liquor sold on wheels in Talwandi Sabo, with a loudspeaker!

Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By Sachin Sharma, Bathinda
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2018 09:31 AM IST
Pick-up vehicle with loudspeaker makes rounds of the religious town near Bathinda where liquor sale is anyway not permitted; police struggle to trace vehicle caught on video.
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