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Liquor Politics Bring Back Delhi’s Old Liquor Policy; Here Are The New Changes!

Liquor Politics Bring Back Delhi’s Old Liquor Policy; Here Are The New Changes!

On Thursday, the state government reintroduced the old Delhi liquor policy in the national capital after days of intense liquor politics and corruption debate between the centre and the AAP government. As the old liquor policy comes into effect, nearly 250 private liquor shops will be replaced by over 300 Delhi government vendors from September 1. The Delhi Excise Department has informed the private licensees that they will not be allowed in retail liquor sales beyond August 31. On the positive side, Delhi will see many L1 licenses with around 240-260 outlets to start from day 1, which can go up to 500 within a month. The Excise Department has also developed a mobile app – MAbkaridelhi, that will become operational by September. In the app, consumers can get information about the location of liquor stores in their neighbourhood, availability of foreign liquors, and shop timings. Meanwhile, the old Delhi liquor policy would have a negative impact in terms of pricing. After about 10 months of buying alcohol at heavily-discounted prices under the Delhi government’s controversial excise policy, consumers may find it challenging to access liquor from the price point of view. Vinod Giri, Director General of Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies (CIABC), said that adapting to the old Delhi liquor policy will impact hotels, pubs, and clubs as prices will go back as discounts are not permitted anymore.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2022: Mumbai Traffic Police Set Up TCR; Heavy Vehicles Banned, Parking Restrictions Imposed

As the Ganeshotsav began on Wednesday, the Mumbai Traffic Police have taken measures to ensure the safety of the citizens during the 10-day celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi. From Thursday morning, the Mumbai Police have imposed strict traffic rules and closed as many as 74 roads. Barricading has also been done at several places, and strict parking restrictions have been put in place in 114 locations in the Mumbai city. The Police officials have said that many traffic control rooms have been set up across the city, including Girgaon, Malad-Malwani T Junction, Powai, Juhu and Shivaji Park. High-capacity cranes, BMC cranes and police cranes have been stationed at strategic locations to handle any event of breakdown of vehicles. The immersion processions of the Ganesh idols will take place on September 1, 4, 6 and 9. Mumbai city is celebrating the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi on a big scale this year without pandemic curbs after a gap of 2 years. 

Jharkhand Immolation Murder Case: High Court Takes Suo Moto Cognisance; Summons DGP

On Tuesday, the Jharkhand High Court took suo moto cognisance of the brutal Dumka girl murder case that took place on August 23. The High Court has ordered the Director General of Police, Neeraj Sinha, to file a report after the bench summoned him. The DGP was asked by the bench why the victim was referred to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi when AIIMS, Deoghar, is much closer from Dumka. He was also asked to mention in his report if the AIIMS Deoghar facility is well-equipped to handle burn cases. The main accused in the case has been arrested till Tuesday afternoon. On Monday, the Child Welfare Committee said that the victim girl was a minor based on her class 10 board examination mark sheet and not an adult, as claimed by the police. The Committee has demanded action against the accused under POCSO Act. The gruesome incident occurred on August 23 after a man allegedly poured petrol on the girl from the window of her room while she was asleep and set her on fire. Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, on Monday, tweeted: “The Director General of Police has been directed to submit an early report on the progress of the investigation, which should be conducted by ADG rank officer,”

Covid-bulletin: India Registers 7,946 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.67%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 7,946 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 62,748. Meanwhile, daily recoveries have outnumbered active covid-19 cases with registering 9,828 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached to 4,38,45,680. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 2.98% and 2.57%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 88.61 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered a total of 212.52 crore covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive.

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