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Most US adults back ban on powdered alcohol: Survey
Driven by concerns of potential misuse among underage youth, majority of adults in the US favour a ban on recently approved powdered alcohol which can create an instant cocktail when mixed with water, reveals a survey.
 
Packaged in travel-friendly pouches, the new alcohol-on-the-go product is set to be launched in flavours of distilled spirits like vodka, rum and mixed drinks.
 
According to the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, 60 percent of the US adults favour a complete ban of powdered alcohol in their states, while 84 percent support prohibiting online sales of the product.
 
"The product's makers tout powdered alcohol as improving convenience for people who enjoy the outdoors and others who want to travel light with alcoholic beverages," said Matthew Davis, director of the National Poll on Children's Health and professor of paediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School.
 
"Given that several states are considering legislation about powdered alcohol, our poll looked at what the public thinks about this new product. The majority of adults agree that powdered alcohol may spell trouble for young people." 
 
Only about a third of adults had heard about powdered alcohol when the poll was conducted in May 2015.
 
The survey revealed that 90 percent of adults are concerned that powdered alcohol will be misused by people under 21.
 
The product is set to launch this summer but some states, including Louisiana, South Carolina and Vermont, have already banned it.
 
"Concerns of the public are important to understand as lawmakers across the country consider legislation to restrict or ban the use of powdered alcohol in their states," Davis said.

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Lalit Modi admits closeness to Sushma, Vasundhara
IPL's controversial former chief Lalit Modi on Tuesday admitted close relations with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, and said he has been "over criticised" and "taken to task" by the former UPA government.
 
"At the end I have done nothing wrong. I've gone by book... I have been over criticised, have been taken to task by the (UPA) government for no reason for all," he said in an interview to India Today TV.
 
"The entire UPA government was against me," he said.
 
Modi added that former finance minister P. Chidambaram tried to deport him to India.
 
He challenged the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to prove charges against him and said "Swarajs" have been his friends for over 20 years, and that Vasundhara Raje is a "family friend".
 
Asked if he was cool about External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj possibly losing her job because of her support to him, he said: "I am not perfectly cool and calm about someone doing an honest losing their job. (Shashi) Tharoor lost job because he lied. He lied he had nothing to do with the Kochi team..."
 
He said he sought help from Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje so that he could be with his ailing wife, and admitted making call to Sushma Swaraj.
 
He said he could have given up his right as Indian citizen and taken another citizenship but he did not do so because he wanted to prove that his passport was taken wrongly.
 
Modi also said Sushma Swaraj's daughter Bansuri has been his lawyer for four years.
 
"I am close to a lot of politicians," he added.
 
"Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel also helped me with travel papers... Rajiv Shukla also helped me with travel documents," he said.

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