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Nitish announces liquor ban in Bihar from April 1
Bihar will go dry from April 1, 2016, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced on Thursday.
 
The chief minister made the announcement -- a part of his election pledge -- at an official function to mark Prohibition Day here.
 
He said the poorest of the poor had been consuming liquor, badly hitting their families and their children's education.
 
Increasing liquor consumption was also a major cause for domestic violence, particularly against women, and had contributed to a rise in crimes.
 
"Women are suffering more than anyone else due to increasing liquor consumption," he said.
 
An official at the chief minister's office said Nitish Kumar took the decision after a high-level meeting with officials here. 
 
In July, Nitish Kumar had declared that prohibition would be imposed if he retained power in the assembly elections. 
 
Bihar Excise and Prohibition Minister Abdul Jalil Mastan had earlier said that the state government would soon take steps to impose a liquor ban.
 
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Wednesday vowed to support a liquor ban.
 
The decision is expected to derail the government's financial health.
 
The excise department went into an overdrive in 2007 following a new policy and started issuing licences for marketing liquor across the state.
 
The revenue collection of excise department registered a more than 10-fold jump, from Rs.319 crore in 2005-06 to Rs.3,650 crore in 2014-15.
 
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Anand Vaidya

1 year ago

So will all the Left-(il)Liberals come out in protest against the Right To Drink and launch vitriolic attacks against puppet CM of Bihar?

Mumbai remembers heroes, victims of 26/11 terror attacks
The heroes and victims of the 26/11 terror attacks that left 166 people, including 28 foreigners, dead were solemnly remembered at various commemorative events held here on Thursday.
 
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis led the main commemoration at the 26/11 memorial in the Police Gymkhana on Thursday morning, along with his cabinet colleagues and senior police officers.
 
He paid homage to the policemen who lost their lives during the 60-hour long operation that began on the night of November 26, 2008 when 10 Pakistani gunmen laid siege to south Mumbai.
 
Besides Fadnavis, DGP Pravin Dixit, Mumbai Police Commissioner Ahmad Javed and other police officials, families of the martyrs and others who were killed in action were present.
 
Similar memorial services are being held during the day at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), the Hotel Taj Mahal Palace, Cama Hospital and at Girgaum Chowpatty where braveheart Tukaram Ombale was killed while helping nab one of the terrorists - M. Ajmal Kasab - alive early on November 27.
 
To mark the seventh anniversary, Mumbai Congress president and a local municipal corporator named a square after home guards officer, Mukesh Jadhav, who fell to a terrorist's bullet near St. George Hospital on 26/11.
 
Jadhav, 23, was on patrol duty between the main and local railway lines at CST when he suddenly came face-to-face with one of the terrorists who shot him in the chest.
 
Despite being shot, he stumbled to inform the police about the attacks which resulted in saving lives of hundreds of unaware commuters.
 
On Wednesday evening, as part of the Global Peace Initiative, celebrities joined a Walk For Peace along with children in central Mumbai and paid homage to the heroes and victims of the 26/11 attacks.
 
Ten Pakistani terrorists sneaked into Mumbai from the Arabian Sea late evening on November 26, 2008 and targeted 12-odd prime locations in south Mumbai spread barely over a five-km area and created mayhem for 60 hours.
 
The targets were: Colaba, CST, Leopold Cafe, Chabad House, Hotel Taj Mahal Palace, Hotel Trident Oberoi, near Metro Cinema, Cama and Albless Hospital, behind the BMC headquarters, Mazagaon Docks area, a taxi bomb near Vile Parle, and at Girgaum Chowpatty.
 
Among the security officials martyred in gunfights with the terrorists included then ATS chief Hemant Karkare, shootout specialist Vijay Salaskar, Additional Police Commissioner Ashok Kamte, API Tukaram Ombale, Senior Inspector Shashank Shinde, commandos Major Sanjeep Unnikrishnan and Gajendra Singh, a trooper, both of the elite NSG.
 
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Google celebrates India's milkman's birth anniversary
Honouring 'Father of white revolution' Verghese Kurien, Google on Thursday made a doodle of him on his 94th birth anniversary.
 
Also known as the "Milkman of India", Kurien made India the world's largest milk producer, an upliftment from being a milk-deficient country.
 
Celebrating his 94th birth anniversary, Google showed Kurien on its homepage with a can of milk in his hand.
 
He was appointed as founder-chairman of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in 1965 by the then prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.
 
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