Singapore on Friday said that 47 cases of rioting and 115 incidents of serious hurt linked to liquor consumption was reported in the country last year, prompting the government to restrict the sale and consumption of alcohol in public places.
The toll in the hooch tragedy in Lucknow and Unnao districts on Thursday climbed to 41 with the death of three more persons even as 2,939 persons were arrested in the state-wide crackdown launched by police against sale of spurious liquor.
In the wake of Uttar Pradesh hooch tragedy, a state-wide crackdown against the sale of illicit liquor has been launched with the police arresting 13 persons till now and seizing more than 2,000 litres of spurious liquor.
Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday removed State Excise Commissioner Anil Garg from his post in the wake of spurious liquor tragedy which has so far claimed 31 lives with 17 more people dying overnight in various hospitals here and in Unnao.
Kerala will now implement total prohibition in the state in 10 years, state Congress president VM Sudheeran said Wednesday, hinting that a consensus has been reached within the party over the new liquor policy.
Coming down heavily on Kerala government for the dilution of the new liquor policy, KPCC President V M Sudheeran, who had spearheaded the anti-liquor campaign, on Friday said the policy has been virtually sabotaged.
Bowing to pressure from various quarters, the Kerala government on Thursday decided that from now on Sundays will no longer be dry days and 418 bars that have not opened since the beginning of this fiscal would become beer and wine parlours, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
Christians, including priests and nuns, Sunday held a peace march in Chief Minister Oommen Chandy`s home town Puthupally, urging him not to dilute the new liquor policy, which aims to implement prohibition in Kerala in a phased manner.
Observing that liquor is "a poison to the society," the Madras High Court on Wednesday posed a set of 16 questions to the state and central governments, asking how can governments run liquor business when the Constitution advocates total prohibition.