SC uphold liquor ban on Highways
The SC on Friday ruled that its December 15 order on banning liquor across national and state highways is also applicable to hotels and restaurants. This went into effect starting April 1. Liquor store owners are in a complete shock. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold its 2016 order banning the sale of liquor within 500 metres of highways has led to several outlets remaining closed across the country. The ‘dry’ effect was seen in several states across India. Pradeep Shetty, member of the legal committee at the Federation of Hotels and Restaurant Associations of India, estimated that about 2,000 hotels and more than 10,000 restaurants across segments could be affected by the ban in Maharashtra. Kerala, one of the highest liquor consuming states is expected to incur heavy losses.
Election Commission to replace over 9 lakh EVMs
Election Commission to purchase advanced M3 EVMs after allegations of tampering. This comes in wake of EVM tampering accusations by BSP and AAP in selective states. Minister of State for Law and Justice P.P. Chaudhary told the Lok Sabha about the replacement of 9,30,430 EVMs purchased before 2006 in a phased manner before the General Election and simultaneous assembly polls in 2019. After a horrendous defeat, Congress and other parties have been demanding for a paper ballots.
AAP Leader slapped by woman party worker
Aam Aadmi Party leader, Sanjay singh have to face embarassment when slapped a woman worker of his own party. Simranjeet Kaur admittedly slapped Sanjay when he refused to give her a chance to raise issue of alleged corruption in poll ticket distribution in party. Simranjeet was an aspirant in MCD polls. She also claimed to have audio recordings of some AAP leaders demanding money in exchange for the tickets.
Forced Conversions wrong: Dalai Lama
Tibetan spiritual leader termed ‘forced conversions’ a wrong act. He said it was always better to stick to one’s traditional faith. He was responding to a question on religious conversion during an interaction organised at the Pragjyoti ITA Centre at Machkhowa, Assam as part of the Namami Brahmaputra festival. “Forced conversion is not good. It is always better to keep one’s traditional faith and religion. Changing faith could create confusion,” he said. The Nobel Peace Laureate pointed out that though he is a Buddhist and has met people from across the globe, he never tried to propagate the religion, even during his visit to western countries. Dalai Lama, however, maintained that if an individual wanted to embrace a different faith, he should have the freedom to do so.
Uttar Pradesh converts highways to district roads to circumvent liquor ban
Uttar Pradesh has renamed majority of state highways as district roads. “The internal roads of the city (currently notified as state highways) connected to a bypass are being declared as additional district roads while city bypasses are being declared as state highways”, mentioned additional chief secretary of the Uttar Pradesh public works department.