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  • Watch: Kerala government to declare Sundays as non-dry days Yesterday

    The Kerala government on Thursday decided to dilute its new liquor policy, after pressure from various quarters, by sanctioning the functioning of beer and wine parlours and lifting the resolve to declare Sundays as dry days. ...
  • Kerala government dilutes its liquor policy Yesterday

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Thursday decided to dilute its new liquor policy, after pressure from various quarters, by sanctioning the functioning of beer and wine parlours and lifting the resolve to declare Sundays as dry days. The 418 liquor bars, which were closed due to the new policy that limited...
  • Kerala High Court orders liquor shops on highways to shift, gives 2 weeks' time to act November 10, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala High Court on Monday directed the state government to shift all retail liquor shops located on the national and state highways. Acting Chief Justice Ashok Bhushan passed the order while hearing a public interest litigation that such shops on the highways make it easy for vehicle drivers to...
  • Kerala liquor ban: KM Mani in a fix, probe ordered over bribery allegations November 2, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: In a huge blow to Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani, an investigation has been ordered against him for allegedly demanding Rs 5 crore bribe for renewing licenses of closed bars. Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has ordered a vigilance enquiry against Mani following a letter from Leader of Opposition VS...
  • Kerala: KBHA President accuses KM Mani of demanding Rs 5 crore bribe for renewing licenses November 1, 2014

    The Kerala Bar Owners Association has accused the state's Finance Minister of demanding a bribe of Rs 5 crore for renewing the licenses of closed bars. "The allegation against him is baseless. I can say this because it has been alleged that I was in the know, but this is...
  • Kerala: Bar owners' body accuses Minister of demanding Rs 5 crore bribe for renewing licenses November 1, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: In what means major trouble for the Oommen Chandy government in Kerala, the Kerala Bar Owners Association has accused the state's Finance Minister KM Mani of demanding a bribe of Rs 5 crore for renewing the licenses of closed bars. The association claimed that it gave in to the...
  • Relief for Kerala bar owners, 250 hotel bars allowed to function for a month October 31, 2014

    Kochi: In a relief for Kerala bar owners, the High Court division bench stayed the court's single bench order permitting bars only in four star and heritage hotels in the state to serve liquor. All 250 hotel bars will be allowed to function for a period of one month. ...
  • Kerala: HC nod for closure of 700 liquor bars, CM Chandy welcomes October 30, 2014

    Kochi: In a blow to bar owners, the Kerala High Court on Thursday upheld the validity of the Congress-led UDF government's new liquor policy, paving the way for closure of 700 bars attached to small and medium hotels in the state. The court, however, gave...
  • Kerala High Court allows bars only in 4 star, heritage hotels; those in 2, 3 star hotels to close down October 30, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Backing the Kerala government decision, the high court on Thursday allowed bars only in four star and heritage hotels. The court has ordered that bars in all two star and three star hotels to be closed down. The government had announced its new liquor policy on August 14 this year and...
  • Kerala liquor sale falls after new liquor policy October 24, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Sales have fallen with the new liquor policy being in force in Kerala since September, a minister said on Friday. Excise Minister K Babu told reporters that ever since the Congress-led UDF government assumed office in 2011, the rate of growth of liquor sales, which stood at 21 per cent,...
  • Close down alcohol shops on sides of highways, says Nitin Gadkari October 18, 2014

    New Delhi: In a bid to bring down road accidents by 50 per cent in the next two years, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said alcohol shops on either side of highways should be closed. "Alcohol shops on sides of highways shall be closed," Gadkari tweeted....
  • Maharashtra polls: EC teams seize over Rs 14.5 crore; liquor worth Rs 75 lakh October 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Election Commission-appointed flying squads have seized over Rs 14.5 crore cash and illicit liquor worth more than Rs 75 lakh that was being transported to poll-bound Maharashtra apparently to lure voters. According to latest data, Rs 14,52,37,876 cash has been seized by EC-appointed surveillance teams...
  • Liquor, tobacco products now cost more in Kerala October 10, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The price of liquor went up in Kerala on Friday after the government, in its bid to enforce total prohibition, imposed an additional 25 per cent tax. Also, an eight per cent tax hike on tobacco products came into force on Friday, making them more expensive. "We have already decided that...
  • Tamil Nadu: HC directive on plea to close liquor shops on highways October 9, 2014

    Chennai: The Madras High Court on Thursday directed the Puducherry government to consider a representation seeking closure of all bars and liquor shops along the national highways in the union territory. The First Bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sathyanarayanan passed the order while closing a...
  • Age at first drink linked to binge drinking risk September 24, 2014

    Washington: Teenagers who have their first drink at an early age are more likely to become a binge drinker or even an alcoholic, a new study has warned. An early age of onset of drinking is a risk factor for subsequent heavy drinking and negative outcomes, scientists found. The study found...
  • Kerala: Government is duty bound to control use of intoxicants, says Kapil Sibal September 23, 2014

    Kochi: Kerala Government is 'duty bound' to control use of intoxicants and there is no legal bar for it to promulgate a policy restricting sale of Indian Made Foreign liquor in the state, Senior advocate Kapil Sibal said before the High Court on Tuesday. The entire policy is to be viewed...
  • Kerala liquor ban: HC dismisses appeals against closure of 418 bars September 20, 2014

    Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Saturday dismissed as infructuous the writ appeals challenging the closure of 418 bar hotels in the state in view of the new excise policy declared by the government. Dismissing the appeals by bar hotel owners, a division bench comprising justice KT Sankaran...
  • Kerala: Achuthanandan opposes more taxes to make up for losses after liquor ban September 18, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala opposition leader VS Achuthanandan has come down heavily at the state Cabinet's decision to impose additional taxes. In a press statement he said that that a session of the Legislative Assembly has to be called immediately to discuss the proposal where the government through an order is aiming...
  • Losses from bars: Kerala jacks up taxes on liquor, cigarettes September 17, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Faced with a grim fund crunch arising from its policy of sharply cutting down on the liquor business, Kerala government today steeply increased taxes on liquor, cigarettes, water charges and fees for various services to mop up over Rs 1,500 crore. In a major postbudget exercise of Additional Resources Mobilisation...
  • Acting with social, health issues in mind: Kerala government to HC on liquor policy September 16, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has filed an affidavit in the High Court on its new liquor policy. The government explained that it decided to go ahead with the liquor policy keeping in mind the social and health aspects of the people of the state. The government said the right to...
  • Liquor not a prerequisite for tourism: Stakeholders September 14, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Amid growing concerns over the impact of Kerala Government's new liquor policy on tourism industry, many stakeholders in the sector believe that liquor is not a prerequisite for tourism promotion. Some resort operators said the new policy, envisaged to cut short the availability of liquor, might affect the tourism industry...
  • Always taken antiliquor stand, says Kerala excise minister September 13, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Congressled United Democratic Front has always taken an antiliquor stand to bring in prohibition in a phased manner, Kerala Excise Minister K Babu said on Saturday. Babu said that the first file he inked after assuming charge as excise minister in 2011 was to cancel the permission given by...
  • Liquor prohibition: Do partial bans work? September 11, 2014

    It is a big day for the bar owners in Kerala, whose plea against cancellation of their licences will be heard in the Supreme Court on Thursday. CNNIBN asks whether the partial liquor bans work. ...
  • Policy making elected government's prerogative: Congress on Kerala liquor ban September 11, 2014

    In a temporary relief for bar owners in Kerala, the Supreme Court has directed the Kerala government not to cancel bar licences till September 30. The apex court observed that if such a move has to happen, it should be in one go. ...
  • Gujarat is much safer after prohibition, why not ban all bars: SC to Kerala government September 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Lashing out at the Kerala government for proposing a partial ban on liquor bars in the state, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked the government to ban bars across the state like Gujarat. "If you want to stop it, stop the whole thing in one go like Gujarat....
  • Relief for Kerala bar owners, SC directs state not to cancel their licences till September 30 September 11, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: In a temporary relief for Kerala bar owners, the Supreme Court directed the Kerala government not to cancel their licences till September 30. The SC asked Kerala HC to hear the petition challenging the state government's prohibition policy as soon as possible. Hitting out hard on the state government, the...
  • Dday for Kerala bar owners, SC to hear plea against liquor ban order today September 11, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: It is a big day for the bar owners in Kerala, whose plea against cancellation of their licences will be heard in the Supreme Court on Thursday. The SC had on Wednesday questioned the logic behind the state government's new liquor policy for limiting bar licences to only 5star...
  • Kerala set to implemenmt new liquor policy, bar owners eyes on SC September 10, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: As Kerala is all set to implement the new liquor policy by Thursday night, there is some air of hope for the bar owners as the Supreme court will consider their case. The state government had decided on August 21 to close down all bars other than the five...
  • SC asks Kerala not to cancel licences of hotels selling alcohol till Thursday September 10, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: In a relief for Keralabased hotels, the Supreme Court has asked the Kerala government not to cancel their licences or take any coercive action till Thursday. Agreeing to hear the plea of Keralabased hotels against the state government's decision not to grant them bar licence, the SC has posted the...
  • Can the liquor prohibition policy work in Kerala? September 9, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Oommen Chandy government in Kerala has ordered a ban on the sale of alcohol in all non5 star outlets in the state. It remains to be seen whether the liquor prohibition in phases policy could work for Kerala. "When my husband was drunk, he would throw the food....