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Shifting liquor shops does not hit excise policy: SC

Says can't drink and drive, reserves order on plea against liquor ban on highways30 Mar 2017 | 6:52 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order on a batch of petitions — both by some states and private parties — seeking modification of its order banning liquor vendors along national and state highways. Asking the state government to shift the liquor shops was not impinging on the excise policy, the SC said.

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New Delhi, March 30

The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order on a batch of petitions — both by some states and private parties — seeking modification of its order banning liquor vendors along national and state highways.

A bench of Chief Justice J.S. Khehar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice L. Nageswara Rao said in the "interest of the public health" the liquor shops were ordered to be removed to a distance of 500 metre from either side of the highways.

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The bench said asking the state government to shift the liquor shops was not impinging on the excise policy of different states as it was only a matter of distance of the outlets from the highways.

Even the excise policy says liquor shops can be located at a certain distance from the highways, it said.

“We have not tested the excise policy. You have no freedom to drink and drive on the national highway,” said Justice Chandrachud, who authored the December 15 judgment.

The court said this as Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi and several other senior lawyers, including K.K. Venugopal, C.A. Sundram, Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Dhavan, Raju Ramachandran and others, told the court that its December 15 ban was hurting the state exchequer and the order was unconstitutional. — IANS 

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday fixed May 11 during the summer vacation to commence Constitution Bench hearing on petitions challenging the practices of triple talaq, nikah halala and polygamy among Muslims.

Lok Sabha rejects 5 Rajya Sabha amendments, passes Finance Bill

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30 Mar 2017 | 5:08 PM

NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha on Thursday rejected the five amendments suggested for the Finance Bill, 2017-18, by the Rajya Sabha and passed the bill. The Lok Sabha had earlier passed the bill, which then went to the Upper House, which suggested these changes.

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30 Mar 2017 | 7:56 PM

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, who has been given a clean chit by the CBI in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, on Thursday, told a Delhi court that he is not ready to undergo lie detection test as it amounts to cruelty.

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NEW DELHI:The applications under Right to Information (RTI) Act can be filed orally, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said on Thursday.

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30 Mar 2017 | 7:49 PM

NEW DELHI: Senior advocate H S Phoolka, who has been elected the Leader of Opposition in Punjab assembly, has sought permission of the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) to represent the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims in various courts.

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30 Mar 2017 | 5:03 PM

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to stay trial court proceedings in connection with a criminal defamation complaint filed against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

Nigeria summons Indian envoy after students attacked in Noida

Nigeria summons Indian envoy after students attacked in Noida

30 Mar 2017 | 2:45 PM

ABUJA: Nigeria has called in the Indian envoy in the country to register its protest over an attack on four Nigerian students in Greater Noida and sought “diligent prosecution” against the perpetrators.

MCI allots 46 more postgraduate seats to Faridkot medical college

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30 Mar 2017 | 5:01 PM

FARIDKOT: The MCI has allotted 46 more PG seats to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, the highest ever to a medical college in the region in one go.

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30 Mar 2017 | 6:46 PM

NEW DELHI: Stamping and tagging of the hand baggage of passengers at seven major airports, including Delhi and Mumbai, will be done away with from April 1, the CISF said on Thursday.

Punjab farmers take out protest march to Parliament

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30 Mar 2017 | 1:00 PM

NEW DELHI: Thousands of farmers from Punjab on Thursday took out a protest march to Parliament here, demanding to stop the import of food crops, especially wheat.


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CHANDIGARH: Bacchus lovers in the city have a reason to say cheers! The ban on liquor vends on all national and state highways across the country will not drive the drinking holes away in Chandigarh. For, the Punjab and Haryana High today dismissed a petition against change in “nomenclature of certain roads” from state highways to “major district roads”.

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