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Alcohol Control In India: A Public Health Perspective

SUNEEL'S BLOG Alcohol Control In India: A Public Health PerspectiveCategory:Non-Communicable DiseasesPolicy The social acceptability or tolerance to alcohol in the Indian society has reached a dangerous portent. This was a major concerns shared by health professionals, civil society and government officials at a consultation on “Alcohol Control: Public Health Perspective – moving forward towards a comprehensive National alcohol control policy”, organised by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in collaboration with the Union Health Ministry. In India, alcohol is a state subject and states and union territories have the power to frame policies and guidelines on issues relating to movement, possession, marketing, availability, consumption, sale and state excise rates of alcohol. The above action of the Haryana Government is just a glimpse of the challenges and hurdles faced by civil society and other stakeholders in making effective alco…

More than 10 million liters of liquor have been seized to buy Votes..

SANJEEV MIGLANI, REUTERS NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian election officials have seized a record $36 million dollars of cash concealed in cars, private planes and even ambulances that they say was destined to buy off voters and pay for expenses over and above the spending limit. Opinion polls show the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies coming to power thanks to the popularity of Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi and widespread disgust with the Congress party, whose last years in power have been dogged by corruption scandals and a sharp economic slowdown. Despite the dramatic political change it could bring, the 2014 election would appear to be the same grubby game of cash-for-votes that has marred previous ballots in the world's largest democracy, only this time on a far bigger scale. Cash seized in the three weeks since the staggered election was announced has already surpassed the 1.9 billion rupees for the whole of the 2009 ballot period, the commission sa…

High on alcohol, car driver mows down rider...Preventable cause of Death in India?

BANGALORE: When Sonik John swung on to the road near Chudasandra Circle, off Electronics City, he had little control over his Ford Figo. The car zigzagged, mowing down a rider before ramming a police barricade and injuring a constable on duty, late Wednesday night.

The interior decorator from Kerala was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. As he tried to speed away from the spot in Kasuvinahalli, southeast Bangalore, police and the public chased the car and nabbed John.

Srinivas Murthy, 40, an LIC agent, was rushed to Manipal Hospital, but died early on Thursday. Murthy, a resident of Garvebhavipalya, off Hosur Road, is survived by his wife and two school going daughters.

According to police, the accident occurred around 11.30pm. "Sonik John, a resident of Rayasandra near Electronics City, was driving his Ford Figo at maximum speed when he rammed Murthy's two-wheeler from behind. John then rammed the police barricade and sped away," police said.

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Awful sound & terrible organisation, ...Metal shows are big hit in India read more how??

Despite truly awful sound and terrible organisation, fans began to trickle into these shows and soon college festivals were drawing crowds of more than 1,000 people READ MORE.. WHAT MAKES IT POSSIBLE 
As numbers grew, big alcohol brands took an interest in sponsoring metal shows. In India, alcohol ads have been banned in print and broadcast media since 1995, and the only way for these brands to reach their target audiences was through surrogate advertising. In metal shows, they found the perfect fit. Money began flowing in, concerts grew bigger and tickets were ridiculously subsidised. Bangalore was the perfect location for these shows. First, the city’s largest venue, the sprawling Palace Grounds, was smack bang in the city centre but removed enough from residential areas. Second, Bangalore's entertainment taxes were among the lowest in the country – 10% compared to Mumbai’s 25% and Delhi’s 20% – and there was minimal bureaucracy and red-tape, and no need for “complimentary” tick…

No water, No teacher ,No children at Jawhar Balbhawan Mandi....Sorry Children

Shockingly!!! play ground ,music room,auditorium,painting room,library, everything is there in place !!!!! But there are no children at Jawahar Balbhawan Mandi Road south Delhi. Bureaucracy is taking a toll of children's creativity ,talent and play. You can see children on road side playing instead of playing or attending creativity classes at Balbhawana.Bal Mandi Road . Bhalbhawan has been offering many creative activities related to science, creative & performing arts, photography, physical activities for many decades.Bal Bhavan is  an Government run  institution supposed  to enhance the creative potential of children by providing them various activities, opportunities and common platform to interact, experiment, create and perform according to their age, aptitude and ability .
 It also aimed at providing  barrier-free environment with immense possibilities of innovation, minus any stress or strain.This year no teacher has been appointed for summer camps  till date and water sh…

No more safe Highways...Set back to Haryana's state Excise policy

The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the implementation of the Punjab and Haryana high court judgment restraining the two states from running liquor vends along the state highways. The order came on an appeal by the Haryana government.
With the stay order in favour of Haryana, the operation of such vends will continue until the top court decides the appeal. On March 18, 2014, the HC had amended Haryana's state excise policy, directing no liquor vend shall be located along state highways and shall not be accessible or visible from the roads as well as the service lane running along them.
The provision was added to the amended excise policy approved by the council of ministers of Haryana government, ensuring no liquor vends operated at places from where they were visible and had direct access from the National Highways.

The order came on a PIL against location of liquor vends adjacent to National Highways. It was in violation of the provisions of the Control of National Highways Ac…