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Imapact:Liquor ad in Patna mall pulled down in 53 minutes

Patna, April 16 -- Liquor may have been banned in Bihar, but advertisements - surrogate or otherwise - of liquor firms, adorn prime locations in the heart of Patna. This was till about a few hours back.

For, it took all of 53 minutes for the Patna district administration to pull down an advertisement of a liquor firm, occupying prime space at an upmarket shopping mall in Patliputra Colony here on Friday evening.

This reporter received through WhatsApp a photograph of the ad at the shopping mall from an avid HT reader, Dr Satyajit Sinha. The HT forwarded the photograph to district magistrate Sanjay Kumar Agrawal at 8.15pm, seeking his comments.

Busy at the Ramnavami function, the DM did not take the call, but replied through WhatsApp at 9...

Timely intervention;Govt mulls compensation for wage loss of addicts

Patna, April 16 -- The low occupancy at 38 de-addiction centres across as many districts in the state has forced the government to ponder if it should compensate alcohol addicts for wage loss during their stay at the de-addiction centres.

The discussion to compensate addicts for wage loss stems from the fact that kala-azar patients receive a similar allowance.

The government gives kala-azar patients a cumulative allowance of R 7,100, of which the state government pays R 6,600 and the Centre R 500.

If government sources were to be believed, officials have been told to weigh all options, including the prospect of misutilisation of the allowance. Skeptics believe if the government were to fix wage loss allowance, it may even encourage unemp...