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Topic: Hooch tragedy

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Public taboo, private brew: Hooch to foreign booze, ‘dry’ Gujarat has never had alcohol shortage

Prohibition has done little to stop people from drinking in Gujarat. What it has impacted is how and what they drink — sometimes with fatal consequences, especially for the poor.

Hooch deaths occur even without liquor ban says Bihar govt, denies blame in 43 post-Holi cases

Responding to opposition allegations govt said in assembly that from '2008 to 2015 when there was no liquor ban in Bihar, there were 108 deaths due to consumption of spurious liquor'.

Black money celebrates 5th anniversary of its ‘elimination’, and PM Modi’s unshakeable devotion

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

Calcutta court awards life imprisonment to main accused in 2011 Bengal hooch tragedy

Khora Badshah's sentence was based on the complaints filed in connection with 64 out of 172 deaths caused by the incident. Seven other co-accused were acquitted for lack of proof.

UP journalist who reported against liquor mafia dies in ‘motorcycle crash’

Reporter Sulabh Srivastava had recently written to police seeking protection. Police said the crash took place while he was returning after reporting on an illegal arms-producing unit.

‘A 15-yr-old cartel, 100% profits & a toxic batch’ — how the Aligarh hooch tragedy unfolded

Aligarh police have so far registered 17 FIRs, arrested 61 people, and seized more than 7,000 litres of liquor as part of their probe into 106 suspected hooch deaths.

‘1 by 1 we started falling ill’ — Aligarh hooch victims recall trauma, say want jobs, not cash

In Aligarh's Chandaniya, people don't want condolences or compensation, just employment, while in Akrabad, the residents are not even aware of govt's Rs 5-lakh relief package.

Key accused in 28 May Aligarh hooch case arrested near Bulandshahr border

Nearly 50 people have died in Aligarh from consuming spurious liquor on two different occasions recently, and at least 35 of which were victims of the 28 May hooch case, say police.

With 11 more confirmed fatalities, Aligarh hooch tragedy death toll climbs to 36

Viscera samples of 35 remaining people, who are also suspected to have died of liquor poisoning, have been sent for examination to confirm cause of death, CMO Dr Bhanu Pratap said.

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Over 38% inmates in Indian jails are OBCs, 10% increase in a decade, study finds

Religious minorities, specifically Muslims and Sikhs, have been overrepresented among prison inmates for years now, but there have been some shifts in the last decade, NCRB data shows.
A man counts Indian currency notes inside a shop in Mumbai, India | Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

RBI tells state refiners to reduce dollar buying in spot market, contain sharp fall in rupee

RBI has ensured that $9 billion has been made available at overseas branches of some Indian banks for the country's three state-run refiners to tap, according to sources.

Defence

File photo of former Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria after flying a MiG-21 of 51 Squadron at the Srinagar airbase | ANI

Famed IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman’s MiG-21 Squadron bows out from Srinagar today

Known as the ‘Sword Arms’, number-plating of the squadron was done Friday. It has made way for MiG-29s to be the new 'guardian of the Valley'.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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