With the new liquor policy, only 27 five-star hotels in Kerala would have liquor bars. Besides this, 33 clubs also have license to serve liquor.The policy also had proposed to close down 10 per cent of the IMFL retail outlets of Kerala State Beverages Corporation, which is the sole distributor of IMFL in the state. With this, 36 IMFL outlets would be shut down every year.
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Bevco outlets will be open on November 6.
The local body polls in Kerala will see the state go ‘dry’ in various districts from November 1 to November 7. Kerala State Beverages Corporation (Bevco) outlets will remain closed on November 1 and 2 in districts where this is polling, Malayalam Manorama reports. There will be no liquor sale in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Idukki, Kozhikode, Kannur, Wayanad and Kasaragod on November 1 and 2, the report says. The ban will start from 5 pm on October 31. In districts where there is polling on November 5, liquor will not be on sale from 5 pm on November 3. Kottayam, Pathanamathitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram and Palakkad districts will have a liquor ban from November 3-5. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The liquor bans are in keeping with the Election Commission rule that a ban on the sale of alcohol should come into effect 48 hours before polls start.The counting day is on November 7, so the entire state will be dry on that day as well. Bevco outlets will be open on November 6, adds the report.
New Delhi/Hyderabad: The Telangana government has urged the Centre to intervene and direct the Reserve Bank of India to credit back Rs.1,274 crore to the state’s account as the money was transferred “illegally” to the income tax department.
A state government delegation led by Minister for Panchayat Raj and Information Technology, K. Tarakarama Rao met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Delhi on Saturday.
Rao told reporters after the meeting that they urged Jaitley to ensure that the money is credited back to the state account.
He said the RBI transferred the money “illegally”, suddenly without any notice and in violation of a court order.
The department had issued notice to Andhra Pradesh Beverages Corporation in the then united Andhra Pradesh, seeking tax dues worth Rs 2,900 crore.
Tarakarama Rao, who was leading the delegation on behalf of state Finance Minister Etela Rajender, said the Telangana government approached the court, challenging the notice on the ground that division of the corporations’ assets and liabilities between the two states was still not completed.
The delegation, which included Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma, also told Jaitley that the state government is not an income tax assesee.
The state minister said even if the recovery was to be made, it should be from both the states.
The income tax department, earlier this year, issued a notice to attach depots of Telangana Beverages Corporation Ltd. to recover the dues. The Hyderabad High Court granted a stay on the attachment notice on the basis of a petition filed by the state.