3 Dec

Beer makes a comeback in Bengal before summer

first_imgThe production and distribution of beer in Bengal is back on track after a gap of three months owing to a hike in excise duty. The State government issued a communiqué to this effect saying that beer will be back on the shelves of liquor stores with all the key breweries in the state upping production. “In order to cater to the demand of beer in the summer season, all the three breweries are now functioning in three shifts, optimizing their production capacity,” the release noted. The problem of non-availability of beer started following a sharp hike in excise duty. Following the hike, beer producers stopped production and the much desired summer drink disappeared from the market. According to the communiqué, United Breweries and Carlsberg India “now produce 30,000 cases per day”, while Celebrity Brewery is producing about 12,000 cases, thus going full capacity, the communiqué noted.“We have fixed the price in such a way that it is less than what it is in other States – like Maharastra – where the prices are around Rs.155. Here it will be around Rs.140. The producers are satisfied with the settlement and have gone to production,” a senior State Government official said. In the main retail outlet in the city’s central area in Esplanade, the price of a 650ml bottle of Tuborg has gone up from Rs.110 to Rs.145. Beer contributes around 10% of the total excise revenue collected in the State, and 95% of the beer consumed in the State is of “strong” variety with 8% alcohol content, official estimates noted.But in many of the retail outlets, and the pubs or bars in the city, beer is yet to arrive. The reason, according to Smarajit Mitra, Chairman, Banking and Finance, of the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is that the prices are up in bars or clubs by a whopping 50%.“The [liquor] license fee has gone up from Rs.50,000 to Rs.5 lakh per year. In addition to the 30% to 35% direct increase, the cost has to be apportioned through sales pushing the charges up above 50% amount,” said Mr Mitra. The State Government official said that if the clubs file an official complaint to reduce the license “it could be considered.” Mr Mitra, however, said that the hike may “encourage illegal entry of beer” from other States to West Bengal.The other problem is logistical. The supply chain of liquor in the State has also been altered causing distribution to take a hit. Previously, liquor was sent to a “super distributor” by the suppliers who own breweries and distilleries in the State. Following a recent order by the State government, alcoholic beverages are now moved from the site of production to warehouses of the State Beverages Corporation, thereby creating logistical clogs. Government officials, however, denied the allegations. “Retailers book the consignment on the net and the warehouse delivers within a reasonable time frame even with a lag-time margin. There is no logistical issue,” the official said. Both sides, however, agreed that there won’t be any shortage of the drink as the season kicks off.last_img read more

17 Sep

Police investigating body found off Mission Beach coast

first_img Updated: 8:05 PM John Soderman, KUSI Newsroom October 10, 2018 Posted: October 10, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — An unidentified dead man was found drifting in the ocean off the coast of Mission Beach Wednesday, authorities reported.The body was floating about 2 1/2 miles from shore when a fisherman on a boat spotted it shortly before 10:30 a.m., according to police.City lifeguards and harbor-police personnel retrieved the corpse and brought it to their main dock on Quivira Court on Mission Bay. Homicide detectives were dispatched to investigate the fatality “out of an abundance of caution,” San Diego Police Lt. Anthony Dupree said.The body, dressed only in surfer-style shorts, bore no obvious signs of traumatic injuries. A potentially suspicious factor in the case, however, was a chain wrapped around the dead man’s waist, though it might have been used simply as a belt or clothing accessory, the lieutenant said.The deceased appeared to have been roughly 30 to 40 years old at the time of his death, according to Dupree.The county Medical Examiner’s Office was called in to take custody of the body for identification and autopsy purposes. center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Police investigating body found off Mission Beach coast John Soderman, KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

11 Sep

POLICE LOG for March 20 Homeless Camp Found Under Bridge Bad Crash

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, March 20, 2019:A 2-vehicle crash with airbag deployment took place in front of McDonald’s. Child was in one of the vehicles. No injuries. Both vehicles towed. (7:20am)Police received report of a homeless camp underneath the Richmond Street bridge. Police confirmed small camp in the Middlesex Canal culvert. DPW notified to clean area. (11:43am)A Hopkins Street caller reported a Social Security scam phone call. (12:41pm)A walk-in party reported malicious damage to their vehicle on Ring Avenue. (12:58pm)Teacher at North Intermediate School requested patrol call after non-students continued to play football in the parking lot around staff vehicles despite several staff members asking them not to. Police moved to the kids to the field. (3:22pm)MBTA transit police called about a male party walking down the tracks from Andover spotted by the State Police Airwing. Police unable to locate on their tracks. (5:39pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 22: Evicted Tenant Leaves Behind Cat; Driver Issued Summons; Kids Playing Ding Dong DitchIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 20: Wilmington Man Arrested; Car vs. Tree; Concession Stand VandalizedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 28: Graffiti At Town Park; Delivery Driver Falsely Accused Of Theft; Road RageIn “Police Log”last_img read more

3 Sep

Woman detained with 1000 yaba tablets

first_imgyaba. File PhotoPolice arrested a woman with 1000 yaba tablets, four bottles of phensidyl at Kukna village in sadar upazila here on Sunday night.The arrestee is Mita Begum, 26, of the area.Tariqul Islam, additional superintendent of Magura police, said on secret information that Mita had brought 1,000 yaba tablets and four bottles of phensidyl from Jashore, police conducted a drive at 8:00pm at the house of Mohiuddin and arrested Mita.A case was filed.last_img