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00:18  No temporary permit for Dec 31 liquor parties in Maharashtra:  

The Maharashtra government has asked Excise department not to issue mandatory one-day temporary permit to people who want to organise liquor parties on New Year eve.

The orders have been issued to all superintendents of Excise department not to issue temporary permit to people wanting to organise New Year eve parties where liquor is served, said an official.

The move could unsettle the plans of those who want to organise such parties at housing societies, banquet halls and open lawns.

In Maharashtra, purchasing, possessing, transporting, and consuming liquor without a valid permit is an offence under the Bombay Prohibition Act, 1949.

As per the law, those applying for liquor permits must be aged 25 and above. One can apply only one permit in a day. Meanwhile, a source said Excise department anticipates a loss of 4.88 per cent in its revenue till December 20 due to demonetisation of high value currencies.

00:16  10 steps to help find out if you are a Lucky Grahak Yojana winner:  To encourage consumers to make digital payments, the government rolled out its incentive schemes, the Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana, on Christmas day. 

Through these schemes, which will go on for a 100 days in 100 cities, those who make digital payments through pre-specified formats will be eligible to be lucky draw winners. 

The scheme will run daily as well as weekly. And on the last day, April 14, will be the mega draw with rewards ranging from Rs 1 crore to Rs 5 lakh.

Here is a 10-step primer on ensuring you’re eligible for the draw and finding out if you’ve won. Read on…

00:15  AN-32 courier service for Kargil from Jan 10 :  

The Air Courier service from Srinagar to Kargil would become operational from January 10 to facilitate movement of people during the winter months. 

Reviewing measures taken by the government for smooth transport facilities, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council Chairman, Haji Anayat Ali, made an announcement in  his regard, an official spokesman said in Jammu. 

The chairman said Srinagar-KargilLeh road remains closed during the winters due to heavy snowfall and the government has taken several steps to facilitate free movement of the people of the region from Srinagar and Jammu which also include the air sorties.

He said Indian Air Force will commence AN-32 courier service to Kargil from January 10 and it will remain operational during the whole winter season after closure of the Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway. 

The chairman asked the departments concerned to maintain close coordination for smooth operation of the much-needed service to the border district during the harsh winter season. 


00:12  Former world number one Ivanovic retires at age 29:  

Former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic has retired from tennis at the age of 29, the Serbian said on Facebook on Wednesday.

“There is no other way to say this. I have decided to retire from professional tennis. It was a difficult decision but there is so much to celebrate,” Ivanovic said.

“Don’t be sad, be optimistic alongside me. My love and my greatest thank you to all of you,” said the former world number one who has dropped to 63rd in the rankings.

The Serb has been out with injury since August and dropped to 63 in the world rankings, having won just 15 matches in 2016 — the most recent in June.

Ivanovic spent 12 weeks as world number one in 2008 and won 15 career singles titles.

She reached the French Open semi-final in 2015 and was runner-up at Roland Garros in 2007 and at the 2008 Australian Open.

Image: The full statement released by Ivanovic on her Twitter profile

Source: Rediff