Old wine, new bottle

Print edition : September 19, 2014

A queue outside an outlet of the State-owned Kerala State Beverages Corporation. The government seeks to shut down 10 per cent of these outlets every year until all such units are closed by 2025. Photo: S. Gopakumar

Employees working in hotel bars and their familes taking out a rally against the closure of bars in the State, in Thiruvananthapuram on April 29. Photo: S. Gopakumar

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy with State Congress president V.M. Sudheeran in Thiruvananthapuram on February 19. Within the State Congress, the reopening of 418 bars became an issue of serious difference of opinion between the two leaders. Photo: S. Gopakumar

In a sudden move, the Kerala government initiates steps to close down bars and rid the State of liquor sales and consumption within a decade.
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