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People gather to buy corn from a street vendor in the Central Business District (CBD) of Johannesburg | Photographer: Waldo Swiegers | Bloomberg

South Africa could ban alcohol as Covid cases cross 1 million

Restrictions on alcohol sales have been imposed since the lockdown in March, partly to lower hospital admissions from vehicle accidents and alcohol-related violence.
People in queues for buying alcohol as liquor shops reopen in Delhi. Photo | PTI

Yoga mats, BBQ grills, fish oil — what Delhi shopped most besides masks, booze to survive 2020

ThePrint takes a look at some of the most sold products in India in the year that saw a pandemic force a major shift in consumption patterns and habits. 

Sudan criminalises female genital mutilation, allows non-Muslims to drink alcohol

After almost 40 years of hardline Islamist policies, Sudan’s justice ministry has introduced many reforms, including cancelling a ban on religious conversion.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Once had with anti-malaria tonic, gin is now a stylish Indian drink with a ‘huge tiny’ market

New brands set to launch this month join a growing list of Indian craft gins that have changed the liquor’s image from stodgy to trendy.
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Amazon & BigBasket could soon be home delivering alcohol in West Bengal

A report says the West Bengal State Beverages Corp issued a notice Friday stating that Amazon was eligible to register with authorities for liquor delivery.
A man tucks bottles of alcohol in his trousers in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

After Jharkhand, Zomato & Swiggy start home delivery of alcohol in Odisha

Users will be required to upload a valid ID proof to be eligible for ordering which would later be verified by the delivery partner at the time of handing over the order.

India has no national alcohol revenue database. Covid crisis has shown why it is necessary

Each state taxes alcohol differently, but counts on it for a significant amount of revenue. The lack of transparency is a roadblock for policy researchers.
Representational image of alcohol bottles | Photo: Pexels

Ready-to-drink cocktails have turned living rooms into bars in lockdown

With restaurants and bars unlikely to reopen soon, and a near-guarantee of a second wave of Covid-19 infections, people have been drinking more at home.
A herd of elephants | Commons

Elephants are lightweights and can get drunk on rotten fruit

Anecdotes about wild animals seemingly getting drunk after eating rotting fruit are widespread. There may be some truth to it after all.
People carry boxes of alcohol in Paharganj | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

After 40 days of lockdown, Indians just wanted alcohol not ‘Gujarat Model’

While it's easy to forget the coronavirus crisis in high spirits, many states realised that opening the shops was not very practical to keep a pandemic at bay.

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