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News in Short - 24-March-2021

Delhi lowers alcohol consumption age to 21 years

Date: 24 March 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Delhi government has approved a new excise policy, lowering the minimum age for consumption of liquor to 21 years. Earlier, the legal drinking age in Delhi was 25.
  • The decision comes after a government committee had suggested making 21 the permitted age for drinking and reducing the number of dry days to three in a year.
  • Liquor is among the largest sources of revenue in Delhi, with the local administration earning around ? 5,400 crore from its sale in 2019-20.

Cutting cake with tricolour and Ashok Chakra not violation

Date: 24 March 2021 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • Cutting a cake that has the Tricolour and Ashoka Chakra design on it is neither unpatriotic nor an “insult” under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, the Madras High Court has ruled.
  • The court was hearing a plea filed that alleged that cutting a cake that carried a representation of the Tricolour amounted to an offence under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.
  • Petitioner had filed a complaint after cake with the Tricolour and the Ashoka Chakra on it was cut, distributed and consumed by over 2,500 guests during a Christmas Day event in 2013.

Telangana hikes employees salary

Date: 24 March 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Over nine lakh employees of the Telangana government will get a hike of 30% in their salaries with effect from April 1. The government has also decided to increase their retirement age from 58 years to 61 years.
  • The decision was taken based on the recommendations made by the 11th pay revision commission headed by retired IAS officer C R Biswal in May 2018.
  • The earlier pay revision for the employees was done in 2014 soon after the formation of Telangana, when the government had given 43% pay hike for the employees.

Floods in Australia

Date: 24 March 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Australia's south east was lashed by fresh round of intense rainfall, worsening the one in 100 year flooding north of Sydney.
  • A days-long rains have caused widespread flooding in coastal areas of New South Wales, with parts of Sydney's north-west fringes experiencing biggest floods in decades.
  • It comes just a year after unprecedented climate-change bushfires burned across the same region, which followed a prolonged drought that had also seen Sydney introduce water restrictions.

SC refuses to extend loan moratorium period

Date: 24 March 2021 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • Supreme Court has turned down the pleas from various trade associations and corporate bodies seeking an extension of six-month loan moratorium offered by the Reserve Bank of India.
  • The court has said that it cannot direct the government or the central bank to announce particular financial relief or packages, nor can it ask relief for particular sectors.
  • The RBI had on March 27 issued the circular which allowed lending institutions to grant a moratorium on payment of instalments of term loans falling due between March 1 and May 31, 2020, in view of the coronvirus pandemic. The moratorium was later extended till August 31, 2020.