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Bihar Excise and Prohibition Minister Abdul Jalil Mastan told media that there will be no ban on sale and consumption of toddy in the state.

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  • Bihar Excise and Prohibition Minister Abdul Jalil Mastan told media that there will be no ban on sale and consumption of toddy in the state
  • In April after Bihar imposed a total liquor ban in the state, it also banned the sale of ‘toddy’
  • According to RJD leaders here, Lalu was not in favour to ban toddy.

Following pressure from its main ally RJD chief Lalu Prasad, the Bihar government led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday took a U-turn by lifting the ban on the sale and consumption of toddy in the state.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Bihar Excise and Prohibition Minister Abdul Jalil Mastan told media that there will be no ban on sale and consumption of toddy in the state.

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“Ban on toddy has been lifted,” Mastan said.

In April after Bihar imposed a total liquor ban in the state, it also banned the sale of ‘toddy’. But the decision to banned toddy was not lauded by Lalu Prasad and his party Rashtriya Janata Dal.

According to RJD leaders here, Lalu was not in favour to ban toddy.

RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

“In last three and half months, Lalu has publicly expressed his displeasure over the government decision to ban toddy and urged the government to lift the ban and make it free as it was introduced during his tenure as Chief Minister in early 90s,” a leader close to Lalu said.

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Lalu Prasad as Chief Minister had declared toddy tax-free in Bihar to help people engaged in the business, particularly the ‘Pasi’ caste. (IANS)

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Stainless steel straws are displayed at the cooperative Sin Plastico (Without Plastic), which offers environmentally friendly household items free from plastic materials and packaging, in Bilbao, Spain, April 6, 2018. Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single-use items. VOA

Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single-use products and is pressing Commonwealth allies to also take action to tackle marine waste, the office of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said.

It said drink stirrers and cotton buds would also be banned under the plans.

May has pledged to eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042 as part of a “national plan of action.”

“Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world, which is why protecting the marine environment is central to our agenda at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting,” May said in a statement ahead of a Commonwealth summit Thursday.

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Leaders from the Commonwealth — a network of 53 countries, mostly former British colonies — are meeting in London this week.

May is looking to deepen ties to the Commonwealth as Britain seeks to boost trade and carve out a new role in the world ahead of the country’s departure from the European Union in March next year.

Britain will commit 61.4 million pounds ($87.21 million) at the summit to develop new ways of tackling plastic waste and help Commonwealth countries limit how much plastic ends up in the ocean.

“We are rallying Commonwealth countries to join us in the fight against marine plastic,” May said.

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“Together we can effect real change so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it.”

The statement said environment minister Michael Gove would launch a consultation later this year into the plan to ban the plastic items. It gave no details who the consultation would be with.  VOA

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