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Many actors and filmmakers are not happy with the government’s decision to reopen liquor shops. They point at the utter chaos outside wine shops, and the unruly behaviour of customers who grossly violated all social distancing norms in a rush
Telugu superstar Pawan Kalyan condemned the decision in a tweet: “In this life threatening Pandemic; all TEMPLES, MASJIDS & CHURCHES are forced to close as social( physical) distancing is not possible. But LIQUOR SHOPS, are ok to be opened, even if they DON’T maintain SOCIAL DISTANCE’???”
Actress-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt wrote: “Like it or not, in a society that does not acknowledge the reality of depression and other mental health issues,alcohol becomes an escape route. People are grappling with uncertainty. The bottle becomes easy refuge. You want to fix that? Take away their pain first.”
Taking a sarcastic dig at the government’s decision, actor Jaaved Jaaferi shared: “Migrant labourers to pay for going home.. junta to pay for showering petals and aircraft fuel.. Alcohol is the new ‘normal’.”
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta reacted: “Went to market for my weekly grocery run.
1. Massive queues outside alcohol shops. Chaos.
2. Traffic jams
3. People crowding all shops. No social distancing.
4. Police helpless in the midst of this madness.
Makes you wonder whether lockdown relaxations should be reversed.”
Like Mehta, actor Rohit Roy also feels that relaxation of the lockdown is probably not a good idea in a country like India. “Shocked at the way people are roaming the streets looking for alcohol.. THIS is the reason why relaxation in lockdown won’t work in India .. senseless and stupid,” he wrote.
Filmmaker Onir pointed out how many people were also without mask. “If the #CVID19 curve is not getting flattened ,the reopening of the alcohol shops is one of the worst possible steps. Stepped outside my building which has a wine shop, mumbai seems to be back to usual. people roaming around ,many without masks, traffic. Social distancing,” he tweeted.
Writer-director Milap Zaveri feels, just like vegetable and grocery shops, had wine shops remained open throughout the lockdown, this situation would not have arisen.
“Soda bottle. When u open it will fizz. They should have kept wine shops open throughout. The way people understood groceries will be available and stopped going mad buying they would have done the same for wine shops. This is bottled up demand. Pun intended,” Zaveri opined.
Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri tweeted: “How come nobody thought of opening up small corner shops and rozmarre ke vendors? At least, they would have managed their customers far better and helped citizens. Pathetic decision. An ‘only-profit’ centred governance without the cost to the society will ruin us.” (IANS)
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday asked the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to prevent dumping of toxic wastes in India. Speaking at an event to celebrate DRI's 64th foundation day, Sitharaman lauded DRI's compact strength of about 800 officers for their relentless efforts despite the imminent risks. The Finance Minister stated that the officers may be keeping a low profile, but they are acting like the frontline defence forces, doing spectacular work in safeguarding the economic frontiers of the country. "The recent smuggling attempts of huge quantities of narcotics, gold, red sanders, ivory, cigarettes etc. unearthed by DRI were appreciated by the Finance Minister," the Ministry of Finance said in a statement.
"Sitharaman said that the message through such enforcement actions should be such that these acts of brazen attempts at smuggling are nipped in the bud," the statement added. The Finance Minister also said that better coordination among the law enforcement and intelligence gathering agencies and sharing of actionable intelligence are the way forward in protecting the frontiers of the country more efficiently. "Sitharaman also asked the DRI to focus on interdicting dual use technology items as well as preventing the dumping of toxic wastes in our country," the statement said. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Nirmala Sitharaman, India, Toxic Wastes)
Tech giant Amazon has expanded the sound detection capabilities of Alexa along with more features. Alexa can now identify the sounds of running water and appliances beeping, reports Android Central. This means users can set up an Alexa routine to notify themselves when the washer beeps to indicate that laundry is finished, the report said.
When Alexa detects that the faucet has been left open, it will send users a notification as well so they can take appropriate action, it added. Amazon previously said at its event in September that it would add the ability to programme Alexa to recognise custom sounds, but that feature has yet to arrive. Having said that, the two new sound detection capabilities not only help users save energy, but they also make it easier to avoid paying for unnecessary charges on your home utilities, the report said.
The retail giant has also announced ultrasound motion detection, which will allow you to set up "Occupancy Routines" on additional Echo devices. This feature allows your smart speaker to detect nearby motion and initiate a routine, such as turning on the lights. It is compatible with many of the best Alexa speakers including the 4th-gen Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: laundry, appliances, beeping, running water, Sound, Alexa , Amazon)
By Olivia Sarkar
Comforting Christmas cocktails help you enjoy the celebrations and get into the festive spirit. The Leela Palaces, Hotels, and Resorts offer distinctive cocktails ranging from Hot Toddies to Decadent Egg Nogs. Sit back and enjoy one martini at a time to make the festive season a little brighter.
Dirty Chai Eggnog:
30 ml Bourbon
30 ml Baileys
90 ml Hot milk tea
Sweet cream foam to top up
Cinnamon powder and star anise.
1. In a heavy bottomed med sauce pot, prepare tea with milk. Strain and let it cool.
2. In a cocktail shaker add egg white, Bourbon, Baileys with whole spices. Shake well.
3. Pour the tea in the glass followed by ingredients from cocktail shaker.
4. Garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon powder, whole star anise
Eggnog is a Christmas favourite that is accustomed to toasts for good health and prosperity.| Pikist
Inspired by the Christmas Spirits and holiday flavours is a wonderful concoction of warm whisky, sweet vanilla, and thick butter.
45 ml Butter fat washed Whiskey
20 ml Ginger bread syrup
15 ml Spiced Apple liquor
2 dashes of Bitters
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker
2. Shake well
3. Pour into an old-fashioned glass
4. Garnish with Gingerbread cookie
Inspired by the Christmas Spirits and holiday flavors is a wonderful concoction of warm whisky, sweet vanilla, and thick butter. | Flickr
(Keywords: Santa's Apple, Egg Nogs, December, Cocktail, Cocktail, Christmas, holiday, celebrations)