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By Newsgram Staff Writer

New Delhi: The AAP government on Thursday allowed the setting up of microbreweries in the capital.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the cabinet here, Deputy Chief Minster Manish Sisodia said.

Set up in pubs and hotels, microbreweries produce a small amount of fresh beer, which is served to customers. Until now, beer drinkers would go to neighboring Gurgaon in Haryana to have freshly brewed beer.

The AAP government has also set up a committee to junk outdated licences.

“A committee has been set up to review each and every license to do business. It will also see even if there are some important licences and the clause of their annual renewal can be removed,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.

“”There is still a license raj and the Delhi government wants to end it. To do business, small and big traders have to get about 50 licences. And the process of getting these licenses is very difficult” he said.

“Even if somebody gets it, it has be renewed annual from various agencies ranging from police to Delhi government’s various departments. It’s a source of corruption, ” he added.

The committee, headed by principal secretary, finance, has to do its work by July 31.

(With inputs from IANS)

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This Exhibition Captures A City’s Colours During Monsoon

The West Bengal-born artist has participated in 16 international group art exhibitions.

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Artist Purnendu Mandal At Indian Habitat Centre.

With some of them almost a photographic reflection of daybreak after rain, artist Purnendu Mandal’s canvasses — currently on exhibition at Triveni Kala Sangam here — are a deluge of vivid warm colours that capture a city’s landscape after rain.

“It is almost like looking outside a window, but through a work of art,” Mandal told IANS.

Mandal’s 15 acrylic- and oil-on-canvass artworks – collectively titled “Reflections 3” – document the subtleties of urban life during the rains — first light in a city, storms, rickshaw-pullers and bus drivers resuming activity after a rainy day, and building silhouettes reflecting in the water-filled puddles.

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Purnendu Mandal’s Work

Also included are visual effects of the monsoon like rain drops, fog, wet climate, reflections in water and shades of dampness.

To that extent, “Good Morning Kolkata” (2018), a painting of a tram on a damp Kolkata street, with old buildings and bundles of electric wires adding to the realistic depiction, reflects a day in the city as one would experience it.

For Mandal, it is about making his canvasses a literal window to the seasonal changes a city undergoes.

“I try to paint cities season-wise. This exhibition shows the beauty of a city after and during the monsoon,” Mandal told IANS.

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Purnendu Mandal’s Exhibition’s Invite. Available on his social media

Mandal’s impressionistic style revolves around cities and seasons and his rich repository of art has been exhibited around the world.

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“Thus, the current exhibition has scenes from Varanasi ghats, and Kolkata’s and Mumbai’s urban life,” he added.

The West Bengal-born artist has participated in 16 international group art exhibitions in Indonesia, UK, USA, UAE, Thailand, Taiwan, Bangladesh and Nepal, in addition to showcasing his work at Indian galleries including Jehangir Art Gallery, Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi, AIFACS Gallery, Triveni Art Gallery, Chemould Art Gallery, and Chitra Kala Parishath. (IANS)

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