Monday April 2, 2012
70-year-old in hunger strike against liquor outlets
OTHER NEWS & VIEWS
Compiled by BEH YUEN HUI, YVONNE LIM and A. RAMAN
A 70-YEAR-OLD man is on a hunger strike to close liquor shops in his village, Laida in the northern Indian state of Orissa, Tamil Nesan reported.
Janardhan Sahu said the Sambalpur district collector had reneged on his promise, made a year ago to close village liquor shops. In fact, he has issued new licences.
The septuagenarian, inspired by the anti-corruption movement of Anna Hazare, said he had raised the issue with the district's senior officials.
He said the liquor shops might be a huge source of revenue for the government but would ruin the village's young generation.
> Malaysia Nanban reported that political, community and social leaders have been urged to unite and work to find solutions to the Indian community's perennial problems.
The Cabinet's special committee for Indian affairs coordinator Datuk N. Sivasubramaniam said MIC alone could not handle the problem and needed the support of the Indian NGOs, religious and social organisations.
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