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Intense bidding for arrack shops

Rajesh B. Nair

PUDUCHERRY: Last week’s Internet auction of arrack shops in the Puducherry and Karaikal regions for 2009-10 was one of the most “intense” bidding ever held by the Excise Department since e-auction was introduced. Of 128 arrack shops in the two regions, 120 were auctioned for Rs.72.48 crore.