A collage of Vijay standing in the queue to cast his vote.TwitterThalapathy Vijay is one among the many early birds to cast his vote in the second phase of Lok Sabha election held on Thursday, 18 April. The Tamil actor exercised his democratic right at a school in Adyar in Chennai.The Kaththi star was spotted around 7.20 am at the polling both. Vijay became one among the common people and waited in quite a long queue to cast his vote. His arrival had electrified the atmosphere as the people around him saw the star in awe.Vijay apparently smiled at the public and unwilling posed for the selfies. Notably, the actor refused to disappoint the kids who came to him for photographs.In fact, people around him recorded his presence in their cell phones and shared it on social media sites. As a result, the pictures and videos of Vijay at the polling booth have gone viral.Not just Vijay, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Ajith Kumar, Khushbu Sundar, Suriya, Karthi, Jyothika, Meena, Shruti Haasan, Anirudh Ravichander among many others.Vijay is currently working on his next movie, presently referred to as Thalapathy 63. Atlee Kumar-directorial movie is a sport drama, which has Nayanthara in the female lead, while Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff is playing the role of a villain.The shooting of the film is underway in a massive set erected on the outskirts of Chennai. Vijay has taken a day off to cast his vote.The second phase of 2019 Lok Sabha Elections is being held on April 18 in 95 seats in 11 states and one union territory (Puducherry). In Tamil Nadu, the voting process is happening in 38 constituencies that include Chennai Central, Chennai North and Chennai South where large number of celebrities reside.#Thalapathy #Vijay waiting in queue to cast his vote pic.twitter.com/xM1vaO7Lfh— FridayCinemaa (@FridayCinemaa) April 18, 2019 @actorvijay casts his vote in the #2019LokSabhaElections today #Elections2019 #ElectionDay #LokSabhaElections2019 #LoksabhaElections #Kollywood #Kollywoodcinemaa #TamilNadu #TamilNaduElections pic.twitter.com/XFM8rU7LGi— Manigandan K R (@cineobserver) April 18, 2019 Thalaivaaaaa ???? Mr. Joseph Vijay ??#Vijay #ThalapathyVijay #Elections2019 #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/vpUdf5u5wE— Rajnandan Vfc (@Rajnandan2210) April 18, 2019
Shoppers throng at the groceries in Kawran Bazar on Friday, the eve of Eid. Photo: Abdus SalamPeople have been thronging at the grocery stores in different markets of the capital, doing their last moment shopping ahead of Eid.Krishi Market at Mohammadpur on Friday was teeming with people buying essentials for Eid to be celebrated on Saturday.Buyers lined up at the grocers, with the shopkeepers keeping up with demands of the buyers.Salesman Omar Faruk said, “Yesterday wasn’t so busy. Today I opened my shop at 8:00am and will continue till midnight”.He said there was a demand for spices, fine rice, semai (vermicelli), and noodles.Laccha semai is being sold at Tk 150 a kg and plain semai at Tk 60 a kg. Polau rice is being sold at Tk 95 to 110 a kg.Buying ingredients for the Eid delicacy semai, at Karwan Bazar in the capital. Photo: Abdus SalamList in hand, Saima Begum arrived at the market. “I have to entertain guests on the day after Eid and will cook a number of dishes.” Saima Begum said.Mohamamd Sabuj, a shopkeeper at Mohammadpur Town Hall, said the sale of spices, including cumin, cardamom and black pepper, had gone up.Buyers alleged that the sellers at Karwan Bazar, Mohammadpur Krishi Market and Town Hall market, had raised the prices. A hundred gram of cumin is being sold at Tk 50 while 100 gram cardamom is being sold between Tk 150 and Tk 180. The sellers, however, claimed that prices had not increased.*This report has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will conduct regular food drives during Durga Puja, with a special emphasis on keeping the quality of packaged drinking water and soft drinks in check. “For the last few years, we have been conducting drives during Puja to ensure that quality of food is not compromised with. But there are chances of tampering with packaged water and soft drinks. So, I have instructed my team of food inspectors to give special focus on the same,” Member, Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe added that food safety officers have been directed to take strong action against the businessmen who will be found selling inferior quality drinks. The drive that will start in a day or two, will continue on a regular basis till Kali Puja. Ghosh will himself lead drives at Borough 6 on October 9, in Kankurgachi area on October 10, in Park Cicus and Gariahat area on October 11. “There will be random drives in food stalls adjacent to puja pandals in South Kolkata on October 13 and in North Kolkata on October 14,” he added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedGhosh further assured city residents that no trace of formalin has been found in fish brought from Andhra Pradesh. “This year, we have collected as many as 88 fish samples from 22 markets in the city. After the Bihar government imposed ban on fish from Andhra Pradesh, we collected six samples from Patipukur Market. All these samples have been found to be safe,” Ghosh said, adding that further drives will continue in this regard. KMC has already examined the various samples of fish, meat, meat products and other things that have been collected during food drives in the last few months.