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How CMs have responded to lockdown

Priya Sahgal

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How CMs have responded to lockdown

There is no partisan politics in India’s fight against COVID-19 as Opposition chief ministers played ball with the Prime Minister and put up a united fight against the pandemic. Some of the state leaders that stand out are: 

Kerala: Pinarayi Vijayan was one of the few Chief Ministers to impose a lockdown from 23 March, when the national lockdown came into effect from 25 March.  The Kerala CM also announced a Rs 20,000 crore economic package for his state. He took the initiative in pro-active measures such as a WhatsApp helpline for domestic violence victims. This was the first state in India to record a Covid-19 positive case in January 30, going up to 109 cases by 24 March. Since then it has been able to flatten the curve considerably.  He has also come up with a Three-Phased Relaxation of restrictions with attendance in banks and offices restricted to 50% and even after domestic flights have reopened in Phase 3 of his plan any person entering the state will have to undergo a two-week compulsory home quarantine.

Maharashtra: Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is leading the coronavirus fight from the front, with his addresses to the public asking them to stay at home and listen to their “home minister” just as he is staying at home and listening to Mrs CM. Maharashtra has seen the highest number of corona cases, more so as Mumbai is such a cosmopolitan hub. And also, some would suspect because the testing is being done at a more rigorous pace. 

Punjab: The good Captain moved at a war footing, recognising quite rightly that this is no less than a war. He played no partisan politics and reached out to the Centre with some sensible suggestions, including his concerns about the Rabi crop. Also, to his credit goes his handling of the migrant labour that is so essential in the cutting of the crop. Unlike Delhi or even Maharashtra, there was no mass exodus of workers as he was able to reassure them into staying back. 

Assam: In this state it is not so much the CM but his health minister — the very able Himanta Biswa Sarma — who is handling the Covid fallout and with great aplomb. Of the 34 cases in the state, as many as 32 were related to Tablighi Jamaat. Moving swiftly, he ensured that all the positive cases were in quarantine with no contact with the rest of society. 

Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is playing it mature and coordinating his efforts with the Centre. He was one of the first CMs to speak out against the gradual lifting of restrictions, maintaining that Delhi with its slum clusters was not ready as yet. The hotspots have been identified and are strictly cordoned off, with the CM playing it smart and announcing the list of hotspots only late at night to prevent hordes rushing to the market to indulge in panic buying.  He has reason to worry as Delhi’s count had nearly reached 2,000 by April 20, the day the PM had suggested lifting of restrictions. 

Goa: Considering this is a state that sees more than its fair share of foreign tourists (1,600 at the time the lockdown was announced), Chief Minister Pramod Sawant was quick to ensure a clampdown but without first ensuring a steady supply of even the basic essentials such as eggs, milk and bread which caused a lot of hardship in the initial phase of the lockdown. Such harsh measures worked and the state was declared free of Covid-19 patients by 17 April, with no new case since 3 April.

Madhya Pradesh: There are those who claim that the state government feared Kamal Nath more than coronavirus, which is why the national lockdown was delayed till the Congress government was toppled in the state. The political gain had a heavy price attached to it as the state was tardy in its response to the pandemic, leading to the count rising to almost 1,500, with both Bhopal and Indore being declared hotspots. Even then the state has no health minister in place with the CM taking the battle hands on. His former health secretary Pallavi Jain Gohil hardly helped, as she did not disclose her son had recently returned from the US until he went down with corona. Clearly not the right message any CM wants coming out of his health ministry during a pandemic.

Rajasthan: The famous Bhilwara model became a case study on how to tackle Covid-19 after the textile city first became Rajasthan’s worst-hit district with 27 cases. However, by 2 April no new cases were reported due to the implementation of a very strict curfew and some rigorous testing. But as deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot also pointed out that the same rigorous scale could not be applied to larger cities such as Jaipur. Also, the state had to tend to the Rabi crop and decentralise the mandis at district levels to help farmers sell crops. Giving emphasis to both life and livelihood, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has advocated a modified lockdown since April 21 which includes the opening of industrial units that provide lodging facilities to workers in urban areas, construction activities in the cities where labourers stay and the operation of all kinds of goods vehicles.  Despite the high count, this kind of limited mobility has been welcomed by the daily wage earner. 

Uttar Pradesh: Given the fact that the state’s population is nearly 23 crore, Uttar Pradesh has reported less than a thousand cases. This has given rise to speculation regarding the rigorousness of the tests. However, the CM has stepped up the curfew enforcement, especially post the Tablighi Jamaat scare. He has also threatened to invoke the NSA against those misbehaving against doctors and nurses. His take-no-prisoners attitude led to the resignation of the DM in UP’s high-profile district, Gautam Budh Nagar, right in the middle of the first Lockdown phase. His Agra model is also being talked about — this was the first district to report a cluster of cases after which the CM moved fast, identifying all the hotspots in the district, sealing them off along with a 3-km containment zone and 5-km buffer zone. Interestingly, one of his priorities is also to ensure that all temples in the state capital have access to the marigold flowers needed to perform the daily puja, hardly surprising given the fact that the very next day after PM announced a national lockdown, on 24 March, the CM was seen presiding over the shifting of the Ram Lalla idol in Ayodhya. But that’s the way he has always played his politics, and lived to tell the tale.

Bihar: The state has reported about 70 positive cases, but Nitish Kumar is getting more flak for his silence over the plight of Biharis outside the state — from the migrants who hit the Delhi highways or Mumbai’s railway stations, to the students stranded in Kota. It hasn’t helped that Yogi Adityanath managed to bring back the Uttar Pradesh students stranded in Kota. Kumar is losing the perception game here.

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5 MUST-HAVE JEWELLERY PIECES FOR KARVA CHAUTH

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As we spent yet another year at home in our pyjamas, the ongoing festive season has given us the perfect excuse to dress up! It is that time of the year when festivity in India is in its full swing. India boasts of an array of significant festivals, of which Karva Chauth, marks one important celebration for married couples.

Karva Chauth is a celebration of the pious bond between a husband and a wife. Ladies dress up to the nines and observe fast from sunrise to moonrise for a day for the safety and long lives of their husbands.

Undoubtedly, like every year, ladies would be stressed about choosing the perfect outfit for the special day. But do you think your search will be limited to finding a good dress? Of course not!

With your sartorial choices taking the front seat, do not forget to have your hands on the must-have jewellery pieces that not only compliment your clothes but also your personality.

Bhavesh Navlakha, founder of online fashion jewellery brand Sukkhi helped ANI list the trending jewellery pieces that would be a one-time investment for you to perfectly style your outfit not only for Karva Chauth but also for the entire festive season:

1. Pearl choker: Chokers are never out of style and are a beautiful addition to accentuate Indian outfits. The choker lends an edginess to your chosen ethnic outfit. An elegant pearl choker can elevate any outfit and give a rather classy look without being too heavy.

2. Long-chain jhumkis: Long-chain jhumkis, also referred to as Bahubali-inspired earrings, is a style statement that acts as the perfect addition to any ethnic outfit. It is a contemporary take on traditional earrings which adds a touch of glamour to your outfit without the need for any more jewellery.

3. Pearl bangles: Bangles are one of the most traditional accessories used in India. Bangles are a versatile jewellery piece that compliments our ethnic outfits. Adding jewellery pieces to your wrist acts as the perfect accessory to just about every Indian outfit.

4. Jhumkis: Jhumkis are immensely popular as one of the most worn jewellery pieces and is loved by everyone for their intricate design. Jhumkis can be paired with Indian ethnic outfits and also western outfits to create an eye-pleasing ensemble.

5. Kundan neckpiece: Kundan neckpieces look elegant and sophisticated and can glam up your outfit in no time. Not just for Karva Chauth, but Kundan sets can be worn by pairing them with your favourite outfit and layering the necklaces.

With jewellery trends constantly evolving and changing every year, we find it hard to keep ourselves updated on them. So, now that we have got you all covered, style your outfit with the above-mentioned jewellery pieces, making your ensemble not only look great but also speaking volumes for you!

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Needledust launches its first-ever store in Mumbai

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India’s first-ever designer jutti label, Needledust is thrilled to announce the launch of their first-ever store in Mumbai at Reliance’s first premium mall in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex, Jio World Drive.

Housing more than 90+ premium and luxury brands, JIO World Driver is an exciting hub for luxury, fashion, shopping and entertainment. Located in Bandra Kurla Complex, and spanning across an area of 17.5 acres at Maker Maxity, Jio World Drive is Mumbai’s newest, vibrant urban hangout. The precinct is home to 72 prominent International and Indian brands, 27 culinary outlets with cuisines from across the globe, Mumbai’s first rooftop Jio Drive-In Theatre, an open-air weekend community market, pet-friendly services, a dedicated pop-up experience and other bespoke services. With an international consumer base, Needledust launched in 2014 with an original first of its kind product in the designer jutti space.

Following the immense success of their existing stores in Delhi & Chandigarh and a spectacular online presence on Needledust.com, this is a significant milestone for the brand as they open their doors to the tinsel town. 

Needledust brings to you a line of bespoke fine leather juttis that speak the charm of a true old school artisan with a desire to recreate this age-old craft for those who wear, admire, preserve its elegance and culture.

The celebrated label is all about unbridled passion for the revival of the jutti and unmatched craftsmanship, amalgamating the finesse of old royal moulds with innovative design and embroidery patterns that impeccably reflect 21st-century aesthetics.

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MANUBHAI JEWELLERS LAUNCHES AN EXCLUSIVE BRIDAL JEWELLERY COLLECTION FOR NEW BRIDES-TO-BE

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This wedding season, Manubhai Jewellers, a leading jewellery brand for over 30 years has made the process of finding the perfect jewellery for all the brides-to-be more special and remarkable. The brand has launched a new campaign called “Wedding by Manubhai” that features jewellery for every function – Sangeet, Mehendi and Wedding -along with a special traditional experience for all the new brides-to-be to wish them good luck and prosperity.

Speaking about the new campaign, Samir Sagar, Director, Manubhai Jewellers, said, “We at Manubhai Jewellers have been creating intricate and beautiful pieces of jewellery that balance between tradition and contemporary design to suit every occasion. For the wedding season, we want to take the opportunity to highlight the traditional values associated with our brand and offer a new bridal experience.” Manubhai Jewellers are popularly known for their specially crafted and curated collections in Mumbai. With a retail presence in Borivali, they cater to every customer’s needs ranging from beautiful modern diamond pieces to fanciful and chic gold wear, to traditional Kundan and Jadau jewellery. The brand is one of the few jewellers in Mumbai creating bespoke designs in Polki, Temple and Antique.

Additionally, Manubhai Jewellers are also committed to specialising in bridal jewellery called Madhuban. The Madhuban collection features beautifully handcrafted inspirational jewellery displayed in the store with a royal theme. Manubhai’s traditional concepts stand are brilliantly reflected through the indigenous craftsmanship of the Madhuban collection and has made the brand popular among the best jewellery shops in Mumbai. Further, all jewellers at Manubhai are hallmarked and certified.

Further, to make the moment special for new brides, Manubhai Jewellers have also introduced “Madhuban Delight” wherein the bride is first welcomed in a traditional way with the ‘Aarti thali’ and then gifted with a ‘Potli’ – a traditional drawstring bag that contains silver coins, vermilion, rice and Swastik that symbolise good luck, prosperity and imply the underlying cultural significance of ceremonial rituals.

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Karva Chauth 2021: Stand out with these easy makeup looks

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Karva Chauth, an important festival for married couples has always been about dressing up to the nines and sporting elaborate makeup looks for women. Karva Chauth is a celebration of the pious bond between a husband and a wife. Ladies dress up to the nines and observe fast from sunrise to moonrise for a day for the safety and long lives of their husbands. This year Karva Chauth will be celebrated on 24 October, that is, Sunday.

Ladies, you may even have spent days planning out your Karva Chauth outfit and makeup look. However, with the Covid-19 pandemic easing down, there is much of a point in getting decked up like earlier.

So, it is time to come up with a makeup look that is not only appropriate for your special day but also worthy of posting on Instagram!

Check out the simple tips listed below by Professional MUA Sahibjeet Kaur shared with ANI to create a makeup look that is unapologetically you:

1. Basic red, with popping eyeliner or kajal: Women love to wear traditional red shades for their Karwa Chauth, but another trend that has really taken up and we cannot get enough of is the coloured eyeliner or kajal look. Gone are the days when your eyes could carry only basic black or simple brown colours. Now, you can use coloured eyeliner or kajal to add a unique point to your Karva Chauth look. Add trendy colours like lime green, electric blue, and bubblegum pink to your eyeliner or Kajal. You can play around with a sleek cat-eye look or experiment with a graphic liner look by doing a cut-crease with a coloured liner. Apply bold blood-red lipstick with small size red bindi. To compliment your look, style your dress with gajra, mang tikka, and a choker neckpiece.

2. Have fun with the eyeshadow palette: Bid adieu to your basic pink and red eyeshadow look. Explore the peppy colours in the palette and blend the shades that go with your outfit. To add more glam to your eye makeup, apply artificial lashes on your eyes and coat them with intense mascara. Go light with your lip-shade to let your eyes do the talking!

3. Smokey eyes with a glitter twist: A trend that can never become stale is the basic smokey eye makeup look. But, why should you settle for basic? Pick up your makeup brush tool and add some glittery twist to the whole look. Choose a colour matching to your outfit for the smokey eyeshadow. Blend it until you achieve the perfect smoke. Apply artificial lashes to your eyes and coat them with intense mascara. Ditching the basic black, add a glittery twist to the whole look by applying a silver shiny eyeliner. Apply nude or glossy lipstick and a stroke of highlighter on your cheekbones. If you can wear big jhumkis, it can enhance your look like anything.

4. Add some glow to your look: Steer clear of your ultra-bright golden highlighter and go for a subtler look instead. Opt for a subtle highlighter in the shade of rose gold, champagne, or dull gold. Apply it at the high points of your cheekbones, on your brow bones, and down your nose to give yourself that lit-from-within look. This will make your makeup look understated while still making you look effervescent.

5. Get peachy with blush: Red, pink or green- choose any colour for your outfit and peachy makeup will add volumes to your look! Go for a peachy blush with a slight shimmer to add warmth to your face and elevate that dewy look. You can apply the blush straight across your cheekbones and nose to create a pretty fresh look and to your nose to give yourself that lit-from-within look.

Pro-tip: Do not neglect your eyebrows. You can use an eyebrow pencil to shape up your eyebrows or can use eyeshadow to give a natural uplift to your brows.

Now that we have got you all covered, try out these makeup tips to glam up this Karva Chauth!

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DIAL M FOR MINIMALISM

With the adage ‘Less is more’, allow your furnishings and accessories to come through placing them judiciously, giving your home an effective yet understated appeal that is easy on the eyes.

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Clamping down on consumption for some has indirectly affected their aesthetic (most for the better). It has initiated a shift in consumer choices. The year 2020 and a majority of 2021 have seen a shift in design trends. Instagram accounts with zen influencers have made impressions in the aesthetic inclinations of many. Enter Marie Kondo, the purveyor of minimalism with tidying up as her motto. Known to preach cleanliness, she believes ’Tidying up’ fosters joy and serenity. Indulgence and maximal living is a personal choice and we are not arguing about it. Respect, Kardashians and Jenners.

However, understated interiors are an aesthetically pleasing choice of decor. This style that is #trending can be incorporated into homes of all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s Japanese, modern or Scandinavian, there are many ways to achieve this coveted look. An added advantage is it is not labour intensive to execute so you can save energy for your upcoming HIIT session. Most of these sleek looks can be achieved by incorporating simple streamlined furniture with chalky hues for upholstery.

Clean modern lines, a pastel palette of colours and simple silhouettes. With the adage ‘Less is more’, allow your furnishings and accessories to come through placing them judiciously, giving your home an effective yet understated appeal that is easy on the eyes. Colours are imperative.

A decluttered coffee table with a statement pot planter can do the trick. Facets that add to the zen features range from contemporary ceramic bowls to a some-free soy wax candle. These contemporary bowls can be procured from Ellementry, a home accessory studio from Jaipur. Nestasia (an online Indian home store) boasts of geometric ceramic pots that are unique and trendy. They are available in chalky hues in harmony with a minimalist’s handbook. For everything else there is Ikea.

Rattan mirrors are topping the charts for sprucing up your blank spaces. Choose from a range of hand made rattan numbers to bevelled circular pieces. One mirror on a single wall should do the trick. A multitude of small rattan mirrors can add that subtle adornment. These handmade rattan numbers could be found at gingercrush.com. You could also explore www.pepperfry.in for some sleek round mirrors by the brand Flairglass.

Tables with sharp lines or curves comply with the minimalist’s montage. Sofas and couches with forms conforming to the Marie Kondo design sensibility.

If you’re looking to fix the mess, commit to tidying up. Investing in simple yet effective pieces with minimum maintenance. Airy spaces with sunlight pouring in are therapeutic. Choose earthy and pastel colours in tandem with the zen philosophy. To destress, declutter.

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WITH NEARLY 50 LEOPARDS, 30 TIGERS, KATARNIAGHAT IS CLAIMING STIR FOR ECO-TOURISTS

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Once known for having tigers in its reserve; now the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in Uttar Pradesh now has a good number of leopards as well for Eco-tourists as it now comprises more than 30 tigers and over 50 leopards.

“Uttar Pradesh has tremendous potential to attract tourists in tiger reserves in the Terai belt as it is well-connected by road and the train network. Dudhwa Tiger reserve that has noticed with a significant rise in healthy population comprising of 30 plus tigers and 50 plus leopards that has grown over years, says Divisional Forest Officer of Katarniaghat Akash Badhawan.

The 2018 tiger census had projected around 173 tigers in UP which was a remarkable increase of about 48% against the national average of 33% from the previous census held in 2014 which counted around 117 tigers in UP. Ecotourism, however, is still in a fledgling stage in UP.

As per recent report of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shivalik Hills and Gangetic plains have 1,253 (1,158-1348) leopards (Bihar 98, Uttarakhand 839, and Uttar Pradesh 316), central India and Eastern Ghats have 8,071 (7,654-8,488) (Andhra Pradesh 492, Telangana 334, Chhattisgarh 853, Jharkhand 46, Madhya Pradesh 3,421, Maharashtra 1,690, Odisha 760, and Rajasthan 476), the Western Ghats have 3,387 (Goa 86, Karnataka 1,783, Kerala 650 and Tamil Nadu 868).

“It’s due to the good number of principal prey species such as wild boar, spotted deer, swamp deer, blue bull and hog deer while Leopard’s main prey species are small sized ungulates, langurs and monkeys. Deer species of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve like sambhar, swamp deer, spotted deer, hog deer, barking deer along with wild boar and blue bull constitute various prey options for the big cats,” said Badhawan.

Adding further, Badhawan said that Feral cattle in Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary constitute significant prey base for tigers and leopards.

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