Dahlias in full bloom outside the Delhi Assembly on Thursday.Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma
Around 1,600 pieces of furniture, mostly antique, are on sale at The Great Trunk Show , an exhibition that began on Thursday at Hotel Taj Falaknuma. The expo, which is being organised by Taj Khazana and The Great Eastern Home, features beds, consoles, paintings, dining tables, chandeliers and other home décor products. “We get a lot of clients from Hyderabad, besides Mumbai and Delhi. About 15 years ago, most buyers of antiques from us were foreigners but now we get more Indians,” Anurag Kanoria of The Great Eastern Home said about the expanding antique market. Many have also come to look at antiques as a profitable investment option, he said. “For those buyers who insist on the authenticity of the products, we also give them a certificate from the Archaeological Society of India,” Mr. Kanoria added.
The exhibition will be on till February 18, after which it would shift to Taj Palace and Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi. Those interested in viewing the collections or buying them, can call 040-66298600.
The exhibition will be on till February 18, after which it would shift to Taj Palace and Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi
EC AWARDS DELHI CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICE
In order to mark the National Voters’ Day, the Chief Electoral Office of Delhi has decided to honour several first-time voters and homeless people who exercised their franchise for the first time during the recently held Assembly elections. Meanwhile, the Election Commission of India has chosen Delhi for the “Best Electoral Practices Award for 2013”. Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev would be receiving the award from President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday.
Low-cost delicacies sold like hot cakes
Now, savour an idli for Re.1 and other South Indian delicacies at equally attractive prices in Delhi. Chennai’s popular ‘Amma Canteen’ has become an instant hit with Delhiites on the first day of its three-day sojourn at the Tamil Nadu Bhawan here.
Visitors who came to attend Pongal celebrations thronged the ‘Amma Canteen’ stall and jostled for their serving of hot, lip-smacking idlis along with usual accompaniments sambar and coconut chutney.
While idli was the most sought-after dish on the menu, there was also good demand for other items such as curd-rice (priced at Rs.3 per plate), lemon-rice, curry leaves-rice and pongal — a dish similar to the north Indian khichdi (for Rs.5 each).
The low-cost delicacies sold like hot cakes with the stalls running out of food before 8 p.m., nearly an hour before the scheduled closing time.
Till 7.30 p.m., nearly 2,200 servings of all items were dished out and the organisers raised a sum of Rs.7,200.
In Tamil Nadu, these canteens are run by the Chennai Corporation and are open for most part of the day. An initiative of the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, the canteens aim at providing hygienic food to low-income groups at affordable prices so that their nutritional requirements are met. The day-to-day activities at the canteen are managed entirely by women’s self-help groups.
On bringing the canteen to the Capital temporarily, Principal Resident Commissioner at Tamil Nadu House said: “Pongal is one of the main festivals in Tamil Nadu and we celebrate it here as well. Each year, it is our endeavour to showcase what is popular in Tamil Nadu. The canteens also offer those living here a taste of some of the most popular food items back home at cheap prices, we thought of setting up a stall here as well.”
Besides the canteen, replicas of Solar powered Green House Scheme, a scheme of the Tamil Nadu government aimed at constructing houses with solar-powered lighting systems over a period of five years, and artworks from the State are on display.
The three-day festival concludes on Tuesday — the day Pongal will be celebrated.
- 2,200 servings were dished out, raising a sum of Rs.7,200
- Canteen managed entirely by women’s self-help groups
The Capital on Saturday witnessed a cloudy day with the minimum temperature dipping to 6.4 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal . The maximum temperature recorded for the day was 18.5 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal.
“The western disturbances were primarily responsible for the cloudy day. Delhiites will get some respite from the freezing cold as the next few days will witness clear sky. The upcoming days would have moderate to dense fog in the morning and relatively sunny afternoons”, said the weatherman .
PTI adds: The pollution level in the city remained higher than the normal standards, informed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee.
Low visibility due to fog disrupted train operations on Saturday with 16 trains coming from Bihar, Bengal, Assam, Odisha and other States running behind schedule by several hours.
While Brahmaputra Mail is running 12 hours late, Jansadharan Express and Magadh Express have been delayed by five and four hours respectively, a Northern Railways official said.
The departure schedules of Mahananda Express and Northeast Express have been rescheduled due to fog, according to the official.
Loco drivers are being instructed to run trains at low speed during foggy conditions.
Railways have already cancelled services of about 10 trains till January 16 in anticipation of dense fog during the period.