The 21-day lockdown and coronavirus outbreak in India has affected all businesses and transport industry is no different. Nagpur businessman and member of Nagpur Truck and Transport Union Raja Tuli has said that currently only 5% of around 90 lakh commercial vehicles in India are operational right now causing Rs 15,000 crore loss every day to the transport sector.
Tuli said, The trucks, which are operational right now are mainly LPG and other petroleum products carriers and short distance milk tankers. Vegetable and fruits, which are available in the market are being transported by farmers themselves.
Speaking about the impact of lockdown, imposed by PM Narendra Modi from March 24 to curb spread of coronavirus, on the transport industry Tuli said, When lockdown was announced, it crated panic among the driver fraternity across the country. As a result, many drivers abandoned vehicles and went to their native places. Some headed to safer places, where basic amenities like food and shelter are available. Drivers don’t want to drive on highways at the moment as there are no ‘dhabas’ or eateries available now.”
As per Tuli, apart from drivers, availability of labours is also a big issue, which is hampering logistical operations in the country. Tuli said, Truck owners are at home, offices are closed, staffers are at home, garages are closed and labourers are not available at loading and unloading points.”
Tuli added, In the logistics supply chain, huge manpower is involved. At loading point, you need a supervisor to do documentation. But right now, with no public transportation available, such supervisors can’t travel to loading points at the moment. Also, staffers, drivers, supervisors and labours are unwilling to go out because of coronavirus.
Speaking about the transport unions expectation from the government, Tuli said, We have suggested to the government that people, who are involved in supply chain work, must also be given Rs 50 lakh insurance cover that has been announced for front line health workers during these trying circumstances. If that happens, it can be an incentive for workers to come out for work. Moreover, trucks should also be sanitised at every 200 kilometres and drivers health should be checked before entering from one state to another.
When Lata Mangeshkar got offended by Dilip Kumar and didn’t speak to him for 13 years
Nightingale of India, late Lata Mangeshkar and legendary actor late Dilip Kumar were known to share a special bond. So much so that the Queen of Melody would also tie rakhi to the latter. She was among the close ones who visited the late actor during his last days. But do you know the reason why their relation had gone sour, as a result of which they did not speak for 13 long years?
The story dates back to the time when Lata Mangeshkar was to sing ‘Laagin Naahi Chhute’ for the film Musafir, in 1957. At that time, Kumar told music composer Anil Biswas, “The Urdu of Marathis (Maharashtrians) is like dal and rice.” This offended the veteran singer, after which she decided to hone her Urdu speaking skills.
After 13 years when they met in 1970, the veteran singer remarked, “You know, Yusuf saab, I’d always heard you loathed me for being one up on you while recording the Laagi Naahin Chhute Rama duet with you in Musafir. But I only sang the way I can’t help singing any number.”
To this, Kumar gleefully asserted, “It’s precisely because you can’t help singing the way you do that my family and I adore you! How possibly could I loathe a voice so heavenly!”
On February 6, 2022, due to COVID-induced prolonged illness, the illustrious singer passed away in Mumbai.
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) July 7, 2021
‘Even Modiji can’t finish my political career:’ Pankaja Munde
BJP National Secretary Pankaja Munde said even Prime Minister Narendra Modi wouldn’t be able to end her political career if she lived in people’s hearts and minds. Munde said the same on Tuesday while addressing a public rally — part of PM Modi’s birthday celebrations for a fortnight across Maharashtra — at Ambajogai in Maharashtra’s Beed district.
Munde said, “If I live in people’s mind and heart, even Modiji cannot end my political career… Dynasty politics has been prevailing in the Congress party. Modiji, however, wants to end the dynasty rule… I hail from a political family, but if I live in your mind and heart, nobody will be able to finish (end the career) me. If I live in people’s minds and hearts, even Modiji cannot finish my political career.”