One doesn't simply buy an RE; they indulge in a life-long romance on the roads.
Be it the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, Classic 350 or the Bullet 500, each RE motorcycle model is nothing less than a 'dream vehicle' for umpteen motorcyclists and also for petrolheads! To further fuel your aspirations of owning a RE and to ensure a hassle-free biking experience for its patrons, the all-inclusive Royal Enfield App has been rolled out.
Through this app, one can book a test ride, make a reservation of their favourite RE version, address concerns or queries and customize their Royal Enfield as well. The app comes with clear-cut features and its easy accessibility quotient, acts as a platform for all RE riders, where they can also connect and engage with other motorists and know their wheels better!
Application features for a smooth ride!
It is correct to say that the Royal Enfield App acts as a 'traveller's companion, a rider's tool, an explorer's ally and ultimately a motorcyclist's delight'. The application comes with a string of features, like Roadside Assistance, Make-It-Yours (MIY) option wherein you get to customise your RE and users can also curate their own 'adventure' and head out for it alongside other bikers! Thus, to book a test ride, any RE-related service or a new motorcycle altogether, just log in to the application and the rest of the details will be laid out, in the simplest ways!
Test ride testimonies!
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Let your Enfield revv & roar!
If you have been thinking of getting your hands on the latest RE model or just want to test-drive your favourite model, then simply download the Royal Enfield App and set the ball rolling! There are 5 Royal Enfield showrooms in Lucknow, including the areas of Badshah Nagar, Alambagh, Hazratganj, Telibagh, Balaganj and Jankipuram, that cover the length and breadth of the city. So no matter where you are, RE showrooms will be there for your assistance, as per your location and comfort.
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A lot can happen over art & coffee!
The cherry on top of the burgeoning café culture in Lucknow is the new entrant- The Coffee Palette. Ready to indulge the soul of epicureans with its artistic decor and exquisite culinary preparations, this eatery is adding a boho-chic dimension to the City of Nawabs. Further, embarking upon a road less taken, this establishment shall also showcase and promote the handiwork of local artisans. So if you are thinking of stepping out of your house for supper plans, then peruse more about this Instagrammy café, right here!
Say 'yes' to foodgasms!
Space creators and restauranteurs are constantly experimenting with a myriad of decor themes that will reserve their habitué. This caters to the demand for novelty by customers who have been stuck at home for months at a stretch due to the pandemic. Serving this sense of newness to Lucknowites is the organic aura of The Coffee Palette.
If you are looking for a calm ambience to enjoy a solo dinner date or vibrant interiors that will make the perfect background for your group pictures, then this café should feature at the top of your list! Further, The Coffee Palette's assortment of Italian and fusion cuisines, among other things, will treat your tastebuds to an unforgettable aftertaste.
Don't forget to mix 'n' match their specialities- Four Season Pizza, Farmhouse Pizza, Paneer Tikka Pizza, Margherita Pizza, White Sauce Pasta, Cheese-burst Pizza and Lasagna, as you place your order. Moreover, wolfing down a wholesome meal with their range of beverages- Cappuccino, Kesar Cappuccino, Hazelnut Hot Chocolate, Rocky Road Cappuccino, Choco Frappe and Cold Coffee with Brownie, will calm your cravings this summer season!
Art is food for the soul
The Coffee Palette is keen on preserving greenery and engaging local artisans who can bring their craft to the café and associate in free promotional activities. Apart from engaging in cross-promotional activity which will help the artists gain traction on social media, The Coffee Palette shall feature these artworks on its premises. This display shall also mention the name and social media handles of the artists so that viewers can get a chance to engage with more of their work.
The Coffee Palette could very well be the beginning of something non-generic in Lucknow because the best conversations happen over food, set against the backdrop of artistic visuals. Further, this establishment doubles the excitement of dining out after being cooped in the house for so long, by ensuring that all preparations are hygienic and COVID-appropriate behaviour is being practised thoroughly.
Timings: 11 AM to 9 PM (timings maybe relaxed further with ease in curfew restrictions)
Location: 3/545 Vivek Khand-2, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow
The state government has offered some benefits like subsidies on the upfront cost of electric vehicles for the first line of buyers.
After the introduction of the Electric Vehicles Policy across multiple states of the country, Rajasthan is all set to roll out a similar scheme now. Previously, Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat and Telangana administrations have worked on parallel interventions and initiated EV policies aiming for a green future. Mahendra Soni, Commissioner, Transport Department of the Rajasthan government informed that the EV policy has been drafted and now, it will be transferred to the finance department for approval.
A step towards pollution control & greener tomorrow!
The commissioner stated, "The new initiative will help boost the sales of EVs thereby decreasing pollution. Also, the permit fee has been waived off on the purchase of EVs." Stepping forward with the sustainable development goals, the state government has offered some benefits like subsidies on the upfront cost of electric vehicles for the first line of buyers.
Additionally, the state goods and service tax paid by such individuals will also be reimbursed, in accordance with the battery capacity. Notably, these provisions were declared as a part of the state financial budget, in order to promote the sale of electric vehicles (two-wheelers and three-wheelers).
Check out the reimbursement benefits on 2 and 3 wheeler e-vehicles
While the terms of the draft were declared earlier, a long procedure has to be followed before the policy is implemented. As per the given information, ₹10,000 will be reimbursed for the purchase of a three-wheeler with a battery capacity of 3KWH, Rs 15,000 for 4KWH battery capacity and Rs 20,000 for a battery capacity of over 5KW.
Additionally, ₹10,000 will be returned for two-wheelers with a battery capacity of more than 5KWH and ₹9,000 will be given for the battery capacity of up to 5KWH. Besides, the amounts are ₹7,000 and ₹5,000 for vehicles with battery capacities till 4KWH and 2KWH respectively. It is noteworthy these slab rates for reimbursement will be applicable on vehicles bought between April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 and registered till March 2022.
The district transport authorities have asked that the concerned officials must ensure that the SGST reimbursement amounts are deposited within 7 days of purchase.
- With inputs from IANS
Authorities informed that some homes in low-lying regions have submerged underwater and a strict vigil is being maintained now.
After the early arrival of monsoons, heavy rains were witnessed across different parts of Goa in the past few days. Driven by heavy showers, certain parts of both North and South Goa are faced with flood-like circumstances. Reportedly, this includes Sattari and Bicholim areas in the north district Dharbandora in the south district. As per reports, authorities informed that some homes in low-lying regions have submerged underwater and a strict vigil is being maintained now.
Overflowing Mahadayi river creates problems for the Sattari Tehsil
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Reportedly, the water levels in the Mahadayi river have been elevated for a long time and it contributed significantly to the deteriorating situation in Sattari Tehsil. Further, reports state that almost 50% of a village close to Sattari's Valpoi town are completely immersed underwater. As per reports, no casualties in terms of human life have been reported currently.
The MLA from the Valpoi seat tweeted, "Due to continuous and heavy rainfall, Mhadei (Mahadayi) has been overflowing. Water has entered different parts of Valpoi. Necessary directions have been issued to the collectors to have the Disaster Management team stationed at Sattari & Usgao." In order to ensure the safety and security of the residents, the officials have been asked to assure the deployment of Disaster Management teams and rescue groups to mitigate the possibilities of an impending crisis.
Valvanti & Sakhali rivers contribute to flood-like circumstances
Reportedly, the disturbances in Bocholim Tehsil have been caused by excessive waters of the Valvanti and Sakhali rivers, which have surpassed the danger level. Notably, Harvalem village in Bicholim and Mollem village in Dharbondora have been severely affected by the downpour, leading to a flood-like situation.
Given the prevailing circumstances over the Bay of Bengal, it is expected more rainfall will be observed in Goa in the upcoming days. In view of this, the authorities from the state fisheries department have asked fishermen to stay away from the shores as uncertainties escalate in the state.
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Amid the lowering scale of COVID infection in Rajasthan, the state Education Minister on Thursday announced the reopening of schools from 2nd August, across all districts. These institutes have been shut ever since the outbreak of the second COVID wave, in April this year. Schools also had to halt operations after the first wave took over, in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the students and staff members.
Although schools have been conducting classes online in order to keep the curriculum going, it is difficult to match up to the exposure imparted in regular on-campus classes. Concerned about the same, the authorities have now decided upon resuming classes
Home Department to soon release detailed SOPs for COVID control
The State Education Minister relayed the directives regarding the opening of schools via his Twitter handle, soon after a review cabinet meeting held here. The decision has been finalized in view of the bettering scope of the pandemic in Rajasthan. Both, the infection spread and the case positivity ratio have dipped here significantly since the second-wave peak, creating a conducive environment for students to return to schools.
It needs to be pointed here that students from rural and remote regions in Rajasthan could not access the online structure of education, due to a lack of resources and infrastructure. Thus, it was becoming increasingly necessary to reopen schools to ensure that their academic year is not wasted. An additional expert view, which highlighted that children face no threat from the virus strengthened the backing of the order.
Detailed notification with SOPs for COVID control in schools will soon be released by the Home Department, officials stated. They also mentioned that the decision to reopen coaching institutes and universities would be finalised later.
Notably, special testing camps are already operational at the airport, railway station and bus stops in Lucknow.
In view of the new COVID mutants surfacing in the country, the Uttar Pradesh government is initiating focused sampling schedules in Lucknow from today onwards. As a part of this exercise, the targeted sampling drives will be conducted in areas that logged a large count of infections during the first and second waves of accelerated infections. Aimed at arresting the third COVID wave in the state capital, this program will be implemented via an extensive plan of action.
Lucknow divided into 24 sectors for the latest sampling drive
According to the new Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Lucknow, Manoj Agrawal, the entire expanse of the city has been fractionated into 24 sectors for this initiative. As per the available information, 70 Rapid Response teams will be deployed in each sector and they will make sure that samples of all suspected cases are quickly collected.
If any individual tests positive for the presence of the COVID virus, his/her sample would be analysed through genome sequencing to determine the type of the strain. It has been stated that the testing program shall cover local residents and visitors from other states too.
A step towards preventing unchecked chain of infections
It is important to note that special testing camps are already operational at the airport, railway station and bus stops. This helps in the quick identification of infected individuals upon their entry into the city. As per records, 2,38,537 cases have been recorded in Lucknow till now and a large chunk of these infections were witnessed during the second wave.
Further, regional distribution records indicate that around 41% of these cases were reported from Aliganj, Chinhat, Alambagh, N K Road, Sarojini Nagar Chowk, Kaiserbagh, Aishbagh and other Old City areas. Now, the sampling drive is being executed with an objective to prevent an accentuated spread of the virus through unchecked transmission. Besides, the identification of new variants shall further help in making a better assessment of the current situation.
Lucknow COVID update
On Thursday, 3 new infections and 7 recoveries were recorded in Lucknow while the count of fatalities remained at zero. Notably, not a single COVID-related death has been logged in Lucknow in the past few weeks and the city has a fairly controlled count of active cases with 82 infected patients currently.
- With inputs from IANS
About 64.6% of Goa's local population has received the first shot of COVID vaccination.
With the vaccination of another 1 lakh beneficiaries, Goa will be able to achieve its target 100% COVID vaccination coverage for its eligible population. As per reports, the state has been planning to restart tourism activities after this feat is met. The deadline for the same had been announced as July 31. The CM has appealed to the public to come forward and get the anti-virus jab to accelerate the process.
Prioritising vaccination of school teachers
The state of Goa has led an outstanding vaccination programme and now has only 1 lakh people left, who need to get the COVID jab for 100% coverage of the first dose. As per official records, around 64.6% of the eligible local population has received the first shot of the vaccine. Of this, 14.8% are completely immunised. Around 12,21,997 doses have been administered in Goa since the launch of the national inoculation drive on January 16, this year.
The administration is now shifting focus to also accelerate the process of administering second doses to all. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, the Chief Minister reportedly stated that the state has written to the Centre to grant a shorter gap between two doses of vaccine for the teachers. This has been proposed to create a conducive environment to reopen schools for on-premises physical classes, once a decision regarding this is taken.
"We have requested the central government to allow faster vaccination of teachers. If the request is granted, we will facilitate (vaccination) within 30 days. Teachers will be fully vaccinated and safe for teaching purposes. If we eventually decide to re-open schools, it will be in a safe environment," the CM added said. He, however, added that a formal decision to re-open schools has not been taken yet.
The city has been hit hard by the rains, resulting in waterlogging & traffic issues across the city.
The Indian Meteorological Department has issued an 'orange alert' in the city, which indicates that heavy to very heavy rains are expected in sparsely populated regions in Mumbai today. Further, reports state that the central weather forecaster has announced a yellow alert for Mumbai for Saturday and Sunday, with possibilities of heavy showers at isolated locations. Reportedly, the city has been hit hard by the continued effect of the monsoons, with issues of waterlogging and traffic snarls cropping up throughout the city.
More than 1,000mm of rainfall recorded in Mumbai till now
As per reports, IMD's recording station in Santa Cruz registered more than 50mm of rainfall in a span of eight hours ending at 5:30 PM on Wednesday. On the other hand, around 1mm of rainfall was logged in the same stretch of time on Thursday, marking a considerable reduction from the previous day. Upon aggregation, more than 1,000mm of rainfall has been marked in this month alone and this is the fourth year when the city has breached the said statistic.
Reportedly, over 2,000mm of rainfall has been recorded in Mumbai since June, which is about 90% of the net monsoon target. As a direct consequence of rains in Mumbai and Konkan regions of Maharashtra, waterlogging on railway tracks led to a halt in Central Railway Services. Further, the Mumbai local services were disrupted during the early hours on Thursday and the facilities restarted operations in the latter half of the day, once the stability was restored.
Multiple lakes overflow in Mumbai due to excessive water accumulation
As per reports, Modak Sagar and Tansa lakes overflowed recently while Tulsi lake and Vihar lake witnessed similar circumstances due to excessive water accumulation in the past. Reportedly, the excessive rains led to the floods and the waters penetrated to shops, houses and other complexes. Additionally, the recent rains have also led to traffic jams and disruptions on the Mumbai-Goa highway and Mumbai-Nashik highway.
The first installment of the OTT release, Khuda Hafiz, was set in Lucknow as well.
Lucknow has been a superhit location for various Bollywood projects and it is soon to be featured yet again, in actor Vidyut Jammwal's next, 'Khuda Haafiz Chapter II: Agni Pariksha'. A sequel project, the film is currently being shot in Mumbai and will reach Lucknow soon for the second scheduled production. The first instalment of the OTT release was also partly shot in Lucknow.
Upcoming film shoot in Lucknow
The first part of 'Khuda Hafiz' narrates a larger-than-life plot of two simple characters, essayed by Jammwal and Shivaleeka Oberoi, that picks pace from Lucknow. A true representation of the city's hybrid culture and homogenous love, the new production will depict the intense love story of the same characters in the antecedent, which will notch up the screenplay of the drama-action film.
Talking about the sequel, Vidyut says, "The sequel is always special as it is a happy validation of what you've done in the past. This story resonates with me because every movie has made me wonder what happens after a happy ending. 'Khuda Haafiz Chapter II Agni Pariksha' chronicles a couple's journey amid the challenges of societal pressure after they've traversed over a huge turmoil."
Director-writer, Faruk Kabir says, "When I conceived the story of 'Khuda Haafiz Chapter II Agni Pariksha', I knew I had to be brave in writing it, and hopefully you will feel the heartfelt essence the characters go through. I hope we give the audience a film with a large canvas and an even bigger heart. My producers, Vidyut, Shivaleeka and all of us coming together for Chapter II even before a year of Chapter I releasing is truly a blessing and we will work harder than before to make it better."
Abhishek Pathak, Producer at Panorama Studios added, "We are deriving positivity from the phenomenal response we got for Khuda Haafiz as we begin the shooting for Chapter II. We hope to see that kind of love again. We have an engaging and thrilling story for our audiences coupled with a blend of intense drama and top-notch action."
The Lucknow landscape has emerged to be Bollywood's favourite child in recent times. Several productions have hit the floor here, be it big banner films or web series, or otherwise. This is categorically backed by Uttar Pradesh entertainment policy, which awards multiple rebates to films that are shot here. As per reports, Jimmy Shergill's next, Chuna will also feature Lucknow majorly.