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ASI to restore 400-year-old casket in Goa, containing the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier

This approximately 400-yo casket is a major tourist attraction in Goa.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will begin restoration work on the casket, containing the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier, one of the founders of the Jesuit order, at the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, as per the church officials. This approximately 400-yo casket is a major tourist attraction in Goa and it pulls in hordes of devotees and visitors from across the globe. The church will continue to remain open, while the restorative work goes on.

Early warnings issued by 3 specialists from Italy

ASI's Chemical Branch from Aurangabad, who are specialists in conservation, have plunged into the project under the mandate from ASI Dehradun. The restoration work has begun its work on the casket and the remains in it, have been stored in another silver case and placed at the high altar at the mausoleum.

Earlier in 2018, a team of 3 specialists were dispatched from "Opificio Delle Pietre Dure e Laboratori di Restauro di Firenze" (A restoration laboratory in Florence, Italy), who had analyzed the artefacts from May 27 to June 3, 2018, had warned the authorities that the casket might fall apart, if not tended to as a top priority.

As per reports, the church authorities had previously insisted that the restoration work should be done by experts from Italy, who had offered to do so at no cost. But the ASI had declined the request, saying that they would do it themselves with the help of in-house professionals.

Basilica of Bom Jesus: UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a Roman Catholic Church, tagged to be the oldest church of Goa and is also recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The church completed its construction in the year 1604 and stands as an epitome of the Portuguese colonial architecture and Baroque architecture. Reportedly, this is the only church in Old Goa that has not been plastered on the outside. This religious establishment is seated in Bainguinim, Goa, about 10-km away from Panjim and is widely popular amidst domestic and foreign tourists.

As per new orders by Kanpur Municipal Corporation, citizens will now have to inform the authorities before bringing home a pet. Those failing to do so will have to pay a hefty fine of ₹1200, irrespective of breed and size. The Municipal Corporation is also planning to bring pet clinics under the purview of the license.

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Newly launched e-buses to connect Lucknow to nearby rural areas from October 25

The fares for the e-buses will range from ₹5 for 3 km to ₹37 for more than 25 km

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Check out the details of the guidelines issued by the University of Mumbai for its affiliated colleges here

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LMC to fight air pollution in Lucknow with new anti-smog guns!

Notably, Lucknow Municipal Corporation had purchased 3 anti-smog guns last year as well.

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Notably, as per the World Air Quality Report 2020, Lucknow was ranked as the ninth most polluted city in the world. It has been reported that the level of pollution rises significantly during the winters due to the drop in temperature paired with high moisture content apart from other common factors. This deadly combination leads to the trapping of particulate matter in the atmosphere, thereby deteriorating the air quality.

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Sale & use of green firecrackers allowed in Jaipur & other Raj districts

The cracker ban is lifted in all districts, except the ones that fall in the NCR area.

In a bid to promote an ecological festive season, the Rajasthan government has permitted the sale and use of only green firecrackers, in all regions execpt those falling under NCR. Additionaly, the ban will remain in force in cities with poor air quality.

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Zero COVID fatalities reported in Mumbai on Sunday, for the first time in 20 months!

The latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

After a difficult year marred by the pandemic, there is finally some good news for the people of Mumbai. For the first time since the onset of COVID on March 26, 2020, the metropolitan city has reported zero fatalities. While the city is already on the path to recovery with a decline in cases each day, the latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

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New flights to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi & Hyderabad from October 31

These flights are part of the winter schedule approved by the DGCA

As per the new winter flight schedule approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, 25 new flight services will be started to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. The daily flight movement between Indore and Delhi is set to increase with the induction of 16 new flights on this route. 10 new flights on both Indore-Ahmedabad and Indore-Mumbai routes along with at least 8 other services between Indore- Hyderabad, will also be functional from October 31.

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