Follow COVID protocols or face action; a penalty of ₹200 on people not wearing a mask in Goa

Violation of COVID-19 norms in Goa will now lead to multiple fines.

On Wednesday, Goa's Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, stated that enforcement agencies have been instructed to fine individuals on multiple occasions on a single day for violation of COVID-19 related SOPs, to check the ongoing case rise. He also added that police have been directed to fine more than 500 persons(a day). Additionally, the penalty for not wearing a face mask in public places and crowded areas have been heightened to ₹200 now.


Lockdown is not a solution to solve the COVID crisis

The Chief Minister stated that "Lockdown will not lead to reduction in corona. The solution is vaccination, social distancing, wearing of masks and exercising precautions." Hence, these norms will be imposed here with strictness to arrest and diminish the rate of transmission, he added.

After a coronavirus review meeting with the state cabinet, the Goa CM repeatedly emphasized that lockdown is not a solution to control the COVID infection for it does not reduce the spread. Instead, it impacts the state economy. Negating to impose one, the CM said, "We do not want to disturb people. After the last lockdown, we had to start labour camps and the economy had dropped to zero. Revenue collection had dropped."

Vaccinating stakeholders of Goa's tourism economy

While speaking about the economy, the Chief Minister appealed to all eligible beneficiaries, i.e., people over the age of 45 years to get the COVID jab. He has also appealed to the Centre to permit vaccination of all employees of the tourism sector, irrespective of their age. So far, all people over the age of 45, healthcare and frontline workers have been permitted to get the COVID jab in Goa.

About 35% of Goa's population is supported by the tourism industry, which is the largest contributor to the state's overall economy. This is also the sector that is most vulnerable to COVID infection due to increased exposure and contact. As a result, the state of Goa is seeking the Centre's approval to immunise its stakeholders.

According to reported figures, a total of 25-lakh tourists have visited Goa since travel restrictions were eased after the COVID-19 induced nationwide lockdown. Before the onset of the pandemic, the state welcomed nearly eight million domestic and over nine hundred thousand foreign tourists, annually.

Explore the tranquil side of Lucknow as you walk along THESE 5 ghats of River Gomti!

Every ghat in Lucknow offers a different aspect for visitors to explore.

As per folklore, the story of Lucknow traces its origins to the times of Ramayan and expanding upon this rich cultural heritage, are the ghats of Gomti River, situated in Lucknow. Famous among locals for their architectural nuances and placid scenery, these ghats play myriad roles- ranging from cremation sites to backdrops for film shootings.

Hence, it is only appropriate that a list of these tranquil banks is created, for all those who feel like exploring the City of Nawabs in its entirety. So tag along with us as we catalogue 5 of the famous ghats of Lucknow, that you should know about and visit when the situation permits!

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Walk-in vaccination allowed in Goa for 18-44 age group from June 13

The state authorities as yet, are aiming to vaccinate approximately 250 citizens daily.

To foster rife immunisation against the COVID contagion in the state, the Goa government on Friday, undertook a resolution to launch Tika Utsav 3.0, from June 13 onwards. Additonally, holding the state's ultimate goal of achieving herd immunity in the near future, the authorities have now allowed walk-in registrations for the 18-44 age group. Further, the government is actively taking steps to ensure that the upcoming inoculation campaign covers 100% first dose inoculation for all citizens in the region.
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Ventilator beds to be set up at Lucknow's RMLIMS for infants amid fears of third wave

The hospital has deployed extensive efforts aiming to protect young lives, in every possible way.

Alarmed by the anticipation of the third pandemic wave and its expected effects on children, Lucknow's Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences had started multifaceted preparations. As per the latest developments, the healthcare centre will now be providing ventilator facilities for young infants weighing as little as 2.5 kgs. Usually, such resources are not available for newborns but the hospital has deployed extensive efforts aiming to protect lives, in every possible way.

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Know about Poee, the legend from Goa's 'breadtime' tales!

Here's a little history about this flour-dusted masterpiece and the places where you can find the best of it.

Amidst the natural bounties of Goa, are oodles of hyperlocal stories, secrets and facts, that are not too accessible by the travellers but to the locals of course. Several dishes, recipes, ingredients, constitute a significant part of these local tales. However, when people think of Goan cuisine, they seldom go beyond the grips of dishes that are a part of the mainstream coastal cuisine.

Visitors completely fail to recognize the importance of Goan varieties of bread in face of the state's inclination towards rice as a preferred side to their bowl of Xacuti or Sorpotel. Goan markets house several sorts of fresh bread but amidst all, Poee is the one which is well-regarded by all. Also spelt as Poi, here's a little history about this flour-dusted masterpiece and the places where you can find the best of it.

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Lucknow University staff to bear the educational expenses of pandemic-orphaned pupils!

The Vice Chancellor took the responsibility of one such student on Friday and appealed to other professors to take similar steps.

Initiating a new welfare program, it has been said that the Vice-Chancellor and other professors at Lucknow University will bear the educational expenses of students who have lost one or both parents to the pandemic. Under this scheme, the VC took the responsibility of one such student on Friday and requested other professors to take similar steps. As per reports, the Registrar, Chief Proctor and the Dean of the Students' Welfare Department will now bear expenses of one child each.

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Local train services halt across some major routes in Mumbai due to heavy downpours!

As per the Central Railway, the speed of trains have been reduced along certain lines, in view of the rains.

With the early arrival of the monsoons, heavy rains have enveloped the city of Mumbai, causing obstructions across a range of daily public activities. As per the latest developments, the continuous downpour has interrupted the run of local trains at some major spots in the city. Reportedly, the services were suspended between the Dadar-Kurla stretch due to elevated water levels and the operations were also stopped at Sion in view of the waterlogging.

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