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Goa restarts tourism activities; casinos, spas & nightclubs allowed to open at 50% capacity

Tourism activities will be open to only those who produce a negative COVID report or full vaccination certificate

Good news travellers, the state of Goa has revived its tourism activities and has opened its borders for movement once again. As per reports, all casinos, spas and nightclubs have been allowed to function at 50% capacity from today onwards. Only those who produce a negative COVID-19 test report or are fully vaccinated will be permitted to enjoy these provisions. The government is said to soon issue the Standard Operating Procedure ( SOPs) for the same.


Goa to attract travellers with its almost-complete vaccination of both doses

As per the recommendations of the Goa Task Force, the government has reopened all tourism activities in the coastal state from September 20. The move is said to boost the tourism sector here, reviving the economy of the state in specific and the nation at large. All activities will be only available to those who show a negative COVID test report or full vaccination certificate.

It may be noted that the entire eligible local population here has at least received the first shot of the COVID vaccination. The state now aims to achieve 100% coverage of full vaccination by October 31. This will foster a pandemic-safe environment here, attracting tourists and travellers from India and abroad.

The Chief Minister has urged people to be as attentive towards precautionary measures as the state was for vaccination. Though the number of infections has dipped significantly here, the coronavirus threat persists. People must focus to maintain prime safety and hygiene standards to attract a greater tourist influx.

Decision regarding reopening of primary schools to be taken post-Diwali

The Task Force is said to meet again to ascertain the pandemic situation in Goa with respect to the reopening of offline classes for students of classes 8 to 12. Physical classes are likely to resume from October, informed an official of the government's expert committee for COVID management.

The final call will be taken only after monitoring the situation. Meanwhile, the decision regarding the reopening of primary schools will be taken post-Diwali, he added.

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

The newly launched electric buses in the city will ply on a new route, connecting Lucknow to the rural areas around, starting October 25. This will be the first time that such a service will be deployed in these areas, wherein commuters will be able to travel to and from the city, in the comfort of new state-of-the-art e-buses. The trials for the same are currently underway.

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List of SOPs issued for colleges in Mumbai ahead of the scheduled reopening on Wednesday

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

Degree colleges in Mumbai are all set to resume offline classes from October 20. Ahead of the reopening, the University of Mumbai has issued new SOPs to ensure safety for all staffers and students. Amongst various other steps, the college authorities have been asked to take ensure social distancing, follow the mask norm, and maintain hygiene. Read on to check out other details:

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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.

Lucknow Municipal Corporation will deploy vehicles equipped with new anti-smog guns to combat the growing levels of air pollution in the city. The anti-smog guns will ensure proper visibility during the foggy season by improving the quality of air significantly and making it more breathable for the citizens here.

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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Jaipur's Mridul Agarwal creates history by scoring the highest-ever percentile in JEE Advanced!

Reportedly, more than 30 students from Jaipur have qualified the Joint Engineering Exam this year.

Jaipur's 18-year-old Mridul Agarwal, who appeared for the Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE) Advanced from the IIT Delhi zone, is the all-India topper this year. Bringing laurels to the Pink City, Mridul has created a history by getting 96%, the highest-ever percentile in the examination. Moreover, over 30 students from the city have qualified for this entrance examination this year.

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