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Indian Coast Guard to receive 2 advanced pollution control vessels from Goa Shipyard

As per the stated schedule, two vessels will be delivered by November 2024 and May 2025, respectively.

The Defence Ministry entered into an agreement with Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) for setting up two Pollution Control Vessels, on Tuesday. Expected to be built at a cost of ₹583 crores, the vessels will be deployed for usage by the Indian Coast Guard. The new vehicles are being designed to keep the pollution levels in check and both will cater to the needs being observed in Eastern and the ecologically sensitive Andaman and Nicobar regions.

A move to augment ICG's capabilities to deal with oil spill disasters

It has been informed that these special purpose vehicles have been natively designed and produced by GSL. Expounding upon this, the Defence Ministry stated, "The acquisition is under 'Buy Indian - Indigenously Designed Developed & Manufactured (Buy Indian-IDDM)', the highest priority category for defence capital procurements."

Besides strengthening the Pollution Response (PR) infrastructure and functioning, the new development will also increase the potential of the Indian Coast Guard. With the deployment of the two vessels, ICG would be better equipped to deal with oil spill disasters. As per the stated schedule, two vessels will be delivered by November 2024 and May 2025, respectively.

Currently, ICG possesses three pollution mitigation ships that help the operations at Mumbai, Visakhapatnam and Porbandar. They assist in pollution tracking, oil spill checks, response operations in the Indian exclusive economic zone and the neighbouring islands.

Amongst the highlights, the vessels shall have the facility of operating helicopter onboard. Additionally, there will also have umpteen state-of-the-art attributes with the latest PR equipment of niche technology for stopping, recovering and dispersing the marine oil spills.

Resonating with the idea of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan'

It is noteworthy that this project lies under the 'Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan' (self-reliant India) campaign with the domestic production of modern technology. While this would definitely usher in a large number of employment opportunities, the ministry also informed that 200 sectors of MSME involved in the process will also be benefitted.

- With inputs from IANS

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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Put an end to your quest for steal deals & hangout places in Lucknow with KnockOFF!

Eat to your heart's content and save big each time, with unbelievable deals on KnockOFF

You must have heard stories and read poems about how people cross a thousand oceans and climb mountains to find love. But you don't have to go to any great lengths if the love of your life is food. All you've gotta do to reunite with your one true love, is go to your phone's App Store/Play Store and download the KnockOFF app. Easy right?

Eat to your heart's content and save big each time, with unbelievable deals on KnockOFF. So, if you are on the lookout for some steal deals today, at the most happening places in Lucknow, scroll away and take your pick:

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