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Indore's new high-tech 6,200-bed COVID facility touted to be the second-largest in India!

This jumbo facility will also have an in-house laboratory for conducting RT-PCR tests.

Indore has now established a high-tech COVID care centre, in wake of the soaring rise of infections in the city and the state, at large. Pegged to be the second-largest treatment facility in the country, this centre currently houses 600 beds that can be raised over ten times, to 6,200, if needed. This makeshift amenity expands over 45 acres of land at the Radha Swami Satsang Bhawan and will cater to asymptomatic patients, on the recommendation of the Rapid Response Team.

In-house laboratory for conducting RT-PCR tests

This COVID facility in Indore has been established for the benefit of patients that don't have respiratory issues and are in need of isolation under medical care. At the same time, certain HDU beds are available here to stabilise patients' oxygen levels, in case of emergencies. If there are further complications or development of symptoms, the patient will be referred to the nearest dedicated COVID hospitals where a proper bed would be provided to them.

This jumbo facility will also have an in-house laboratory for conducting RT-PCR tests. Other modern facilities such as 2 house oxygen plants are also available here. This equipment costs over ₹2 crores and has been installed via crowdfunding, the Indore Collector informed. Both plants can generate 850 litres of oxygen per minute.

Dedicated medical station for a group of 36 patients

Reportedly, this facility will be compartmentalized into 4 sections and each will be looked after by four hospitals, namely Appollo, Choithram, Bombay and Medanta. A medical and nursing station will be provided for a bunch of 36 patients. A physician, nurse and volunteer will be available at each such desk.

Patients will be allotted cardboard beds that can be easily disposed of after the patient is discharged. This will prevent contact and diminish the chances of spread. A giant LED screen will also be installed here as a recreational means for isolated patients. A temporary police post has also been set up there. A team of officials have been designated to take care of the centre which will soon be operational. Once complete, it will be the second-largest facility in the country.

Fabiflu production begins in full swing

The rising swell of the second wave of COVID-19 has significantly dampened the healthcare and medical infrastructure, creating a shortage of several resources, including treatment faculties such as medical grade oxygen, Remdesivir injections and ventilators. However, circumventing this persistent pandemic scourge, a Glenmark pharma company in Madhya Pradesh's Pithampur has started the production of Fabiflu, an essential and effective tablet for the virus treatment. This promises a better scenario in Indore, Bhopal and other districts in a day or two, once the stocks are replenished. Other medicinal companies too have started the production and the medicine will be available in sufficient stocks across MP, read reports.

Doctors prescribing Fabiflu medicines to all patients fighting the COVID-19 scare and as result, the demand has risen sharply for the 400 mg and 800 mg variant of these tablets, along with other medicines. Consequently, a shortage of supply here too had added to the people's trouble due to stringent availability for the last 10 to 12 days but it will be soon eased with domestic production in Madhya Pradesh. Earlier the medicines were being imported from Sikkim where cancellations and other issues delayed the supply at the emergency hour.

What created the medicine shortage?

This targetted supply may also tackle the several ill-practices that are surrounding the availability of Fabiflu.In Indore itself, there are about 45 stockists of Fabiflu and who have informed that while there was no shortage earlier and people hoarded the medicines, resulting in the scarceness now.

Several traders have been accused of allegedly hoarding the medicines to eventually sell in black for higher profits. However, the 3-month short expiry term of the medicine has ruled out these arguments. At the same time, people are also charging way over the market price for the delivery of these tablets, creating hurdles for the already struggling patients and their families. Lack of efforts by the administration to regulate its supplies also added to its overall shortage, the reports added.

Tom Junod once said, "You don't have to love cooking to cook, but you have to do more than love baking to bake. You have to bake out of love." And these home bakers of Kanpur are doing exactly the same! If you believe life is too short to say no to calories and cake, read on about these dynamic bakers who are baking deliciousness out of love.

A dessert lover would understand the importance of quality baked goods and if you are one of them, we have compiled a list of some of the best home entrepreneurs in Kanpur:

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Fighting against hunger, THESE 5 NGOs are a silver lining for the needy in Lucknow!

This World Food Day, get to know about these 5 NGOs fighting against hunger in Lucknow

There is an abundance of food-delivery apps in the market today that have managed to reduce the gap between your homes and restaurants. However, there is no such modern solution to bridge the long-prevailing gap between a one-time meal and the underprivileged. No matter how developed any city in India is today, the issue of hunger is a prominent one everywhere, and Lucknow is no exception.

But keeping intact our faith in humanity, are certain groups and individuals who're working round the clock to ensure that each day, the number of people going to sleep hungry, reduces significantly. This World Food Day, get to know about 5 NGOs working towards this cause and provide them with your support however you can. A little help goes a long way!

Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organisation spread across India that operates a school lunch programme (Mid-Day meal). Established in the year 2000, the aim of this organisation is to counter classroom hunger and aid in the education of children. Reportedly, it feeds more than 18 lakh children every day, across the country. With its presence in several cities including Lucknow, the Akshaya Patra Foundation also worked to distribute food among the migrant workers during the COVID crisis last year. Donate to this noble cause by clicking on the website link attached below.

Contact: 097924 48359

Website: The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Robin Hood Army

The Robin Hood Army is a volunteer-based organisation that was established in 2014 by Neel Ghose and Arushi Batra. This establishment works to get surplus food from restaurants and the community, to serve less fortunate people. The idea behind the conception of this NGO is to create self-sustained chapters across the world, that will look after its local community. Like all the other chapters, Lucknow Chapter of this volunteer-based organisation conducts various drives across the city. If you wish to become a part of this group log on to their official website now!

Contact: Send a mail on

Website: The Robin Hood Army

Roti Bank

Roti Bank is a citizen led organisation who's primary aim is to provide food to the needy. To attain this goal, Roti Bank has a team spread across the country including a bunch in Lucknow that is purely dedicated to the cause. Roti bank collects left-over and excess food from homes and events and distributes it among the needy. One can donate in cash or kind or even volunteer to become a part of this thoughtful initiative. Click on the website link to know more about this organisation.

Contact: 7905881802

Website: Roti bank Lucknow

Vijay Sri Foundation

Vijay Sri Foundation is a non-government organization, that was launched in the year 2009 in Lucknow. The main objective of this organisation was the distribution of food to the needy poor in hospitals. Initially, home-cooked food packets were distributed among attendants of poor patients admitted in various wards of Lucknow's King George Medical College. Gradually, the operations grew to other hospitals in the city as well. Currently, around 900 patients are served food everyday, under its "Prasadam Sewa" campaign. To join their team or contribute monetarily, log on to their official website.

Contact: 099358 88887

Website: Prasadam Sewa

Feeding India

Found in the year 2014, Feeding India was formed to solve the complex challenges of food wastage, malnutrition and hunger in India. As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Zomato acquired this organisation in 2019 to deal with these issues. With its presence in Lucknow, Feeding India by Zomato designs interventions to decrease hunger among the communities that are underserved. If you wish to donate or know more about this organisation check out their official website.

Contact: Write to them here

Website: Feeding India

Knock Knock

Even though these organisations are working hard to improve the situation, it is upon all of us to make sure that we don't waste food and do whatever we can to help and feed the poor. To fight and beat the global problem of hunger, a collective effort is a must!

Students below the age of 18 allowed to travel in Mumbai local trains

Reportedly, all services accessible for fully-vaccinated citizens are now allowed to those under 18 & to those who can't take the jab due to medical reasons.

Ushering in relief for students, the Government of Maharashtra has decided to let students under the age of 18 avail of various services in the state. As per the order issued on Thursday, students that are not eligible for vaccination will now be allowed to travel on the local trains. Apart from this, access to other facilities like entry into malls, multiplexes, temples (in certain districts), auditoriums, restaurants and wedding halls have also been granted to those who cannot take the COVID-19 vaccine yet.

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Industries in UP to use Japanese Miyawaki method of afforestation to offset carbon emissions

Reportedly, strict action will be taken against those who fail to comply with this order.

In a bid to reduce the carbon footprint in the state and counterbalance the industrial carbon emissions, the government of Uttar Pradesh has directed all the industries present across the state, to adopt the Japanese Miyawaki afforestation technique. As per the order issued on Wednesday, strict action will be taken against those who fail to comply with the order including revoking of industry's license to operate.

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​Launch of the Mumbai flight from new Sindhudurg Airport paves way for rapid development!

Now, the beaches of Ganapatipule are just 85 minutes from Mumbai.

The launch of the Sindhudurg Airport and a flight service from Mumbai, is a milestone development that has brought the two cities closer to each other. Launched as the maiden service under the RCS-UDAN scheme, the flight will be operated by Alliance Air company, read reports. The 72-seater flight covers the 530-KM distance between the two cities in just 85 minutes.

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NITI Aayog hails Indore as the benchmark model for plastic waste management in India

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Known as the cleanest city in India, Indore has now been hailed as the benchmark model for plastic waste management in the country by the NITI Aayog. As per reports, the city's innovative garbage management concept not only reduces plastic waste but also recycles it for construction projects, promoting the ideas of sustainable development among 2 million people. The module also favours the set up of economical ways to tackle waste management and to ensure an independent system to run its activities.

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