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With a noticeable sharp decline in the rate of coronavirus infection in Rajasthan, the Chief Minister, on Monday, issued orders to lift the night curfew clamping state capital Jaipur and 12 other districts. Meanwhile, the cost of RT-PCR covid tests has also been reduced to ₹500, from the earlier ₹800 as cases are now emerging at a staggering rate in the state. Other relaxations have also been offered to districts in a graded, phased manner, however, the CM has stressed that it would be necessary to abide by the other health protocols to further curb the infection.

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Jaipur's Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute has devised a technology to manufacture low-cost distemper and emulsion from cow-dung. The idea of the project was conceived in March 2020 after which the institute worked on its implementation and has now grown to have an operational production capacity of 1500 litres of the paints in a day.

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Fascinated by the marvellous architecture and culture of the historic city, tourists in Jaipur often lose out on exploring the mystifying deserts around it. To their rescue, comes Jaipur`s first-ever desert park, an innovative venture by the city development authority. Instituted in August 2016, Kishan Bagh may open its doors to visitors anytime soon as the works by the JDA and the forest department are nearing completion.

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Since Rajasthan has been a preferred destination for a bunch of filmmakers from both the Bollywood and Hollywood industry, the government is now shifting its focus to a digital model, to provide for a glitch-free experience for those who are into making films. With an aim to facilitate 'ease of doing business', the government has introduced revised film shooting permits and a digital application service, which would help to rediscover Rajasthan's heritage, culture and locales. This facility has also been extended to travel companies and safari operators.

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In a bid to assist the state's industries in becoming competitive, the Rajasthan government has committed itself to facilitate 'ease of doing business'. The state government has initiated a single-window system in which officials from 14 departments are providing permissions in 100 different areas related to industries. MSMEs can seek for related permissions through this online portal without having to physically visit different offices.

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With the release of a circular dated 15th January, the state's home department has extended the existing night curfews in Jaipur and the other 12 districts of Rajasthan till further notice. While the provisions of the last order regarding caution and containment are being continued, the state government's recent decision to open schools, higher education institutes, coaching centres and medical colleges will remain to be in place.

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Back in December, Jaipur's first electric train had successfully completed its journey to Prayagraj, after being flagged off from the Jaipur Junction railway station and officially, this e-train had marked the initiation of operations on the city's electric track. Now, electric trains are slated to run from the Pink City to Udaipur and Rishikesh from January 16 and the authorities of North Western Railway zone are gearing up for it.

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As a step towards revamping the state capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur Development Authority is working towards a beautification project with an aim to increase the city's green cover. According to reports, the stated proposal would cost an amount of over 4.3 crores. The objectives of the project are focused towards better maintenance of parks and adorning the medians of major streets and roads.

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Ahead of a mass inoculation drive kicking off on the 16th of January in the country, Rajasthan has identified 282 locations for the COVID-19 vaccination process, as per reports. While the capital of the state will house 13 such centres, 12 sites each in Ajmer, Bharatpur, Kota, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Alwar, Pali and Bhilwara have been pinned. Further, 7 sites each in the remaining districts have been pinpointed for the programme.

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Another new case of the mutant COVID-19 strain was reported in Jaipur on Thursday, taking the total tally in Rajasthan to 4 now. Earlier, this week, a family of three tested positive for the virus in Rajasthan's Sringarnagar. The new mutant strain of the virus was discovered in the UK last year and after several attempts to prevent the virus from entering the country, cases of the same have started surfacing in several states here. Currently, there are 90 cases of the new Covid-19 strain in India.

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Earlier in January, the health department officials of Rajasthan conducted a trial of the COVID-19 vaccine at 19 centres in 7 districts of the state, as per the Centre's immunization protocol. Again on Friday, the second mock drill of the vaccination was successfully conducted at 102 vaccination centres in all the districts of Rajasthan and it included 2,550 health workers. In the first round of the dry run, 424 corona warriors were roped in at 18 centres, across 7 districts of the state on January 2.

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