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Jaipur's SMS Medical College now houses country's first state-level genome sequencing lab

The advanced genome sequence lab in Jaipur will help to identify the various strains of the novel coronavirus.

In a bid to increase the COVID vigil, the govt of Rajasthan has set up a genome sequencing facility at the Sawai Man Singh Medical College in Jaipur. Pegged to be the first of its kind across India, the laboratory has been developed at the cost of ₹1 crore of the state's fund to identify the various mutants of the novel coronavirus. At present, the Delta and Delta + variant of the COVID strain have raised alarms across 3 states in the nation and surveillance has been increased in Rajasthan for the same.

New lab to augment the genome sequencing process

Rajasthan's Sawai Man Singh Medical College has become the first institute across India to house a state-level genome sequencing lab. This state-level lab will take the load of the IGIB lab in Delhi, which was being used until now, by the authority of the ICMR, to sequence the samples sent by the state.

As per the Health Minister, Rajasthan was sending 300 samples to IGIB but was not receiving the test reports on time. The new facility will, therefore, catalyse the overall process by saving the time spent on the transportation of samples and reports.

The state's genome sequencing facility has been running operations since June 15, read reports. At present, the machines and equipment here can manage to test 20 samples daily and plans are underway to raise this potential up to 80. The reports of the sequencing process and authenticates within 3-4 days from the date of sampling.

Delta+ variant not detected in Rajasthan, yet

The Health Minister informed that the SMS Medical College lab has successfully tested 100 samples as of now. While 90% of these have tested positive for the B1.1 - Delta variant, the prevalency of Delta plus mutation is yet not detected here. Senior officials of the health department also confirmed that not even a single case of Delta+ strain has been found in Rajasthan.

It may be noted that the Union Health Ministry has issued an alert regarding the new strain in Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh after it was traced in some districts here.

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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