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Lockdown extended till May 17 in Jaipur & other Raj districts as state declares 'Red Alert'!

'Pandemic Red Alert– Jan Anushashan Pakhwara' extends in Jaipur and other Rajasthan districts for 2 weeks amid COVID rise

In view of the fierce COVID surge in Jaipur and other districts of Rajasthan, the state government has sounded for an extension of lockdown-like curbs with a stricter 'Pandemic Red Alert–Jan Anushashan Pakhwara' for the next two weeks. Jaipur, Jodhpur and other districts across the desert state will now observe restrictions until 5 PM on May 17, to break the chain of the coronavirus infections effectively. All workplaces, commercial establishments and markets will remain closed during this period, read reports.

Jaipur & other Raj districts under stringent lockdown

The second wave of coronavirus has poked the case positivity ratio to over 21% in Rajasthan, intensifying the pandemic horrors. This further adds a heavy load on the already overwhelmed medical infrastructure each day. Reportedly, about 95% of ICU beds and high dependency beds such as oxygen beds or ventilators, are occupied in the state, This has additionally compelled the government to take strict actions with urgency to control the exponential growth of the fatal infection.

Consequently, the state has issued the following guidelines to contain public movement, in a bid to tackle the virus spread:

  • The Epidemic 'Red Alert - Public Discipline Curfew' has been enforced across the state from 12 noon to 5 AM every day from Monday to Friday
  • If a person is found to be roaming unnecessarily during the curfew, they will be institutionalized until their COVID-RTPCR report is negative
  • All types of food items, groceries, cattle feed and so on, will be available. Additionally, wholesale and retail shops selling such products, will be open from 6 AM to 11 AM from Monday to Friday. On the other hand, mandis, fruits and vegetable markets and flower garland shops will open daily from 6 AM to 11 AM.
  • Shops and selling places of agricultural exchange vendors will also be allowed to open on Monday and Thursday from 6 AM to 11 AM
  • Sale of vegetables and fruits through carts, bicycles, rickshaws, auto-rickshaws and mobile vans will be allowed in the range of 6 AM to 5 PM, daily

  • Dairy and milk shops will be allowed to open daily from 6 AM to 11 AM and from 5 AM to 7 PM
  • Ration shops will remain open without any holiday.
  • Shops related to pharmaceuticals, medicines and medical devices will also remain open
  • Optical related shops will be open from 6 AM to 11 AM on Tuesday and Friday
  • Processed food, sweets, bakery and restaurants, etc. shops cannot be opened
  • Only 31 people will be allowed to attend a wedding, instead of the earlier 50. The wedding ceremony can be held as a single programme for a maximum of 3 hours
  • The SDM has to be notified about the wedding in advance. Conducting any function without prior notice will attract a fine of 1 lakh rupees
  • All industries and construction-related units will be allowed to work. Shops related to construction materials have been permitted to remain open

Meanwhile, a strict mass curfew will be observed from Friday to Monday. This will extend from 12 noon on 7 May to 5 PM on 10 May and likewise from May 14 to May 17.

On Sunday, around 18,298 new cases were reported in Rajasthan where the highest, 4456 infections, were logged in at Jaipur. About 11,262 recoveries and 159 deaths were recorded in the state in the last 24 hours. In Jaipur, recoveries reached the 1490 mark on Sunday while the death toll surged by 34 fatalities.

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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41 districts in Uttar Pradesh declared COVID free

Reportedly, none of the 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh have recorded daily COVID cases in double-digits, lately

UP seems to be on a path to recovery, with 41 districts reported as COVID-free. Reportedly, none of the 75 districts in the state have recorded daily COVID cases in double-digits lately, suggesting a downward trajectory of this viral disease in the state. Owing to proactive initiatives like the aggressive 'Trace, Test & Treat', the state's positivity rate has dropped down to 0% in the last week, as per the official data.

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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

NITI Aayog has issued a 'Sustainable Urban Plastic Waste Management' to amplify city-level garbage management.

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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