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Rajasthan colleges & varsities may slate final year exams by July end; 3 test formats in review

Final year students must get at least the first dose of vaccine before appearing for the offline exams.

Amid the bettering scope of the coronavirus situation and the consequent unlock, Rajasthan government officials discussed the feasibility of conducting university examinations by July end. In a meeting of the Chief Minister with the Higher Education Minister on Tuesday, top officials reviewed the reports of the exam committee regarding exams of the batch of 2021. As per reports, the state is ready to hold examinations, however, it is considering 3 options to do so.

Final decision regarding examinations is expected in 2 days

The state of Rajasthan has lined up offline exams as its first priority. According to the reports prepared by the committee of the VC of Law University, there are around 6.5 lakh final year students who will appear for the examinations. Arrangements must be made to inoculate these candidates with at least the first jab of the COVID vaccine before the exams, the officials at the meeting underlined.

The government is expected to issue guidelines in this regard soon. It may be noted that the committee submitted its reports and recommendation to the administration around 10 days ago, however, the final decision is yet to be ordained. This draft draws the possibility of three options for the government:

  • Offline mode exams: Candidates will need to take a written paper at the college or an examination centre
  • Open Book exams: Candidates will follow the open book format of examinations. Other states like MP and Chhattisgarh are also complying with this.
  • Online exams: Many areas still lack the digital infrastructure to enforce this

The state's verdict will affect the lives of around 20 lakh university and college students across Rajasthan, including 6.5 final year students, 5.46 UG and PG students and others in private and technical institutes.

As per the Higher Education minister, another meeting will be conducted in this direction in two days. Here, the officials will also discuss the report of the committee and the UGC's favoured method. For this, the state has written to the Grants Commission on Tuesday to attain new guidelines, regarding the conduction of assessments, the Higher and Technical Education Minister informed.

Sea Tourism is all set to sail in Mumbai with a host of new projects in the pipeline

Mumbai to get the world's longest sea ropeway & an int'l cruise terminal, among other amenities soon!

In a bid to foster multimodal connectivity across the city, the Mumbai Port Trust has tabled a bunch of projects to ensure bolstered infrastructure growth here. Proposed under the banner of the Gati Shakti Scheme, these plans aim to link two key features of the agenda, i.e cargo and sea tourism and build new amenities for the same. Reportedly, the installation of an Internation Cruise Terminal, a waterfront, a ro-pax terminal and the world's longest sea ropeway, among other provisions, are included within its scope.
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Mumbai's iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus gets an all-new  'Restaurant on Wheels'

The fine-diner has been set up using a discarded rail coach.

Mounted on the rails leading to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in Mumbai, an all-new 'Restaurant on Wheels' is here to win hearts and bellies of passengers and locals alike. Launched by the Central Railway, the exquisite fine-diner is a revamped discarded rail coach that promises to offer a unique experience to its patrons. As per railway officials, the Restaurant on Wheels aims to become a popular landmark eatery in South Mumbai, with its one-of-a-kind 'rail themed' setting and ambiance.

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Vintage Machine's 'Inferno Episode 1' is going live in Lucknow this Friday!

Backed by the Rude Box Entertainment, this lit event is bringing you the coolest DJ line up

A buzzing Friday night is on the cards for you all partyholics in town as Inferno Episode 1 is going live at the Vintage Machine in Lucknow on October 22. Backed by the Rude Box Entertainment, this lit event is bringing you the coolest DJ line up and trust us, it's all you need to let down your hair and welcome the weekend! Get ready to groove and have fun, for a chance like this might not knock on your door any time soon again!

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Mumbai's Sion Flyover to remain shut on weekends till January 9, 2022 due to repair work

Check out the alternate routes chalked out by the Mumbai Traffic Police here.

The Mumbai Traffic Police on Friday announced that the Sion flyover will remain closed every weekend, for the next three months, due to the repair work undertaken by the Maharashtra State Roads Development Corporation (MSRDC). The vehicle shutdown here will be clocked from 10 PM on Saturday to 6 AM on Monday, till January 9, 2022. Several route diversions have been put in place by the city traffic police department to allow an unhindered automobile movement during the closure, added reports. Check all alternate track here:

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Amusement parks in Maharashtra to open for visitors from Oct 22nd

Here's a detailed report of all services that have been unlocked in the state so far

After allowing cinema halls and theatres to restart services, the govt has now permitted dry amusement parks in Maharashtra to reopen, Friday onwards. The administration on Monday decided to reopen all dry amusement parks in the state from October 22 after a detailed discussion with the state COVID Task Force and Children's Task Force. Additionally, shops and restaurants have also been granted longer working hours now. Read on to know more about the orders.

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As per new orders by Kanpur Municipal Corporation, citizens will now have to inform the authorities before bringing home a pet. Those failing to do so will have to pay a hefty fine of ₹1200, irrespective of breed and size. The Municipal Corporation is also planning to bring pet clinics under the purview of the license.

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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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