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According to the latest circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India, the government of India has put its initial plan of reopening international commercial flights on hold. With the discovery of a new and more transmissible strain of COVID, the administration has stepped into action to prevent and eliminate the risk of transmission of this variant in the country. Notably, India was about to resume international passenger air services from December 15 after a gap of about twenty months, however this decision stands suspended in view of the current Omicron scare.

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Adding to the existing fleet of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation, the third three-coach metro train set arrived in Kanpur yesterday. Reportedly, with the successful completion of the trials undertaken by the Research Design & Standard Organisation (RDSO), Kanpur Metro is expected to start its commercial services by the end of this month. As per the officials, the fourth train set will arrive in the industrial city tomorrow.

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Counting over 16 crore COVID vaccinations as of Monday, Uttar Pradesh has stepped up to become the highest inoculating state in India. Noteworthily UP stands to be the most populous region in the country with the largest pool of eligible beneficiarie and about 76% of this segment has received at least a single corona dose. As per reports, about 33% of the total state population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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In a bid to provide timely aid to citizens during an emergency, the Lucknow police personnel will be trained to perform basic lifesaving techniques i.e., cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This initiative will help the police force to help residents of the city receive medical assistance during emergency situations. With the professional guidance and training by medical experts like the head of the cardiology department at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), the police force will be able to help citizens before they are taken to the hospital in emergency situations.

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The state of Uttar Pradesh has raised a COVID alert amid the rising concerns of a newly identified Botswana variant. As of now, no cases of this strain have been reported in the state in specific or the nation at large. However, this has moved the health authorities to amplify screening at all international bases, to prevent the infection invasion scenario.

In this direction, the UP Health Department has also increased testing of international travellers, especially for those coming from the affected regions of Botswana, South Africa and Hong Kong.

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''Omicron', a new COVID strain first traced in South Africa last week, is now becoming a cause of concern for the whole world. WHO on Friday alarmed the siren among countries after the classification of a new strain of COVID-19 in South Africa. The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health released a statement informing the same.

The recently designated variant of coronavirus B.1.1.529 is of concern and has more mutations than science knows about other alarming variants, read the statement. As per WHO, existing coronavirus vaccines may be less effective against the new COVID-19 variant. The FOPH also informed that this new strain is more transmissible than the previous globally dominant 'delta' variant. Spreading fast, the strain has plagued almost all provinces of South Africa and has also been traced in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel.

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To commemorate the birth anniversary of Sadhu Thanwardas Lilaram Vaswani on November 25, the government of Uttar Pradesh has marked this day as Meatless Day. Owing to the same, all the meat shops and slaughterhouses in Lucknow and other UP cities remained today and the same will be followed every year. Notably, this day is also known as International Meatless Day to promote and celebrate vegetarianism.

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Giving a major boost to environment-friendly means of public transportation, Kanpur welcomed a new fleet of 13 electronic buses on Sunday. Reportedly, this lot is the first consignment of the 100 city buses allotted to the district by the state. These zero-pollution buses will first undergo trial runs for a month and will begin operations starting the first week of December. Another 47 buses are likely to be delivered in the second week of December itself. The last lot of 40 e-buses is expected to arrive in Kanpur in January 2022.

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On Tuesday, Ingka Centre for IKEA Retail announced the launch of its maiden shopping complex in India. Reportedly, the Swedish giant had earlier planned to bring its first mall in Noida, however, the plan has now been changed to push the opening of a €400 million centre in Gurugram, Haryana. The construction of the mall is said to begin in early 2022. Once ready, the IKEA Mall will bring ease to furniture shopping with its sustainable products, global designs. The venture will also open a host of employment opportunities for the locals.

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With the progressive trial runs, Kanpur Metro is likely to hit the tracks by the end of December 2021. As per reports, the first phase operations will begin on the 9-km-long priority corridor here. A total of 8 trains have been allocated to the elevated route, where 6 rakes will actively ply on the elevated corridor. Notably, the 2 additional trains will be parked at the depot and plugged in for commercial use during repairs and emergencies.

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Amid the rising concerns of seasonal flu and pandemic, a decline in the number of dengue cases in Lucknow has brought a great respite to authorities and the public alike. As of Sunday, the state is nursing only 32 active patients, marking a definite drop from the previous tallies. While Kanpur alone accounts for 16 of these cases, the disease is well-contained in restricted pockets, furthering the recovery trends.

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