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Senior Chess Nationals slated to be held in Kanpur deferred indefinitely due to COVID-19

New dates for the event will be announced once the situation becomes favourable.

The All India Chess Federation (AICF) declared on Friday that the Senior National Chess Championship slated to be held in Kanpur, stands postponed. This decision was announced by the authorities after the Kanpur District Magistrate turned down the permission requests for conducting the tournament due to COVID-19. While the championship was scheduled from April 13-20 earlier, it has been deferred indefinitely and the new dates shall be given out later.


Event delayed due to the UP government's ban on mass gatherings

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As per the statements of AICF secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan, the Uttar Pradesh Chess Sports Association informed about the dismissal of permission requests for the event. He said that Kanpur District Magistrate refused to give consent, in alignment with the Uttar Pradesh government's orders that have mandated a blanket ban on all mass gatherings due to COVID-19.

In addition to this, Chauhan said, "Moreover, the central/state governments are issuing various (Covid-19) advisories every now and then. So, it will be difficult for the players to plan and play in the event in a peaceful manner, required for a championship of this stature," He further acquainted that the dates for the event shall be announced after the circumstances become favourable.

Surge in UP's COVID tally

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After a dampened effect of the coronavirus, the COVID count has spiked again in the state of Uttar Pradesh. With 918 new cases on Tuesday and a cumulative count of 6,15,996 COVID-affected individuals, the fear of an accentuated spread has gripped the state again. Given this situation, the authorities have attempted to check the possibilities of accelerated virus spread by cancelling the current schedule of the event.

UP Elections 2022: Postal ballot facility to be rolled out for elderlies & COVID patients

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Apart from the RT-PCR, a negative TrueNat test report of COVID will also be accepted at the time of entry in PGI

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Industrial plots in Talkatora & Aishbagh areas of Lucknow can be used as housing units!

The decision has come as a big relief to the owners of a few industrial plots who've been waiting to use their lands for housing purposes for many years

In a bid to turn the city into a Smart City, the district administration has now approved the use of industrial plots as residential buildings in the Talkatora and Aishbagh areas of Lucknow. With this new norm, the use of industrial lands as housing units has now become easier in Lucknow. This also means that multi-storey residential buildings can be constructed in these two industrial areas in the city.

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India registers over 2.8 lakh fresh COVID cases on Wednesday

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Notably, this is the highest figure the country has seen in the last 232 days as 18,95,520 active cases were reported on May 31, 2021. Read on to know more about the status of coronavirus infection in India.

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Now bike ambulances to deliver medicines to COVID-19 patients in Jaipur

Citizens in home quarantine can dial 108 to avail of the services

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