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In a bid to scale its popularity among tourists, authorities in Uttar Pradesh are considering developing some of its main wetlands as hubs for academic and tourist activities. These include eight wetlands, designated as wetlands of worldwide significance (Ramsar sites). Out of the 42 Ramsar sites in India, UP is home to the maximum number of sites.

Wetlands in UP to become major tourist attractions

The spokesperson of the UP administration relayed how the continuous efforts of the forest and other related departments in the state, have created a number of wetlands, which have been designated as wetlands of worldwide significance. These parks and scapes are storehouses of rich biodiversity and act as the habitats of an array of flora (terrestrial and aquatic) and fauna (terrestrial, aquatic, amphibians, reptiles, birds, bugs).

The primary site to get this standing was the Higher Ganga River in 2005 and until 2019, this was the only Ramsar site in UP. Today there are eight such sites. These include Sarsai Nawar Jheel (Etawah), Saman Fowl Sanctuary (Mainpuri), Sandi Fowl Sanctuary (Hardoi), Samaspur Fowl Sanctuary (Rae Bareli), Parvati Arga Fowl Sanctuary (Gonda), Nawabganj bird sanctuary (Unnao) and Sur Sarovar (Agra).

SOPs issued ahead of the reopening of schools for standards 7 & 8 in Goa

The detailed list of SOPs entails sixteen guidelines for the institutions along with a six-point criteria list for those who can attend the schools

Ahead of the reopening of schools for Classes VII and VIII across Goa scheduled tomorrow, the Directorate of Education has issued a comprehensive list of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). According to the reports, the detailed list of SOPs entails sixteen guidelines for the institutions along with a six-point criteria list for those who can attend the schools. Apart from this, it is now upto the school management to decide whether or not they would resume offline classes on the basis of the infrastructure and resources present at the moment.

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Nhance & Dino World are the latest offerings by Pheonix Palassio in Lucknow!

Grab upto 60% off on all your favourite brands at the Black Friday Sale, taking place from November 26-28

Continuing its ongoing quest to deliver the most premium experience for all, Phoenix Palassio is here with two new additions that'll make your shopping experience enthralling and rewarding. With the Pheonix Nhance app, the biggest mall of Lucknow is all set to enhance your shopping experience and reward you for choosing them! Moreover, get ready to grab upto 60% off on the most premium brands as the Black Friday Sale goes live from November 26 to November 28, only at Phoenix Palassio.

The mall also has a brand new Dino World, that will keep you and your family happy and satisfied, further letting you shop and explore your favourite brands at the mall. Read on to know more about the two new inclusions at the most luxurious destination for all things shopping and fun!

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Dedicated anti-Zika drive to cover all the shelter homes in Lucknow

The Women and Child Development department is planning to initiate fogging drives at shelter homes to eliminate the risk of Zika infection

In an effort to contain the spread of Zika virus in Lucknow, the Women and Child Development department is working its way to keep shelter home inmates safe from this vector-borne disease. According to the officials, the administration is undertaking various preventive measures under the ambit of the recently launched initiative. As per the District Probation Officer of Lucknow, the department is planning to initiate fogging drives at shelter homes to eliminate the risk of infection.

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Electric buses to ply on the roads of Kanpur from next year; trial runs underway

First set of electronic buses to take over city roads, starting January

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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IKEA in India: Swedish furniture giant to open its maiden mall in Gurugram

The new store is expected to make Gurugram one of the leading shopping destinations and employment hubs in the state

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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Ahead of International Meatless Day, PETA India launch an event in Lucknow at Gomti Riverfront!

PETA India supporters will barbecue a dog-prop at Gomti Riverfront tomorrow to encourage people to go vegan

In an attempt to promote veganism, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India supporters will be "barbecuing" a dog-prop on a grill in Lucknow on Wednesday. This event will take place at the Gomti Riverfront tomorrow, a day before International Meatless Day which is celebrated on November 25 every year. The event aims to target the sentiment of people by using man's best friend and encourage them to adopt vegan lifestyle by saying no to animal and dairy products.

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In a step to curb the spread of COVID-19, the authorities of Maharashtra and Indore have taken an important decision on Monday. As per reports, the airport authorities of Indore have made a negative RTPCR report mandatory for all passengers coming from Maharashtra. The decision has been taken by the health department and airport officials of Indore after estimating the growth in the daily passenger traffic from Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune and Gondia to the city.

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