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As we're trying to settle in with the standards of the 'new normal', there have been major changes across most of our daily activities and festivities too, are no exception this year. One of the grandest festivals of the Bengali community, Durga Puja is slated to start on the 22nd of October and due to the pandemic at hand, the celebrations have come with an official SOP. The Uttar Pradesh government has allowed the festivities to continue but in strict accordance with the issued COVID-19 norms.

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Wrapping the city in pleasant and temperate evenings, the falling mercury in Lucknow announces the arrival of the incipient winter season. With a difference of around 13 degrees between the day and night temperatures, Lucknowites experience a distinct weather change, a huge respite from the oppressive October heat.

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Over the recent times, Lucknow has become a major shooting site for many Bollywood directors and a lot of big budget films have been shot in the City of Nawabs including, Jolly LLB 2, Bullet Raaja, Ishaqzaade, Bala and so on. So making its way to the list of Bollywood biggies which have been filmed in Lucknow, the shoot for Satyameva Jayate 2 has commenced in the city. Wednesday onwards, Lucknow will be hosting the cast and crew of John Abraham and Divya Khosla Kumar starrer Satyameva Jayate 2 and the team will continue its operations till January 2021.

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On Tuesday, the apex body of cricket in UP, the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) announced that it has re-opened a special window for online registration for those players who were not able to register earlier in the first phase. The players (men and women) can log on to the UPCA's official website and get themselves registered for the year 2020-21, before the 23rd of October. This has given the aspiring players in the state a speck of hope and this second window is bound to see a major traffic.

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The 'Green Gang Group' is a 1,000 women membered unit that has taken to the task of expanding the operations of the state's Mission Shakti initiative. The campaign is dedicated to uplift the condition of the women, empowering them and fighting crime against them simultaneously. The 'Green Gang' has targetted around 150 villages to eradicate the domestic issues of alcoholism, gambling, domestic violence, eve-teasing, child marriage and female foeticide.

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In an attempt to ease the traffic woes faced by Lucknowites, two new flyovers connecting some major areas in Lucknow were inaugurated on Tuesday. Considering the ever-increasing issue of rising traffic on the roads of Lucknow, these two overpasses will significantly help in decongesting the roads, in about 24 localities in old city as well as the Hazratganj-Charbagh road. These endeavours will cut down the commute time and control the overall problem of heightened traffic in Lucknow.

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Uttar Pradesh scales up to the top rank position for attracting the highest number of domestic tourists in 2019 with a share of 23.1% travellers visiting the state. The state has also acquired the third position for bringing in the influx of foreign tourists with a record footfall of approximately 47 lakh foreigners visiting last year.

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The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh is all set to launch the OPD service at the Super Specialty Cancer Institute (SSCI) today, in Lucknow. The SSCI will be tagged as the biggest cancer centre in the country, once it gets operational. This institute is equipped with 1,250 beds and it will be bigger than the National Cancer Institute of Jhajjar (Haryana), which has the capacity of 700 beds. SSCI will be twice the size of the Tata Memorial Institute of Mumbai, which has about 650 beds and will be four times larger than Delhi's Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute. The Chief Minister will inaugurate the SSCI's main OPD block in a virtual ceremony, in the presence of the Union Defence Minister.

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Due to a surge in travel with the onset of the festive season in India, the railways have scheduled 392 special trains to bear and stagger the increased load. Amongst these, around 7 special puja trains have also been scheduled to holy destinations all across the country from Uttar Pradesh.

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Launching the Mission Shakti to battle crimes against women, the state of Uttar Pradesh has introduced 'Pink Patrol' which comprises of women patrolling officers in the state capital, Lucknow. This new project, which marks the auspicious festival of Navratri, is aimed at strengthening the protection and safety of women in Uttar Pradesh.

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Seated on the 13th floor of Rohtas Summit, Lakhnavi Brew Works is making sure that the partaayy doesn't stop anytime soon! LBW is Lucknow's first-ever upcoming brewery and they are slated to get their brewery license, just next month- which is in less than two weeks from today. But on the other hand, LBW has already been accorded with an alcohol license, which simply means that our weekends now have a new destination! LBW aspires to celebrate communal beer experiences, like no other in the city and we're so readyyy to indulge in this affair.

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