Lucknow

An old building collapsed in Lucknow's Hazratganj area on Thursday afternoon. Though a busy street but thanks to lockdown, no casualty is reported yet.

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Lucknow truly has an array of monuments which speak highly of its cultural stance and amidst these historically significant structures, Satkhanda comes up in discussion sooner than later. A red-brick obelisk which is still hailed highly among historians for its towering beauty, Satkhanda attracts eyes from all over the city and beyond.

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Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary is one of the many wetlands in the northern part of India and it is counted amidst the jewels of Uttar Pradesh. Complete with a reclining lake and a picturesque set-up in every nook and corner, this sanctuary also boasts of watchtowers and boats, which add immensely to its beauty! Birds like Spotwill, Woodpecker, Parakeet, Painted Stork, Coot, Common Teal, Shoveller, Pochard are some of the residents here and it is a must-visit if you're an ardent bird watcher.

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Lucknow for the past nine days has been virus free, as no new coronavirus positive case had surfaced in the city since March 20th, when 4 new cases were reported here on the same day. However, after 9 days without any new positive coronavirus case, a new case was reported in the city on Monday.

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In an effort to provide safe and sound lodging facilities for doctors, nurses, paramedics and other medical workers, UP Government authorities have taken over 4 major luxury hotels in the city. With the help of this, the medical workers constantly in contact with the Coronavirus strain will be kept isolated, so that the virus doesn't spread around.

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When it comes to food and Lucknow, biryani is a dish that has to come up. This is a vibrant dish of fluffy rice, succulent meat and heady aromas. A Lakhnavi or Awadhi biryani is truly one of the richest and yet, the most simplest of dishes there are. Unlike the biryanis one would find down South or even in central India, an Awadhi biryani is much less masala heavy and more bent toward the aromas and layered flavours.

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The Covid 19 pandemic has been declared a disaster by Lucknow authorities who are trying to contain the impact of this deadly disease. The contagious viral disease which has taken over our communities and our lives has killed over 25 people in the country so far, while also putting the entire nation under a lockdown which is expected to last till 14th April. Hence, it has also put several daily wage workers and unskilled labours out of a job.

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The Lucknow Police on Saturday distributed hundreds of food packets to the daily wage labourers and migrant workers in the city. After the instructions from the government, officials in Lucknow had established community kitchens in the city.

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The city of Lucknow is known for its affluent history, vibrant heritage and its multifold culture, which has stood the test of times and how. Truly, the nawabs had attached quite a few legacies to the city's abundance but there are monuments built for British officers which haven't received much limelight although they too, deserve all of it. Along similar lines, the Butler Palace is one such monument in Lucknow which has a thick yarn of historical significance tethered along its repute. It was once a bustling locale but now it lies in ruins of the aftermath of time.

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