'Vacation' ends: All schools in Lucknow & other UP districts to be functional offline by March 1

While offline classes for standards 6 to 8 shall start from February 10, schools for grade 1 to 5 will re-start on March 1.

Given the controlled situation of the COVID pandemic in Uttar Pradesh, the Chief Minister has now allowed the resumption of classes for 6-8 from February 10, based on the recommendations of the Basic Education Department. Following suit, the gates of the primary schools for pupils of class 1 to 5, shall be opened from March 1.

Students to flock to their school campuses after almost a year

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The schools have been closed for the past 10 months since March 2020, when the first lockdown got imposed. Offline classes were permitted for 9th to 12th standard pupils, from October 19 last year. According to the orders released by the Education Department, all public and private schools shall be opened for the students in a phased manner.

While the department is currently deciding on the number of students to be allowed on day one, around 3.8 crore students of primary and upper primary classes shall flock to their respective government and private school campuses almost after a year.

Complete adherence to COVID-19 safety precautions

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The government has mandated the educational institutes to ensure that the teaching staff and the students follow all restrictions and guidelines in relation to COVID-19. The schools are directed to make provisions for sanitisation of the campuses before the commencement and after every shift. In addition to this, proper arrangements for thermal scanning, masks, social distancing and first aid have to be made in advance.

While the schools had been conducting offline classes, the education sector suffered losing out on recreational programmes and co-curricular activities for students. With the resumption of offline classes, the comprehensive academic curriculum followed by schools will be back on track.

Government schools across the state revamped during the COVID closure

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During the closure caused by the pandemic, a number of government schools have improved their facilities. Not only have the schools got new washrooms but the handwashing amenities have been bettered too, with added handwash dispensers. In addition to this, teaching resources have been enhanced and the ambience of the schools has been amplified with beautiful paintings. Given the measures taken by the authorities, students shall be back to their schools with an improved environment.

Located approx. 2 hours away from Indore, THIS place offers jungle trekking, bird watching & more!

Travellers have often encountered exotic birds and wildlife on their way to Jam Darwaza.

Does the sound of 'a portal to medieval era' excite you? Then enjoy the royal appeal of Jam Darwaza, nestled in the arms of nature, away from the city din. Located approximately 50 km from Indore, on Mhow-Mandleshwar Highway, this historical treasure is the perfect place to go on a potluck picnic with your gang. So make apt use of your weekend with a getaway to Jam Darwaza!

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Major traffic & power block to affect the movement of local trains in Mumbai on Sunday

Local train services across all three suburban lines will be hampered. Certain services stand cancelled on Sunday, check full list here:

The Mumbai local train railway network will be hampered due to heavy traffic, in view of the launch of girders at MCGM foot-over-bridge near Mahim station and a consequent power block from 01:10 hrs to 4:45 hrs on March 7. As per reports, this will affect all three suburban lines, including Western Railways, the Central (main) Railways and the Harbour lines. While some Western line services will be regulated, other local trains will remain cancelled on Sunday. Check the list here:

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The cherry on top of the blossoming café culture in Indore is Café Palette, a unique eatery-cum-gallery that is winning the hearts of caffeinators and aesthetes with its brewed-to-perfection coffee and flamboyant decor. The best part about this café is that you have privacy in a public place, as seating areas are segregated here! So head to this Instagrammy cafe to explore an explosion of colours amid the sweet aroma of coffee with your 'someone special'.

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A haven for birders, Goa's Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary ought to be on your travel itinerary!

The nature education centre here showcases documentaries and has abundant information on wildlife.

Take a stroll through the jungle and witness wild animals basking amid nature at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa, the ideal destination for all nature enthusiasts! Conveniently located in Ponda Taluka, a town of historical significance, this sanctuary is well-equipped to entertain both day-trippers and overnight visitors. If you are looking for a family getaway that is most popular with children and families, then pack your bags for a relaxing trip to Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Actress Swara Bhaskar begins the shoot of her upcoming film 'Jahaan Chaar Yaar' in Lucknow

Jahan Chaar Yaar also features Shikha Talsania, Meher Vij and Pooja Chopra alongside Swara.

Lucknow is fast becoming Bollywood's favourite backdrop to run several big-banner productions and now, the latest addition to this list is actress Swara Bhaskar's new venture, Jahaan Chaar Yaar. The film has commenced pivotal shooting here on Friday and Swara treated her fans by sharing the stills from the first-day shoot on Instagram. Jahan Chaar Yaar also features Shikha Talsania, Meher Vij and Pooja Chopra alongside Swara and they would be joining the shoot, shortly.

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