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'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.

BIS hallmarking regulation effective in Lucknow, Kanpur & 17 other districts in UP now

Violation of the rule by jewellers may lead to hefty fines or even jail time

After multiple postponements and various discussions with the stakeholders, the Bureau of Indian Standards Hallmarking Regulations has finally come into effect in 19 cities of Uttar Pradesh including Lucknow and Kanpur from December 1. Notably, this regulation, which was implemented across the country by the union government in June 2021, is applicable in 256 cities across India. If a jeweller violates this rule, they will have to pay hefty fines or even serve jail time up to one year.

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Showcase your talent & win exciting prizes at The Artist Barefoot Open Mic event in Lucknow!

The Artist Barefoot is presenting an Open Mic in Lucknow on December 5 & you can register here

The Artist Barefoot Film Institute and Creative Studio in Lucknow is all set to host an Open Mic event on December 5 and it has us hooked on its dramatic extravaganza! A Big Projects association platform, TAB's open mike stage is your chance to get in the spotlight, no matter what your talent is.

With a scope wider than any show in the city, Open Mic by The Artist Barefoot, slated to be held this Sunday is roping poets, comedians, singers, dancers and even magicians from across Lucknow and if you want to part of the lin-up or audience, we've got the deets covered for you.

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New travel guidelines implemented at Jaipur Airport amid Omicron threat

The move comes after the Centre issued guidelines to combat the variant

The health department in Jaipur has listed a new set of guidelines for the Jaipur Airport authorities in order to keep a check on the spread of the new variant, Omicron. Jaipur being a major tourist spot in the country stands at high risk and therefore travellers flying to and from the airport will now have to adhere to new guidelines.

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BMC drafts a phased plan to develop MHADA layouts in Mumbai's western suburbs

The BMC plans to improve water supply, conditions of roads in the first phase of its suburban development plan

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has drafted a new master plan to improve basic amenities across Mumbai's western suburbs, in a structural format. This graded civic development plan will be targeting the residential MHADA pockets of Gorai, Charkop and Borivli areas in the city. As per reports, the BMC will focus on essential water supply and the condition of roads among other plans in the initial phase of the overall facelift.

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New elevated road to be built to ease traffic at Polytechnic & Munshipulia in Lucknow

This project of the National Highway Division of PWD has got consent from the Union Ministry of Road Transport

In a bid to help ease the traffic woes at the Munshipulia and Polytechnic intersections, the National Highway Division of the PWD will build a new elevated road. This road will help reduce the traffic load at these intersections and hence prevent jams. Approximately ₹170 crores will be spent on this project, which has been approved by the Union Ministry of Road Transport.

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Women in Rajasthan to get 'Back to Work' with the new employment scheme!

According to the officials, widows, abandoned or divorced women and the victims of violence will be prioritised over others

In an attempt to assist women in restarting their career, the government of Rajasthan has launched a new scheme for all those who were forced to quit their jobs due to unfavourable circumstances. As per the announcement made recently, the administration aims to provide employment to about 15,000 women in the next three years under the ambit of 'Back to Work' campaign. Moreover, with the help of private sector, work from home opportunity will also be available for the women who are interested but can not go to the workplace thereby enhancing the mission of women empowerment in the state.

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Amid Omicron scare, India puts its plan to ​resume International Commercial air service on hold

Notably, India was about to resume commercial international passenger air services from December 15

According to the latest circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India, the government of India has put its initial plan of reopening international commercial flights on hold. With the discovery of a new and more transmissible strain of COVID, the administration has stepped into action to prevent and eliminate the risk of transmission of this variant in the country. Notably, India was about to resume international passenger air services from December 15 after a gap of about twenty months, however this decision stands suspended in view of the current Omicron scare.

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