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UP ATS commando Ashish Dixit successfully scales Mt. Elbrus in Russia

The commando began the Elbrus trek on the night of August 11, withstanding -20°C temperature with winds blowing above 60 km/hr.

Ashish Dixit became the first commando of Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) to scale Mount Elbrus, located in the western parts of Russia's Caucasus Mountains. Dixit managed to hoist the Indian tricolour at the highest peak of Europe, set at an altitude of 5,692 metres on August 15 despite adverse weather conditions. Part of the Special Police Operations team of Uttar Pradesh ATS, he had earlier scaled Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, in 2020.

Withstanding -20°C temperature with winds blowing above 60 km/hr

The commando began the Elbrus trek on the night of August 11, withstanding -20°C temperature with winds blowing above 60 km/hr and consequently, he was at the peak by 15 August. After hoisting the national flag and police flag at the top, it took him 2 days to trek back to the base. He was accompanied by 3 other policemen from other states as well, however, they couldn't complete the trek due to ill health and unfavourable weather.

"It requires grit and passion to carry yourself in inclement weather conditions," he added. Ashish had received training for trekking during his time at NCC and he had gradually started with Indian peaks in Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir.

Mount Aconcagua next on the list

Having conquered Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus, Dixit, who hails from Unnao district in Uttar Pradesh, now aims at climbing the highest peak in South America- Mount Aconcagua. Further, he wants to complete the task of climbing the 'seven summits', consisting of the highest point on each of the seven continents. He has also been honoured for his excellence by the Director-General of Police (Uttar Pradesh), back in 2020.

CSIR-CDRI in Lucknow makes first 'Made in India' RT-PCR kit to detect Omicron variant of COVID

Said to cost around ₹150, this kit named 'Om' will provide test results in about two-hours time only

For the first time ever, a government institute in India has designed and manufactured a unique diagnostic kit to detect the presence of the Variant of Concern of COVID. The CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) in Lucknow, has developed 'Om'- an indigenous RT-PCR diagnostic kit for testing the new Omicron strain of the novel coronavirus. Read on to know more about this new development in the testing of this deadly virus in India.

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Here's everything you need to know about IPL's debutant team- Lucknow Super Giants!

Lucknow's IPL team to be called Lucknow Super Giants!

The Indian Premier League, often termed the world's biggest sports carnival, is all set for its mega auction next month and it's got our cricket fever running a new high! While this is the 15th season of the league, the revamped 2022 pitch with new title sponsors, two debutante teams and a whole lot of thrill on cards has hit the full toss right in the court of T-20 fans and trust us, it can't get any better than this!

So, if you're also caught up in the excitement to keep up with the details, this is just the right place for you! Here's all that we know about IPL Season 15 and of course, the debutante Lucknow franchise - so let the game begin!

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With over 3 lakh cases, daily COVID caseload marks a decline in India

While the daily case count has marked a decline, the positivity rate of the country has shot up to 20.75% now

As per the data released by the Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Monday, India has marked a significant decrease in the daily COVID tally. A total of 3,06,064 people tested positive for coronavirus in the country taking the active caseload to 22,49,335, as of January 24. Read on to know more about the current COVID and vaccination status of India here.

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In a Smart City move, Green Park Stadium in Kanpur to get revamped by May 2022!

Under the ambit of this renovation work, four badminton courts and six table tennis centres at the stadium will undergo a facelift

In an attempt to boost sports infrastructure and provide global level sports facilities in the city, Kanpur Smart City department is all set to revamp the Green Park Stadium. Under the ambit of this renovation work, the badminton courts and table tennis centres present in the stadium will undergo a facelift. While the work on this sports project has been initiated fifteen days ago, the remodelling work is expected to complete by May 2022, informed an official.

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Indian Railways to use CSIR-CSIO's UV-C disinfection technology to sanitise premium trains soon!

Read on to know more about the Council Of Scientific And Industrial Research's (CSIR)'s newly developed sanitisation technology

In an attempt to provide a safer journey to the passengers during COVID, the Indian Railways is all set to deploy a new UltraViolet-C disinfection practice technology to mitigate the airborne spread of coronavirus in trains. As per reports, this technology-driven disinfection through UV robots will be rolled out in a phased manner starting with the premium trains like Tejas and Rajdhani express first. Read on to know more about the Council Of Scientific And Industrial Research's (CSIR)'s newly developed sanitisation technology.

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The secret to having a great day lies in devouring a flavourful spread and if you agree, this news might just be a sweet dream come true for all you foodies in town. There’s a new cloud kitchen in Lucknow and its whisking delightful items exclusively for you. So if you’ve got any plans to savour the best, in the sanctity of your homes - it’s time to turn your heads to The Rolling Pin ASAP!

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Global Investors Summit in Indore stands cancelled in wake of rising COVID cases

As per the initial schedule, the summit was scheduled to be held in February.

In light of constantly rising COVID-19 positive cases in Indore, the Madhya Pradesh Government has cancelled the Global Investors’ Summit that was to be held in the city. As per the initial schedule, the summit was scheduled to be held in February. The meet was planned to take place in both physical and virtual mode to aid industrialists during the coronavirus outbreak.

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