'Stay indoor, stay safe' is the mantra we all need to strictly follow in Lucknow this week. Lucknow's Coronavirus tally now stands at 160, with more than 60 cases reported in the last 72 hours. This sudden rise in Coronavirus cases were mostly reported from city's Sadar area.


The administration has now identified and marked 17 hotspots in Lucknow. In these hotspots, people are not allowed to move even to avail essential services. The government has only allowed home delivery of essential items. This way, the officials are trying to curtail the spread of the virus.

Following the guidelines of the Union Government, the officials have decided to open a few government offices in Lucknow from Monday. This will help in starting the wheel of the economy. The Lucknow administration is daily monitoring the situation and may soon also permit restaurants to start home delivery.

Doorstep delivery of essential items in hotspot areas

The district administration's door step delivery of essential goods in every hotspot area of Lucknow is now showing ground results. People are reporting that the officials are taking proactive measures and are addressing their queries in a time bound manner. Furthermore, the government has roped in 'Call 112' for delivery of essential items including medicines.

Week 5 of Lockdown in Lucknow starts

We are now in fifth week of lockdown in Lucknow. In comparison to other tier-2 cities such as Jaipur, Surat & Indore, Lucknow is well placed to now flatten the curve and thus it is a a crucial week for Lucknow. The administration has also rammed up testing in Lucknow and are also going to start pool testing in the city's hotspot areas. This will further help in identifying people suffering from Covid-19.

LU faculty records Audio Capsules for visually challenged pupils; over 1500 books available!

Textbooks of arts, science and commerce prescribed by UP Board, ISC, CBSE, NCERT and other universities have been converted into audiobooks covering syllabi from class 1 to post-graduation.

The Head of English department at Lucknow University's National PG College, Rakesh Jain, has entered the lives of visually-impaired pupils as nothing less than messiah. Jain and his team of 20 volunteers, have recorded audio capsules of textbook knowledge for the students who are differently abled and have a keen interest in studies. Rakesh himself is visually challenged and he is surely setting a stellar example of sheer grit and determination.

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It all started back in 2015, when Abhinav Misra got a call from his mother, asking him to urgently come back to Lucknow from Kolkata. Fast forward to 24 hours later, Abhinav was shocked to see his mother, Rajul Misra at the gate- she had lost 20kgs in just 3 months which was nothing less than alarming. After multiple doctor visits, it was then found that Rajul was suffering from Metastatic Breast Cancer and just last year, her PET-Scan revealed that she had a brain lesion, which required immediate surgery. Her operation and radiation costs were marked at 5 lakhs, along with the expenses of continuous Targeted Drugs and Chemotherapy.

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Lucknow's Munick Bistro has us clean-bowled with their offers this IPL season! Get 2+2 on drinks

We honestly cannot wait to be here with our buddies, just like the good ol' times!

Munick Bistro & Bar has always been on our list of favourite chill spots in Lucknow and it's always a moment of sheer joy whenever we step in here! Exclusively for the IPL Season, Munick has announced offers which will have you calling your friends right after you finish reading this. So if you're looking for a place to let loose with your folks while eating good food and watching the IPL, this is where you've gotta be.

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Lucknow becomes the launchpad for Uttar Pradesh's integrated COVID-19 portal & mobile app

The new Covid-19 application will help in better tracking of the pandemic in the state

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister inaugurated the state's integrated COVID-19 forum in Lucknow, on Sunday. The application, labreports.upcovid19tracks, has been programmed and designed to digitally set up a means to trace and control the trend of exponential community spread of the novel coronavirus, helping the state to curb the transmission & growth rate of the infection.

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350km from Lucknow, 'Bhagwati Van' to be the spiritual tourism hub in UP

A total of 3.5 lakh trees, of more than 250 species, have been planted at Bhagwati Van!

The Uttar Pradesh government plans to develop an eco-tourism spot that could provide a perfect place for people looking for a spiritual sojourn. The government has decided to develop the Bhagwati Van along the Ganga, in Kasganj district, as a centre for spiritual tourism.

The Bhagwati Van is a man-made forest which is unique in more ways than one. The forest has been raised over 316 hectares of land, which has been reclaimed by the state government from encroachers. A total of 3.5 lakh trees, of more than 250 species, have been planted here.

Divisional forest officer (DFO), Kasganj, Diwaker Kumar Vashisht said, "We had been meeting villagers and convincing them since October last year to remove the encroachments. After the villagers agreed to vacate the land, we formed a local 'samiti' of villagers. It was all done without any public agitation."

The forest, which has its base in Puranic scriptures, is at Datlana Khaam village and has been declared as a Ganga 'gram'."It has Soronji 'teerth' and devotees from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and other states come to this shrine," said Vashisht.

The entire reclaimed land is divided into three parts. The forest raised at the spot has trees planted in specific formations to create 'vatikas' (gardens) mentioned in religious scriptures.

"We planted over two lakh trees in Mahavan forest, which is one of the three parts and has species like Sheesham and Khair that are naturally found along the Ganga. The other part is 'Shreevan', which has connection with 'Arth Ganga' under the central government's Namami Gange project. This has species which will be economically beneficial to farmers. We had promised farmers that we would help them increase their income through this plantation," he said.

The third is 'Tapovan' which has 51,000 trees and Vyas and Vidur 'kutirs'. At present, the forest is being managed by the forest department but later local groups of villagers may look after it.

The 'Dhanvantari Vatika' has 75 types of medicinal plants and herbs. The 'Nakshatra Vatika' has 27 tree varieties, planted in specific positions to represent 27 'nakshatras' (planets).

The 'Navgrah Vatika', planted to manage planetary influences, is also a part of it. 'Harishankari', has trees like 'peepal, pakad and bargad' planted together. The three tree varieties represent the Hindu Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. 'Panchvati', the garden of five tree varieties mentioned in the Ramayana, also finds place here.

- With inputs from IANS

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