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First of its kind, Uttar Pradesh's ATS to soon get an all-women 'Special Police Operation Team'

The SPOT will have 58 personnel, including a dog squad, a bomb disposal squad and a wireless trapping team.

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (UP-ATS) is soon set to deploy the first-of-its-kind all-women police squad. A power statement of equal opportunities and status in the police department, the new force will be known as SPOT, which stands for Special Police Operation Team. Reportedly, the unit will consist of 58 women personnel, including a dog squad, a bomb disposal squad and a wireless trapping team.

SPOT to function as an expert, trained and skilled unit of UP-ATS

A senior officer of the Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorist Squad said that the department has tabled a proposal for the same before the government. Currently awaiting the administration's green flag, this draft includes the inputs and budget reviews of the Home Department officials, read reports.

This new women squad formation will fan the idea of increased representation of females at workplaces. It is also expected to boost women safety in sensitive areas. The unit will also help to carry out rescue operations and taking on women trouble makers, added reports.

The SPOT will function as a specialised unit, trained to tackle anti-hijacking and counter-insurgency operations like terror attacks. The force will have a batch of commandos trained by experts of BSF, CISF, ITBP and other paramilitary forces to uphold the pillars of agile skills and prowess. ATS Inspector General G.K. Goswami said that SPOT would also conduct security surveys during peacetime and train special weapons advanced tactics teams of the district police.

Uttar Pradesh to nurture 3 all-women battalions

While the concept of a specialised unit of the ATS was first raised in 2018, this unit exclusively comprised of men. However, the state has started to branch out to raise 3 all-women battalions, on the directives of the Chief Minister.

SPOT has an exclusive training centre in Sarojini Nagar in Lucknow and the ADG, Law and Order, Prashant Kumar said that a proposal has been sent to the government to raise more units of SPOT in Varanasi, Agra, Kheri, and Shravasti.

Asia's largest music festival, Sunburn stands cancelled again!

Sunburn was initially scheduled to take place from December 27 to December 29, this year

Continuing its effort to keep control on the COVID situation in Goa, the state government has denied permission to the organisers of Sunburn to conduct the music festival this year. However, the tickets for the three-day event scheduled to take place from December 27 to December 29 are still available online. Notably, since the onset of the pandemic last year, this is the second consecutive year when Sunburn stands cancelled.

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​Join this free acting workshop at Lucknow's Artist Barefoot Studio to get your dreams rolling!

With separate sessions for kids & adults, this acting workshop will stretch from November 26 to 28

The Artist Barefoot Film Institute and Creative Studios has set the stage to hold its first-ever acting workshop this November for all the aspiring actors in the city. A 3-day LIVE acting class, from November 26 to 28 at their dramatically cool centre can be your big step forward towards fulfilling all those starry dreams, and that too, free-of-cost! What are you waiting for, sign up now and grab your front row seats to this one-of-a-kind session!

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Learn beyond textbooks at BuSkills, Lucknow's first-ever School of Skills

Say yes to BuSkills specialised training and build you CV with new assets & skills!

The era of digital is here and if you have been wanting to build your skills to make the best of this new age, Lucknow's very own BuSkills Insitute has got you all covered. From digital marketing to digital currency, this one-of-a-kind 'school of skills' gives you a chance to train and master application-based programmes to grab that golden ticket to professional success! BuSkills drones on new opportunities, beyond the confines of course books and texts, to give an edge to your CV and a push to those career aspirations.

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Jaipuria Institute's annual fest Ojas is back & this time it's bringing The Local Train to Lucknow

The Local Train, DJ Avi and many more performers are coming to Jaipuria on the 26th & 27th, and you should too!

Lucknow's Jaipuria Management Institute plans to soak in the spotlight with its annual fest, Ojas'21, set to begin on November 26. With an aim to bring new talent to the centre stage and give its audience a thrilling experience, the 2-day youth festival is full of some exciting and enthralling performances and line-up. So if you haven't got any plans to kick-start your weekend on a high note, this is your message from the universe, to get your gang and get going!

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In a bid to drive commercial movement from the state capital Lucknow to Ayodhya, an industrial hub will be set up along the four-lane NH-28 highway, within 65 km of Ayodhya's jurisdiction. As per reports, this industrial-friendly step has been moved under the banner of the Ayodhya Master Plan 2031. Another striking fact about this project is that it wouldn't require land from farmers, unlike other developmental projects. For this, industrialists will directly buy plots from landowners and Ayodhya District Authority will provide infrastructure.

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Fully vaccinated citizens can now book online tickets for Mumbai local trains via UTS app

Railway's Universal Ticket System (UTS) app was suspended during the pandemic

Good news 'local' travellers! Starting today, all fully vaccinated passengers can book online tickets for suburban trains directly from their phones, through the UTS app. Railway's Universal Ticket System (UTS) was suspended during the pandemic as there was no way to verify the COVID vaccination status of the commuters. Reportedly, the app has been made functional, starting today along with the required verification facility.

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Pandemic concerns rise again in Jaipur as 12 school students test COVID positive on Tuesday

Since November 4, around 19 children have tested COVID positive in Jaipur

Amidst the rising scale of coronavirus in Rajasthan, state capital Jaipur has been caught in a COVID scare. Reportedly, 12 students of Jaishree Periwal International School in the city tested positive for the infection on Tuesday, raising health concerns here.

As per reports, this sudden virus spike has been linked to the reopening of city schools at 100% capacity from November 15. It is to be noted that around 19 COVID cases among children have cropped up in Jaipur post-Diwali (November 4), strengthening the fears of a pediatric pandemic wave.

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