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IKEA on an expansion spree in India; country's largest store to come up soon in UP's Noida

IKEA's second store to open in Navi Mumbai on December 18. Register now to shop later!

IKEA India has shown immense faith in India's potential to develop as one of the top 5 retailing furniture markets, globally. With this confidence, this pack and parcel Swedish furniture giant has invested about ₹6,000 crores to develop supply chain infrastructure and retail outlets in the country. The company already has one functional store in Hyderabad and now another one is set to come up in Navi Mumbai on December 18. IKEA's largest Indian store in Noida is also on the cards, which will bring heavy investment and employment in Uttar Pradesh. The company aims to place itself in 40 cities in India by 2030.

IKEA ammends its policies, to make it large in India

The CEO of IKEA India has said that the company believes more strongly in India, especially after the coronavirus pandemic. The Swedish furniture retail giant has acquired global fame for specialising in flat packing and other furnishing goods and has now decided to acquire the Indian market.

To further this, the company has decided to mould its established policies and adjust to the Indian landscape. IKEA's standard stores are usually established over 40,000 square meters of lands. Owing to the ordeal of finding that kind of free-space for commercial purposes, which is not available in most districts, the company has decided to remodel its organisational setup. IKEA has decided to install smaller units, either as individual, stand-alone shops or within malls.

IKEA's 2nd store in India, to open in Navi Mumbai on December 18

IKEA has slated the launch of its second Indian store, in Navi Mumbai, on December 18. Established over an expanse of over 5 lakh square meters on the Thane-Belapur Road, this store is IKEA's second Indian venture, after the Hyderabad store which opened in August 2018.

With the aim of providing a safe shopping experience to its customers amid the pandemic, the company has decided to undertake special precautions by limiting the number of visitors in the store, authorised by a prior website registration. With the registration, the people will be allotted a day and time slot to visit the store, which will not only help the store to maintain its customer count, honouring the norms of social distancing but will also help in contact-tracing, if need be.

With the completion of track laying work on the Metro Line 2A and Metro Line 7, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is all set to start its commercial run for the public of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region soon. While MMRDA has completed the work on Phase 1(Dahanukarwadi and Aarey) of this project, the nodal agency awaits the clearance certificate from the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) now.

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SGPGI in Lucknow issues fresh guidelines for consultations in OPD & IPD admissions

Apart from the RT-PCR, a negative TrueNat test report of COVID will also be accepted at the time of entry in PGI

In view of the rising COVID cases in the city, the administration of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences has issued new guidelines for admission in the Outpatient Department(OPD) and Inpatient Department (IPD). As per the new rules, a negative COVID test report is mandatory for those intending to get appointments for consultations with doctors or admission in IPD. Read on to know more about the fresh guidelines now applicable at SGPGI in Lucknow.

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Industrial plots in Talkatora & Aishbagh areas of Lucknow can be used as housing units!

The decision has come as a big relief to the owners of a few industrial plots who've been waiting to use their lands for housing purposes for many years

In a bid to turn the city into a Smart City, the district administration has now approved the use of industrial plots as residential buildings in the Talkatora and Aishbagh areas of Lucknow. With this new norm, the use of industrial lands as housing units has now become easier in Lucknow. This also means that multi-storey residential buildings can be constructed in these two industrial areas in the city.

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India registers over 2.8 lakh fresh COVID cases on Wednesday

With a recovery rate of 93.88%, 1,88,157 patients marked their recovery on Wednesday, taking the total tally to 3,55,83,039 recoveries in India

Registering a spike of more than 18% on the daily COVID figures of the previous day, India reported 2,82,970 fresh cases of coronavirus on Wednesday. According to the press release issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, adding the cases detected on January 18, the active caseload of the country has now climbed to 18,31,000 cases.

Notably, this is the highest figure the country has seen in the last 232 days as 18,95,520 active cases were reported on May 31, 2021. Read on to know more about the status of coronavirus infection in India.

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Now bike ambulances to deliver medicines to COVID-19 patients in Jaipur

Citizens in home quarantine can dial 108 to avail of the services

In a bid to provide relief to those in home quaranatine in Jaipur, a new service has been rolled out by the health authorities in the city. Amid the rising threat of infection outside, bike ambulances will ensure that the medicines reach the citizens in quarantine, right in time. All one has to do is dial 108, to avail of this service, wherein one can get medicines delivered at home.

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Use of loudspeakers & public address systems banned between 10 PM to 6 AM in Lucknow

Apart from the blanket ban during the night, written permission needs to be taken from the concerned authority before using loudspeakers in the daytime as well

In an attempt to control the level of noise pollution, the district administration of Lucknow has banned the use of loudspeakers in the city from 10 PM to 6 AM. As per the order issued by the District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash, the ban will cover the use of all loudspeakers and public address systems at public places in the city during the night.

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With rising COVID cases, threat of Black Fungus intensifies in Uttar Pradesh again!

Notably, a COVID positive patient with 'Mucormycosis' was admitted to Kanpur's Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital on Monday

With the onset of the third wave of coronavirus, news of Black Fungus cases have started surfacing from Uttar Pradesh yonce again. Notably, a COVID-positive patient with 'Mucormycosis' was admitted to Kanpur's Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital on Monday.

While several patients got infected with this disease during the second wave, especially those who had recovered from COVID, this is the first case that has been reported in the state this year. Check out more about this disease here:

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