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Lucknow's Cluster Campaign to start vaccination for all without registration, from today

Now, people aged between 18 to 44 years won't have to pre-book a vaccination slot for the COVID jab.

In a bid to expedite the COVID immunity drive in Lucknow, the district administration has launched a cluster campaign to administer the vaccination jab without booking a slot. From today onwards, all eligible beneficiaries, including those aged between 18 to 44 years, will not be required to book any online slot to get the vaccine dose. These people can simply head to Cluster Vaccination Centres in the city and get inoculated directly.

Cluster vaccination scheme to benefit those in the the18-44 age group

Around 186 vaccination centres in Lucknow have been brought under the scope of the cluster vaccination programme. As such, the availability of the COVID vaccine is set to scale much higher from today. The scheme will hugely benefit those in the 18 to 44 age group, who can now access the benefit of on-spot registration for vaccination. On the crutches of this new scheme, the district aims to achieve more than 50 lakh vaccination coverage in urban settlements and rural areas.

The cluster jab scheme has been developed in light of vaccine shortage and lack of proper management. For the last 3 days, the Health Department was opening the vaccination slots once a day yet its timing was not scheduled. This increased the complexity of booking an appointment for the jab. At many centres, people were turned away without the dose due to a lack of resources.

Quick booking of Sputnik shots at Medanta

At the same time, Lucknow has also started to administer the Russian-origin Sputnik vaccine since last Saturday. For now, these shots are available at the Medanta Hospital in the city for 3 days a week, marked at ₹1,145. The institute administration informed that all slots of these vaccines get booked within 2 minutes of their availability, despite the high rate.

As yet, the district has administered about 14,14,725 doses of the anti-COVID jab, including 11,46,181 vaccines of the first dose and 2,68,544 of the second dose. This number incidentally happens to be the highest inoculation feat in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

The state has facilitated 3,12,65,895 COVID jabs, across all 75 districts, since January 2021. These consists of 2,67,80,382 first dose and 44,85,513 second dose of the jab. These numbers suggest that UP has managed to inoculate about 11.9% of its dense population with at least the first dose of the vaccination.

All Mumbai local services to return to tracks from October 28

While 100% of services are being resumed, public access to the suburban local trains is still restricted.

In a bid to streamline and regulate the increased passenger load in local trains, the Central and Western Railways have decided to resume 100% suburban services in the Mumbai division, starting October 28. Notably, the Railways have clarified that though all services are being restored, the existing travel restrictions for the general public will continue. Only those recognised and allowed by the government and Ministry of Railways are permitted to travel in the local trains, in accordance with the established standard operating procedures (SOP).

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Kickstart your festivities with Motichoor Laddoos & Kaju Katlis from Ritzz Mithai Vatika in Lucknow

This festive season, Ritzz is offering various attractive and luxurious hampers and mixed mithai boxes!

Apart from being the festival of lights, family and togetherness, Diwali is also a free pass to devour as many of your favourite sweets as you want! And when it comes to the good ol' Motichoor Laddoos and Kaju Katlis, there are only a few places in Lucknow, that we can trust! Keeping intact our festive sentiments and love for sweets, Ritzz Mithai Vatika has been serving us with its unmatched and unchanged quality and taste for years now. And once again, it's that time of the year when we can indulge in our favourite delicacies from this place, guilt-free!

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Diwali is around the corner and one cannot talk of the festivities without thinking about the sweet delights that come along. Be it a gifting option or one to indulge in, we're always looking for those delish treats, wrapped in new flavours to add sweetness to our happy celebrations! And when you've got Lucknow's most iconic dessert connoisseurs curating it all, with a heavy garnish of love and warmth, you sure are in for a lit festival this year.

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The 16th National Aerobics, Fitness and Hip Hop Championships are all set to take place in Lucknow from 14-16th of January. The championships will be hosted at the KD Singh Babu Stadium. To promote the sport in the state, a new executive committee for the Uttar Pradesh Aerobics Association has also been formed. The UP Aerobics Association has been given the permission to host the event after receiving recognition from the UP Olympic Association.

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7 new COVID-19 cases of Delta sublineage AY.4 plague Indore

COVID cases have surged by 46% in Indore

Amid the overall pandemic dip, a new subvariant of the COVID-19 Delta mutation threatens to spill new infections and troubles, especially for the people of Indore. As per a genome sequencing report of the National Centre of Disease Control (NCDC), around 7 cases of AY.4 - a sublineage of the Delta variant- have been detected in the district. Notably, the new mutation is presently a 'variant of interest' and not much is known about its transmissibility, virulence and overall severity.

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New war rooms to be set up in Lucknow, Kanpur & other major cities in UP to combat air pollution

The use of all 10-year-old diesel and 15-years-old petrol vehicles has been strictly prohibited.

Gearing up for the fight against air pollution, the govt of Uttar Pradesh has decided to set up war rooms in Lucknow, Kanpur and other major cities. The new infrastructure will be set up under the authority of the Road Dust Management and will keep a check on various sources of pollution. As per reports, similar war rooms will also be set up in NCR districts to improve the overall air quality in UP.

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Kanpur Metro covers 3,900 metres in its maiden trial run!

The three-coach train covered a distance of 3,900 meters by completing three laps of the 650-meters-long test track.

The Kanpur Metro conducted its first trial run along the depot test track on Monday, ahead of the RDSO trials slated next month. Reportedly, the brand new three-coach train of the Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation fleet covered a total of 3,900 meters by completing three laps of the 650-meters-long test track. As per the project timeline, the Kanpur metro division is expected to commission public services by the end of this year or early January, next year.

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