Lucknow to light up this Durga Puja as UP government allows celebrations!

The new guidelines will be put into action from the 15th of October.

As opposed to the previous news of Durga Puja celebrations being held in abeyance, the Uttar Pradesh government has now allowed the festivities to continue but in strict accordance with the issued COVID-19 norms. The government officials on Thursday publicized the 're-open' guidelines, which includes the provisions of public celebrations and gatherings. This further means that Durga Puja, Ramleela, political activities, elaborate marriage functions and so on, will be allowed in the state.

Graded resumption of schools from October 15

The authorities have also imposed a limitation on the number of people, who will be attending events in an enclosed area. In tune with the norms, only 50% of a hall's capacity can be used. The new guidelines will be put into action from the 15th of October as Navratra is set to start from the 17th of this month. The District Magistrates in each district will make their own decisions, according to their local situations.

Schools are also restarting in a graded manner from the middle of this month but attendance is not compulsory. Parents may choose not to send their wards back to school, keeping in mind the safety quotient; nevertheless, the authorities will continue with online learning procedures. Schools which will hold classes in their premises, will have to follow the SOP sanctioned by the education department. Government-funded universities and other institutions will be functional only after a decision is undertaken by the department of higher education and the home ministry. Private universities may grant PhD and post-graduation pupils to visit the campus for their work.

Movie theatres too, will be opened up partially as almost every activity in the state is being given a green light. Only in containment zones, the lockdown will continue to exist till the 31st of October but essential services will remain functional in such areas.

Parents of students in Jaipur rejoice as the Rajasthan govt orders to waive off fees by 30-40%

The concerned department has also submitted a report with SOP guidelines to the Chief Minister's Office, requesting suggestions on reopening of schools from November 2.

Bringing a sigh of relief amidst the parents in the state amidst this ongoing pandemic, the Rajasthan government has ordered the CBSE affiliated private schools to waive off their tuition fees by 30% for class 9 to 12. Along with it, the schools which are affiliated with the state board, have to slash their fees by 40%, for the same grades.

Along side this, the Progressive Association School of Rajasthan, which filed a plea against the High Court's decision ordering 30% deduction in school tuition fee, was not in support of this conclusion. "This decision is not right, it is discriminatory. If it is implemented, we will go against it to the Supreme Court. How will the schools be able to pay salaries to teachers and staff if fees are slashed by 30 and 40 per cent?"

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Entrepreneurs in Mumbai can seek for investment, under P&G India's 'vGrow' program

vGROW is an inclusive platform which identifies and collaborates with businesses and individuals offering industry-leading solutions.

On Thursday, Procter & Gamble (P&G), which is a prominent name in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, announced a 400-crore 'India Growth Fund'. This will be a collaboration with existing and new suppliers to build capacities that will further localize manufacturing of finished products, procurement of raw materials & packaging materials, and adopt go-to-market innovations & technology. The latest venture responds to the government's as well as the company's vision of a self-reliant India and it also showcases P&G's promise to drive inclusive growth in India through external partnerships.

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Pupils in Lucknow & other cities can now access Higher Education Digital Library at no cost

The students will have access to study material in English and Hindi prepared by best teachers of the state universities.

The authorities of Uttar Pradesh have launched a Higher Education Digital Library, that will help the students to access the best of related content, at no cost at all. Pupils who are admitted in higher education institutions in any part of the state or the country, will have access to the audio-video lectures and study materials, which have been curated by experts. Over 61,500 people have already visited the portal till now.

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High onion prices in Goa make citizens teary; cheaper costs to be provided through PDS

As per reports, the authorities are in the process of sourcing supplies of onion via National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India.

Indian kitchens are nothing without their basket of onions and it is a staple in almost everyone's regular diets. So when the prices of onions hit a staggering ₹80-90/kg, straight from ₹50-60/kg and even less in some areas, it left the citizens teary eyed. Keeping in sight the surging prices of onions in the state, Goa's Chief Minister on Wednesday stated that the vegetable which is an essential commodity, would be provided at a cheaper cost via the state's public distribution system network.

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No Charter season this year in Goa; small businesses probably to face a financial blow

This is spelling perils for the tourism and hospitality industry as the state's much-awaited charter season has been put on indefinite hold.

Goa's tourism industry heavily depends on foreign tourists and charters but this season, the state will be lying bare without any of its usual international visitors. Stakeholders of the tourism industry are disheartened at the Centre's conclusion last week, which states that tourist visas will still remain on hold. This is spelling perils for the tourism and hospitality industry as the state's much-awaited charter season has been put on indefinite hold.

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