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Lucknow's major markets shut down to curtail COVID spread, city records 5,433 cases on Wednesday

Aminabad and Hazratganj markets have been closed till April 22 and April 18 respectively.

With accentuated effects of the second COVID wave, Lucknow sits on the periphery of an impending community spread recording 5,183 new infections in the past 24 hours. Amongst a list of measures being deployed to curtail the spread of the virus, the leading traders associations in the city have declared that the central markets would remain closed for a period of 4 to 5 days from today onwards. Only retailers dealing in necessities like groceries and medicines will be allowed to function.

Aminabad closed till April 22, Hazratganj to open after April 18

As per the announcements, Aminabad will be closed till April 22 while Hazratganj has been shut for a stretch of four days till April 18. In addition to this, Sarafa Bazaar and Indira Nagar's Bhootnath Market will not function till April 17.

Declarations in this regard were made by Hazratganj Traders Association, Aminabad Merchant Association, Janpath Market Vyapar Mandal, Chowk Vyapar Mandal and Naka Vyapar Mandal. Amarnath Mishra, senior general secretary of Lucknow Vyapar Mandal has requested all traders and shop owners' groups to initiate steps for checking the spread of COVID-19.

Worrying experiences of the trades leads to this decision

"We have collectively decided to close shops for sanitisation," said general secretary of LVM Pawan Manocha. In an unfortunate series of events, all members of his family got diagnosed with the virus while two of them succumbed to it. Vinod Punjabi, secretary of Hazratganj Traders Association was quoted saying, "We have introduced the home delivery-on-call facility for urgent needs of the people. We will review the situation on April 18 to decide whether to continue the closure."

31,687 active cases in Lucknow pressurise the city's medical resources

As per reports, 3,000 individuals required hospitalisation on Wednesday, out of which 2,000 were needed critical care urgently. While the authorities are trying to amplify medical facilities in the city, the burgeoning count cases make it a difficult situation. On Wednesday, the cumulative count of COVID-affected individuals soared to 1,22,118 and 13 fatalities were recorded.

List of SOPs issued for colleges in Mumbai ahead of the scheduled reopening on Wednesday

Check out the details of the guidelines issued by the University of Mumbai for its affiliated colleges here

Degree colleges in Mumbai are all set to resume offline classes from October 20. Ahead of the reopening, the University of Mumbai has issued new SOPs to ensure safety for all staffers and students. Amongst various other steps, the college authorities have been asked to take ensure social distancing, follow the mask norm, and maintain hygiene. Read on to check out other details:

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LMC to fight air pollution in Lucknow with new anti-smog guns!

Notably, Lucknow Municipal Corporation had purchased 3 anti-smog guns last year as well.

Lucknow Municipal Corporation will deploy vehicles equipped with new anti-smog guns to combat the growing levels of air pollution in the city. The anti-smog guns will ensure proper visibility during the foggy season by improving the quality of air significantly and making it more breathable for the citizens here.

Notably, as per the World Air Quality Report 2020, Lucknow was ranked as the ninth most polluted city in the world. It has been reported that the level of pollution rises significantly during the winters due to the drop in temperature paired with high moisture content apart from other common factors. This deadly combination leads to the trapping of particulate matter in the atmosphere, thereby deteriorating the air quality.

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Sale & use of green firecrackers allowed in Jaipur & other Raj districts

The cracker ban is lifted in all districts, except the ones that fall in the NCR area.

In a bid to promote an ecological festive season, the Rajasthan government has permitted the sale and use of only green firecrackers, in all regions execpt those falling under NCR. Additionaly, the ban will remain in force in cities with poor air quality.

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Zero COVID fatalities reported in Mumbai on Sunday, for the first time in 20 months!

The latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

After a difficult year marred by the pandemic, there is finally some good news for the people of Mumbai. For the first time since the onset of COVID on March 26, 2020, the metropolitan city has reported zero fatalities. While the city is already on the path to recovery with a decline in cases each day, the latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

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New flights to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi & Hyderabad from October 31

These flights are part of the winter schedule approved by the DGCA

As per the new winter flight schedule approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, 25 new flight services will be started to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. The daily flight movement between Indore and Delhi is set to increase with the induction of 16 new flights on this route. 10 new flights on both Indore-Ahmedabad and Indore-Mumbai routes along with at least 8 other services between Indore- Hyderabad, will also be functional from October 31.

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Jaipur's Mridul Agarwal creates history by scoring the highest-ever percentile in JEE Advanced!

Reportedly, more than 30 students from Jaipur have qualified the Joint Engineering Exam this year.

Jaipur's 18-year-old Mridul Agarwal, who appeared for the Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE) Advanced from the IIT Delhi zone, is the all-India topper this year. Bringing laurels to the Pink City, Mridul has created a history by getting 96%, the highest-ever percentile in the examination. Moreover, over 30 students from the city have qualified for this entrance examination this year.

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Put an end to your quest for steal deals & hangout places in Lucknow with KnockOFF!

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You must have heard stories and read poems about how people cross a thousand oceans and climb mountains to find love. But you don't have to go to any great lengths if the love of your life is food. All you've gotta do to reunite with your one true love, is go to your phone's App Store/Play Store and download the KnockOFF app. Easy right?

Eat to your heart's content and save big each time, with unbelievable deals on KnockOFF. So, if you are on the lookout for some steal deals today, at the most happening places in Lucknow, scroll away and take your pick:

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