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On Tuesday, the apex body of cricket in UP, the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) announced that it has re-opened a special window for online registration for those players who were not able to register earlier in the first phase. The players (men and women) can log on to the UPCA's official website and get themselves registered for the year 2020-21, before the 23rd of October. This has given the aspiring players in the state a speck of hope and this second window is bound to see a major traffic.

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The 'Green Gang Group' is a 1,000 women membered unit that has taken to the task of expanding the operations of the state's Mission Shakti initiative. The campaign is dedicated to uplift the condition of the women, empowering them and fighting crime against them simultaneously. The 'Green Gang' has targetted around 150 villages to eradicate the domestic issues of alcoholism, gambling, domestic violence, eve-teasing, child marriage and female foeticide.

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In an attempt to ease the traffic woes faced by Lucknowites, two new flyovers connecting some major areas in Lucknow were inaugurated on Tuesday. Considering the ever-increasing issue of rising traffic on the roads of Lucknow, these two overpasses will significantly help in decongesting the roads, in about 24 localities in old city as well as the Hazratganj-Charbagh road. These endeavours will cut down the commute time and control the overall problem of heightened traffic in Lucknow.

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Uttar Pradesh scales up to the top rank position for attracting the highest number of domestic tourists in 2019 with a share of 23.1% travellers visiting the state. The state has also acquired the third position for bringing in the influx of foreign tourists with a record footfall of approximately 47 lakh foreigners visiting last year.

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The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh is all set to launch the OPD service at the Super Specialty Cancer Institute (SSCI) today, in Lucknow. The SSCI will be tagged as the biggest cancer centre in the country, once it gets operational. This institute is equipped with 1,250 beds and it will be bigger than the National Cancer Institute of Jhajjar (Haryana), which has the capacity of 700 beds. SSCI will be twice the size of the Tata Memorial Institute of Mumbai, which has about 650 beds and will be four times larger than Delhi's Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute. The Chief Minister will inaugurate the SSCI's main OPD block in a virtual ceremony, in the presence of the Union Defence Minister.

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Due to a surge in travel with the onset of the festive season in India, the railways have scheduled 392 special trains to bear and stagger the increased load. Amongst these, around 7 special puja trains have also been scheduled to holy destinations all across the country from Uttar Pradesh.

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Launching the Mission Shakti to battle crimes against women, the state of Uttar Pradesh has introduced 'Pink Patrol' which comprises of women patrolling officers in the state capital, Lucknow. This new project, which marks the auspicious festival of Navratri, is aimed at strengthening the protection and safety of women in Uttar Pradesh.

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The month of October has brought in the trend of higher recoveries with itself for the city of Lucknow. With statistics that represent a speedy recovery, the active cases in the city have not crossed the threshold of the negative net for 28 days! This along with continuously reducing numbers of fresh cases, has put Lucknow on its way to revival!

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UP Governor, Anandiben Patel, flagged 10 police vehicles and 100 pink scooties as she launched the 'Safe City Project' in Lucknow on Saturday. This movement of women police personnel in Lucknow is a 180-day campaign that has been designed to promote the standards of women safety in the city along with generating a sense of pride. Lucknow's Police and other departments involved in the project, are working towards strengthening women safety in public places.

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Devotees above 65 years of age and children below 10 years of age will not be able to visit the famous Chandrika Devi temple, near the city, during 'Navratri' which begins on Saturday.



The annual fair that is held at the temple complex is also being given a miss this year due to the pandemic.

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The Uttar Pradesh government has taken up an endeavor to revive as many as 19 rivers that were almost dead and could well have been termed as endangered. Two of the rivers, Mandakini and Tamsa, that have mythological significance, have already been revived while work is advancing on the remaining 17 rivers. These rivers include Tedhi, Manorama, Pandu, Varuna, Sasur Khadedi, Sai, Aril, Morva, Naad, Karnawati, Baan, Sot, Kaali Poorvi, Dadhi, Eshan, Boodhi Ganga and Gomti.

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