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Winter vacation declared for all schools in UP from Dec 31

The 15-day winter break will be for students of all classes up to VIII, of all boards in the state

For the first time ever, the Department of Basic Education, Uttar Pradesh, has issued a notice for a statewide winter vacation in all schools due to the intensifying cold waves and the further drop in temperature predicted by the Indian Meteorological Department. As per the notice, all schools (all boards) in the state will remain closed for the next 15 days starting December 31. Notably, this winter break has been granted to students up to Class 8 only.


Schools to resume from Jan 15, 2022

While district collectors used to issue orders depending on the weather for winter holidays earlier, a state body has released an official notification, applicable to the entire state this time. As per the notice, during this break, no teaching-learning activity will be conducted in Uttar Pradesh in online or offline mode. Reportedly, after the winter vacation, schools are set to resume offline classes from January 15, 2022.

Fresh guidelines issued in view of rising Omicron cases

Meanwhile, witnessing the rise in Omicron cases across the state, the administration has also issued fresh COVID-mandated guidelines for schools. According to the directives issued by the Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Department, while no student can be forced to attend offline sessions, students will only be allowed to attend physical classes with the consent of their parents. Additionally, schools are bound to conduct online lectures for the students who choose to take online classes.

Moreover, to ensure safety for all, school management will have to undertake regular sanitisation drives as well. The school authority will also have to ensure that all the available entry and exit points in the premises are used, so as to avoid overcrowding at all times. As per the order, schools have to ensure all the staff including the academic and non-teaching workers are fully-vaccinated against COVID. Other basic pandemic-mandated rules like the mandatory mask and social distancing are also to be followed strictly on campus.

Indian-origin researcher at UBC creates history by conducting a breakthrough analysis on Omicron

The study conducted at near-atomic resolution using cryo-electron microscopy reveals the way the Omicron variant latches on and infects human cells

In a first, an Indian-origin researcher created a molecular-level structural analysis of the Omicron variant spike protein. Marked as a breakthrough moment in the study of the novel coronavirus, this is a first of its kind research on the Variant of Concern in the world. Notably, the research has been published in the Science journal of the University of British Columbia (UBC). Read on to know more about this analysis.

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Satiate your pizza cravings with KnockOFF offers at these 7 places in Lucknow!

Do yourself a favour and give in to that pizza craving for the KnockOFF app is here to help you with the bills!

If your cheat day is near or a flavourful pizza is what's on your mind right now, this list is just for you! Coming to your rescue like always, your very own local recommendations platform is here with yet another important list of places in the city that you most definitely knead to check out if you haven't already!

Here is a list of 7 food joints in Lucknow that offer the yummiest pizzas in the city, tasty enough to make the weirdoughs who don't like pizzas want some. Do yourself a favour and give in to that pizza craving for the KnockOFF app is here to help you with the bills! Just unlock the exclusive deals on the app and enjoy the tastiest pizzas in town.

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Here’s a list of route diversions applicable in Lucknow tomorrow due to Republic Day celebrations

The traffic authorities have blocked certain routes and have created major route diversions across the city on Republic Day. The route diversions are said to be effective from 6 AM.

The traffic authorities in Lucknow have blocked certain roads and created route diversions for the smooth flow of traffic during the Republic Day parade. The commuters are advised to plan their commute accordingly. Read on to know more.

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New ₹900 crore annual budget plan approved to bolster civic development in Mumbai

A ₹900 crore annual plan has been approved to bolster development in Mumbai city & suburban districts

In light of the upcoming BMC elections in Mumbai, the Maharashtra Government approved the annual district plan budget, allowing a sum of ₹900 crores for the development of Mumbai city and suburbs. Reportedly, this yearly budget has been further segmented into two categories - ₹250 crores for the city and ₹650 crores for the suburban districts. The plan was approved during cabinet review on Monday and will be notably streamlined for use in the next year.

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Goa University postpones final year PG & UG offline exams in wake of COVID rise

The Goa University administration on January 13, 2021, announced to postpone the examinations by three weeks.

Citing the recent hike in COVID cases in the state as a primary concern, the Goa University administration on January 13, 2021, postponed the varsity examinations. According to this announcement, all final year UG and PG offline assessments have been pushed back by three weeks. The Goa University also altered the duration of the term break, preponing it to extend between January 24 to 29, 2022.

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Lucknow charts COVID-19 recovery; fresh case tally sees a dip for second consecutive day

Around 1818 fresh COVID cases were reported in Lucknow on Monday, down from 2326 on Sunday

Pointing towards a recovery trend, fresh infections in Lucknow have dipped for two consecutive days on Monday, bringing a huge respite to the city. Around 1,818 new coronavirus cases were reported here on January 24, down from 2,326 cases on Sunday and 2660 on Saturday. With 2402 recoveries, the healing wave surged stronger than the daily transmission load, adding to the pandemic relief here. However, a single virus-related fatality indicated that the COVID threat has not completely subsided.

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DGCA extends suspension of international passenger flights in India till February 28

DGCA announced the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights to and from India till February 28, 2022

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Aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on January 19, announced the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights to and from India till February 28, 2022. While scheduled passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 2020, several special passenger flights are under operation between India and 40 other countries since July 2020. These aviation services are being regulated under an air-bubble agreement to ensure COVID security

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