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'Work from home' mandated for public & private offices in Lucknow & Kanpur amid 2nd COVID wave

Only 50% of the total employee count shall be called to office every day while the others shall work form home.

Given the unprecedented spike in COVID cases witnessed in the past two weeks, all public and private offices in Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi and Prayagraj have been asked to follow 'work from home' guidelines. In accordance with the government orders, all offices shall function with the physical presence of only 50% of the employee base. Following the roster format, other 50% of the staff will work from home each day, informed the Additional Chief Secretary, Amit Mohan Prasad.

Restricting physical attendance of employees, the need of the hour!

It was around this time of the year in 2020 that our lives came to a halt. Enveloped amid uncertainty, the accelerated spread of the virus has made its way to different parts of the country again and the state capital, Lucknow is one of the most affected regions this time. Keeping this in view, the 'work from home' directive issued by the government attempts to make sure an uncontrolled spread of the virus stands prevented.

A mathematical study by scientists of IIT Kanpur considered the opening of employment spaces in full capacity, as one of the many reasons for accentuated virus spread. Thereby, restricting employees' physical attendance and making provisions for 'work from home' becomes the need of the hour. Under this, all workspaces shall follow a rotational system, welcoming only 50% of the total employee count every day till the situation is brought under control.

Amplifying COVID infection rates in Lucknow and Kanpur!

With 2,369 new infections on Thursday, Lucknow recorded an all-time high count of COVID cases, pushing the tally of active cases to 10,749. Similarly, Kanpur registered the highest infection count for 2021, standing at 368 on Thursday while the active cases ticked up to 1,975. Given the revived COVID scare, citizens need to be double sure of all their activities besides assuring strict compliance to all guidelines and protocols laid by the government.

Unity Day celebrations underway in Lucknow; know about Sunday route diversions here:

Check full list of route and traffic diversions in Lucknow on Sunday

Traffic movement will be affected in Lucknow on Sunday (October 31) on account of a National Unity Day programme at the KD Singh Babu Stadium. The Deputy Commissioner of Traffic Police, Lucknow, Raees Akhtar has released an order to announce all restricted routes and alternate diversions applicable here. Due to the rehearsals of the event, the traffic movement was affected today also.

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Surgery & casualty wards to soon become functional at South Goa District Hospital

Outpatient departments (OPDs) are already operational at the new South Goa District Hospital.

The multi-storied South Goa District Hospital (SGDH) is being upgraded with new facilities to lessen the load off older hospitals and health institutes. As per reports, the new hospital is likely to house the surgery and casualty departments soon in a bid to clear space at the Hospicio Hospital. Earlier also, all outpatient departments (OPDs) were relocated to the spacious new SGDH for the same reason.

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Mumbai local trains to operate at 100% capacity from today!

The suburban train services were suspended on March 22, 2020 on account of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

After running restricted operations for over a year, Mumbai's local train services are all set to resume with 100% seating capacity from today. This is being done in order to account for the increased flow of commuters on the trains. Till now, the Central and Western Railways had been operating with 1,702 and 1,304 services respectively, which account for 95.75% of their total capacity. Today onwards, this number will go up to 1,774 in the CR division and 1,367 in WR, thus making complete use of the total capacity on the two lines.

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Atal Indore City Transport bags national award for Excellence in Urban Transport

Indore CNG bus fleet is a 'green' step towards environmental protection.

After winning several titles in the cleanliness category, Indore has now managed to create another record for itself. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has recognised the Atal Indore City Transport run by the Indore Municipal Corporation with an Award for Excellence in Urban Transport. Reportedly, this honour marks Indore as the 'City with Most Innovation Financing Mechanism' for managing its public transport services.

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​Two Paralympics Gold medalists from Jaipur get nominated for Khel Ratna Award

This is the first time in the 30-year-old history of Khel Ratna that 2 players from the city are being conferred the award.

Two Paralympics players from Jaipur have been recommended for the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Award, the highest rank for sports in the country. Notably, this is the first in the 30 year-old-history of Khel Ratna that 2 sportsperson from the same city will be conferred with the award. The two nominated players are Avani Lekhara and Krishan Nagar, who bagged gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

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The Lucknow centre of Sports Authority of India has set up a new weightlifting hall in the city, in order to give a boost to the sport. Spread over 15,000 square meters, this circular building has ample space to allow 100 players to practice at a single time. Pegged to be the largest in India, this hall is equipped with 26 platforms and machines worth 1.5 crores. These platforms can also be increased in number, as per need.

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