Annual 'Blue Tide' spotted at Mumbai's Juhu Beach​ & Devgad Beach in Sindhudurg

Bioluminescence has been an annual occurrence along the west coast since 2016.

The tide producing a fluorescent blue hue, popularly known as bioluminescence, recently made an appearance at Mumbai's Juhu Beach and Devgad Beach in Sindhudurg, along Maharashtra's coastline. This recurring phenomenon is caused by a bioluminescent plankton called Noctiluca Scintillans, commonly known as sea sparkle. Bioluminescence has been an annual occurrence along the west coast since 2016, especially during the months of November and December.

Talking about "Neeli Machli" (blue tide)

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The natural phenomenon is characterized by the emission of light produced by phytoplanktons (microscopic marine plants), commonly known as dinoflagellates. The light is produced through a series of chemical reactions due to luciferase (oxidative enzymes) protein, according to E Vivekanandan, consultant and scientist, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute.

The occurrence was spotted at 11:45 PM on Tuesday, at Juhu Koliwada by a marine researcher and locals described the blue hue as " Neeli Machli" (blue fish). Last week, the Consul General of India in Medan, also shared photos of the natural phenomenon from the Betalbatim beach in Goa. It is assumed that this tide is traveling northwards along the west coast.

Another such episode called 'red tide'

These waves may look beautiful but the planktons are not good for the ecosystem. Smaller blooms may be harmless but slow moving larger blooms may result in extreme hypoxic conditions that might result in fish-die offs in the area, as per reports. Similarly, there is also another such episode called 'red tide', which is made of harmful algal blooms that emit red light. It is a rare incident, which is toxic for marine life.

Lucknow to get new panic buttons & pink toilets, under Safe City Mission

The panic buttons will allow city dwellers to seek immediate assistance in case of accidents, health issues, theft and other crime.

In a bid to develop smart emergency-assistance systems in Lucknow, new panic buttons will be installed at several intersections in Lucknow. These panic buttons will also be positioned near the 'Pink Toilets' in the city, which are being developed under the 'Smart City Mission'. Prominent areas in Lucknow, such as Hazratganj, Gomti Nagar, Indira Nagar and Alambagh will get the panic-buttons first, read reports.

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Railway's renovation project to bring a World-class, Airport-like station in Kanpur

Proposed project keeps the benefit of passengers as the focal point behind all interventions.

After the Indian Railways successfully completed the redevelopment of the Habibganj station in Bhopal, Kanpur is one of the two stations chosen for the next initiative. As per reports, the Central Railway station is all set for a revamp by the Railway Authority in line with the airport standards. On Friday, a group of officials from different agencies conducted a meeting and deliberated on various issues regarding the renovation project.

IRSDC, RLDA and other central agencies roped in for the project

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The plan for the redevelopment of the railway stations has been prepared by the Ministry of Railways in consultation with the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC), Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) and other central agencies. With an aim to speed-up the process, IRSDC and RLDA have already started their work to check the technological feasibility and financial viability of the redevelopment project.

As per the current proposal, the exercise will be divided into different stages based on the feasibility reports. While discussing the various areas of renovation, a senior official pointed out that the benefit of the passengers must be the focal point behind all interventions. He added that it is important to consider unusual circumstances like heavy rains or dense fog while working out on the implementations.

Enhancing & upgrading passenger amenities a top priority

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The official further stated that the development works of the station must be envisioned upon the needs and requirements of the next 40 to 50 years. A representative from IRSDC delivered a PowerPoint presentation covering the various facets of the redevelopment project. He emphasised the fact that enhancing and upgrading passenger amenities must be the first priority of the innovative scheme.

India has got its first world-class, airport-like railway in Bhopal which would be inaugurated soon. With the current initiatives in line, the country's rail-travel system is bound to be changed soon.

Set to open for public use in January 2022, Kanpur Metro dives into fine-tuning with vigour

Electrical and fire fittings, civic construction work, underground tunelling work to begin simultaenously for Kanpur Metro

The Kanpur Metro has buckled to boost its construction phase work, streamlined to inaugurate the services for public use by January next year. As per reports, tenders for laying metro-line corridors will be assigned in the coming week and the pivotal construction work will begin by April. The authorities have slated to lay electrical lines, in addition to setting tracks and fire safety provisions simultaneously to holistically establish the system. Marked for November trials, Kanpur too will become a 'metro-city' by 2022.

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Boosting network connectivity​ across the state, Goa to have 62 new mobile towers soon

The latest intervention is a part of the government's Telecommunication Infrastructure Policy 2020.

The Chief Minister of Goa announced a new proposal to enhance mobile connectivity in the state on Saturday. As per reports, Goa is all set to witness the installation of about 62 new mobile towers in the near future. The latest step which comes as a part of the government's telecommunication policy will not only improve network accessibility in the state but also amplify the existing infrastructure.

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IIM-Indore to lead Madhya Pradesh on the path of self-reliance with its expert industrial policies

The backbone of Aatmanirbhar evam Samridha MP, IIM Indore to culture an environment conducive to development.

The Indian Institute of Management Indore will take the pivotal position to lead the state of Madhya Pradesh on its journey to be self-reliant or 'Aatmanibhar'. Harbouring its expertise for the benefit of the state, this institute will help draw new industrial policies which are conducive for culturing the state's landscape to accommodate growing businesses here. This will also facilitate the ease of doing business here which will attract new ventures as well as boost domestic talent.

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