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On Saturday, the Western Naval Command exhibited the world's largest national flag at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. The flag overlooks the Gateway of India. This move is a part of Navy Day celebrations, and is meant to commemorate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav i.e. 75 years since Independence.

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Swedish furniture giant IKEA, a retail enterprise of the Ingka Group announced the opening of its first city store in India in Mumbai on December 9. Coming up at Worli, this pack and parcel home furnishing centre will span across 80,000 sq ft and will be much more compact than its traditional big blue box stores. The small-format store has been conceptualised to suit compact urban spaces and offer the IKEA experience and services to a wide customer base in the city, the company said in a press release.

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In a step to curb the spread of COVID-19, the authorities of Maharashtra and Indore have taken an important decision on Monday. As per reports, the airport authorities of Indore have made a negative RTPCR report mandatory for all passengers coming from Maharashtra. The decision has been taken by the health department and airport officials of Indore after estimating the growth in the daily passenger traffic from Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune and Gondia to the city.

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Starting Monday, 8 new AC suburban trains will be added to the air-conditioned local fleet of Western Railway in Mumbai. These additional services will ply along the Churchgate-Virar corridor, amplifying the daily luxury train frequency from 12 to 20 services. The move is set to establish a better AC train network in Mumbai, boosting convenient train travel for all.

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In a bid to boost tourism in the city, BEST on Wednesday announced its decision to launch a special fleet of 10 'Ho-Ho' buses in Mumbai soon. Reportedly, the buses were shown a green by the BEST Committee on Tuesday after the clearance of a long-pending proposal, positioning their launch just in time for the festive season. Labelled as the Hop on-Hop off services, these buses will primarily cater to travellers and tourists, enabling a premium yet economic means of travel for them.

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Nestled in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, the boundaries of the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary has been notified as an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ). As per reports, the decision was rolled out by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to stop the ascending rate of construction activities in the 48 square kilometre (sq km) wide biodiversity-rich area. A new ESZ managing committee has further been set up by the ministry to regulate activities eco-tourism, infrastructure expansion and prohibit the establishment of new polluting industries in the protected zone.
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In a step to boost the vaccination drive in Mumbai, the city's health department will launch 'Mission Yuva Swasth' from Oct 25 to November 2 across all colleges and universities. College students will be vaccinated as part of this mission. While schools and colleges have resumed offline classes, it is highly important to ensure that all individuals are vaccinated. This drive will ensure that the students get vaccinated without going through any hassles.

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In a bid to foster multimodal connectivity across the city, the Mumbai Port Trust has tabled a bunch of projects to ensure bolstered infrastructure growth here. Proposed under the banner of the Gati Shakti Scheme, these plans aim to link two key features of the agenda, i.e cargo and sea tourism and build new amenities for the same. Reportedly, the installation of an Internation Cruise Terminal, a waterfront, a ro-pax terminal and the world's longest sea ropeway, among other provisions, are included within its scope.
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A premium retail unit of Reliance Industries, the "Jio World Drive" Mall is set to open soon in the commercial hotspot of Mumbai's Bandra Kurla Complex. According to a press release issued on Thursday, the mall will span across an area of 17.5 acres and once ready, it will be the first rooftop drive-in theatre in the city. Reportedly, the mall complex will house around 72 international and Indian brands, 27 culinary outlets serving cuisines from around the world, along with an open-air weekend community market space and pet-friendly services.

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The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) has stepped into the foray of International and Domestic Cruise Business to tap on a new segment of the tourism industry. As per reports, the IRCTC is offering a host of curated cruise packages from Mumbai to various locations along the coastal stretch of South and West India.

A maiden move, these packages are set to attract the domestic market, including potential outbound passengers, and get them to sail away from the harbour. As per reports, pre-booking for October, November and December 2021, has already started on the IRCTC official tourism website.

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What once stood as a neglected dump stretch at Mahim, is now a swanky new beach in Mumbai city. Built on a budget of 4 crores, the 'Mahim Beach Beautification Projet' was inaugurated today. This seafront is the first of its kind in Mumbai and has a 30-meter-tall beach watchtower, which serves as the vantage point for the picturesque Bandra Worli Sea Link and the stunning Mumbai skyline in the vicinity.

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