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COVID-19 adds on 'new' troubles for Mumbai and Maharashtra's barely improving health index. On Monday, officials of the state health department revealed that the mutant strain of coronavirus has paved its way to Maharashtra, sending the administrating authorities into a frenzy. About 8 passengers who recently returned from the UK were found infected with the new strain of COVID. As per the statement of the state Health Minister, 5 out of these are from Mumbai, 2 from Thane and 1 from Pune.

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The Maharashtra government on Wednesday, announced the extension of lockdown restrictions till January 31 midnight, after the COVID-19 caseload surged up to 19,25,066 with 3,018 new cases on Tuesday. As per the officials, this resolution has been undertaken as the state is still in the face of a grave threat pertaining to the transmission of the contagious coronavirus. Therefore, to contain the spread, this emergency measure has been decided upon and will be in effect till the end of the coming month.

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After announcing a night curfew regime, that will be followed till the 5th of January, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday issued strict protocols for Christmas celebrations on December 24-25. The new orders permit the presence of only 50 people for the midnight mass.

This precautionary measure to prevent overcrowding in the churches during Christmas was a much-needed one, given the current scenario wherein a new strain of coronavirus has been found in the UK.
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In a bid to provide better services to its travellers, the Mumbai Metro-1 has increased its operative hours. Starting today, on December 14, the metro services have extended its schedule by 40 minutes in the morning and closing late by 45 minutes in the evenings. This decision has been taken in view of the increase in demand for commuting services, given the gradual unlocking of the city of Mumbai, post the coronavirus induced lockdown. Check out the new schedules here:

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Be it a rainy, chilly or a humid day, there has been no 'stop' for the Dabbawalas in the city, who have been delivering home-cooked food to Mumbaikars for many years now. Precisely, since 1890, which amounts to 130 years of service. The clockwork precision of these Dabbawalas, travelling daily by their cycle or the locals, has ensured that over two lakh people across the city, have access to warm home-cooked meals. But this delivery-mechanism with a Six Sigma rating of 99.9999 (that is, less than 1 mistake in every 6 million deliveries), has been put on a halt due to the pandemic. So being rendered helpless, with their backs against the wall, the Dabbawalas have now switched to a new venture, which will soon allow them to deliver fresh vegetables directly from farms.

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If you are also someone who is completely enchanted by the spell of the sea-front sunsets at Bandra's Joggers Park, we have good news for you! In an attempt to groom the open spaces in Bandra, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation have decided to give a makeover to the Jogger's Park, and the plan has commenced in full swing with the construction of an all-new, modern and planned kid zone! This will not only help increase the footfall at the park but also enhance the utilisation of the park's play resources, which were scattered, to their full potential.

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The re-opening of cinema-halls and multiplexes in the city of Mumbai after an eight-month hiatus, has brought little respite to the workers who continue to suffer due to the low footfalls. As majority of the people continue to steer clear from cinemas, given that these are enclosed spaces, the lack of new Hindi film releases also stands as a major hurdle before the low paying workers. Those involved in these sectors, have been directly hit by the shut-downs and stilted business.

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The Minister of State for Defense set the fifth Scorpene class submarine 'Vagir' to sails in an inauguratory event at Mumbai's Mazgaon Dock on November 12. The launch was conducted by a video conference from Goa in the presence of top naval officers and other dignitaries, including officials from the Naval Group, France.

This ship is a part of the six Kalvari-class submarines designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS. The Scorpene class submarines are being manufactured indigenously by the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai as part of the Indian Navy's Project 75.

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Back in August this year, The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had invited bids to develop a Recreation Ground (RG) at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). Now as per reports, the residents of Bandra will be finally acquiring a new recreational ground as the H-West ward office (Bandra-W) has pulled down illegal structures on the ground at the junction of St Martin's and Dr Raghunath road. According to a report, this 14,830 sq. ft. plot was bounded by a 60-year lease and handed over to the Bandra Physical and Cultural Association in 1989. The debris removal process here is set to start off soon and upon completion, the residents will be allowed at the site.

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On Thursday, Procter & Gamble (P&G), which is a prominent name in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, announced a 400-crore 'India Growth Fund'. This will be a collaboration with existing and new suppliers to build capacities that will further localize manufacturing of finished products, procurement of raw materials & packaging materials, and adopt go-to-market innovations & technology. The latest venture responds to the government's as well as the company's vision of a self-reliant India and it also showcases P&G's promise to drive inclusive growth in India through external partnerships.

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In a bid to encourage people to wear masks in public areas, the BMC has levied community service of sweeping roads or cleaning graffiti of the city walls upon citizen violators who refuse to wear a mask or pay the due fine for the same. This punitive action has been implied under the by-laws of the BMC's Solid Waste Management, which authorises the civic body to impose community service upon the public for spitting on the road.
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