BEST to buy 100 new double-deckers for Mumbai; city streets to make way for them from 2021​

Brihanmumbai Electricity and Supply (BEST) has made a decision to upgrade the fleet of buses with 100 double-deckers with advanced features and safety measures.

Aamchi Mumbai is all set to get revamped double-decker buses in 2021, which will save them from being pushed into extinction. Brihanmumbai Electricity and Supply (BEST) has made a decision to upgrade their fleet of buses with 100 new double-deckers with advanced features and safety measures. Earlier in November, BEST had floated tenders for the procurement of these buses.


New double-deckers will be upgraded with new features

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These latest double-decker buses will run on automated manual transmission and will be equipped with BS VI compliant engine, in a bid to reduce pollution. The new fleet will be highly advanced with pneumatic door closers, two door entrances and two staircases for fast and smooth movement of passengers but at present, the double decker buses plying on the roads have just one staircase.

Additionally, to ensure the safety of the citizens on board, emergency exit doors will be equipped with CCTV cameras. The new range of double-deckers will have inter-communication devices with a capacity to carry 70 passengers at a time. In 2021, diesel-operated buses are scheduled to be procured for long-distance routes.

An iconic feature of Mumbai since 1937

Although an iconic feature of Mumbai city since 1937, there were plans of scrapping out double-decker buses back in 2018, due to high maintenance issues. But the BEST committee had raised objections and has now assured that the new double-decker buses will be procured as a replacement of the scrapped buses. At present, Mumbai has only 120 double-decker buses in a fleet of over 3,500 buses operating on 7 routes, in the city.


Mission Shakti boosts adoption of girl child by foreign couples in Uttar Pradesh

Mission Shakti is a UP state initiative which aims to improve the status of women folk, by empowering them.

Uttar Pradesh officials are lauding the state's Mission Shakti Programme as more and more girls are now being adopted by childless couples from other countries. According to a government spokesman, orphan girls are being adopted by foreign couples from countries like Belgium, Spain, Italy, Canada, France and Malta. This trend shines as a beacon of hope for many young lives, as this reflects a positive sign of changing mindsets.

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7 places in Lucknow that you must visit this winter season to forget the 2020 blues!

Starting from ritzy bars where you can let your hair down to unique restaurants which are perfect for your 'gram, Lucknow has it all.

When in Lucknow, the chances of you not finding anything interesting to do or any place to visit, is next to impossible because the city houses a variety of things and areas to keep you busy. Starting from ritzy bars where you can let your hair down to unique restaurants which are perfect for your 'gram, Lucknow has it all and how! So here we have listed 7 places for you to visit in the city and no matter how you're feeling, all of 'em are gonna amp up your mood- you just gotta take your pick.

The Beer Cafe Biggie

An absolute favourite of beerholics in Lucknow, The Beer Cafe Biggie has recently become one of the highlights in Hazratganj. They're the ONLY The Beer Cafe franchise in Uttar Pradesh, equipped with a Python Beer Dispenser with 12 taps and their bar menu has more than 150 alcohol beverage brands listed on it. Along with all this, we'd absolutely recommend their woodfired pizzas, which are as good as it gets!

Location: 2nd Floor, Rohit House, Shahnajaf Road, Opposite Sahara Mall, Hazratganj, Lucknow

The Scotch Bros.

A new addition to the legion of booze shops in Lucknow, The Scotch Bros is an absolute kick-ass alcohol store which is offering us a selection of luxury liquor choices with a range of unique whiskey, scotch, tequila and wine brands. The store also has various gifting options, inclusive of exotic alcohols and unique packaging, so if you have to pick a gift for a house-party, head here! It is also a safe space for women, looking to shop for their favourite daaru and it is one of the major reasons why we love this establishment.

Location: One Awadh Centre, Cinepolis Mall, Vibhuti Khand Gomti Nagar Lucknow

Goku

UP's first-ever pan Asian restaurant, Goku is a recent favourite of many, living in and around the Gomti Nagar area. They're serving fresh Japanese, Korean, Thai and Chinese food and we cannot get enough of their diverse menu. Each time we visit, there's always something new for us to try! Goku's rates are quite reasonable and be it sushi, katsu, yakimeshi or fancy Asian salads, you'll find it all on their menu.

Location: Shop 1/120, Deva Palace, Patrakarpuram, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow

Lord of the Drinks

One of our most preferred weekend hangout spots, LOTD offers a glam-chic ambience and it attracts the best gentry in town. So if you're a true-blue tippler who enjoys a variety of cocktails and good music along with it, then this is the place for ya'. We love absolutely their bar menu and the food options, don't disappoint either!

Location: B 204-208, Second Floor, Rohtas Summit, 3/3 Vibhuti Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow

All 'Bout Desserts

All 'Bout Desserts is a cakery and cafe, which has us the hearts of the dessertarians in town! If you're looking to bag a few yummy goodies for home or just wanna have a low-key snack sesh, ABD will heed to your needs in delicious ways. Their menu has a fine balance of sweet and savoury, so whatever you maybe craving, you'll find it here. ABD also specializes in customized cakes so be it a generic birthday cake or an artisanal one, you can definitely bank on them.

Location: B Block, Church Road, Near BATA Bhootnath, Indira Nagar, Lucknow

Bigg Daddy

This swanky restobar has our hearts and we look forward to every reason of being here. The all-inclusive F&B menu, outdoor seating arrangements and the overall vibe of this place, simply pulls us in and we're not the ones to resist. When here, do try out their epic LIIT and pick any from the cocktail options and we're sure, you'll be going home with a belly full of good booze and a smile on your face!

Pomona Orchard

Lucknow's first-ever fruit bar and boutique, Pomona Orchard is seated in Gomti Nagar, wrapped in plush interiors, soft lights along with a comfy ambience. Pomona also doubles up as an organic health kitchen and a fusion eatery, with an expansive menu which caters to your health and your palate too! When here, you've gotta try out their vegan Bolognese Spaghetti, Fruit and Exotic Cheese Board, Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Spinach Pizza and of course, the chef-special Raw Fruit Brownie.

Location: 3/16, Upper Ground Floor, Vinay Khand B, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow

Knock Knock

So if you're in town, do make sure to check out these 7 places and you'll not spend a single day/evening, being bored or feeling bleh. But do make sure to be armed with your mask and sanitizer before you head out!

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.
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In wake of surging test requests, Goa to charge for RT-PCR examination done for travel purposes

GMC and DHS are already doing RT-PCR tests as per the SOPs laid down by the Government of Goa.

Goa will not be conducting any coronavirus test for travel purposes and those willing to get tested can get it done by paying the charges at district hospitals. The decision was taken after a surge in test requests by people from Maharashtra, who have been staying or holidaying here, since their state has made RT-PCR negative report mandatory for people coming in from Goa.

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From a tea stall in Bhopal to IIT Kanpur- the journey of Anmol Ahirwar who tackled IIT-JEE

Anmol Ahirwar's father operates a small-scale local tea stall in a slum area of Maharana Pratap Nagar in Bhopal and his mother runs a paan shop.

Reinstating our belief in the proverb, 'where there's a will, there's a way', Anmol Ahirwar is serving as an inspiration for the youth across the nation. Hailing from a marginalized background in Bhopal, Anmol is a tea seller's son, who didn't allow adversity to get the better of him. Ahirwar cracked the JEE Advanced 2020 examination and has been selected for IIT Kanpur; an inspirational story worth everyone's attention.

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