BMC records 3% case positivity at free COVID-19 testing centres across Mumbai!

The state authorities have capped the cost of COVID testing at ₹14,000 at private labs in Mumbai.

In view of the rising infection of coronavirus in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had inducted about 244 free disease testing facilities in the first week of November. Launched in all 24 wards of the financial capital, these zero-cost COVID testing centres witnessed a surged footfall of 1 lakh volunteers, out of which about 3% tested positive for the infection. With the identification of about 26, 929 confirmed cases in Mumbai, the civc body centres have helped discover 11% of the state's confirmed cases in the last month.


Mumbai's boosted testing helps to arrest the rise in positivity ratio

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In a bid to ramp up testing potential of the state, the BMC brought COVID sampling practically at the doorstep of each Mumbaikar, with testing centres across all wards of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Conducting both, RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests free of cost, these facilities were dedicated to sample through the population, who voluntarily wanted to get the coronavirus test done.

Citizens can access the addresses of these centres by calling at the BMC's main control room via the toll free number 1916. The locations are also listed on the dedicated COVID-19 websites of the state. Earlier, The BMC had clarified that any individuals who develops symptoms of Sars-CoV-2, which causes the coronavirus infection, or has come in direct contact with a positive patient can get themselves tested at these facilities for zero-cost. Classic Covid-19 symptoms include fever, cough, cold, difficulty in breathing and pneumonia.

The Additional Commissioner of BMC has stated that individuals have been encouraged to get sampled at these centres by providing them with walk-in, zero-cost services. Though, he also added that these BMC run facilities have identified only a nominal 3% positivity rate, which is much lesser in comparison to the city's exponentially rising ones.

The civic body has also scaled-up the testing capacity of Mumbai over the count of 17,000 samples a day, which has effectively reduced the positivity ratio of fresh cases to 15% from 16%. Besides this, the state government has already reduced the cost of COVID-19 tests at private laboratories in the city. Mumbaikars can now get themselves tested at ₹14,000 at private labs, while home-sampling has been capped at ₹1,800.

In the last 24 hours, Mumbai recorded a growth of 646 new cases, pushing the total caseload over the tally of 2,83,467 infection. The active patientload stands at 15,473, with 763 recoveries and 19 deaths on Monday. So far, 2,56,303 people in Mumbai have successfully recovered from the virus, while 10,884 have succumbed to the fatal virus.

Augmenting medical facilities in the city, Kanpur's Hallet Hospital to get a new Ward 50

A a 20 thousand litre oxygen supply facility would be installed for the patients in the hospital.

With an objective to expand the medical facilities available in the city, Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital in Kanpur commonly known as the 'Hallet Hospital' is looking forward to fresh developments. As per reports, the new Ward 50 of the hospital complex would be ready to accommodate patients in a year. The hospital administration has also planned the installation of a 20 thousand litre oxygen supply facility for the patients.

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Night Sky tourism kicks off in Jaipur!

The tour circle includes viewing of celestial bodies on special occasions across different spots across Jaipur.

Tourists in Jaipur may soon find an added attraction amidst all the existing views and experiences offered by the desert state. The state has launched an innovative night sky tourism for its visitors free of cost. The project was inaugurated by the state government's Minister of Art & Culture in the presence of the Chief Secretary, with an objective to bring more tourists to Rajasthan. The tour circle includes viewing of celestial bodies on special occasions across different spots across Jaipur.

Specific episodes from the astronomical timeline to be shown

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With a focus on specific astronomical events that happen from time to time, the Department of Science & Technology has prepared a list of episodes to be included in the maiden project. The allures offered by the night sky tour circle include moon watching at Jawahar Kala Kendra on the day of the launch and the telescopic view of Saturn, Mercury, Jupiter & Venus from Jantar Mantar on February 11. While tourists may flock to Albert Hall for watching the Jupiter-Mercury conjunction on March 5, they will be offered a closer view of the year's biggest moon from Amber Durg on May 26. Additionally, Mercury will be shown from Amber Fort May 17 and Venus will be shown from Albert Hall on July 3.

A step towards encouraging curiosity and boosting scientific temper

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The Minister of Art & Culture stated that night sky tourism would encourage people towards science and astronomy in addition to helping the students and researchers interested in heavenly bodies. He further said that the night sky show from different spots would boost the scientific temper of the general public. The Chief Secretary joined him in appreciation of the calm night sky, saying that a refined view of the moon displaying its pits and craters would motivate people's curiosity about Akash Ganga.

Secretary of Art and Culture and Science and Technology said: "The state government's objective is to inculcate scientific thinking among people, to make people aware about the happenings in nature in a scientific way. For this, night sky tourism has started. As per the astronomical scenario every month, this facility will be available free of cost at different places on different days."

'Udyam Sarathi App' to boost self-employment in Lucknow & other UP districts

A high-tech platform for the youth, will be unveiled on the occasion of the 'UP Diwas' tomorrow .

On the occasion of UP Diwas on January 24, 'Udyam Sarathi App', will be launched in the state. The app is a high-tech one-click solution which will provide every information related to self-employment and the job industry. This will help boost ambition among the youth, who will now be able to seek solutions and opportunities at their own convenience.

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Rajasthan girl becomes the 1st woman to lead flypast on Republic Day parade at Rajpath Delhi

Meet Flight Lt Swati Rathore, a local girl from Nagaur who will chronicle a historic moment for the nation!

This Republic Day, India will script a new chapter in the history of women empowerment. Flight Lieutenant Swati Rathore a local girl from Rajasthan will become the first woman ever to lead the flypast on the main Republic Day parade at Delhi's Rajpath on January 26, 2021. Becoming an icon for several young women in the nation, Swati Rathore has set her journey to a path which will bring honour and glory to her family, her state and the nation.

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Good news for Haj-bound pilgrims, a new Haj House to come up in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai

The New Haj House will come up in Kharghar near Navi Mumbai Interantional Airport.

In a move to boost the future of Haj Pilgrims in Mumbai, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) announced its approval for establishing a new Haj House. The latest structure is supposed to come up at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai, for which around 6,000 square metres of land will be allotted. Navi Mumbai will soon have an international airport and the new structure will benefit these Haj pilgrims.

CIDCO's decision based on a request from the Minority Affairs Ministry

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As per reports, CIDCO, the infrastructure agency of the Maharashtra government stated in an official release that its current decision is based on a request from the Union Minority Affairs Ministry. CIDCO had received a letter from the Additional Secretary of the Ministry that asked the organization to allot around 5 acres of land for a Haj House and the seasonal office of Haj Committee. It further requested to allot the land in close proximity to the Navi Mumbai International Airport, if possible.

Reportedly, CIDCO has given its approval for a plot stretching over 6,000 square metres of land in sector 38 of Kharghar. As per the agency's statement, lease amount would cost over ₹ 14.2 crores in addition to the applicable miscellaneous charges and taxes.

Old Haj House located close to the CST Terminus

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Currently, Mumbai has a Haj House located close to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station for easy accessibility to the travellers. The complex is a 19-storey structure which provides shelter and other amenities to Muslims bound for the Haj pilgrimage. The pilgrims in the house are benefitted from the training and orientation programs held by a group of volunteers from the Sahyog Cultural Society. Additionally, the Haj Committee Bombay has been looking the trouble-free travel of the Haj-pilgrims since 1927.

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