In an impressive first move, Mumbai now has female figures on traffic lights

The UN Women body has also lauded this move.

For the first time ever, the traffic signals in Mumbai are upholding a step taken towards gender inclusivity by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) authorities. The aim of this initiative is to provide ample representation of women and to promote equality amidst the citizens. This has also put Mumbai in a deferential position of being the sole city in India to do so.


Green Light for Inclusivity

The BMC has swapped the male stick figures on traffic lights and signboards, with triangular frock-wearing female figurines on 240 pedestrian signals, along the Dadar stretch in Mumbai. A project undertaken by the Maharashtra Tourism Minister, the reformations also include setting up of vertical gardens behind bus stops, better footpaths and guiding tiles for the visually challenged.

Upon being lauded by the UN Women body, Maharashtra's Tourism Minister also tweeted saying, "Delighted to see the efforts of the BMC for 'the correct signal' being recognised by UN Women. Some may say this is only 'signalling', but equality cannot be measured, it has to begin in the way we think. Each such step, matters!"

The assistant commissioner with Mumbai's municipal corporation also stated, "The signage reflects the character of the city... that it believes in gender equality and promotes women's empowerment. This is just the start."

Knock Knock

This initiative is being narrated as a "symbolically valuable move" and this change further showcases that women are slowly but steadily gaining more acceptance in our society which is known to be layered with patriarchy at many instances. Although the change may appear as a 'small' but nevertheless, it is surely an important one. India's financial capital, has truly taken up a cause worth a resounding applause!

Eco-friendly Dussehra: 21 feet Ravan effigy to burn in Indore without fireworks

Every year, Indore celebrates Dusshera with extravagance and effigies as high as 100 feet accompanied by fireworks that lit up the sky.

Festivities have taken a subdued tone in the city of Indore with respect to the active spread of the coronavirus. Around 300 places in the city will witness the ritual of Ravan Dahan in the city, including prime spots of Dusshehra ground, Chimanbag ground, Vijay Nagar. However, all events of Dusshera celebrations in Indore will be organised as per the guidelines issued for COVID-19 control in the city. On the brighter note, this also means that for the first time Indoris will celebrate an eco friendly Dussehra.

Where every year, effigies as high as 100 feet, accompanied by firecrackers lit up the city skies, Dusshera 2020, will witness an absence of lavishness. This year, a symbolic Raavan Dahan will take place in Indore, upholding the city tradition. Effigies no higher than 21 feet will be alighted, and fireworks will stand cancelled. Further no participants will be invited to burn the city.

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Lucknow University to kickstart all UG & PG programmes from November

Classes for the first year- first semester PG and UG students of Lucknow University to commence from next week.

In a meeting presided by the Vice-Chancellor of the Lucknow University on Thursday, a decision to start classes for all Bachelors and Masters programmes offered by the varsity has been initiated. All lectures and classes of the University's incoming batch of 2020, will be conducted following the Flip Classroom Model, from next week, in November.

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This 150-year-old temple in Kanpur is dedicated to Ravan & opens for devotees only on Dusshehra!

Did you know that Ravan got his name from Lord Shiva & was an excellent Veena player?

While the rest of India prepares to burn effigies of Ravan on Dusshehra, there is a certain section of people who quietly line up outside a nondescript temple in Kanpur, to worship him instead. The burning of Ravan effigies is seen as a victory symbol of good over evil, however, at this 150-year-old Kanpur temple, devotees come to worship the king of Lanka, on the day of Dusshehra.
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Mumbai takes COVID-19 precaution: BMC say, sear masks or sweep roads for one hour

BMC has indulged in active campaigns to promote the use of masks in public place to arrest the spread of coronavirus

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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The number of new Covid-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh is declining and the recovery rate has increased to 91.91 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 2178 new cases were reported in the state, said the Health Department. State capital, Lucknow too is showing amazing results. Out of 61,472 cases, 57,228 have recovered while 3395 are currently undergoing treatment in the city.

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