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!

Lucknow Airport receives global recognition by ACI for 'extraordinary proactive measures'

The accreditation is valid for the next 12 months.

Adding another feather to the city's resplendent cap, Lucknow's Chaudhary Charan Singh airport has been officially recognized by the Airports Council International (ACI) under the banner of their Airport Health Accreditation programme. Joining Lucknow, are the airports of Ahmedabad and Mangaluru, as per the reports of Adani Enterprises. This global recognition demonstrates "extraordinary proactive measures" put in place by these airports to ensure passenger safety, said a regulatory filing.

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Mumbai scrapes-off fine for not wearing masks while driving private vehicles

Fines will still be imposed on people travelling mask-less in public transport and/or public places.

In a fresh set of guidelines issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Sunday, people will no longer be fined for not wearing masks inside private vehicles. In a directive issued by the BMC, all clean-up marshals were asked to exempt people in personal vehicles from the no-mask fine, priced at ₹200. However, this relaxation has not been extended to people travelling in public transport including taxis, rickshaws, buses and trains. Fines will also be imposed on people without face masks in other public places, stated the BMC.

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Abhishek Walia's latest show in Jaipur promises an evening of giggles and chuckles

The event is scheduled for the 6th of February at Jaipur's L.O.L cafe.

Have your new year vibes given up to the monotony of life already? Or, are you fed up with the uncertain times moving slowly through the pandemic? Then, light up your spirits for we know what you want! After your crazy laughter went on an uninformed vacation a long time ago, we know that your heart has been craving for an evening of exuberance, and comedian Abhishek Walia is coming to Jaipur with his brand new show, just to take care of that!

What's the cool thing all about?

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Claiming to be an evening that would twist the obnoxious Kalesh in everyone's life into a laugh ride, the event promises to entertain its attendees with a live roast performance. The 1.5 hours long show would tickle its audience with the wittiest insights from the most usual experiences of life.

After winning The Great Indian Laughter Challenge Season 5, Abhishek Walia has made it to the hearts of young people across the country. A University of Delhi Alumnus with a history of working as an analyst and a trained anchor too, Abhishek has worked in a lot of fields before finally realising what his calling was. Having garnered millions of views on his roast acts available online, the artist shines bright in the Indian comedy circle.

For long we have been hooked to our youtube screens for all our doses of laughter amidst the lockdown and an outing like this, will surely provide for a fresh change for the head and the heart.

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Whether you are thinking of clearing your mind or dreaming of a memorable fun-time with your bae, this event definitely deserves your attention. To book your spots in the room of giggles and chuckles, find tickets here.

When: 6th February, 6 PM onwards

Where: L.O.L Cafe, Ashok Nagar Jaipur.

For the first time in Lucknow, ‘Gur Mahotsav' soon to be a sweet reality!

A haven for sweet-lovers, this fair will have stalls of jaggery, chocolates, sweets, candies and kheer up for grabs!

For the first time ever, Lucknow will host a 'Gur Mahotsav' showcasing the branding of jaggery and its related products. To be held in the city sometime next month, the festival was earlier set to take place last year. However, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed.

A haven for sweet-lovers, this fair will have stalls of jaggery, chocolates, sweets, candies and kheer up for grabs! Bringing progressive sugarcane farmers from every corner of the state to Lucknow, this fest will also work as a central platform where agro-producers will be able to meet specialist producers and people from the food processing sector. This confluence will help the different groups to share their knowledge for symbiotic growth.

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In an attempt to benefit the children with special needs, the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has decided to implement a 50% reduction in the examination fees for them. Reportedly, a circular issued by the secretary of the Goa Board stated that the examination fee shall be decreased to 50% of its current value for all the specially-abled children who will sit for their class 10th or 12th board examination through an accredited secondary or higher secondary school.

No practical examinations fees for examinees with special needs

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The amended fee amount stands at ₹ 525 for students who deposit within the stipulated time while it would be ₹ 1,025 if the late fee is added. These students will also be exempted from paying the fee for practical examination. Additionally, a reduced fee of ₹ 300 would be charged for providing the statement of marks and the passing certificate.

The board's resolve attempts to grant an advantage to the kids with special needs. Though the decision regarding the concessions was taken by the Goa Board's executive council in January last year, it is being extended to the students from the forthcoming board examination.

Not the first benefit scheme of the state board

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As practised by all other boards of education, the Goa board also provides other relaxations to these students appearing for 10th and 12th examinations. Facilities like the help of a scribe are provided based on the nature and extent of disability.

The latest intervention is not the first of its kind in Goa. Since 2005, the Goa Board has kept a separate set of provisions for children with special needs. The scheme that underwent revisions in 2008 and later in 2018 is targeted towards providing financial aids to regular schools for establishing resource rooms and executing all-encompassing methods of education. Also, allowances are offered to the parents of these children for being able to avail facilities like physiotherapy.

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