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Mumbai is all set to host the Indian Test cricket team for preparatory camp starting today!

Mumbai Cricket Association has set up a training camp at Bandra-Kurla Complex ahead of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand

Upon the request of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is all set to host the test specialists for a preparatory camp at the Bandra-Kurla Complex. With this 4-day camp, team India will be ready to lock horns with New Zealand's team in the two-match Test series beginning on November 25 in Kanpur and on 3 December in Mumbai. Notably, this Test series is being played as a part of the World Test Championship.


Ajinkya Rahane to lead Team India in the first Test match

Reportedly, the authority has set up this training camp to provide the much-needed preparation before the beginning of the Test series as there hasn't been a lot of red-ball cricket for a while now. Since Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are unavailable for the first Test match, Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Indian team in Kanpur.

Apart from Rahane who is already training at the complex, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Prasidh Krishna, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, KS Bharat and Jayant Yadav are likely to be a part of this camp.

Mumbai to host second Test match at 100% seating capacity!

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Government has permitted the MCA to host the second test match at its full seating capacity. Scheduled to take place from December 3 to December 7, this international test match will be played at the iconic Wankhede Stadium after almost five years.

Notably, before this series, India vs New Zealand T20I series will be flagged off in Jaipur on November 17. While the second match of this three-match series will be played in Ranchi on November 19, the last one scheduled on November 21 will take place in Kolkata.

Amid Omicron scare, India puts its plan to ​resume International Commercial air service on hold

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International flyers reaching Maharashtra to undergo mandatory quarantine; RT-PCR must for domestic travel

Amid the emergent concerns of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the Maharashtra government on Tuesday announced a mandatory quarantine for all international travellers arriving in the state. The guidelines have been made more stringent for travellers flying from at-risk countries, with the imperative of institutional quarantine on arrival.

Travel protocols for domestic travel have also been revised, added reports. Now, all passengers flying within Maharashtra will either have to be fully vaccinated or produce a negative RT-PCR test on arrival, conducted within 48 hours of the time of arrival. On the other hand, people flying to Maharashtra from other Indian states also have to present the negative COVID report, irrespective of vaccination status.

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Kanpur Metro is expected to start its commercial services by the end of this month

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SAI Lucknow to conduct Women's Hockey selection trials for NCOE on Dec 6 & 7

As per the notification issued by the Sports Authority of India, girls aged between 14 and 18 can apply for the selection trials

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) is all set to conduct countrywide selection trials of the Women's hockey team for National Centre Of Excellence (NCOE) this month. As per the report, the trial will be organised at Netaji Subhas Regional Centre, SAI in Lucknow on December 6 and 7, 2021. In line with the existing COVID scenario, a negative RT-PCR report, not older than 72 hours is mandatory to enter the premises. Read on to know the other details of the upcoming women hockey selection trial for NCOE.

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Mumbai-Nashik local train to facilitate better connectivity within Maharashtra soon!

If approved in the trial run this month, the Nashik-Kalyan Main Electrical Multipurpose Unit (MEMU) local train service will be launched by the new year

Good news for the residents of Mumbai as after a long wait the Nashik-Kalyan Main Electrical Multipurpose Unit (MEMU) local train service has finally been approved by the authorities now. As per the reports, if the Mumbai-Nashik local gets a positive report at the trial run this December, it will be launched by the new year. With the addition of a local train on this route, the Indian Railway aims to boost intrastate connectivity in Maharashtra.

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Goa issues guidelines for foreign travellers amid Omicron concerns

The move comes in light of surge in global Covid cases because of the new variant

On Tuesday, the Goan Government issued guidelines for all international passengers coming to the state. To prevent the spread of the Omicron virus, the passengers will have to undergo mandatory RT-PCR testing and self-isolation.

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IMD issues 'yellow alert' in Mumbai amid forecasts of heavy rains on Wednesday

These showers are likely to extend for the next 24 hours in Mumbai

Mumbai, Thane and Palghar woke up to isolated light showers accompanied by low temperature on the first day of December. As per reports, the IMD has issued a yellow alert in these regions for Wednesday amid forecasts of a moderate to isolated heavy monsoon spell through the day.

According to the MeT department, these unseasonal rains have been spurred due to western disturbances, intensified by a low-pressure area over the east-central Arabian Sea off Maharashtra. These showers are likely to extend until Thursday, added reports.

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