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First in India, Mumbai now houses a Texas-based 7-Eleven convenience store!

The maiden store opened at Marole, in Andheri (East), Mumbai

Mumbai witnessed the launch of the Texas-based 7-Eleven store in Andheri, marking the first of its kind endeavour in India. The 7-India Convenience Retail Limited, a Reliance owned subsidiary of the 7-Eleven, Inc (SEI) opened up at Marole in Andheri East, promising a superior shopping experience to the customers. As per reports, the new store has paved the way to bring this iconic global brand to key locales and commercial areas across the Greater Mumbai cluster.

7-Eleven store undergoes the Indian makeover to win over locals

The 7-Eleven Marole store in Mumbai is spread across 600 feet approximately and caters to a wide range of food, beverages, snacks and daily essentials. The unit has undergone the Indian makeover to provide local snacks such as samosa, vada pav, french fries, sandwiches, rice bowls along with FMCJ majors and the Reliance owned Snac Tac on its stands.

The idea is to provide a unique range of food options, crafted specially to appeal to the local tastes, with a focus on affordability and hygiene. The QSR set-up serves breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner, in both veg and non-veg options. The first floor of the concept store has a small seating place to accommodate 10 to 12 people and is equipped with washrooms.

While the international enterprise is a 24x7 format store, it will currently operate only from 7 AM to 11 PM. As per reports, the public response was decent on the inaugural day with regular walk-ins throughout.

Bringing global enterprises to domestic terrain

"India is the second-largest country in the world and has one of the fastest-growing economies. It's an ideal time for the largest convenience retailer in the world to make an entry into Indian market" said SEI President and Chief Executive Officer Joe DePinto.

The market potential favours the growth of such brands, bringing in a host of upgrades for the people. Simultaneously, the move is expected to contribute significantly towards local employment and for building an all-new eco-system for convenient stores in the country.

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Outpatient departments (OPDs) are already operational at the new South Goa District Hospital.

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The suburban train services were suspended on March 22, 2020 on account of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

After running restricted operations for over a year, Mumbai's local train services are all set to resume with 100% seating capacity from today. This is being done in order to account for the increased flow of commuters on the trains. Till now, the Central and Western Railways had been operating with 1,702 and 1,304 services respectively, which account for 95.75% of their total capacity. Today onwards, this number will go up to 1,774 in the CR division and 1,367 in WR, thus making complete use of the total capacity on the two lines.

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Atal Indore City Transport bags national award for Excellence in Urban Transport

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After winning several titles in the cleanliness category, Indore has now managed to create another record for itself. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has recognised the Atal Indore City Transport run by the Indore Municipal Corporation with an Award for Excellence in Urban Transport. Reportedly, this honour marks Indore as the 'City with Most Innovation Financing Mechanism' for managing its public transport services.

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​Two Paralympics Gold medalists from Jaipur get nominated for Khel Ratna Award

This is the first time in the 30-year-old history of Khel Ratna that 2 players from the city are being conferred the award.

Two Paralympics players from Jaipur have been recommended for the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Award, the highest rank for sports in the country. Notably, this is the first in the 30 year-old-history of Khel Ratna that 2 sportsperson from the same city will be conferred with the award. The two nominated players are Avani Lekhara and Krishan Nagar, who bagged gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

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The Lucknow centre of Sports Authority of India has set up a new weightlifting hall in the city, in order to give a boost to the sport. Spread over 15,000 square meters, this circular building has ample space to allow 100 players to practice at a single time. Pegged to be the largest in India, this hall is equipped with 26 platforms and machines worth 1.5 crores. These platforms can also be increased in number, as per need.

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Railways launch special trains from Mumbai to UP & Bihar to manage the festive rush

Check the full schedule of new trains & timings here:

Keeping in mind the upsurge of festive passenger load, Indian Railways has announced the launch of several special trains from Mumbai to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Reportedly, the festive fleet will map through Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat too, easing travel for the locals here as well. Check the full schedule of new trains & timings here:

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