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After announcing the reopening of schools in Maharashtra on August 17, the state government has now issued a list of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure COVID-19 safety for students, teachers and staff members. Schools in Maharashtra have been permitted to resume physical classes for standards 5th to 7th in rural areas and 8th to 12th in urban areas.


Social distancing & masks, compulsory in schools

The state of Maharashtra has ordained to set up a district-wise panel to devise the norms of reopening of schools in their jurisdiction. This board will mandatorily compromise the Municipal Commissioner and District Collector of the respective district and cities, the administration highlighted.

Besides, all teachers and staff at school need to be fully vaccinated, with both doses of the COVID-19 jab before the reopening of schools. Students, on the other hand, will be permitted to attend in two shifts to avoid crowding within premises. Social distancing will be maintained in classrooms, for which only one student would be seated on one bench. A distance of 6 feet needs to be maintained between two benches.

Activities and functions that promote social gatherings in schools will remain prohibited under the ambit of the present SOPs. Schools will also have to ensure arrangements for hand wash and sanitisation, with strictness. Face masks will be imperative for all individuals attending school.

BMC to authorise reopening of schools in Mumbai

While the State Education Minister directed for a state-wide reopening of schools last Friday, offline schools in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) will begin as per the discretion of respective local authorties . As such, the reopening of schools in Mumbai will fall under the authority of the BMC.

New ₹900 crore annual budget plan approved to bolster civic development in Mumbai

A ₹900 crore annual plan has been approved to bolster development in Mumbai city & suburban districts

In light of the upcoming BMC elections in Mumbai, the Maharashtra Government approved the annual district plan budget, allowing a sum of ₹900 crores for the development of Mumbai city and suburbs. Reportedly, this yearly budget has been further segmented into two categories - ₹250 crores for the city and ₹650 crores for the suburban districts. The plan was approved during cabinet review on Monday and will be notably streamlined for use in the next year.

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Goa University postpones final year PG & UG offline exams in wake of COVID rise

The Goa University administration on January 13, 2021, announced to postpone the examinations by three weeks.

Citing the recent hike in COVID cases in the state as a primary concern, the Goa University administration on January 13, 2021, postponed the varsity examinations. According to this announcement, all final year UG and PG offline assessments have been pushed back by three weeks. The Goa University also altered the duration of the term break, preponing it to extend between January 24 to 29, 2022.

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Lucknow charts COVID-19 recovery; fresh case tally sees a dip for second consecutive day

Around 1818 fresh COVID cases were reported in Lucknow on Monday, down from 2326 on Sunday

Pointing towards a recovery trend, fresh infections in Lucknow have dipped for two consecutive days on Monday, bringing a huge respite to the city. Around 1,818 new coronavirus cases were reported here on January 24, down from 2,326 cases on Sunday and 2660 on Saturday. With 2402 recoveries, the healing wave surged stronger than the daily transmission load, adding to the pandemic relief here. However, a single virus-related fatality indicated that the COVID threat has not completely subsided.

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DGCA extends suspension of international passenger flights in India till February 28

DGCA announced the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights to and from India till February 28, 2022

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Aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on January 19, announced the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights to and from India till February 28, 2022. While scheduled passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 2020, several special passenger flights are under operation between India and 40 other countries since July 2020. These aviation services are being regulated under an air-bubble agreement to ensure COVID security

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21 Omicron sub-lineage 'BA.2' cases reported in Indore

Of this new load, around 6 are children.

Amid the rampant fears of Omicron spread in the country, 21 infections of BA.2, a sub-lineage of the Omicron variant have doubled the threat in Indore. Of this load, six happen to children including a one-day-old infant. As per reports, all cases of the sub-mutation have been traced at a private laboratory in Indore, in the last 18 days. Since the new variant is relatively new, doctors and healthcare experts are conflicted over the severity of the infection caused by it.

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Painting UP Green! Four 'Vedic Paint' manufacturing sites to be set up in the state soon

The four paint units will be set up at Barabanki, Varanasi, Ballia and Meerut

In a strive to promote the use of greener solutions in Uttar Pradesh, the Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has undertaken the task of setting up 4 'Vedic Paint' manufacturing sites in the state. Vedic paints are naturally procured alternative paints, that are more eco-friendly than chemically sourced materials, making them a smarter and greener choice. As per the Khadi Commission Director, these novel units will be set up at Barabanki, Varanasi, Ballia and Meerut, to boost the pillars of sustainable growth and development in UP.

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Kanpur's Gandhi Bhawan to be developed as a site for light & sound show under the Smart City Mission

Soon you can enjoy light & sound shows at Gandhi Bhawan in Phoolbagh!

Soon, the residents of Kanpur will be able to enjoy a spectacular light and sound show just like the ones at Burj Khalifa and Gateway of India in their own city! The show will take place at the famous Gandhi Bhawan in the Phulbagh area, which is currently undergoing renovation. Being carried out under the Smart City Mission, the work to add a new attraction in Kanpur is expected to complete in the next 3 months. Read on to know more about this initiative that is aimed to boost tourism and the development of local areas in the city.

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