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Fresh COVID-19 norms issued in Mumbai & other Maha districts to remain in effect till May 1

The fresh constraints will be observed from Thursday, 8 PM onwards and remain in force till the 1st of May, 7 AM.

On Wednesday night, the Maharashtra government issued strict curbs in the state, keeping in mind the swelling cases of the coronavirus infection. To aid the decision, the state government has also furnished a list of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which includes the banning of inter-district and inter-city travel except for emergency or essential purposes. The fresh constraints will be observed from Thursday, 8 PM onwards and remain in force till the 1st of May, 7 AM, as per the orders of the government.

'Break the Chain' initiative undertaken to control COVID tallies

Under the 'Break the Chain' initiative, the official orders read, "The state government is satisfied that the state of Maharashtra is threatened with the spread of Covid-19 virus, and therefore it is imperative to take certain emergency measures to prevent and contain the spread of the virus."

These instructions also entail protocols for weddings, which state that the number of weddings guests cannot exceed 25 and the entire programme must not extend beyond 2 hours. Involved families found flouting the order, will be penalised with a fine of ‚āĻ50,000 and the venue will be temporarily shut by the government until further notice.

Further, government and private offices will be allowed to function at only 15% of their total capacity but private organizations involved in providing essential services or are in exempted categories, can operate while keeping basic COVID-19 protocols in mind. The HODs of each department will be at liberty to decide the attendance requirement of their respective office staffers.

Public Transport guidelines involve:

  • Tickets/passes to be issued to all govt personnel (State/Central/local), on the basis of govt-issued identity card for travelling in the sub-urban trains
  • Tickets/passes to be issued to all medical personnel on the basis of their identity card, issued by the concerned medical organization
  • State govt or local government-owned public buses shall ply at 50% of the capacity with no standing passengers
  • Buses will be allowed to stop at only two places between their travel destinations
  • At bus/trains stoppages where passengers are alighting, everyone shall be stamped on the hand for 14-day home quarantine. Thermal scanners shall be used and anyone with symptoms shall be moved to corona care centres or to a hospital
  • Any person needing medical treatment and specially-abled people can be accompanied by one member while using public transport
  • Local railway officers/MSRTC officers shall provide all the information that the local Disaster Management Authority may require for screening the people travelling by these trains and alighting in their jurisdiction

Maharashtra's current COVID-19 situation

Maharashtra is observing a new record figure of COVID-19 deaths while the infection's confirmed tally crossed the staggering 4 million-mark on Wednesday along with a spike in the number of active cases, health officials said. The state's fatalities jumped from the previous peak of 519 (April 20) to a new high of 568 on Wednesday, taking the state's overall death toll to 61,911, the highest in the country. Dropping a little from the record high of 68,631 new cases notched on April 18, the state on Wednesday reported 67,468 fresh cases, taking its tally to 40,27,827 as yet.

On the other hand, Mumbai observed a surge in new COVID-19 cases from 7,192 on Tuesday to 7,654 on Wednesday, pushing the city's overall confirmed COVID-19 cases above the 6 lakh-mark; 17 days after it recorded the highest single-day spike of 11,206 cases on April 4. The number of fatalities in Mumbai have been pegged at 62 on Wednesday, taking its overall death toll to 12,508, the highest in the country.

On a slightly brighter note, a total of 54,985 COVID-19 victims have won the battle and returned home, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 32,68,449. The recovery rate has also shown signs of marginal improvement and is marked at 81.15% as of now!

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Fighting against hunger, THESE 5 NGOs are a silver lining for the needy in Lucknow!

This World Food Day, get to know about these 5 NGOs fighting against hunger in Lucknow

There is an abundance of food-delivery apps in the market today that have managed to reduce the gap between your homes and restaurants. However, there is no such modern solution to bridge the long-prevailing gap between a one-time meal and the underprivileged. No matter how developed any city in India is today, the issue of hunger is a prominent one everywhere, and Lucknow is no exception.

But keeping intact our faith in humanity, are certain groups and individuals who're working round the clock to ensure that each day, the number of people going to sleep hungry, reduces significantly. This World Food Day, get to know about 5 NGOs working towards this cause and provide them with your support however you can. A little help goes a long way!

Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organisation spread across India that operates a school lunch programme (Mid-Day meal). Established in the year 2000, the aim of this organisation is to counter classroom hunger and aid in the education of children. Reportedly, it feeds more than 18 lakh children every day, across the country. With its presence in several cities including Lucknow, the Akshaya Patra Foundation also worked to distribute food among the migrant workers during the COVID crisis last year. Donate to this noble cause by clicking on the website link attached below.

Contact: 097924 48359

Website: The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Robin Hood Army

The Robin Hood Army is a volunteer-based organisation that was established in 2014 by Neel Ghose and Arushi Batra. This establishment works to get surplus food from restaurants and the community, to serve less fortunate people. The idea behind the conception of this NGO is to create self-sustained chapters across the world, that will look after its local community. Like all the other chapters, Lucknow Chapter of this volunteer-based organisation conducts various drives across the city. If you wish to become a part of this group log on to their official website now!

Contact: Send a mail on

Website: The Robin Hood Army

Roti Bank

Roti Bank is a citizen led organisation who's primary aim is to provide food to the needy. To attain this goal, Roti Bank has a team spread across the country including a bunch in Lucknow that is purely dedicated to the cause. Roti bank collects left-over and excess food from homes and events and distributes it among the needy. One can donate in cash or kind or even volunteer to become a part of this thoughtful initiative. Click on the website link to know more about this organisation.

Contact: 7905881802

Website: Roti bank Lucknow

Vijay Sri Foundation

Vijay Sri Foundation is a non-government organization, that was launched in the year 2009 in Lucknow. The main objective of this organisation was the distribution of food to the needy poor in hospitals. Initially, home-cooked food packets were distributed among attendants of poor patients admitted in various wards of Lucknow's King George Medical College. Gradually, the operations grew to other hospitals in the city as well. Currently, around 900 patients are served food everyday, under its "Prasadam Sewa" campaign. To join their team or contribute monetarily, log on to their official website.

Contact: 099358 88887

Website: Prasadam Sewa

Feeding India

Found in the year 2014, Feeding India was formed to solve the complex challenges of food wastage, malnutrition and hunger in India. As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Zomato acquired this organisation in 2019 to deal with these issues. With its presence in Lucknow, Feeding India by Zomato designs interventions to decrease hunger among the communities that are underserved. If you wish to donate or know more about this organisation check out their official website.

Contact: Write to them here

Website: Feeding India

Knock Knock

Even though these organisations are working hard to improve the situation, it is upon all of us to make sure that we don't waste food and do whatever we can to help and feed the poor. To fight and beat the global problem of hunger, a collective effort is a must!

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