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BEST inducts 24 e-buses to its South Mumbai fleet

Two new AC buses will also ply from the CSMT to the Nariman Point in Mumbai.

In a bid to revamp the face of public travel in South Mumbai, the BEST has added 24 all-electrical buses to its present fleet. This addition has been introduced as part of the transport agency's plan to replace the majority of services with non-polluting vehicles. With this, the BEST fleet holds around 270 e-buses in its wagon. This number will reportedly scale up to 1,800 electrical vehicles by mid-2023.

BEST e-buses to streamline public travel in South Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST), in the presence of Maharashtra state CM, flagged off 24 new electric buses in Mumbai. These services are set to ply in South Mumbai to reduce the overall city pollution. Additionally, these buses can travel up to 200 kilometres on a single charge, paving an economical route for public travel in Mumbai. At present, the BEST is constructing electric vehicle charging stations at depots and stations at Worli and Dharavi.

The new fleet consists of 12-meter-long buses, that can ferry up to 59 passengers at one time. The buses will also be equipped with wheelchair access and Global Positioning System (GPS) along with panic buttons. This parcel of 24 buses, along with the 32 previously operating vehicles, will streamline commute in South Bombay alone, read reports.

According to the BEST timeline, about 10 e-buses were launched in Mumbai in September 2019. At present, there are 270 such buses, while the agenda targets a total of 1,800 such vehicles in near future. These buses will be procured in a gradual and graded manner, BMC officials stated.

Two new AC buses in the BEST fleet

Reportedly, two new AC buses have also been commissioned to run from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus to Nariman Point in Mumbai. Inaugurated by the CM, Bus No. A-115 will run between CSMT to NCPA via Churchgate while Bus No. 116 will run between CSMT to NCPA via RBI Museum, from 8 AM to 7:30 PM, every 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, the state of Maharashtra is presently planning to launch a universal travel pass to facilitate commute in BEST buses, metro and railways by December 2021. This travel pass will further organise the structure of public commute in the city, elevating it under a unitary initiative.

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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Pedal for Patrol: Police to launch new beat cycle patrolling in Indore

Each patrolling contingent will consist of police officers, women along with Nasus members, who will pedal on cycles in their respective areas.

In a bid to augment civic safety in Indore, a police team and city security committee members will soon launch cycle patrolling. The new surveillance force will work on a beat-wise format to monitor even the narrow and isolated areas of the district. Each patrolling contingent will consist of police officers, women along with Nasus members, who will pedal on cycles in their respective areas, read reports.

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Campaign launched in Goa to conduct free breast cancer screening for 1 lakh women

The breast cancer screening will be organised at 35 Health Centres across the state

The YouWeCan Foundation by former cricketer Yuvraj Singh has launched a free breast cancer screening campaign for one lakh women in Goa, in partnership with the state government and SBI Foundation. Known as 'Swasth Mahila, Swasth Goa', this campaign was launched at the Goa Medical College and Hospital today. Through this drive, the administration aims to screen at least 50% of the age-eligible female population of the state.

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Internet services suspended in parts of Rajasthan, including Jaipur!

The restriction has been imposed to prevent malpractice in the RPSC RAS Preliminary exam, scheduled for today.

On account of the RPSC RAS Preliminary exams scheduled today, the Rajasthan Government has suspended mobile internet, bulk SMS and social media services in certain parts of the state. These services will remain suspended from 9 AM to 1 PM in the Jaipur Commissonerate Area. Apart from Jaipur, the restrictions will also be active in the Ajmer, Bhilwara and Nagaur districts from 6 AM to 1:30 PM, and in Bharatpur, Dholpur, Karauli and Sawai Madhopur districts from 8 AM to 1 PM.

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All Mumbai local services to return to tracks from October 28

While 100% of services are being resumed, public access to the suburban local trains is still restricted.

In a bid to streamline and regulate the increased passenger load in local trains, the Central and Western Railways have decided to resume 100% suburban services in the Mumbai division, starting October 28. Notably, the Railways have clarified that though all services are being restored, the existing travel restrictions for the general public will continue. Only those recognised and allowed by the government and Ministry of Railways are permitted to travel in the local trains, in accordance with the established standard operating procedures (SOP).

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Kickstart your festivities with Motichoor Laddoos & Kaju Katlis from Ritzz Mithai Vatika in Lucknow

This festive season, Ritzz is offering various attractive and luxurious hampers and mixed mithai boxes!

Apart from being the festival of lights, family and togetherness, Diwali is also a free pass to devour as many of your favourite sweets as you want! And when it comes to the good ol' Motichoor Laddoos and Kaju Katlis, there are only a few places in Lucknow, that we can trust! Keeping intact our festive sentiments and love for sweets, Ritzz Mithai Vatika has been serving us with its unmatched and unchanged quality and taste for years now. And once again, it's that time of the year when we can indulge in our favourite delicacies from this place, guilt-free!

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Diwali is around the corner and one cannot talk of the festivities without thinking about the sweet delights that come along. Be it a gifting option or one to indulge in, we're always looking for those delish treats, wrapped in new flavours to add sweetness to our happy celebrations! And when you've got Lucknow's most iconic dessert connoisseurs curating it all, with a heavy garnish of love and warmth, you sure are in for a lit festival this year.

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