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Mumbai civic body extends ongoing curbs for 2 weeks despite dropping positivity rate

Reports state that Mumbai has moved to 'unlock Level 2' but BMC has intervened against relaxations.

Keeping in view the uncertain circumstances, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced that the ongoing curbs will not be revoked for the next 14 days. In spite of the latest weekly report by the Maharashtra Government which indicates lowered positivity rate and reduced oxygen bed dependency in Mumbai, the civic body has taken this decision. As per reports, Mumbai now stands eligible for 'unlock level 2', given these parameters.


Huge population, monsoons and local train footfalls deter relaxations

Reports state that the city is not being transferred from level 3 to level 2 as yet, due to its humongous population, current monsoons and the increased count of commuters in local trains. Thereby, the residents across the city will have to follow level 3 restraints for a period of 2 weeks, from now. According to reports, the Municipal Commissioner stated that the fear of a revived acceleration of infections, led to this decision.

Further, the BMC's Executive Health Officer asserted that the restrictions can be continued as a move of caution against the pandemic, despite the city's positivity rate being marked at 5%.

Offices allowed with 50% physical attendance of employees

As per the current guidelines, restaurants and other non-essential retail centres are allowed to function till 4 PM but they are not permitted to operate on weekends. Further, malls in the city have been asked to not open their gates, as of now. While all offices can function with 50% physical attendance of employees, film and television shooting are allowed till 4 PM, with complete compliance of protocols.

Besides essential service providers, citizens faced by medical emergencies and women, are also allowed to board local trains. On Friday, 721 new cases and 971 recoveries were marked in Mumbai. As of now, 7,14,216 individuals have been affected by the viral contagion.

Unity Day celebrations underway in Lucknow; know about Sunday route diversions here:

Check full list of route and traffic diversions in Lucknow on Sunday

Traffic movement will be affected in Lucknow on Sunday (October 31) on account of a National Unity Day programme at the KD Singh Babu Stadium. The Deputy Commissioner of Traffic Police, Lucknow, Raees Akhtar has released an order to announce all restricted routes and alternate diversions applicable here. Due to the rehearsals of the event, the traffic movement was affected today also.

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Surgery & casualty wards to soon become functional at South Goa District Hospital

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

The multi-storied South Goa District Hospital (SGDH) is being upgraded with new facilities to lessen the load off older hospitals and health institutes. As per reports, the new hospital is likely to house the surgery and casualty departments soon in a bid to clear space at the Hospicio Hospital. Earlier also, all outpatient departments (OPDs) were relocated to the spacious new SGDH for the same reason.

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Mumbai local trains to operate at 100% capacity from today!

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

Indore CNG bus fleet is a 'green' step towards environmental protection.

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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