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BMC revises arrival protocols for int'l travellers in Mumbai amid threat of new COVID strain

All international travellers will have to go through a compulsory 14-day home quarantine after arrival in Mumbai.

In wake of the discovery of a new COVID strain, C.1.2, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has revised and updated the travel norms for international passengers reaching Mumbai. An RT-PCR test is mandatory for all foreign travellers, effective from September 3. As per reports, the new virus mutation was first reported in South Africa and has been detected in about 7 countries so far. As yet, the variant has not been found in India so far, informed government sources.


New travel norms for international flyers in Mumbai

The BMC has updated its guard against the entry of the 'highly mutated' C.1.2 strain of coronavirus by changing travel norms for international travellers. The civic body has scrapped the provision of institutional quarantine for such flyers and has introduced new rules and protocols to prevent the invasion of the mutation due to unmonitored travel.

An RT-PCR test is now compulsory for international travellers arriving in Mumbai from UK, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe The cost of the COVID-19 test shall be borne by the passengers, added the BMC.

Passengers flying from the CSMIA to any destination, except for those listed about, also have to produce a negative RT-PCR test report conducted within 72 hours of the journey. This norm shall also be imposed on flyers taking connecting flights via Mumbai.

All passengers arriving in the city will be subjected to mandatory 14 day home quarantine, instead of an institutional one now. All exemptions awarded to fully vaccinated passengers and passengers over 65 years of age have also be been revoked, from September 3, read reports.

Mutated C.1.2 evades vaccine protection

The C.1.2 variant is being considered to be more infectious and has shown signs of evading protection provided by vaccines. Thus, chances of getting COVID-19 infected run significantly high even for vaccinated individuals, which beats the overall cause of the immunity campaign.

According to the World Health Organisation, researchers in South Africa first presented at least 40-59 more mutations in the C.1.2 variant than the original strain found in Wuhan, China. As per reports, the research involves scientists from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP).

Kanpur Coronavirus Update: 616 new Covid cases reported in the last 24 hours

After witnessing a slight drop in daily cases on Thursday with 354, Kanpur witnesses a massive surge in the daily tally at 616 fresh cases on Sunday.

Kanpur's covid graph has again shown a sudden spike in the daily tally of cases on Saturday with 887 fresh cases and 616 cases on Sunday. This comes after showing a considerable dip in cases on Thursday, with 354 cases. The active case count of the city now stands at 3671, while the discharges in the industrial city are at 428, with 1 death reported in the last 24 hours.

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All educational institutes in Lucknow & other districts of UP to remain closed till January 30

Considering the rising pile of COVID cases every day, this move ensures the safety of the vulnerable group of children

In line with the accelerating rate of COVID in Lucknow and the entire state, all schools and colleges in Uttar Pradesh will remain closed till January 30. Notably, all educational institutes were directed to discontinue offline classes till January 23, however, as per the order released by the state administration it has now been extended for another week. Read on to know more about the order.

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Government schools in Indore welcome dropouts for skill training

Dropouts in the state can now enrol for skill training programmes at Govt. schools under new RMSA project.

Six government higher secondary schools in the Indore district have been selected to welcome dropouts who have studied up to class 8th. The motive of the project is to upskill youth to make them employable and open better career opportunities. Narendra Jain, Assistant District Project Coordinator of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan (RMSA), told TOI that the programme will be run as a pilot project this year. Trainers in these education hubs will be guided by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

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JMC in action to clean water lettuce engulfing a portion of Dravyavati river

Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has launched a cleanliness campaign to curtail the fast-spreading weed.

A portion of Dravyavati near Ambabari in Jaipur has suffered an onslaught by pistia stratiotes, also called jalkumbhi or water lettuce. The weed is engulfing the portion of the river from all directions at great speed. In a bid to clean the river, Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has launched a cleanliness campaign to curtail the fast-spreading weed. Sewerage discharge and stinking water can be considered as the major cause for overspread of the weed. Around five years ago, Anansagar Lake was also attacked by this jalkumbhi. The administration worked very hard to remove the weeds but they have returned this season too. However, it wouldn’t have such grave consequences, due to the consistent flow of water in the river.

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Authentic Mughlai on your mind? The Latif's in Lucknow is where you need be!

With the chef who comes from Kakori-the land known for its kebabs, you can be assured of the authenticity of taste at The Latif's

If you wish to turn your love affair with Mughlai cuisine into a brand new sage, delve deep into the delectable delicacies at The Latif's in Lucknow. Seated at Gomti Nagar, this regular-looking restaurant offers an array of authentic Mughlai dishes to choose from. While we know this locality is famous for its high-priced food joints, breaking that clutter is a rather simple outlet- The Latif, with its high quality of food!

With the chef who comes from Kakori-the land known for its kebabs, you can be assured of the authenticity of taste at this food joint. So instead of worrying about the bills, we suggest you think about ways to manage the walk back to your vehicle as the flavourful offerings here are guaranteed to make you end up overeating!

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No respite from winter chills in Lucknow; IMD predicts colder days ahead!

As per the prediction made by the MeT, a 4-degree drop in temperature will be recorded in Uttar Pradesh in the next three days

After experiencing unusually cold weather this week, Lucknow and other cities of Uttar Pradesh are likely to witness a further dip in temperature in the coming days. As per the prediction by the Indian Meteorological Department, Lucknow will not witness any respite from severe cold waves in the next 48 hours. Notably, the MeT has issued a warning in the northern parts of the country regarding the temperature drop expected in the next five days.

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New in Lucknow: Purple Foods is stirring up city's culinary scenes & how!

Purple Foods debut in Lucknow with their one destination, one stop eatery

Does your agenda this weekend include getting a meal and refreshing drinks with friends/family? Does it also include an argument where you can't agree on where to eat because that one guy in your group is always craving for kebabs, and your best friend wants nothing more than a mocktail to beat the day’s blues and you’d rather have a hearty burger and call it a day!

Well, Lucknowites, in that case, we’ve got news for you! Having marked their debut in the city that loves to eat, only last month, Purple Foods is synonymous with the most indulgent and diverse cuisines all under one roof. They are an instant word-of-mouth hit! An exciting eatery shaking up Lucknow’s culinary landscape by merging high-end food, with authentic familial influences and pan-relish cuisine. Turn over the menu to explore a map of taste-bud-Asia.

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