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Mumbai locals to resume operations for fully vaccinated passengers from August 15

However, a gap of 14 days is imperative between the second dose and the date of travel.

Mumbai's suburban train network, the locals, will soon be able to ferry fully vaccinated passengers. In a televised address to the state on Sunday, Maharashtra CM announced that the people who have received both doses of COVID vaccines, will be eligible for local train travel. However, a gap of 14 days is imperative between the second dose and the date of travel. As of now, only those who are engaged in essential businesses are permitted to use the local trains.

Get vaccinated & travel in locals

In a set of relaxations granted by the state of Maharashtra on Sunday, the scope of local train commute in Mumbai and satellite areas, has widened. However, the ease has been awarded with an underlined warning, regarding the case surge. The public has been urged to not let their COVID precautions falter and invite another pandemic wave. A lockdown will be imposed again if the cases rise, he added.

For authorised local train travel, passengers will have to update their vaccination status on an app launched by the administration. People can take passes from this application itself or the offices, the CM said. Passengers who do not have a smartphone can take photo passes from municipal ward officers or suburban railway stations.

These QR-coded passes will verify the authenticity of the passengers. People are encouraged to get vaccinated and travel rather than obtaining these passes illegally, the CM added in his statement.

BEST buses to restart feeder services

In a bid to improve last-mile connectivity with the resumption of local trains, the BEST on Sunday, announced the return of 'feeder buses' across Mumbai. Feeder buses are those vehicles that ferry passengers from railway stations to pockets at the far west or east regions, to bolster commuter convenience in a seamless manner.

Besides this, several short-distance buses will also be introduced in place of other long-distance services. This development has been provisioned in line with reported commuter behaviour, which states that about 60% of the passengers prefer to travel in buses on short routes. Reportedly, the new fleet will run along 7 hubs in the city, which will smoothen the overall travel here.

Mumbai, do not let your guard down!

Meanwhile, a decision regarding relaxations in malls, restaurants and more, will be announced after a review meeting of the state and COVID task force on Monday, the CM announced. He emphasised the need to strictly follow all COVID-related norms. The state has not achieved full recovery from the second wave while the brewing threat of a third wave only adds to the concern, he said.

On Sunday, Mumbai's caseload surged by 307 new infections. With this, the aggregate tally of the Maximum City clocked at 7,37,497 infections as yet. Around 186 recoveries were noted in the last 24 hours, pushing the overall recovery to 7,14,501 cases. At present, the city is nursing about 4,645 active coronavirus cases. The death toll, on the other hand, stands at 15,951 fatalities, the second highest in Maharashtra.

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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