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In a bid to provide better services to its travellers, the Mumbai Metro-1 has increased its operative hours. Starting today, on December 14, the metro services have extended its schedule by 40 minutes in the morning and closing late by 45 minutes in the evenings. This decision has been taken in view of the increase in demand for commuting services, given the gradual unlocking of the city of Mumbai, post the coronavirus induced lockdown. Check out the new schedules here:

Mumbai metro increases timings

The Mumbai Metro-1 corridor connects Ghatkopar in the Northeast, to Versova in the Northwest, through 12 key stations along a route that stretches over a distance of 11.40 km route, facilitating rapid commute, connecting the western and eastern suburbs. With the imposition of the nationwide lockdown on March 25, the services were suspended until October 19, when they resumed, streamlined with the graded unlock in Mumbai under the Government's Mission Begin Again.

Since then, the metro services had been plying on a tight schedule from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM. However, on Monday, the Mumbai Metro officials announced that the timings for the metro will be extended and the first train from Versova will be flagged off at 7:50 AM and the last one at 8:50 PM. Similarly, the first and last trains from Ghatkopar in the Eastern suburbs have been scheduled at 8:15 AM to 9:15 PM, respectively. Besides this, the metro stations will also open up 15 minutes before the departure of the first train.

The Metro authorities had established a strict protocol to ensure safe travel for its passengers with thermal scanners and sanitisers among others. Unlike the city's suburban local train system, the metro is open to the general public and people need to exercise personal caution with face masks and social distancing to avail the travel services.

At present, the ridership of Mumbai Metro has been clocked at 50,000 passengers. Before the pandemic, about 4 lakh travellers were using these services, on weekdays.

List of SOPs issued for colleges in Mumbai ahead of the scheduled reopening on Wednesday

Check out the details of the guidelines issued by the University of Mumbai for its affiliated colleges here

Degree colleges in Mumbai are all set to resume offline classes from October 20. Ahead of the reopening, the University of Mumbai has issued new SOPs to ensure safety for all staffers and students. Amongst various other steps, the college authorities have been asked to take ensure social distancing, follow the mask norm, and maintain hygiene. Read on to check out other details:

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LMC to fight air pollution in Lucknow with new anti-smog guns!

Notably, Lucknow Municipal Corporation had purchased 3 anti-smog guns last year as well.

Lucknow Municipal Corporation will deploy vehicles equipped with new anti-smog guns to combat the growing levels of air pollution in the city. The anti-smog guns will ensure proper visibility during the foggy season by improving the quality of air significantly and making it more breathable for the citizens here.

Notably, as per the World Air Quality Report 2020, Lucknow was ranked as the ninth most polluted city in the world. It has been reported that the level of pollution rises significantly during the winters due to the drop in temperature paired with high moisture content apart from other common factors. This deadly combination leads to the trapping of particulate matter in the atmosphere, thereby deteriorating the air quality.

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Sale & use of green firecrackers allowed in Jaipur & other Raj districts

The cracker ban is lifted in all districts, except the ones that fall in the NCR area.

In a bid to promote an ecological festive season, the Rajasthan government has permitted the sale and use of only green firecrackers, in all regions execpt those falling under NCR. Additionaly, the ban will remain in force in cities with poor air quality.

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Zero COVID fatalities reported in Mumbai on Sunday, for the first time in 20 months!

The latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

After a difficult year marred by the pandemic, there is finally some good news for the people of Mumbai. For the first time since the onset of COVID on March 26, 2020, the metropolitan city has reported zero fatalities. While the city is already on the path to recovery with a decline in cases each day, the latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

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New flights to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi & Hyderabad from October 31

These flights are part of the winter schedule approved by the DGCA

As per the new winter flight schedule approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, 25 new flight services will be started to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. The daily flight movement between Indore and Delhi is set to increase with the induction of 16 new flights on this route. 10 new flights on both Indore-Ahmedabad and Indore-Mumbai routes along with at least 8 other services between Indore- Hyderabad, will also be functional from October 31.

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Jaipur's Mridul Agarwal creates history by scoring the highest-ever percentile in JEE Advanced!

Reportedly, more than 30 students from Jaipur have qualified the Joint Engineering Exam this year.

Jaipur's 18-year-old Mridul Agarwal, who appeared for the Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE) Advanced from the IIT Delhi zone, is the all-India topper this year. Bringing laurels to the Pink City, Mridul has created a history by getting 96%, the highest-ever percentile in the examination. Moreover, over 30 students from the city have qualified for this entrance examination this year.

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Put an end to your quest for steal deals & hangout places in Lucknow with KnockOFF!

Eat to your heart's content and save big each time, with unbelievable deals on KnockOFF

You must have heard stories and read poems about how people cross a thousand oceans and climb mountains to find love. But you don't have to go to any great lengths if the love of your life is food. All you've gotta do to reunite with your one true love, is go to your phone's App Store/Play Store and download the KnockOFF app. Easy right?

Eat to your heart's content and save big each time, with unbelievable deals on KnockOFF. So, if you are on the lookout for some steal deals today, at the most happening places in Lucknow, scroll away and take your pick:

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