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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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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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Ushering in relief for students, the Government of Maharashtra has decided to let students under the age of 18 avail of various services in the state. As per the order issued on Thursday, students that are not eligible for vaccination will now be allowed to travel on the local trains. Apart from this, access to other facilities like entry into malls, multiplexes, temples (in certain districts), auditoriums, restaurants and wedding halls have also been granted to those who cannot take the COVID-19 vaccine yet.

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The launch of the Sindhudurg Airport and a flight service from Mumbai, is a milestone development that has brought the two cities closer to each other. Launched as the maiden service under the RCS-UDAN scheme, the flight will be operated by Alliance Air company, read reports. The 72-seater flight covers the 530-KM distance between the two cities in just 85 minutes.

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Facilitating better connectivity between Mumbai and Pune, EveyTrans- a Hyderabad based MEIL group company, has launched an intercity e-bus service on Wednesday. To mark the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami coinciding with Dussehra festivities, 'PuriBus' commenced operations from Friday. This E-bus service offers a comfortable, noiseless and environment friendly travel for passengers on this long-distanced journey.

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In view of the gradually declining rate of fresh COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, the govt on Tuesday announced the reopening of all colleges and universities from October 20. As per the order, colleges can hold offline lectures for over 50% of students who are fully vaccinated. Complete 2-dose inoculation is necessary for 100% teaching and non-teaching staff, the norms elaborated.

Colleges can explore the option of hosting a vaccination camp on the premises to achieve the goal. They can discuss such plans with the local administration, added reports.

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to equip 16 Mumbai civic hospitals with smoke detectors and extractors systems in a bid to avert fire accidents and arson cases at medical institutes. This move comes in wake of the fire tragedy at the SICU of Bhandara Hospital, which claimed the lives of 10 newborns in January this year. Reportedly, the Mumbai Fire Brigade has already completed inspections at the hospitals to upgrade the fire-fighting measures and its findings have now paved way for the installation of new amenities.

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The Maharashtra government has decided to unlock all cinema halls, single-screens and drama theatres as well as auditoriums in Mumbai from October 22, under the watch of strict SOPs. As per the protocols released on Tuesday, all theatres complexes in the city shall function at a limited 50% capacity only. Meanwhile, cinemas in containment zones will remain shut as per COVID safety guidelines. Check all other norms here:

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The Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has resumed flight operations from Terminal 1 (T-1) after the 6 month-long COVID-19 induced hiatus. All domestic services of four airlines, namely GoFirst, AirAsia India, Star Air and TruJet, will be shifted to this base from Wednesday. Until now, international and domestic operations were being operated from Terminal 2 (T-2), which is largely used for overseas flights.

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Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation recently proposed its master plan to refurbish the Jawaharlal Nehru Garden in South Mumbai. According to the blueprints, the civic body has decided to retain the existing garden, trees and shrubs of the open space, in line with the local sentiment and feedback.

As such, the new development plan includes the installation of only accessory infrastructure around. This includes pathways, lawn mounts, ornate lighting, a pergola with seating, along with a portable security cabin among other amenities.

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Ushering ease of connectivity and travel across Mumbai, the BEST green flagged the operations of shuttle e-buses on Tuesday. Daily commuters can now enjoy the benefit of these AC buses, that link the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA-Terminal 2) to South Mumbai. Reportedly, separate services will ply on point-to-point routes to Bandra-Kurla Complex, Gateway of India and Nariman Point to enhance passengers' convenience.

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