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Mumbai hardly managed to vaccinate 1,597 people out of the listed 3,200 beneficiaries registered for vaccination on Tuesday, Day-2 of the coronavirus vaccination drive. Recording a similar attendance as Day-1, on Saturday, the malfunctioning of the CO-WIN mobile application, isolated cases of hesitation and refusal among people were pinned for almost half of the intended participation. These low numbers were observed to be a state phenomenon; Maharashtra's tally also plummeted from 64% on Saturday, to 52% on Sunday, vaccinating about 14,883 healthcare workers of the total 28,500.

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After the Disaster Management Cell of the BMC gave out a helpline number for reporting bird carcasses last week, it has been flooded with complaint calls given the ascending number of bird deaths in the city. As per reports, BMC has received nearly 1800 complaint calls since the first case of bird flu was reported in the city.

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The BEST has decided to induct 4 new AC buses to its fleet, replacing non-AC buses running on popular routes within the city. This is the first occurrence where the civic body has decided to initiate air-conditioned decks on routes of non-AC buses. As per reports, the upgrade has been extended to Mumbaikars in response to commuter suggestions and demands.

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In a fresh set of guidelines issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Sunday, people will no longer be fined for not wearing masks inside private vehicles. In a directive issued by the BMC, all clean-up marshals were asked to exempt people in personal vehicles from the no-mask fine, priced at ₹200. However, this relaxation has not been extended to people travelling in public transport including taxis, rickshaws, buses and trains. Fines will also be imposed on people without face masks in other public places, stated the BMC.

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City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) has kicked off preparations to install an-all equipped, urban town near the Navi Mumbai airport. This project aims to develop a total of 400 lakh square meters of land into residential and commercial units, with schools, entertainment, hotels and hospitals.

Spread across 300 hectares over the southern scape of the upcoming airport, this aerocity will be complete with established financial services, such as banks and models of urban commute including well-designed roads, metro systems. As per the programme blueprints, an automated waste management system will also be set-up here.

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The world's most elaborate vaccination programme was launched in India on January 16 by flagging off the COVID-19 inoculation drive across the nation. Launched under the care of Prime Minister, this immunisation process was authorised by prior registration on the Co-WIN mobile application which exhibited technical glitches on the first day of phase 1 drive. As a result, only 1926 out of the 4000 beneficiaries across 9 centres were administered the vaccination in Mumbai. The Co-WIN mobile application was supposed to send automated messages to the healthcare workers, listing the date and time of their immunisation, however, due to glitch in the app, beneficiaries couldn't be alerted about their designated slots on Saturday.

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As per new orders by BMC, schools in Mumbai Municipal region cannot resume physical classes due to the fears of the second wave of coronavirus. The order issued on Friday extended stay on the resumption of schools until further notice. Earlier as well, BMC had issued a sweep-shutdown of educational institutes till January 15, 2021, unlike schools in other parts of the state which resumed for senior classes on November 23 last year.

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The Mayor of London's international trade and investment agency has analysed the data available on Dealroom.co to prepare an index of fastest-growing centres of technology across the globe. As per the findings of this report, Bengaluru has ranked at number 1 and financial capital Mumbai stands at rank 6. Beating all odds of economic crunch due to the coronavirus induced lockdown, these Indian cities have stepped into the league of global pioneers of tech-infrastructure, boosting India's position in international charts.

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Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) resumed its services back in October after a halt of almost seven months due to the early phase of the ongoing pandemic. Now, to keep pace with the surging ridership, the metro authorities have decided to extend their Metro-1 (Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar) services from January 18. The number of trains will be stretched to 230 from 200 and along with it, gates at both ends of the stations at Saki Naka, Marol Naka, Chakala and Western Express Highway (WEH) will be thrown open to commuters.

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Navi Mumbai received about 21,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday which will benefit around 19,085 government and private health workers, registered with the NMMC, in the first phase of inoculation drive. In accordance with the Government directives, the city has finalised 5 vaccination centres which will be conducting phase one of COVID-19 immunisation drive. These include civic body-run Vashi and Airoli hospitals, DY Patil Hospital in Nerul, Apollo Hospital in Belapur and Reliance Hospital in Khairane MIDC.

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The Maharashtra Health minister announced that the Covishield vaccine will not be provided to citizens below the age of 18, pregnant women and people with allergies. The minister further stated that the citizens chosen for the first round of immunization, who do not fall in any of these categories, shall be administered with two doses of the vaccine at an interval of 4-6 weeks. Maharashtra expects the vaccination of frontline workers to begin on January 16, in line with the national launch date

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