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Lockdown-like curbs likely to extend for 15 more days in Mumbai & other Maharashtra districts

While cases witness a noticeable drop, deaths across Mumbai & other Maharashtra districts surge to a new high.

The state of Maharashtra is considering extending the existing lockdown-like curbs across Mumbai & other districts to keep the COVID-19 spread in check. As per Health Department records, the case surge has been clamped to an effective extent in Mumbai by 'Break the Chain' orders and the restrictions are to extend from May 1 to May 15, in all likeliness. A final decision will follow the cabinet review meeting on Wednesday, notified officials.

COVID curbs likely to stretch in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra Relief & Rehabilitation Minister clarified, that while there is a dip in the infection rate in Mumbai, the fate of Vidarbha and Marathwada are opposite; cases are still on a rise in these areas. The surge has further been observed in other parts of the state as well, the authority informed. He mentioned that the state is monitoring the situation and a final directive will soon be issued.

Another senior official of the administrative machinery stated that the state will not withdraw curbs at one go. Instead, relaxations will be offered gradually in wake of the swelling coronavirus rise in several prominent regions. Officials have also stated that the prohibitory orders will not be relaxed until Maharashtra gains a grip over the coronavirus infection rate and positivity ratio; when case rise is clamped below 35,000 to 40,000 for a few days.

A wave of rising tolls

While the surging scare of new infections is a concern, the high fatality rate across Maharashtra is yet another pandemic horror. In a stunning development, the total virus fatalities exceeded over the 66,000-mark on Tuesday. The state recorded over 800 deaths for the second time in 7 days, rising from 832 on April 25 to 895 on April 27. The aggregate toll now stands at 66,179 here.

At the same time, the infection tally escalated past the 44 lakh count in the last 24 hours, intensifying the virus ferocity. While the situation in Mumbai remained stable with a marginal increase of new infections to 3,999 from 3,840 cases along with a distinct decline in the death rate, the picture was different across the Mumbai Circle.

This region consisting of Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts, in addition to the MMR, not only recorded a rise in new cases but also logged in 118 more deaths, shooting the fatality toll to 22,873. On the brighter side, 67,752 fully cured patients returned home, taking the total to 36,69,548 now and the recovery rate improved from 82.92% on Monday to 83.21%.

COVID vax Phase 3 to be conducted in private hospitals only

The BMC on Tuesday, announced that the third-phase beneficiaries of the COVID inoculation drive, people aged between 18 to 45 years, can get their vaccine jab only at private hospitals. The drive will kickstart on May 1 across the nation, as permitted by the Centre. Currently, there are 73 private hospitals offering the vaccine in Mumbai, out of which, around 26 have received approvals to continue in the third phase. The state is yet to decide on free vaccination of all people. It is to be noted that this exclusivity of jabs at private booths will not be observed for people aged over 45 years of age. They can continue to get the jab at government, municipal or private centres.

Tom Junod once said, "You don't have to love cooking to cook, but you have to do more than love baking to bake. You have to bake out of love." And these home bakers of Kanpur are doing exactly the same! If you believe life is too short to say no to calories and cake, read on about these dynamic bakers who are baking deliciousness out of love.

A dessert lover would understand the importance of quality baked goods and if you are one of them, we have compiled a list of some of the best home entrepreneurs in Kanpur:

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Fighting against hunger, THESE 5 NGOs are a silver lining for the needy in Lucknow!

This World Food Day, get to know about these 5 NGOs fighting against hunger in Lucknow

There is an abundance of food-delivery apps in the market today that have managed to reduce the gap between your homes and restaurants. However, there is no such modern solution to bridge the long-prevailing gap between a one-time meal and the underprivileged. No matter how developed any city in India is today, the issue of hunger is a prominent one everywhere, and Lucknow is no exception.

But keeping intact our faith in humanity, are certain groups and individuals who're working round the clock to ensure that each day, the number of people going to sleep hungry, reduces significantly. This World Food Day, get to know about 5 NGOs working towards this cause and provide them with your support however you can. A little help goes a long way!

Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organisation spread across India that operates a school lunch programme (Mid-Day meal). Established in the year 2000, the aim of this organisation is to counter classroom hunger and aid in the education of children. Reportedly, it feeds more than 18 lakh children every day, across the country. With its presence in several cities including Lucknow, the Akshaya Patra Foundation also worked to distribute food among the migrant workers during the COVID crisis last year. Donate to this noble cause by clicking on the website link attached below.

Contact: 097924 48359

Website: The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Robin Hood Army

The Robin Hood Army is a volunteer-based organisation that was established in 2014 by Neel Ghose and Arushi Batra. This establishment works to get surplus food from restaurants and the community, to serve less fortunate people. The idea behind the conception of this NGO is to create self-sustained chapters across the world, that will look after its local community. Like all the other chapters, Lucknow Chapter of this volunteer-based organisation conducts various drives across the city. If you wish to become a part of this group log on to their official website now!

Contact: Send a mail on

Website: The Robin Hood Army

Roti Bank

Roti Bank is a citizen led organisation who's primary aim is to provide food to the needy. To attain this goal, Roti Bank has a team spread across the country including a bunch in Lucknow that is purely dedicated to the cause. Roti bank collects left-over and excess food from homes and events and distributes it among the needy. One can donate in cash or kind or even volunteer to become a part of this thoughtful initiative. Click on the website link to know more about this organisation.

Contact: 7905881802

Website: Roti bank Lucknow

Vijay Sri Foundation

Vijay Sri Foundation is a non-government organization, that was launched in the year 2009 in Lucknow. The main objective of this organisation was the distribution of food to the needy poor in hospitals. Initially, home-cooked food packets were distributed among attendants of poor patients admitted in various wards of Lucknow's King George Medical College. Gradually, the operations grew to other hospitals in the city as well. Currently, around 900 patients are served food everyday, under its "Prasadam Sewa" campaign. To join their team or contribute monetarily, log on to their official website.

Contact: 099358 88887

Website: Prasadam Sewa

Feeding India

Found in the year 2014, Feeding India was formed to solve the complex challenges of food wastage, malnutrition and hunger in India. As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Zomato acquired this organisation in 2019 to deal with these issues. With its presence in Lucknow, Feeding India by Zomato designs interventions to decrease hunger among the communities that are underserved. If you wish to donate or know more about this organisation check out their official website.

Contact: Write to them here

Website: Feeding India

Knock Knock

Even though these organisations are working hard to improve the situation, it is upon all of us to make sure that we don't waste food and do whatever we can to help and feed the poor. To fight and beat the global problem of hunger, a collective effort is a must!

Students below the age of 18 allowed to travel in Mumbai local trains

Reportedly, all services accessible for fully-vaccinated citizens are now allowed to those under 18 & to those who can't take the jab due to medical reasons.

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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41 districts in Uttar Pradesh declared COVID free

Reportedly, none of the 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh have recorded daily COVID cases in double-digits, lately

UP seems to be on a path to recovery, with 41 districts reported as COVID-free. Reportedly, none of the 75 districts in the state have recorded daily COVID cases in double-digits lately, suggesting a downward trajectory of this viral disease in the state. Owing to proactive initiatives like the aggressive 'Trace, Test & Treat', the state's positivity rate has dropped down to 0% in the last week, as per the official data.

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Industries in UP to use Japanese Miyawaki method of afforestation to offset carbon emissions

Reportedly, strict action will be taken against those who fail to comply with this order.

In a bid to reduce the carbon footprint in the state and counterbalance the industrial carbon emissions, the government of Uttar Pradesh has directed all the industries present across the state, to adopt the Japanese Miyawaki afforestation technique. As per the order issued on Wednesday, strict action will be taken against those who fail to comply with the order including revoking of industry's license to operate.

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​Launch of the Mumbai flight from new Sindhudurg Airport paves way for rapid development!

Now, the beaches of Ganapatipule are just 85 minutes from Mumbai.

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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NITI Aayog hails Indore as the benchmark model for plastic waste management in India

NITI Aayog has issued a 'Sustainable Urban Plastic Waste Management' to amplify city-level garbage management.

Known as the cleanest city in India, Indore has now been hailed as the benchmark model for plastic waste management in the country by the NITI Aayog. As per reports, the city's innovative garbage management concept not only reduces plastic waste but also recycles it for construction projects, promoting the ideas of sustainable development among 2 million people. The module also favours the set up of economical ways to tackle waste management and to ensure an independent system to run its activities.

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