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Mumbai University & its affiliated colleges to hew summer holidays to 13 days

The summer vacations will commence from June 1 and go on till June 13.

In a bid to make sure that the delays of the ongoing academic year don't impede the next, the authorities of the Mumbai university have decided to cut short on summer holidays for Mumbai University and its affiliated colleges. The summer vacations will commence from June 1 and go on till June 13, so that the directed schedules can be regularized. Further, the administration has finally issued the academic calendar for 2020-21, after a break of almost a term.

Present academic session to conclude on the 31st of May 2021

The present academic session will conclude on the 31st of May 2021, in contrast to the 30th of April, which is usually the day when the term dissolves. As per the claims of the university, the new academic calendar has been chalked out after an extensive process of brainstorming, in an effort to ensure minimal repercussions of the current year onto the next. However, first-year students whose admissions are ongoing under the umbrella of professional courses, will be exempted from following this calendar.

Due to the pandemic anyway, the existing school year commenced back in August instead of June so it was expected that there might be an extension, in regards to a concluding date. The university officials have also mentioned that they require the backing of all the stakeholders to execute this plan without any glitches and flexibility is the need of the hour, given the external scenario.

As per UGC protocols, colleges should be scheduling a vacation of 10 weeks

Although this decision has been undertaken to reduce uncertainties and hold-ups, the faculty members aren't in approval of the resolution. As per the faculties, the varsity is all set to conduct examinations of the first-year students enrolled in arts, science and commerce programmes, from the first week of January without the completion of the mandatory 90-day teaching period set by the UGC. Further, as per UGC protocols, colleges should be scheduling a vacation of 10 weeks, in a given academic calendar.

As per new orders by Kanpur Municipal Corporation, citizens will now have to inform the authorities before bringing home a pet. Those failing to do so will have to pay a hefty fine of ₹1200, irrespective of breed and size. The Municipal Corporation is also planning to bring pet clinics under the purview of the license.

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Newly launched e-buses to connect Lucknow to nearby rural areas from October 25

The fares for the e-buses will range from ₹5 for 3 km to ₹37 for more than 25 km

The newly launched electric buses in the city will ply on a new route, connecting Lucknow to the rural areas around, starting October 25. This will be the first time that such a service will be deployed in these areas, wherein commuters will be able to travel to and from the city, in the comfort of new state-of-the-art e-buses. The trials for the same are currently underway.

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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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