Mumbai University awaits resumption of local trains for all, before commencing offline classes

A number of practical classes that necessitated offline presence, have been shifted to the next semester.

Post the complete shutdown of the Mumbai locals during the early phase of the pandemic, the services gradually opened up for certain sections of the population. Given the dwindling number of COVID-19 patients in the city, the complete revival of the local trains is anticipated in the near future but the government hasn't taken a final decision yet. Keeping this in mind, Mumbai University has shelved the idea of allowing offline classes till local trains are resumed for the general public.


Offline classes deferred till local trains start for all

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As per reports, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University affirmed that the colleges would be asked to restart only after all the local train services are fully restored, assuring easy commutation for the students. The university has been conducting online classes since March, like the rest of the educational institutes in the country.

Owing to this, a number of practical classes that necessitated offline presence have been shifted to the next semester. While most colleges are awaiting directives from the University, some institutions have decided to resume offline classes for specific courses from February. Contrary to this, Savitribai Phule Pune University is preparing to open all of its 800 affiliated colleges from January 11.

Decision regarding complete restoration of local trains to be taken next week

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While government employees, essential service workers, travellers with long-distance rail tickets and other authorized citizens are allowed to avail the local train facilities, the state government is currently holding discussions to grant this access to all. A final decision pertaining to this will be proclaimed next week, as per reports.

Additonally, the passenger count has increased dramatically in the local trains since the last two weeks, taking the overall tally above the 8 lakh mark, late last week. While the administration is contemplating the restoration of local train services for all, the situation requires great attention so that the COVID-19 curve doesn't surge yet again.

Augmenting medical facilities in the city, Kanpur's Hallet Hospital to get a new Ward 50

A a 20 thousand litre oxygen supply facility would be installed for the patients in the hospital.

With an objective to expand the medical facilities available in the city, Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital in Kanpur commonly known as the 'Hallet Hospital' is looking forward to fresh developments. As per reports, the new Ward 50 of the hospital complex would be ready to accommodate patients in a year. The hospital administration has also planned the installation of a 20 thousand litre oxygen supply facility for the patients.

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Night Sky tourism kicks off in Jaipur!

The tour circle includes viewing of celestial bodies on special occasions across different spots across Jaipur.

Tourists in Jaipur may soon find an added attraction amidst all the existing views and experiences offered by the desert state. The state has launched an innovative night sky tourism for its visitors free of cost. The project was inaugurated by the state government's Minister of Art & Culture in the presence of the Chief Secretary, with an objective to bring more tourists to Rajasthan. The tour circle includes viewing of celestial bodies on special occasions across different spots across Jaipur.

Specific episodes from the astronomical timeline to be shown

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With a focus on specific astronomical events that happen from time to time, the Department of Science & Technology has prepared a list of episodes to be included in the maiden project. The allures offered by the night sky tour circle include moon watching at Jawahar Kala Kendra on the day of the launch and the telescopic view of Saturn, Mercury, Jupiter & Venus from Jantar Mantar on February 11. While tourists may flock to Albert Hall for watching the Jupiter-Mercury conjunction on March 5, they will be offered a closer view of the year's biggest moon from Amber Durg on May 26. Additionally, Mercury will be shown from Amber Fort May 17 and Venus will be shown from Albert Hall on July 3.

A step towards encouraging curiosity and boosting scientific temper

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The Minister of Art & Culture stated that night sky tourism would encourage people towards science and astronomy in addition to helping the students and researchers interested in heavenly bodies. He further said that the night sky show from different spots would boost the scientific temper of the general public. The Chief Secretary joined him in appreciation of the calm night sky, saying that a refined view of the moon displaying its pits and craters would motivate people's curiosity about Akash Ganga.

Secretary of Art and Culture and Science and Technology said: "The state government's objective is to inculcate scientific thinking among people, to make people aware about the happenings in nature in a scientific way. For this, night sky tourism has started. As per the astronomical scenario every month, this facility will be available free of cost at different places on different days."

'Udyam Sarathi App' to boost self-employment in Lucknow & other UP districts

A high-tech platform for the youth, will be unveiled on the occasion of the 'UP Diwas' tomorrow .

On the occasion of UP Diwas on January 24, 'Udyam Sarathi App', will be launched in the state. The app is a high-tech one-click solution which will provide every information related to self-employment and the job industry. This will help boost ambition among the youth, who will now be able to seek solutions and opportunities at their own convenience.

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Rajasthan girl becomes the 1st woman to lead flypast on Republic Day parade at Rajpath Delhi

Meet Flight Lt Swati Rathore, a local girl from Nagaur who will chronicle a historic moment for the nation!

This Republic Day, India will script a new chapter in the history of women empowerment. Flight Lieutenant Swati Rathore a local girl from Rajasthan will become the first woman ever to lead the flypast on the main Republic Day parade at Delhi's Rajpath on January 26, 2021. Becoming an icon for several young women in the nation, Swati Rathore has set her journey to a path which will bring honour and glory to her family, her state and the nation.

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Good news for Haj-bound pilgrims, a new Haj House to come up in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai

The New Haj House will come up in Kharghar near Navi Mumbai Interantional Airport.

In a move to boost the future of Haj Pilgrims in Mumbai, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) announced its approval for establishing a new Haj House. The latest structure is supposed to come up at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai, for which around 6,000 square metres of land will be allotted. Navi Mumbai will soon have an international airport and the new structure will benefit these Haj pilgrims.

CIDCO's decision based on a request from the Minority Affairs Ministry

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As per reports, CIDCO, the infrastructure agency of the Maharashtra government stated in an official release that its current decision is based on a request from the Union Minority Affairs Ministry. CIDCO had received a letter from the Additional Secretary of the Ministry that asked the organization to allot around 5 acres of land for a Haj House and the seasonal office of Haj Committee. It further requested to allot the land in close proximity to the Navi Mumbai International Airport, if possible.

Reportedly, CIDCO has given its approval for a plot stretching over 6,000 square metres of land in sector 38 of Kharghar. As per the agency's statement, lease amount would cost over ₹ 14.2 crores in addition to the applicable miscellaneous charges and taxes.

Old Haj House located close to the CST Terminus

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Currently, Mumbai has a Haj House located close to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station for easy accessibility to the travellers. The complex is a 19-storey structure which provides shelter and other amenities to Muslims bound for the Haj pilgrimage. The pilgrims in the house are benefitted from the training and orientation programs held by a group of volunteers from the Sahyog Cultural Society. Additionally, the Haj Committee Bombay has been looking the trouble-free travel of the Haj-pilgrims since 1927.

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