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Phase 3 COVID inoculation drive delayed in Mumbai & other Maha districts amid vaccine shortage

As of now, about 1,53,22,367 vaccinations have been administered across Maharashtra, the highest tally in India.

Slated to begin on May 1, the third and the largest phase of the COVID-19 inoculation drive will open vaccination for people aged between 18 to 45 years, expanding the scope of vaccination for all adults. However, it seems that Mumbai, Pune and all other districts of Maharashtra have to wait longer until they legitimise the eligibility of all adults for the COVID jab. Reportedly, Mumbai and other regions in the state will not begin phase 3 of vaccination due to the unavailability of sufficient doses.

Phase 3 COVID vaccination delayed in Mumbai

Maharashtra has been reporting a shortage of COVID vaccines for about one week now, due to which several vaccination centres in Mumbai had to withdraw their inoculation activity. While the Union Health Minister stated on Wednesday, that 5 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine are in Maharashtra's delivery pipeline in the next three days, the state has decided to call off the phase 3 launch amid the paucity of current supplies at 5,06,319 jabs and high demand by eligible population groups.

Meanwhile, the state Health Minister added that the vaccination of all people falling in the age bracket of 18-45 years will be administered at the state's expense. He also clarified that free vaccination will be available only in government-run facilities and people visiting private centres will have to pay for the shot. The decision was finalised in a cabinet review meeting, chaired by the CM on Wednesday and will cost the state an estimate of ₹6,500 crores, the Health Minister added.

As of now, about 1,53,22,367 vaccinations have been administered across Maharashtra, the highest tally in India. The demand for vaccine here is higher than in any other region due to the active spread of infection. With the third phase of the immunity drive, about 5 crore beneficiaries would have been added to the state's target, reports highlighted.

Unity Day celebrations underway in Lucknow; know about Sunday route diversions here:

Check full list of route and traffic diversions in Lucknow on Sunday

Traffic movement will be affected in Lucknow on Sunday (October 31) on account of a National Unity Day programme at the KD Singh Babu Stadium. The Deputy Commissioner of Traffic Police, Lucknow, Raees Akhtar has released an order to announce all restricted routes and alternate diversions applicable here. Due to the rehearsals of the event, the traffic movement was affected today also.

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Surgery & casualty wards to soon become functional at South Goa District Hospital

Outpatient departments (OPDs) are already operational at the new South Goa District Hospital.

The multi-storied South Goa District Hospital (SGDH) is being upgraded with new facilities to lessen the load off older hospitals and health institutes. As per reports, the new hospital is likely to house the surgery and casualty departments soon in a bid to clear space at the Hospicio Hospital. Earlier also, all outpatient departments (OPDs) were relocated to the spacious new SGDH for the same reason.

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Mumbai local trains to operate at 100% capacity from today!

The suburban train services were suspended on March 22, 2020 on account of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

After running restricted operations for over a year, Mumbai's local train services are all set to resume with 100% seating capacity from today. This is being done in order to account for the increased flow of commuters on the trains. Till now, the Central and Western Railways had been operating with 1,702 and 1,304 services respectively, which account for 95.75% of their total capacity. Today onwards, this number will go up to 1,774 in the CR division and 1,367 in WR, thus making complete use of the total capacity on the two lines.

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Atal Indore City Transport bags national award for Excellence in Urban Transport

Indore CNG bus fleet is a 'green' step towards environmental protection.

After winning several titles in the cleanliness category, Indore has now managed to create another record for itself. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has recognised the Atal Indore City Transport run by the Indore Municipal Corporation with an Award for Excellence in Urban Transport. Reportedly, this honour marks Indore as the 'City with Most Innovation Financing Mechanism' for managing its public transport services.

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​Two Paralympics Gold medalists from Jaipur get nominated for Khel Ratna Award

This is the first time in the 30-year-old history of Khel Ratna that 2 players from the city are being conferred the award.

Two Paralympics players from Jaipur have been recommended for the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Award, the highest rank for sports in the country. Notably, this is the first in the 30 year-old-history of Khel Ratna that 2 sportsperson from the same city will be conferred with the award. The two nominated players are Avani Lekhara and Krishan Nagar, who bagged gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

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The Lucknow centre of Sports Authority of India has set up a new weightlifting hall in the city, in order to give a boost to the sport. Spread over 15,000 square meters, this circular building has ample space to allow 100 players to practice at a single time. Pegged to be the largest in India, this hall is equipped with 26 platforms and machines worth 1.5 crores. These platforms can also be increased in number, as per need.

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