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Rejoice Mumbai! Starting Feb 1, all commuters can hop onto the Local train bandwagon

The lifeline of Mumbai will ferry all its passengers in 3 slots during non-peak hours, throughout the day.

Mumbai's suburban train system network finally receives permission to ferry the local crowd, bringing in huge a respite from the troubles of commute in the city. On Friday, the Maharashtra Chief Minister allowed the general public to use local trains, in 3 designated slots in order to contain any unprecedented rise of COVID-19. Shut since March over the coronavirus induced lockdown, Mumbai's local crowd was deprived of this ease of mobility even when it resumed partially for essential workers.


Staggered crowds during non-peak hours, allowed in Mumbai locals!

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The statement issued by the CM on Friday detailed that though the local services have resumed for all commuters, travel shall be authorised in 3 slots during the day, to prevent overcrowding at the platforms or in the rakes. Slotted during non-peak hours, the slots will set ticking from 12 PM to 4 PM, during the day, followed by travel after 9 PM until the last service at night. In the morning, the general public will be allowed to travel in the local trains before 7 AM.

These slots have been designed to keep the locals vacant for essential service providers during peak hours, from 7 AM to 12 PM and then in the evening from 4 PM to 9 PM. The state has also appealed to the offices in Mumbai to adopt staggered attendance or slots, which will facilitate easier travel. Presently, only government employees, women(during non-peak hours only) and people working for essential services are allowed to travel in local trains.

Extended working hours for shops and restaurants

Meanwhile, the state has also relaxed and extended operating hours of shops and restaurants in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, opening avenues of business stabilisation for many. As opposed to the previous 9 PM deadline, shops will be allowed to open till 11 PM while restaurants can function till 1 AM, read reports. This move has received a warm welcome from the city merchants and businessmen who suffered greatly due to time-restrictions and capacity-caps.

While shops will now be able to cater to the post 9 PM service class, who shop post officer hours, restaurants will benefit too, as they are currently working at 50% of their potential. Extended work hours will boost staggering of crowds and help these businesses regain their strength after almost a year of slow-paced income.

'Kapda Bank' to be set up in Lucknow to help the poor stay warm this winter season!

Under the ambit of this project, anyone can donate new or used clothes to the underprivileged people by contacting the nearest zonal office

District Administration along with the Lucknow Municipal Corporation has come up with a unique initiative to help keep the poor and destitute people warm this winter. As per the announcement by the District Magistrate of Lucknow, 8 zones in the city have been listed for setting up the 'Kapda Bank'. Under the ambit of this project, anyone can donate new or used clothes to underprivileged people by contacting the nearest zonal office.

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Omicron alert in Rajasthan as 4 travellers from South Africa test COVID positive

The patients are presently isolating in Jaipur

After the reports of 2 confirmed Omicron cases in Karanataka, health officials suspect a variant infiltration in Rajasthan too as a family of 4 South African travellers tested COVID positive here. As per reports, the samples of these patients have been forwarded for further tests to confirm if these are cases of mutation. In the interim, the family is isolated in Jaipur.

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Citizens in Lucknow & other UP cities to be fined for not wearing a face mask

Omicron screening has been amped at all entry points in UP, including bus, railways & air terminals

The Uttar Pradesh administration has reinstated the mask imperative in public spaces amid the increasing fear of the emergent Omicron variant of coronavirus. Failure to adhere to this norm will result in a challan, read reports. The order was notably moved during a high-level meeting convened by the Chief Minister on Wednesday, where officials were tasked to strictly enforce the mandatory mask rule along with other preventive COVID-19 protocols.

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With 5 more cases, Mumbai shoulders 10 of the 28 Omicron suspects in Maharashtra

On Thursday, 861 travellers were subjected to RT-PCR test in Maharashtra to trace Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The tally of Omicron virus suspects in Maharashtra rose up to 28 cases on Thursday, with 10 cases coming from Mumbai. As per reports, a total of 861 passengers were screened for the coronavirus 'Variant of Concern', where a total of 25 foreign travellers tested positive. 3 traced contacts have also been put under the radar.

All suspected samples have been sent for genome sequencing to determine the presence of the new strain, read reports. The results will be revealed by next week.

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IKEA India's first city store is opening on December 9 in Mumbai

Coming up at Worli, the IKEA retail city store is a smaller-than-usual retail setup, spanning across 80,000 sq ft

Swedish furniture giant IKEA, a retail enterprise of the Ingka Group announced the opening of its first city store in India in Mumbai on December 9. Coming up at Worli, this pack and parcel home furnishing centre will span across 80,000 sq ft and will be much more compact than its traditional big blue box stores. The small-format store has been conceptualised to suit compact urban spaces and offer the IKEA experience and services to a wide customer base in the city, the company said in a press release.

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ISCDL to install solar panels in 100 public toilets across Indore

As per the plans, public lavatories equipped with modern amenities will be taken up in the first phase of this initiative

In an attempt to minimise power consumption, Indore Smart City Development Limited (ISCDL) is all set to install solar power plants across the city. In the purview of the green energy project, these solar panels with a capacity of 2 kilowatts will be set up at 100 public and community toilets. As per the officials, this project will be enlisted by ISDCL for carbon credit which can be used to generate revenue by selling it in the global market.

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Tickle your taste buds with fresh & flavourful rolls from Roll Out in Lucknow

With a plethora of options to choose from, Roll Out is all set to become Lucknow's favourite roll place soon

Offering the most scrumptious food rolled to fit your fist, Roll Out is here in Lucknow with the best of on-the-go grubs. Being the perfect any-time snack, rolls have a huge fan following everywhere. And with a plethora of options to choose from, including vegetarian and meaty delicacies, Roll Out is sure to become Lucknow's new 'Roll' model soon.

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