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Schools in Jaipur & other Rajasthan districts to reopen for classes 9-12th from September 1

Online classes will continue for students of 1-8, till further orders.

In light of the lowering transmission rate of coronavirus, the state of Rajasthan on Thursday announced the reopening of schools across Jaipur & other districts from September 1. Offline classes will only be permitted for students of standards 9 to 12, highlighted reports. The junior classes, 1 to 8, will continue to run in the online format, until further orders.

SOPs for precautions against pandemic

A committee of ministers in Rajasthan has given the final nod to reopen schools in the state, provided adherence to all COVID-19 protocols is followed here. In line with this, the state government has affirmed an unlock for colleges, schools and coaching centres in Rajasthan from September 1.

As per the SOPs established by the state Home Department, all educational institutes will be opened with 50% capacity only. Students can only attend offline classes at the school campus with their parents' consent. School authorities are directed to refrain from pressurising parents and guardians from sending their ward to school if they are hesitant to do so.

For the purpose of maintaining social distancing, no prayer assembly shall be organised in school campuses, read guidelines. It is mandatory for all attendees, including students, teachers and other staff members to wear a face mask at all times within school premises.

The entire campus needs to be properly sanitised, read the SOPs. Spitting in educational institutes in not allowed. Reportedly, a nodal officer will be appointed to monitor the implementation of COVID-19 related norms at campuses. Those found flouting these norms shall be penalised, read reports. The guidelines also state the school premises will have to be shut for the 10 days if any person tests COVID positive.

Vaccination against Virus

The operating protocols extend to ensure that all vehicle drivers, be it bus, auto or cab that ferry children or staff to schools and back, are vaccinated. As per the guidelines, the staff should at least be immunised with the first dose of vaccine, 14 days prior to joining their duty to carry students and/or staff.

Additionally, full vaccination for all staffers at coaching centres is a mandatory prerequisite. Each member of the institute must have received two doses of the vaccine before the state of the classes, underline the guidelines.

Railways launch special trains from Mumbai to UP & Bihar to manage the festive rush

Check the full schedule of new trains & timings here:

Keeping in mind the upsurge of festive passenger load, Indian Railways has announced the launch of several special trains from Mumbai to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Reportedly, the festive fleet will map through Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat too, easing travel for the locals here as well. Check the full schedule of new trains & timings here:

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Pedal for Patrol: Police to launch new beat cycle patrolling in Indore

Each patrolling contingent will consist of police officers, women along with Nasus members, who will pedal on cycles in their respective areas.

In a bid to augment civic safety in Indore, a police team and city security committee members will soon launch cycle patrolling. The new surveillance force will work on a beat-wise format to monitor even the narrow and isolated areas of the district. Each patrolling contingent will consist of police officers, women along with Nasus members, who will pedal on cycles in their respective areas, read reports.

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Campaign launched in Goa to conduct free breast cancer screening for 1 lakh women

The breast cancer screening will be organised at 35 Health Centres across the state

The YouWeCan Foundation by former cricketer Yuvraj Singh has launched a free breast cancer screening campaign for one lakh women in Goa, in partnership with the state government and SBI Foundation. Known as 'Swasth Mahila, Swasth Goa', this campaign was launched at the Goa Medical College and Hospital today. Through this drive, the administration aims to screen at least 50% of the age-eligible female population of the state.

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Internet services suspended in parts of Rajasthan, including Jaipur!

The restriction has been imposed to prevent malpractice in the RPSC RAS Preliminary exam, scheduled for today.

On account of the RPSC RAS Preliminary exams scheduled today, the Rajasthan Government has suspended mobile internet, bulk SMS and social media services in certain parts of the state. These services will remain suspended from 9 AM to 1 PM in the Jaipur Commissonerate Area. Apart from Jaipur, the restrictions will also be active in the Ajmer, Bhilwara and Nagaur districts from 6 AM to 1:30 PM, and in Bharatpur, Dholpur, Karauli and Sawai Madhopur districts from 8 AM to 1 PM.

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All Mumbai local services to return to tracks from October 28

While 100% of services are being resumed, public access to the suburban local trains is still restricted.

In a bid to streamline and regulate the increased passenger load in local trains, the Central and Western Railways have decided to resume 100% suburban services in the Mumbai division, starting October 28. Notably, the Railways have clarified that though all services are being restored, the existing travel restrictions for the general public will continue. Only those recognised and allowed by the government and Ministry of Railways are permitted to travel in the local trains, in accordance with the established standard operating procedures (SOP).

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Kickstart your festivities with Motichoor Laddoos & Kaju Katlis from Ritzz Mithai Vatika in Lucknow

This festive season, Ritzz is offering various attractive and luxurious hampers and mixed mithai boxes!

Apart from being the festival of lights, family and togetherness, Diwali is also a free pass to devour as many of your favourite sweets as you want! And when it comes to the good ol' Motichoor Laddoos and Kaju Katlis, there are only a few places in Lucknow, that we can trust! Keeping intact our festive sentiments and love for sweets, Ritzz Mithai Vatika has been serving us with its unmatched and unchanged quality and taste for years now. And once again, it's that time of the year when we can indulge in our favourite delicacies from this place, guilt-free!

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Diwali is around the corner and one cannot talk of the festivities without thinking about the sweet delights that come along. Be it a gifting option or one to indulge in, we're always looking for those delish treats, wrapped in new flavours to add sweetness to our happy celebrations! And when you've got Lucknow's most iconic dessert connoisseurs curating it all, with a heavy garnish of love and warmth, you sure are in for a lit festival this year.

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