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Students below the age of 18 allowed to travel in Mumbai local trains

Ushering in relief for students, the Government of Maharashtra has decided to let students under the age of 18 avail of various services in the state. As per the order issued on Thursday, students that are not eligible for vaccination will now be allowed to travel on the local trains. Apart from this, access to other facilities like entry into malls, multiplexes, temples (in certain districts), auditoriums, restaurants and wedding halls have also been granted to those who cannot take the COVID-19 vaccine yet.

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Colleges in Mumbai & other Maharashtra districts to commence academic year from November 1

All Maharashtra colleges have been directed to commence their academic session from November 1, albeit digitally. On Monday, the State Higher and Technical Minister, Uday Samant, clarified that resumption of physical classes at educational institutes poses a high risk, especially with the impending fear of the third wave rise. The decision regarding the reopening of colleges for offline lectures will be taken as per the pandemic status in November.

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BMC issues new guidelines ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festivities in Mumbai

Ahead of the festivities of Mumbai's extravagant Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, the BMC has issued fresh guidelines to prevent the spike of another COVID wave here. Special norms for darshans as well as visarjan have been established in the city to ensure maximum safety against the spread of the virus. All celebrations will be observed in a simple manner- with a focus on the implementation of the state devised norms.

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Mumbai civic body issues new SOPs, city buildings with 5 or more COVID cases to be sealed

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has issued new COVID-19 guidelines ahead of the expected rise of the 'third wave'. As per the SOPs announced by the municipal agency, all buildings in Mumbai which report 5 or more infections will be sealed shut. Police officers will be stationed at the entrance of such buildings, to restrict and monitor residents' movement, added reports.

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'Human pyramids' to be excluded from Janmashtmi celebrations in Maharashtra this year

Keeping in mind the expected third COVID-19 wave, Maharashtra government has slashed the scale of Janmashthi celebrations (Krishna Jayanti) this year. Ahead of the Dahi-Handi celebrations on August 30, the state government on Monday, declined permission to form multi-tiered 'human pyramids', which marks the celebration of the festival here.

In order to create a safe environment and curb the growth of the virus, the government has instead asked the organising committees to celebrate the festival differently this year. Janmashtmi 2021 will hence be marked with activities that will assure social welfare.

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