Lucknow's BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium has found its name in the list of 9 venues proposed by the BCCI for the flagship T20 World Cup 2021, scheduled in India. The venues have been decided upon in an apex council of the national cricket board and includes Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamshala, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai along with Lucknow. The suggestions have been sent to the ICC, which holds the final discretion over the venue selection

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While Lucknow is facing a severe shortage of medical-grade oxygen amid peak COVID surge, the state has requested the Railways for the services of an 'Oxygen Express' in the city. This is a goods train that is operating all over India as a 'roll-on roll-off service' with road tankers in place of regular wagons.

For the Lucknow run, these tankers will shuttle Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) from Bokaro in Jharkhand to Charbagh, Lucknow. Reportedly, the special rail carrying 6-8 empty tankers was flagged off on Wednesday night from Lucknow's railway station and it made its way towards Bokaro, to bring back bulk oxygen to the worst-hit district in Uttar Pradesh.

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Several mosques in Mumbai and other regional suburbs, have come forward to ease the availability of oxygen in wake of the acute resource shortage felt across. To shoulder the responsibility of COVID treatment with the already exhausted medical infrastructure, these mosques are facilitating free oxygen cylinders to needy patients, bringing respite to patients and health officials alike. Backed by the Red Crescent Society, the local mosques in Mumbai, Mumbra, Mira Road, Kalyan and Bhiwandi, are also providing home kits to easily set up home support for critical patients.

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Amid the COVID distress in Uttar Pradesh, the state government on Wednesday announced a 28-day paid leave for employees, who are quarantined or are under the infection radar- confirmed or suspected. This decision has been implemented on the basis of Section 2 of the March 2020 Ordinance, relating to Section 2 of the Epidemic Act, 1987. Consequently, paid COVID-19 leave, up to 28 days is permissible when such workers submit their medical certificate to the employer or authorised person, at the time of joining duty.

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While the wedding season refers to good business for jewellery and grocery shops, both these markets in Kanpur have pulled down their shutters, given the volatile rise in coronavirus cases. City vendors here have prioritised health and safety over trade and several markets have remained shut since Monday. Reportedly, these establishments will remain closed till April 25.

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In view of the corona curfew's failure to restrict the infection transmission in Indore, the district administration converted it into a Janta Curfew on Wednesday. Reportedly, the scope of strictness and curbs have been expanded and the prohibitory orders will be imposed across the district, unlike the erstwhile curfew which only targeted the urban regions. The Janta Curfew will extend till April 30, read reports and during its course, vigil surveillance has been ordained.

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Goa is witnessing a sharp spike in coronavirus cases and on Wednesday, the daily rise surged beyond the 1000-mark for the second consecutive day. Amid this alarming uptick of the infection, the Chief Minister, on April 21, enforced a night curfew across the state from 10 PM to 6 AM. As per the statement, the restriction will be observed till April 30. after which the COVID scenario will be reviewed. The cabinet has also imposed other curbs to break the chain of increased transmission in Goa.

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Lucknow University has decided that it will seek permission from the government to promote its first semester UG and PG students without final assessments, as their exams were postponed in view of the rise in COVID cases. Further, the University has decided that it will commence the second-semester classes for all undergraduate and master as online programmes. This decision was taken in a meeting of all department heads, presidents and university deans, under the council of the LU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alok Kumar Roy.

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