The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has taken the country by storm. As of now, there are over 21,59,134 active cases in India. The worst-hit states with soaring active cases include Maharashtra, with 6,83,856 cases, Uttar Pradesh with 2,23,544 cases and Karnataka with 1,59,158 cases. Needless to say, the situation is pretty bad but there are a number of things you should know about the second wave of the COVID-19 virus. So here we have listed the details of the new tests, symptoms and precautions, to help you cope better!

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the major issue of oxygen shortage in the country. While hospitals are pretty badly hit by the low oxygen supply, the DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organisation) has initiated efforts on similar lines, to make up for the lack. The body has sent out 1000 oxygen cylinders to Uttar Pradesh and out of the lot, 150 these tanks have reached hospitals across Lucknow already. Authorities stated that additional 850 units will reach the state's capital and other areas of Uttar Pradesh, by this evening. In total, the DRDO aims to supply a total of almost 5,000 litres of oxygen.

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Owing to the staggering number of COVID-19 cases in Lucknow, the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) is setting up several makeshift hospitals in the city. The hospitals are expected to have an uninterrupted flow of oxygen, which is vital in saving lives and helping those who have contracted the virus.

To turn the expectation into reality, the DRDO will fit the COVID-19 facilities with an oxygen supply technology that is utilized in Tejas fighter jets. This is the first time that self-sustainable oxygen supply technology for fighter pilots is being taken into consideration for makeshift hospitals in Uttar Pradesh.

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In continued efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the city, the Mumbai Commissioner has issued a new set of guidelines to be followed by the vehicle owners. As per the instruction, colour-coded stickers need to be applied on vehicles, which will be indicative of the services or work carried out by their owners. From now on, only vehicles with stickers, either Red, Green or Yellow (at the front and back), will be allowed to ply on Mumbai roads.

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India's most highly awaited cricketing event, the Indian Premier League is all set to bring the cricketing fervour in less than 3 weeks, and fans are waiting with bated breath to watch their favourite cricketers battle it out amongst one another. This is a time of boundless excitement for cricket fanatics across the country. While excitement levels run high, this season of the IPL, Season 14 will deviate slightly from the usual format of the tournament.

IPL Season 14 will commence on April 09, 2021. To start the tournament off, the 2X reigning champions Mumbai Indians will play against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai. The tournament will wrap up with the final taking place on May 30, 2021 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Indian Premier League heads homeward

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Last year, in compliance with the COVID-19 norms, IPL Season 13 was, for the first time, held in venues outside India. The matches were played across three stadiums in the UAE. At the time, no audience were allowed in match stadiums.

Now, Indian Premier League is coming back home, but will only be played across 6 venues in the country. These are Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai. To avoid home advantage, no team is scheduled to play at their home venue.

Since we're at a very delicate stage with the COVID-19 situation, the BCCI confirmed that the tournament will begin behind closed doors, and a call on letting spectators in will be taken at a later stage.

The start of the IPL season not only marks an almost festive mood among us Indians, but also paves way for the IPL betting scene. This year, since a lot of the information cleared up only recently, it is hard to get an idea on IPL matches and Odds. However, there are a few websites which can help you out.

Once again, the title sponsor for the Indian Premier League is VIVO, the Chinese technology giant. Last year, owing to certain conflicts, the partnership was brought to a halt, but that has been resumed once again for IPL 2021.

VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 Season 14 Match Schedule:

DateMatch VenueTime
April 9, FridayMumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers BangaloreChennai7:30 PM
April 10, SaturdayChennai Super Kings vs Delhi CapitalsMumbai7:30 PM
April 11, SundaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight RidersChennai7:30 PM
April 12, MondayRajasthan Royals vs Punjab KingsMumbai7:30 PM
April 13, TuesdayKolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai IndiansChennai7:30 PM
April 14, WednesdaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers BangaloreChennai7:30 PM
April 15, ThursdayRajasthan Royals vs Delhi CapitalsMumbai7:30 PM
April 16, FridayPunjab Kings vs Chennai Super KingsMumbai7:30 PM
April 17, SaturdayMumbai Indians vs Sunrisers HyderabadChennai7:30 PM
April 18, SundayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight RidersChennai3:30 PM
April 18, SundayDelhi Capitals vs Punjab KingsMumbai7:30 PM
April 19, MondayChennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan RoyalsMumbai7:30 PM
April 20, TuesdayDelhi Capitals vs Mumbai IndiansChennai7:30 PM
April 21, WednesdayPunjab Kings vs Sunrisers HyderabadChennai3:30 PM
April 21, WednesdayKolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super KingsMumbai7:30 PM
April 22, ThursdayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan RoyalsMumbai7:30 PM
April 23, FridayPunjab Kings vs Mumbai IndiansChennai7:30 PM
April 24, SaturdayRajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight RidersMumbai7:30 PM
April 25, SundayChennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers BangaloreMumbai3:30 PM
April 25, SundaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi CapitalsChennai7:30 PM
April 26, MondayPunjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight RidersAhmedabad7:30 PM
April 27, TuesdayDelhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers BangaloreAhmedabad7:30 PM
April 28, WednesdayChennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers HyderabadDelhi7:30 PM
April 29, ThursdayMumbai Indians vs Rajasthan RoyalsDelhi3:30 PM
April 29, ThursdayDelhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight RidersAhmedabad7:30 PM
April 30, FridayPunjab Kings vs Royal Challengers BangaloreAhmedabad7:30 PM
May 1, SaturdayMumbai Indians vs Chennai Super KingsDelhi7:30 PM
May 2, SundayRajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers HyderabadDelhi3:30 PM
May 2, SundayPunjab Kings Vs Delhi CapitalsAhmedabad7:30 PM
May 3, MondayKolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers BangaloreAhmedabad7:30 PM
May 4, TuesdaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai IndiansDelhi7.30 PM
May 5, WednesdayRajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super KingsDelhi7.30 PM
May 6, ThursdayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab KingsAhmedabad7.30 PM
May 7, FridaySunrisers Hyderabad v Chennai Super KingsDelhi7.30 PM
May 8, SaturdayKolkata Knight Riders v Delhi CapitalsAhmedabad3.30 PM
May 8, SaturdayRajasthan Royals v Mumbai IndiansDelhi7.30 PM
May 9, SundayChennai Super Kings v Punjab KingsBengaluru3.30 PM
May 9, SundayRoyal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers HyderabadKolkata7.30 PM
May 10, MondayMumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight RidersBengaluru7.30 PM
May 11, TuesdayDelhi Capitals v Rajasthan RoyalsKolkata7.30 PM
May 12, WednesdayChennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight RidersBengaluru7.30 PM
May 13, ThursdayMumbai Indians v Punjab KingsBengaluru3.30 PM
May 13, ThursdaySunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan RoyalsKolkata7.30 PM
May 14, FridayRoyal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi CapitalsKolkata7.30 PM
May 15, SaturdayKolkata Knight Riders v Punjab KingsBengaluru7.30 PM
May 16, SundayRajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers BangaloreKolkata3.30 PM
May 16, SundayChennai Super Kings v Mumbai IndiansBengaluru7.30 PM
May 17, MondayDelhi Capitals v Sunrisers HyderabadKolkata7.30 PM
May 18, TuesdayKolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan RoyalsBengaluru3.30 PM
May 19, WednesdaySunrisers Hyderabad v Punjab KingsBengaluru3.30 PM
May 20, ThursdayRoyal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai IndiansKolkata7.30 PM
May 21, FridayKolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers HyderabadBengaluru3.30 PM
May 21, FridayDelhi Capitals v Chennai Super KingsKolkata7.30 PM
May 22, SaturdayPunjab Kings v Rajasthan RoyalsBengaluru7.30 PM
May 23, SundayMumbai Indians v Delhi CapitalsKolkata3.30 PM
May 23, SundayRoyal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super KingsKolkata7.30 PM
May 25, TuesdayQUALIFIER 1Ahmedabad7.30 PM
May 26, WednesdayELIMINATORAhmedabad7.30 PM
May 28, FridayQUALIFIER 2Ahmedabad7.30 PM
May 30, SundayFINALAhmedabad 7.30 PM

The grandeur and opulence of Lucknow's history have transcended the boundaries of time. This is best visible in the Awadh city's incredible monuments, most of which still echo the whispers of those who dwelled there in the past. Lucknow's rich culture, vibrant arts, crafts and culinary breakthroughs have also been passed down from one generation to another and now, people from across the world come to savour the delights of Awadh. Lucknow's past has been shaped and moulded by its many-faceted forms of art and craft and that's exactly what the Lucknow Mahotsav celebrates- centuries of this Nawabi culture.

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When in Goa, you've got to try out the casinos. The tourist state is one of the premier casino gaming destinations in India and if you want to try your luck and cash out on it, these casinos are for you. Even with the advent of betting sites good old casinos are still quite popular, especially in Goa's tourist driven economy.

Casinos can be found in upmarket areas of Goa, and on offshore boats, reserved for the highest rolling players. Onshore casinos in Goa are quite accessible for all people, and while they do have dealers at each table, most of the functioning is handled by machines- to ensure everything is clean, clear and fair. These casinos in Goa offer some of the most luxurious gaming experiences in India, so, if you're planning a Goa trip and on the lookout for some of the best onshore casinos in Goa, check out some of these.

1. Casino Carnival at Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, Panaji

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Here is a Casino in Goa which is one of the best onshore casinos in the state. It offers visitors grand performances from nationally and internationally acclaimed artistes. Casino Carnival strives to give visitors top notch entertainment and gaming. When it comes to gaming, these guys know how to pamper their guests- they've got everything from slot machines to international and national card games to roulette tables and lots more. Awaken the gamer within you as you experience all that Casino Carnival has to offer.

2. Casino Palms, Calangute-Baga Road

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If you're looking to completely lose yourself in the world of live casino gaming with some fun games, then Casino Palms has got to be the place to check out. With a welcoming ambience, a range of other facilities, scrumptious food (for those who aren't into gambling), this is a place which has got it all. Casino Palms has a range of games- blackjack, roulette, mini- flush and baccarat along with machine poker and slot machines, leaving the player spoilt for choice. Situated in the luxurious La Calypso Hotel, there's a lot more fun to be had here other than just gambling.

3. Casino Paradise at Neo Majestic Hotel, Porvorim

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Casino Paradise is truly a paradise for casino gamers here in Goa. This casino is the largest one in the state- it spreads across an area of 5,000sq ft and offers its guests with a range of games and a host of other facilities. The overall vibe screams casino gaming- which is natural, considering that this was the sole purpose of the luxurious casino. Here, you can enjoy your favorite games like never before at digital roulette stations and the robotic arm baccarat station along with blackjack, baccarat and mini flush. Onshore casinos in Goa are progressively getting technologically advanced, and for the machine enthusiast the casino also houses numerous slot machines.

4. Chances Casino, Dauna Paula

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As far as onshore casinos in Goa are concerned Chances Casino is one that is really pushing the boundaries of casino gaming. This is one of the few casinos which still offers a conventional style of gaming- with a human dealer, rather than machines taking over, which lends a sense of surprise and unpredictability to the game. Just some of the games you can play here include American Roulette, Commission free mini-baccarat along with electronic roulette, electronic blackjack, slot machines. For a classic, luxurious casino gaming experience, you've got to try your chances at Chances Casino.

5. Crown Casino,Panjim

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One of the latest entrants into the casino culture here in Goa, Crown Casino not only gives its guests a premier gaming experience, but also a magnificent view of the glorious Mandovi River. If you're more into gaming than the view, then you will be glad to know that the casino offers an array of games like Roulette, Black Jack, Poker of all sorts- Three cards Poker Ultimate Texas Hold'em together with Double Diamond, Lucky 7, Video Roulette, IGT Video Poker and Wheel of Fortune. If you're planning to spend an exotic evening in Goa, then Crown Casino is one place you just can't miss out on.

When it comes to Goa, the casino lifestyle is a big part of what makes the tourist state thrive. Goa is THE destination to be at- not just for partying, but for checking out the casino industry in India. The state has a range of great onshore and offshore casinos, each of which can add volumes to your next Goa trip.

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