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Weekend lockdown in Maharashtra: Whats allowed, whats not

As the two-day weekend lockdown begins in Maharashtra from tonight 8 pm till Monday 7 am, here’s what allowed and whats not. Along with the restrictions, the state would also have to follow night curfew from 8 pm to 7 am daily, during which only essential services would be allowed to operate. Besides, citizens have to also follow Section 144, which prohibits the assembly of five or more people throughout the day till April 30.


Closed:

? All private offices will remain closed except for financial services. All employees have to compulsorily work from home.


? Restaurants and bars to be shut for dine-in services. However, takeaway and home delivery will be allowed between 7 am and 8 pm.

? All shops, malls and marketplaces except for essential services like medicine, groceries and vegetables will remain closed.

? Recreational areas like cinemas, theatres, swimming pools and auditoriums to remain closed.

? Places of worship to remain closed for visitors.

? Beauty parlours, hair salons and spas will remain shut.

? All beaches will be closed till 30 April.


Open:

? Private and public transport will continue to operate. Rickshaws, taxis and private vehicles can run with only 50% seating capacity.

? For street vendors, parcel service will be allowed in between 7 am to 8 pm.

? E-commerce services can continue to operate between 7 am and 8 pm. However, delivery staff must be vaccinated.

? Newspaper printing and distribution can continue only if their vendor is vaccinated.
? Government offices can run with up to 50% attendance.

? Industrial operations and construction activities will be allowed to operate.

 Manufacturing sector can also continue to operate by following health protocols.

? Film shoots can continue but shouldn’t get crowded. Negative RT-PCR tests will be compulsory for everyone present from 10 April.

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Umesh Yadav teases teammate Shubham Gill with epic Tinder billboards in Nagpur

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Billboards that mention Shubham Gill

Indian cricketer Umesh Yadav had a ‘field day’ teasing his team member Shubham Gill after Tinder – a popular dating app – showed a photo of a girl with a placard on large billboards in Nagpur that read, “Shubman idhar toh dekh lo” (Shubman, have a look here).” Tinder was quick to capitalise on the joke and turn it into hoardings in Nagpur ahead of India first Test match vs Australia.

Umesh Yadav teases teammate Shubham Gill with epic Tinder billboards in Nagpur

Taking to twitter, Yadav wrote, “Poora Nagpur bol raha hai, Shubman Gill ab toh dekh le.”

During India’s T20 match in Ahmedabad, a picture of a female fan holding a placard that read ‘Tinder, Shubman se match kara do” (Tinder, match me with Shubman)’ had gone viral.

Indian cricketer Umesh Yadav had a ‘field day’ teasing his team member Shubham Gill with Tinder billboards in Nagpur.

Indian cricketer Umesh Yadav had a ‘field day’ teasing his team member Shubham Gill with Tinder billboards in Nagpur.

The Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) would host the opening Test of the four-game Border Gavaskar Trophy from February 9 to 13 at Jamtha in Nagpur. 

Also read: All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study

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PM Modi world’s most popular leader: Survey

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Suyash Sethiya | Bombuflat

PM Modi

A US-based firm Morning Consult released a list of world leaders trending on the basis of their approval ratings among 22 nations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the most popular leader in the world with an approval rating of over 75% thus leaving behind US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

Also read: All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study

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All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur
The entire month of January in Nagpur this year saw tremendously high levels of Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2).

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As per the recent survey of Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, the entire month of January (all 31 days) in Nagpur this year saw tremendously high levels of Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2).

The survey that released pictures of the same showed increased levels of SO2 and NO2 not just in Nagpur but in cities including Chandrapur, Gondia and Amravati. Environmental experts have said that the matter was worrying from the point of view of the health of the residents as the pollution index in Nagpur saw an increase in all the three months of winter.

Not just in January this year but 28 out of 30 days in November last year as well as 30 out of 31 days in December last year showed poor air quality. Environmental expert Professor Suresh Chopani said an action plan, to avoid respiratory issues, under National Clean Air Programme would  be strictly implemented.

Also read: Anil Deshmukh seeks court permission to visit hometown Nagpur, Delhi

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