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Kolkata Metro services to be resumed by maintaining social distancing norms: Mamata

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  • We want Metro Rail services to be resumed by maintaining social distancing norms: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
  • West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced the fresh dates of the partial lockdown for September.

In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, West Bengal government extended the bi-weekly lockdown in the state till the middle of September. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced the fresh dates of the partial lockdown for September.

The Mamata Banerjee government relaxed the restriction on domestic flights from high prevalence places to Kolkata from September. “We have received several requests to resume flight operations from six COVID-19 hotspot states. So from September 1, flight services from these six states can resume thrice a week,” Banerjee said.

West Bengal government earlier banned the domestic flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad to Kolkata till the end of August. The decision was taken to prevent the coronavirus spread in the eastern state.

Here are the West Bengal lockdown schedule for August, September:

  • August 27, Thursday
  • August 31, Monday
  • September 7, Monday
  • September 11, Friday
  • September 12, Saturday

West Bengal COVID-19 lockdown guidelines

To maintain social distancing norms among the residents, the state government imposed a biweekly lockdown in West Bengal from the end of July. Only the essential services are allowed to function on lockdown, the state government mentioned. All the other shops will be closed for two days a week across the state. All the government and private offices, commercial establishments will also be shut. The educational institutions including schools, colleges and universities will remain closed till September 20, Banerjee announced.

All the public and private transport will remain shut. However, Petrol pumps are allowed to function on the days of complete lockdown.

The domestic flight services from the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata will also remain shut on those days when lockdown is being implemented in West Bengal. The passengers were earlier requested to contact concerned airlines to change their flight schedule.

West Bengal confirmed more than 1.44 lakh coronavirus cases since outbreak. The active number of COVID-19 patients rose to 27,349. The total number of recovered coronavirus patients stood at 1.14 lakh. The deadly novel virus claimed 2,909 lives in the state.

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Delhi University releases third cut-off list

A total of 52,183 students have deposited their fees in Delhi University so far.

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New Delhi: Delhi University on late Saturday released the third cut-off list for its ongoing admission process.

Zakir Hussain College released the cut-off list first, followed by Aryabhatta College and Rajdhani College.

A marginal dip of only 0.5 per cent was seen in the third cut-off as compared to the second as the cut-off for BA Hons (Economics), for the General category, of Aryabhatta College stands at 95.75 per cent.

Rajdhani College’s cut-off for BA Hons (Economics) for the General category stands at 95 per cent.

The cut-off for BSc (Mathematics) in the third cut-off list is 93.25 per cent, 92 per cent for Chemistry and 88 per cent for Botany. Admissions to Zoology have been closed.

A total of 52,183 students have deposited their fees in Delhi University so far.

The first cut-off of 100 per cent created a buzz across the nation. However, cut-off for the courses like BA Hindi, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Urdu, Persian etc came down to 45 per cent in many colleges in the second and third list.

Professor Hansraj Suman, in-charge of the Delhi Teachers Association and a former member of the Delhi University Admission Committee, said: “Half of the students were worried after seeing the first cut-off. In some colleges, the cut-off was 100 per cent while in some it was 99 per cent. Now, some colleges have reduced the merit so as to get some admissions.”

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Yellow alert for 16 Karnataka districts as rains in store

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Bengaluru : The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) on Saturday issued yellow alert for 16 districts, including Bengaluru.

The KSNMDC also issued a thunderstorm warning in these districts, while warning of isolated heavy to very heavy rains likely over interior Karnataka, Malnad and the coastal regions.

For Bengaluru, the agency predicted that widespread light to moderate rains with isolated places and heavy rains, associated with thunder activity, likely over BBMP area for next two days till October 26.

The alert was issued to the Deputy Commissioners of Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru Urban, Chikkaballapura, Chikkamagaluru, Chitradurga, Davangere, Ramanagara, Shivamogga, Tumkuru, Dakshin Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Belagavi, Dharwad, Gadag and Haveri.

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Schools in Delhi not opening for now, says Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Saturday, ruled out reopening of schools in the national capital for now.

“Schools are not reopening for now,” Kejriwal told reporters on sidelines of an event.

The government had earlier announced that schools will continue to remain closed till October 31 in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16, when the Centre announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as part of the measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

A nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25.

While several restrictions have been eased in different phases of “unlock”, educational institutions continue to remain closed. However, as per “unlock” phase guidelines, states can take a call about reopening schools in phases.

Earlier, schools were allowed to call students from class 9 to 12 to school on voluntary basis from September 21. However, the Delhi government decided against it.

Talking about AAP government’s decision to not pay for CBSE examination fees this year, Kejriwal cited fund crunch due to the pandemic.

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