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The week ahead: Mumbai gears up to reopen colleges and cinemas; ICC Men’s T20 World Cup kicks off | Latest India News

Mumbai On the back of zero Covid-19 deaths in Mumbai on Sunday, October 17, the city is gearing up for another round of unlocks this week – with colleges, universities, cinemas and auditoriums reopening after 18 months of inactivity physical. The worst-affected city in the country with 751,659 cumulative cases and 16,180 deaths has gradually reopened after a dramatic drop in cases and deaths.

BMC, the city’s civic body, allowed stores to reopen every day until 10 p.m. the first week of August, followed by the reopening of local trains for fully vaccinated citizens on August 15. In September, it authorized Ganesh festival celebrations for citizens following Covid-friendly standards and restrictions. The city authorized the reopening of schools for Grades 8 to 12 to reopen on October 4, with religious places allowed to start operating from October 7.

This week’s developments will be closely watched by the state’s Covid task force.

Meanwhile, nationwide, India will have vaccinated 75% of its adult population by early next week. As of 9 p.m. on October 16, the number of people who had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine was 695.36 million. India’s projected adult population is 940.2 million.

In other data, Google’s Retail and Leisure Mobility Index hit 96% of benchmarks on October 11, the latest date for which data is available, the highest since March 12, 2020 This should increase when the data becomes available. for the past week, thanks to the end of year celebrations.

It will also be interesting to note the trend of new cases of Covid-19, the seven-day average of which has been declining since May 9 of this year. The average of 16,907 cases in the week ending October 15 is the lowest since the average for the week ending March 7 of this year, when the seven-day average was 16,744.

There is joy for cricket fans who may have felt deprived of the fast-paced action of the T20 after the conclusion of this year’s IPL. The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup kicks off this Saturday, with two breathtaking matches: Australia face South Africa and England against defending champions West Indies. India play their first game on Sunday against Pakistan, a team they have never lost to in any ICC tournament. Will the law of averages finally catch up?

UEFA Champions League action returns after the international football hiatus. Manchester City face Club Brugge on Tuesday. In addition, there is Atletico against Liverpool and PSG against Leipzig. On Wednesday there are Benfica against Bayern and Manchester United against Italian club Atalanta.

In the Spanish Liga, Barcelona play Sunday their first El Clasico since the departure of Lionel Messi. In other leagues on the same day, Manchester United face Liverpool in the English Premier League while Juventus face Inter Milan in Serie A in Italy.

In the meantime, let’s hope that Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra will compete in the national javelin championships in Delhi this Friday and Saturday.

Let’s get back to the more serious world of politics and law enforcement, however. The request for bail of a seller of Muslim bracelets will be heard in Indore on October 20. The four defendants, who were arrested for beating him, have been released on bail and seller Taslim Ali remains in jail for allegedly sexually harassing an underage girl.

Madhya Pradesh’s high court is expected to deliver its judgment on October 20 in an OBC reservation case where the demand is to increase the quota from 14% to 27%.

In Uttarakhand, the BJP will launch Shahid Samman Yatra from October 18 from Garhwal to honor soldiers killed in action. Assam will begin classroom teaching to students in grades 1-8 on October 19, after a six-month hiatus. In Kerala,

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is expected to visit areas affected by the Kottayam and Idukki landslides on Tuesday after the water level fell on Sunday. Congress is expected to announce the Pradesh Congressional Committee roster on Wednesday after much delay due to internal struggles within the party’s state unity.

In Chhattisgarh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is expected to arrive in Raipur during the Chhattisgarh tribal festival, which begins on Friday. Chief State Minister Bhupesh Baghel will be there on Thursday for a two-day visit to Bastar. There is no confirmation of Gandhi’s visit, however, even though the state’s congressional leaders are making all the preparations for Friday, party leaders said.

President Ram Nath Kovind will be in Bihar to participate in the centenary celebration of the Bihar Legislative Assembly building on October 21. It had hosted its inaugural session of the Joint Provincial Council of Bihar and Orissa on February 7, 1921.

Goa will see a two-day session this week of the State Assembly, the last for the current term. This will likely set the stage for the serious start of the election season. One of the bills listed is an amendment to the Goa Tree Preservation Act to remove the need for a mandatory tree census.

In the field of foreign affairs, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar will travel to Israel to meet the leaders of the new government headed by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and to advance cooperation in various fields. It will be the first major contact between the two sides after months of political turmoil that led to the ouster of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is expected to travel to New Delhi and Mumbai for meetings that will focus on an interim trade deal and broader security cooperation across the Indo-Pacific.

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