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Mumbai: Level 3 fire breaks out at Abdul Rehman Street in South Mumbai

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On Saturday Level 3 fire took place at Navrang building near Abdul Rehman Street at early morning, Mumbai. The locals of the area informed the Mumbai Fire Brigade, police team about it. As per the latest report,  4 Fire Fighting Jets of 8  Fire Extinguishing have been reached to the spot for the operation.

The fire took place due to electric wiring  and reached up to 4th floor of the building.  The incident took place early in the morning around 4 am. The fire brigade team reached the spot around 4:55 am in the morning. It was reported that around 5:17 in the morning it was the Level 1 fire and now the reports come from the sources that fire reaches to level-3 around 10:30 am.

Due to level 3 fire at the area, the visibility is very low. As there is no ventilation provided, Exhaust blower, thermal imaging camera, and Breathing apparatus are in use for fire fighting. The rescue operation is underway.

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Renowned Marathi litterateur Satish Kalsekar dies at 78

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Banker-turned-Marathi litterateur Satish Kalsekar – who was conferred the 2013 Sahitya Akademi Award for literature – passed away following a brief illness, a close associate said here on Saturday.

Kalsekar, 78, passed away due to old-age related issues at Pen in Raigad, and is survived by his wife Supriya, sons Viplav and Aditya.

His cremation is likely to be held at Mulund in Mumbai this afternoon in the presence of his family, relatives and literary personalities, said his friend of many years in the banking industry Vishwas Utagi.

Born in Malvan, Sindhudurg, Kalsekar is largely credited with bringing the stories of legends like Ruskin Bond and Mahashweta Devi to Marathi audiences by translating their works for the local readers here, he added.

“A former officer with Bank of Baroda from 1965-2001, Kalsekar simultaneously bloomed in Marathi literature, and his poems and writings depicted the lives and travails of the ordinary lower-middle-class people and workers struggling for survival in a big metropolis like Mumbai,” Utagi told IANS.

Launching his literary career with a collection of poems “Indriyopanishad” (1971), he went on to bag the country’s top literature award, the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for Marathi literature (2013) for his collection of essays, “Vachnaryachi Rojanishee”.

Kalsekar’s other collections of poetry/essays include ‘Poems: For Lenin’ (1977), ‘Sakshat’ (1982), ‘Vilambit’ (1997) and many others, which were translated in multiple Indian languages.

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More exams for UP Board students

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The students of Classes 9 to 12 in Uttar Pradesh government schools will take more tests in the coming session.

The state government has decided to hold quarterly tests, apart from monthly and half-yearly examinations in schools recognised by the UP Secondary Education Board.

The quarterly test, as per the 2021-22 academic calendar, is scheduled for the second half of September.

Meanwhile, for the first time, the secondary education department has asked all schools to feed marks obtained by students in each test, right from monthly to quarterly, internal assessments, pre-boards, and annual, on the board’s online portal.

The data feeding exercise will begin from Class 9 itself. Till now, no marks of Class 9 and pre-board examinations of Class 10 and 12 were kept with the schools.

The new arrangement, said officials, will help in the timely declaration of results.

“In an unprecedented situation such as Covid which forced cancellation of board exams, we have to rely on secondary data to devise a marking formula. The data collection exercise is time-taking. Now, the board will have marks of students in all examinations they appeared in,” said an official.

Schools have also been instructed to upload the marks for the quarterly test by October second week. For Classes 9 and 10, internal tests of 10 marks each will be held in August, October, and January.

All schools have to upload the assessment marks by month-end.

Half-yearly examinations are to be held in mid-December, and marks are to be uploaded in January.

Pre-boards will be held in the first half of February and annual examinations for Classes 9 and 11 in the second half of February.

All these will be part of the assessment model in the absence of board examinations. However, marks for monthly tests will not be added to the final result.

Bringing in changes in examination pattern for Class 9, the board has divided the question paper into two parts: multiple-choice questions and descriptive.

Like the previous year, the board has reduced the syllabus by 30 per cent. The department has also fixed dates for completing the syllabus.

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Mumbai among 31 world’s cities to be significantly greener

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Thirty-one of the world’s great cities, including Mumbai, will be significantly greener in the years ahead, as leading mayors have committed to further expand, restore and protect urban parks, trees, gardens, ponds, and lakes within their cities.

These investments in nature will speed up existing efforts to make communities healthier, improve air quality and help protect cities from the increasingly severe impacts of the climate crisis, such as extreme heat, flooding and drought.

The targets set by cities signing the C40 Urban Nature Declaration will see huge increases in public green and blue spaces.

In Durban (eThekwini) work has already begun to complete a Transformative Riverine Management Programme to improve the city’s rivers, which will improve resilience and create thousands of green jobs.

Barcelona will subsidise 75 per cent of the cost of new green rooftops, creating urban allotments and providing space for renewable energy generation, rainwater collection and composting for organic waste.

In Guadalajara, 67,000 new trees will be planted across 70 green corridors, and over 50 new public gardens will be introduced to cool down the city and provide shade and leisure space. The city is funding courses to train gardeners and tree technicians, and providing 400 workshops for residents on caring for trees and gardens.

Under Toronto’s Urban Forests Grants and Incentives programme over 13,000 trees and shrubs will be planted, educating and engaging communities through planting events, educational workshops and youth programming.

In Mumbai, the state government is making amendments to the Tree Act to protect and conserve old trees and prevent felling of trees, while protecting more mangrove trees.

These actions are part of C40 mayors’ continued efforts to deliver a green and just recovery from Covid-19.

Cities signing C40’s Urban Nature declaration are addressing heat- and water-related risk, ensuring that by 2030, 30-40 per cent of total built-up city surface area will consist of green spaces such as street trees, urban forests and parks; or permeable spaces such as sustainable urban drainage systems and pavements designed to absorb water and prevent flooding.

The cities will also focus on promoting accessibility and connectivity for vulnerable communities, ensuring that 70 per cent of the city population has access to green or blue public spaces within a 15-minute walk or bike ride by 2030.

Study after study shows equitable access to urban nature is beneficial for both people and the environment; and helps cities to adapt and respond to the current and future impacts of climate change.

In Medellin, temperatures have reduced by two degrees Celsius as a result of planting more than 10,000 trees for the city’s Green Corridors project.

A study in Toronto found that adding just 10 trees to a city block has a huge impact on people’s perceptions of their health and well-being, equivalent to the effect of earning $10,000 more per household or being seven years younger.

As greenhouse gas emissions temperatures and sea levels all continue to rise globally, it has never been more urgent to accelerate efforts to bring nature into cities.

By 2050, over 570 cities will be vulnerable to sea-level rise, over 500 cities will be vulnerable to water availability, and over 970 cities will be vulnerable to extreme heat.

“Supporting and protecting cities’ natural ecosystems is one of our most important tools for building resiliency against the climate crisis and creating the healthy, inclusive urban communities we deserve,” said Mark Watts, C40 Cities Executive Director.

“Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we were reminded that accessible, green spaces are essential for livable, climate ready and crisis prepared cities. As we seek to deliver a green and just recovery, investing in and implementing nature-based climate solutions will be imperative to public health and well-being, as well as the success of global efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

“The C40 Urban Nature Declaration is yet another example of city leaders acting now to secure the transformations needed for a better future.”

Aaditya Uddhav Thackeray, Maharashtra’s Minister for Environment and Climate Change, said, “Climate change is the greatest inequity — the ones least responsible are most affected.

“I am certain that Mumbai will be a shining example of how diverse ecosystems can thrive in urban environments to achieve inclusive climate resilience for all.”

C40 mayors have been leading the charge towards a green and just recovery from the pandemic.

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