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The Indian Wells Tournament has Djokovic on the entry list



(AP) INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Novak Djokovic, the world number one, has entered the BNP Paribas Open in California, where he will be required to take a vaccine.

Djokovic was held and later deported from Australia for failing to meet the country’s strict vaccination standards. He remained unvaccinated against COVID-19 as of last month. Last month, he was unable to defend his Australian Open title.

Djokovic needed a visa exemption to enter Australia, so he submitted a positive test from Serbia on Dec. 16 for a visa exemption, claiming he had recently recovered from the illness. But the Australian authorities cancelled his visa and deported him.

Vaccination against COVID-19 is not required on the ATP or WTA tours. According to the CDC, non-US citizens must be completely vaccinated before flying into the United States. When flying to the United States, travellers must produce proof of COVID-19 recovery or a negative COVID-19 test result. There are a few exclusions.

Djokovic has won Indian Wells five times but hasn’t competed there since 2019. Since November’s Davis Cup in Madrid, he hasn’t played a match.

This month, Djokovic will compete in a tournament in Dubai.

From March 7 to March 20, fans attending Indian Wells must confirm complete vaccination.

Rafael Nadal and Ash Barty, the champions of the Australian Open, are at the top of the list of entries revealed on Wednesday.

Three-time winner Nadal returns to the desert for the first time since 2019. Due to a foot ailment, he was unable to participate in last year’s event, which was rescheduled for October. In Australia, he won his record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title.

Australian Open finalist Daniil Medvedev, No. 3 Alexander Zverev, No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas, and reigning winner Cameron Norrie join Nadal in the men’s bracket.

This year, top-ranked Barty has already won two titles.

Defending champion Paula Badosa, No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka, 2021 French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova, No. 4 Karolina Pliskova, and Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins are all in the women’s tournament. Leylah Fernandez, Emma Raducanu, and Coco Gauff, all teenagers, return to the desert for the second time.

Winners of the qualifying and wild-card rounds will fill the remaining spaces in the draw.

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Panvel launches an initiative against single-use plastic



On the occasion of World Environment day, a Campaign Opposing single-use plastic was launched in Navi Mumbai.

The Campaign

In honour of World Environment Day, the ‘Single Plastic Free Panvel’ campaign was officially launched at the Adya Kranti veer Vasudev Balwant Phadke Auditorium, Panvel. PCMC representatives, Members of numerous social organisations, residents, Municipal officers, & many other guests were present for the campaign launch.

Shree Ganesh Deshmukh, the PCMC Commissioner, during the campaign highlighted that public support is necessary to the implement ban on single-use plastic carry bags. He further highlighted that NGO social organisations & people must Cooperate in order to prohibit the ban.

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For the Tirupati Balaji temple replica in Navi Mumbai, TTD conducts bhoomi pooja



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The bhumi pooja ritual was attended by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, and other members of their cabinet. It was a Maharashtrian’s dream come true, Eknath Shinde told reporters. “Today is a particularly significant day for Maharashtra since the duplicate of the Tirupati Balaji mandir is about to be built in Navi Mumbai. Not everyone has the good fortune to travel to Tirumala to see Balaji.

Therefore, the new temple would fulfil the aspiration of the Maharashtrian people to see Sri Balaji Venkateswara in Mumbai, according to Shinde.

With the assistance of donor devotees, the Tirupati trust would invest over Rs 75 crore in the construction of this new temple. You might remember that the TTD trust board decided a few years ago to build a new Balaji temple in Mumbai. Ten acres of land were given to the Tirupati trust by the Maharashtra government last year for the construction of the new temple. The Tirupati trust held the ceremony to lay the cornerstone for its new temple in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday after overcoming obstacles connected to CRZ laws and obtaining all necessary clearances.

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NMMC celebrates World Environment Day with residents



In Navi Mumbai, NMMC observed the World Environment day.

The Environment day

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) organised a number of events around the city to celebrate World Environment Day, providing environmental awareness & enlisting the involvement of thousands of residents.

Third-party organisation officials, NCC & NSS students along with Members of the let’s Celebrate Fitness institute met to take a collective pledge for the Majhi Vasundhara Abhiyan at the Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil College a.k.a Modern College. The event featured a clean-up drive & a rally in Vashi for environmental awareness, Present were NMMC additional Commissioner Shreemati Sujata Dhole, Dr. Babasaheb Rajale, Dr. Amit Kumar Sondge, Prof. Sarang of K.B.P college, Prof. Nagore of Jhunjhunwala College, Shree Sudhir Potphode, along with Supervisors, sanitation Workers & many other officials.  

Yulu e-bikes, which are zero-emission vehicles, we‘re featured in a special awareness rally that travelled from Jewel of Navi Mumbai to Nerul & Belapur regions. In addition, Additional Commissioner Shreemati Sujata Dhole & Deputy Commissioner Dr. Babasaheb Rajale of the Solid Waste Management Department actively participated in the rally.

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