The Ghost in the Machine

Our reckless destruction of the marine ecosystem will cost humanity a major food source, writes Mahitha Owk If overfishing weren’t problem enough for the health of the Earth’s marine life, human thoughtlessness has created another, potentially more lethal one: ‘ghost fishing’. Discarded fishing nets and tackle, which take decades to degrade, continue to trap and […]

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Bihar parents still wary of sending kids to school to get their doubts cleared

Sitamarhi: Bihar’ schools reopened a month ago to clear the doubts of students from classes 9 to 12, but the attendance is still below 15%. Prakash Kumar, a student of Hellen’s Public School, Sitamarhi, informed The Observer: “I am a class 12 student and have a lot of doubts but still can’t visit the school to […]

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4.3k villages get tap water 73 yrs after independence

Sitamarhi: About 4,300 villages of Bihar have got tap water after 73 years of India’s independence. Mani Raushan Kumar, one of the beneficiaries of the state government’s Nal Jal Yojana, informed The Observer: “I have been using tap water for the past six months. Before, we villagers used a common hand pump. The prescribed 70 […]

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Clinics, labs in Sitamarhi shut due to Covid fear

Sitamarhi: A fear among doctors and paramedical staff of contracting Covid-19 has led them to close their clinics and laboratories. Doctors in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district don’t seem to be willing to reopen their clinics following the Centre’s unlock guidelines. Dr Sanjay Kumar Verma, a physician, informed The Observer the main reason for doctors’ decision to […]

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Parking in Panchkula markets is a pain

2-wheelers pose main problem; shop ownersseek paid parking Panchkula: Haphazard parking is proving to be a major challenge for the citizens of Panchkula. Lack of paid parking and improper demarcation for four-wheelers and two-wheeler in markets causes haphazard parking.  “The two-wheeler parking system is really bad. Around eight years ago, there was a proper system […]

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Building Resilient Cities

The Indian monsoon has become synonymous with flooding and disaster. Nature’s unpredictability and uncontrolled urbanization have combined to place around 2.6 million lives at risk and potentially cause hundreds of crores worth of property every year. Various parts of Bihar, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mumbai, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Telangana experienced severe flooding due to the […]

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Lockdown ruins Ramanagara silk biz

Bengaluru: A downturn in business due to the lockdown has robbed the smiles of Ramanagara’s sericulture farmers, silk reelers, weavers and vendors. Silk from Ramanagara is used to make the famous Mysore, Ilkal, Kanchi, and Banaras saris. Yengerappa, a sericulture farmer in Ramanagara, informed The Observer: “We rear Tasar silk (Bivoltine). Earlier, cocoons would sell […]

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Resale value dips,raddiwalas stop collecting glass bottles

Bengaluru: Scrap collectors and raddiwalas in the city have stopped collecting glass bottles because their resale value has plummeted. P. Hari, the owner of Sathya Old Paper Mart, Kumaraswamy Layout, informed The Observer: “The market value of glass bottles has decreased a lot in two years. Previously, we used to get around Rs 1-2 per bottle; now […]

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Bicycle sales perk up during pandemic

People switch to cycling as distancing is not possible in public transport Kolkata: Bicycle sales in Kolkata have witnessed a boom during the pandemic with commuters searching for an alternative mode of transport. Demand has increased three-fold and sales have soared by 80-100 per cent compared to pre-Covid times. Dealers are now selling 300 cycles […]

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