Daggupati Anitha now sells vegetables and fruits for her livelihood

Hyderabadis await reopening of weekly markets, but authorities are wary

Business may not resume until a vaccine comes Hyderabad: Hawkers in weekly markets in Hyderabad’s Allapur division are eagerly waiting for them – the source of their livelihood – to reopen.  “We sold our gold to pay rent,” Satyanarayana and his wife Nagalakshmi, who sell snacks at a weekly market, informed The Observer.   The weekly […]

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Going to college to conduct online classes puts teachers at risk

Colleges in Odisha are facing difficulties in maintaining safety measures. The government has made it mandatory for teachers to go to the colleges to hold online classes, which increased the number of positive cases among teachers.  “Three teachers have tested positive for Covid-19 after they came to college”, said Dr. Pradip Kumar Samantray, the HOD […]

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Rajkot’s restaurants see big dip in revenue

Rajkot: Most restaurants that have resumed operations after Unlock 4.0 are experiencing losses and showing no signs of revival of business. “Out of 70% of restaurants earning well before the lockdown, only 30% can run their business after unlock 4.0; the rest have either shut down or are making losses. In August, restaurants were able […]

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Centre to help women facing trauma yet to get off the ground

The Centre’s One Stop Centre (OSC), or Sakhi, which is supposed to assist women who face trauma after violence, is itself looking for support. Four years after the launch of the scheme, the construction of a permanent place for OSC in Bengaluru has not begun. An official from Karnataka’s women and child development department who […]

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Many schools take Child Protection Policy lightly

Do not have panels, boxes for complaints Many schools in Bengaluru do not have Child Protection Committees (CPCs) as mandated by the Karnataka State Child Protection Policy. Ditto for suggestion and complaint boxes. Some schools initially followed the rules but later gave up.  Amruth Raj, principal of a school in Sampangi Rama Nagar, informed The […]

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Beware, second-hand smoke at hookah bars is dangerous

Most cafes lack separate spaces for hookah fans Lack of restricted areas for hookah smokers in hookah bars has put non-smokers at the risk of inhaling second-hand smoke. “We can’t have a separate space for hookah users because the majority of our customers want us to serve hookah. So we never had a situation when […]

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As virus fear spreads, masks and sanitizers fly off pharma shelves

Stores unsure when supplies will come back Bengaluru has a shortage of face masks and hand sanitizers as a large number of people have started to buy them after the outbreak of coronavirus. Eight out of the ten medical stores The Observer visited on March 5 did not have masks and sanitizers. Salespersons at the […]

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Five years after police diktat, school buses to get CCTV, GPS

Schools just do not bother, says top cop Almost five years after the traffic police ordered fixing of CCTV cameras and GPS systems on schoolbuses, most of these vehicles do not have them. A reality check by The Observer at schools in Majestic, Seshadri Road, Cubbon Park, Vijayanagar and Shivajinagar revealed that most of these […]

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With police not asking, owners of vehicles don’t get PUC renewed

Despite Bengaluru having a high pollution level during peak hours, vehicular emissions have gone unchecked. Though it is mandatory, many owners of private vehicles have not renewed their pollution under control certificates. Saran K, a resident of Marathahalli, informed The Observer: “PUC (pollution under control) certificates are compulsory like insurance certificates, but not many have them because […]

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BSY’s budget makes petrol, diesel and booze costlier

The budget sends positive signals for home buyers as stamp duty on flats costing less than Rs 20 lakhs cut by 3%. The Karnataka budget for 2020-2021 reflects the government’s resolve to boost the state’s revenue. It proposes raising tax on petrol and diesel, and excise duty on liquor. In his budget speech on Thursday, […]

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