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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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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‘Footpath’s occupied, where do we walk?’

Hawkers must be given alternatives, say pedestrians Hyderabad: Footpaths that are supposed to facilitate pedestrians are being used by hawkers, forcing pedestrians to walk on busy roads.  “I like to walk short distances, but where should I walk?” Chola Raju, a second-year engineering student asked. Sai Moulya, a homemaker who walks to a nearby market, […]

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Sporting activities in B’luru struggle to get back on feet

Though sports activities have been allowed to resume in Bengaluru, normalcy has not returned. Lokesh SP, head coach of the Jyothy Aquatic Centre, informed The Observer: “Our pool is of 25 metres with four lanes. Following all the regulations and safety precautions of the central government is difficult during an economic crisis like this.” The Centre released […]

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Post-lockdown, condition of Brahmani bridge worries commuters again

It shakes when heavy vehicles pass over it After Rourkela has reopened post-lockdown, the condition of the Brahmani bridge has begun to worry the public again. Heavy vehicles that travel between the mines and the industrial areas have increased the risk of the bridge collapsing. “The bridge has been deteriorating for 12 years,” SN Chaterjee, […]

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WFH, e-learning cause spike in broadband demand

Work from home and e-learning requirements have led to a sharp rise in the number of broadband connection subscribers. Sudhir K Gupta, secretary of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), informed The Observer: “According to data published by TRAI, during the lockdown, broadband connections increased by 6% within the duration of April to June.” […]

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