Wig industry tears its hair over lack of supplies, recurring losses

No. of women visiting salons falls in big way Bengaluru: The wig industry is struggling to recover from effects of the pandemic. India, which supplies 80 per cent of the world’s wigs, has seen a reduction of 60 per cent in production. As salons have seen a steep decline in the number of clients they […]

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Pharma companies flourish during the pandemic

But allegedly fail to follow guidelines of Pollution Control Board Bengaluru: Amidst the pandemic, the pharma sector has experienced growth with an increased demand for its products. Rakesh P Kanyadi, director at Anglo-French Drugs and Industries Ltd, informed The Observer: “Usually, our workers used to work in two shifts, but, with the increased demand, we […]

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17 lakh girls affected as state government halts free pads scheme

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government’s decision to halt funds to the Shuchi sanitary napkin distribution scheme in the 2020-21 budget has adversely affected students of rural schools and colleges. P. Jagadani, a 15-year-old student at a government school in Gollahalli, Kumbalgodu, informed The Observer: “We have not received any pads for almost two years now. During the […]

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Women, beware: Cars with 5-star safety rating are unsafe for you

Bengaluru: When a woman buys a car with a five-star safety rating, she assumes she’s safe. She’s mistaken. For the car was produced with men in mind. In 2020, most automakers produced cars based on data from male crash test dummies. These cars can have deadly consequences for women. M. Shama, a car driver in […]

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No smartphone or card? You can’t board Metro

Bengaluru: Namma Metro’s cashless transaction policy has put commuters without smartphones and digital payment methods in trouble. BMRCL had discontinued token sales at counters to ensure contactless and cashless travel in the wake of the pandemic. Rakesh Ranjan, a BMRCL customer care employee, informed The Observer: “There has been no update from the government about […]

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Sarakki encroachments have changed shape of water body

The Sarakki lake bed, in south Bengaluru, has been encroached upon in such a way that its southern end has turned into a thin tail where three temples have been built illegally.  The Observer visited ten of the 15 illegally built religious structures on the lake bed. At the southern end, encroachment starts with a […]

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We have families, don’t cut fees, say teachers

Tell govt they are surviving on half salary Bengaluru: Teachers and school management staff of Karnataka are unhappy with the state government’s decision to cut 30% of the annual fees for students. After days of protests by the parents, the government passed an order on January 30, stating that the parents will pay only 70% […]

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Bird flu brings big trouble for state’s bird sanctuaries

After the outbreak of bird flu and the Covid-19 pandemic, Karnataka’s bird sanctuaries have seen a dip in the number of visitors. Puttmadhe Gowda, deputy range forest officer of the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, informed The Observer: “We saw a major dip after the Covid-19 lockdown. However, the footfall steadily increased after November. But since January, due […]

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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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Poll duty for govt school teachers affects teaching

Even anganwadi workers can’t do their jobs properly Sitamarhi: Election duty for government teachers and anganwadi workers has affected teaching in schools and the distribution of rations. “Around four months are spent on election duty during an election year,” Prabhakar Kumar, a teacher from a Kendriya Vidyalaya, informed The Observer. “We… are not paid adequately.” […]

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