Aviation in a Tailspin

The Covid-19 pandemic is not only taking lives but jobs too. The travel and hospitality industries have borne most of the brunt and seem the hardest hit. With most of the world’s fleet of airliners parked and mothballed, airlines both national and international are struggling to sustain themselves. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) claims this has been the worst year for the airline industry ever.  Crisil, a rating agency, predicts an annual loss of Rs. 1.1-1.3 lakh crores (trillion) for India’s domestic airline Industry.    […]

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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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Indians stuck in Oz sore with the embassy

Say it does not respond to calls; but others happy Hyderabad: A few Indians stranded in Australia have been suffering due to a lack of proper communication from the Indian High Commission in Canberra. “I have called them almost every day, but they haven’t responded even once to my calls or emails,” said Janith Chandra […]

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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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Women think driving heavy vehicles is tough

They choose to be conductors Under the Nirbhaya scheme, BMTC had announced more women would be trained to drive heavy passenger vehicles, but presently the corporation has only one woman driver. BMTC PRO Deepak N informed The Observer that there arent many women drivers because driving a bus is considered tough. There are six or […]

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Koramangala residents want Metro, BMRCL says not possible

Citizens say that a metro line is needed to decongest the area Residents of Koramangala want the Ejipura-Koramangala elevated corridor replaced with the Metro line from Baiyappanahalli to Silk Board to decongest the area. But officials say it is not possible to do so. “We’re trying to connect all the possible places in the city […]

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Suburban rail will take too long, say commuters

Railway users want the existing infrastructure to be improved. Commuters of Bengaluru say the benefits of the suburban railway project announced on November 4 will take too long to reach them. “More trains are required in cities that have more than one crore population. Every day the number of people coming to the city is […]

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Despite govt restrictions, ride sharing thrives

Ola & Uber apps allow people to book these rides even as the Karnataka government has restricted these cab aggregators. Though the government of Karnataka has restricted ride sharing, cab aggregators Ola and Uber continue to allow people to book these. People prefer ride sharing because it is are cheaper than regular taxi or autorickshaw […]

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