A year after the pandemic, eateries are struggling to remain afloat

Increasing prices of diesel, cooking oil, LPG worry them By Mahitha Owk Bengaluru: Restaurants in the city are struggling to earn money because of the Covid-19 pandemic. A spike in the prices of LPG, petrol, diesel, and cooking oil has put a question mark over their survival. “We used to make around Rs 1 lakh […]

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Reduced visitors and decreased donations cause animal shelter homes to struggle

Animal shelter homes still face difficulties due to decreased funds amidst every sector is recovering post-pandemic. The reduced number of visitors to the shelter homes has led to a decline in donations drastically. Dr. B.C. Ramakrishna Patron, an owner at Karuna Animal Shelter Home, which provides shelter to 4,448 animals, said, “When all the organizations […]

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Bengaluru’s Rohingyas have no access to basic facilities

Lockdown ended rag picking, their source of income By Upasana Banerjee Bengaluru: Rohingya refugees living in Dasarahalli near Hebbal are struggling to make a living because they are not entitled to any facilities. Tagged illegal immigrants on Indian soil, they cannot avail of rations or basic medical facilities. The only identity they hold is the […]

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Roadside plants suffer due to construction work

But BBMP says they are cared for well By Queeneerich Kharmawlong Bengaluru: Roadside plants in the city are dying due to poor maintenance by the BBMP and the horticulture department. Shaaf Zubairi, a resident of Yelahanka, informed The Observer: “The BBMP doesn’t even give a second look after planting trees on roadsides in residential areas. […]

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Swimmers in a quandary as JP Park pool remains closed

Parents demand a new tender for the facility Bengaluru: The closure of the BBMP swimming pool at JP Park since March 2020 has affected the training schedules of swimmers competing in national and international events. “As the pool is closed, I am finding it very difficult to train,” said Sambhav R, a national-level swimmer. 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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No. of visitors to State Library dips due to Covid, digitization

Some people are sceptical about visiting libraries Bengaluru: The Covid-19 pandemic and digitization of public libraries have taken a huge toll on the number of visitors at the State Central Library, Cubbon Park. The number of visitors has come down by about 60%. Librarian Lokesh informed The Observer: “Earlier the library used to operate at full capacity. […]

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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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