Students wait for the pandemic to end so that they can fly abroad

Bengaluru: The pandemic has crushed the dreams of students and made them review their decision to go abroad for higher studies. “The previous year got wasted because of the pandemic,” Kumari Thrikanth, who had completed his B-tech last year and was planning to do his Masters in the UK, informed The Observer. Many countries, like Australia, […]

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Their wait for govt-built houses is endless

Applicants aren’t informed why they didn’t get homes Bengaluru: Despite the several housing schemes announced for the poor in Karnataka by both the state and central government, many people still remain homeless. They complain they haven’t received any reply from the government even after applying for several times. “I have applied three times now, but […]

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Demand for electric vehicles rises, but sales remain low

Bengaluru: Despite an increased demand for electric vehicles, the sales remain low due to delayed delivery by manufacturers. Melvin Wilson, secretary at Ather Energy, an EV manufacturer, said: “Sales of electric vehicles have increased by three times as compared to the past five months. Neither we nor the raw material suppliers have increased prices as […]

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Farmers are not aware of app that makes trading easier

Bengaluru: Farmers are unaware of Arka Vyapar, an application developed by the Indian Institute of Horticulture Research (IIHR) to connect farmers with the traders. K. Hanumaiah, a farmer, informed The Observer: “I am not aware of this application. When the government launches a scheme or an application, either we don’t benefit from the same or we […]

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Should India dump EVMs, go back to ballots?

Voting machines are tamper-proof and perfect for Indian elections India is the world’s largest democracy. With an electorate of more than 817 million, it would be foolish to go back to paper ballots. It is like going back to bullock carts because cars and planes are hijacked once in a while. Electronic voting machines (EVMs) […]

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Should India dump EVMs, go back to ballots?

Image Courtesy: The Print It’s possible to physically hack EVMs; Govt. must make way for paper ballots India should go back to using paper ballots in elections. Or, at least, voters should be given an option.  India is the world’s largest democracy. Every time there is an election, the credibility of electronic voting machines (EVMs) […]

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Pandemic takes shimmer off Bengaluru’s trophy business

With no event or competitions, stores revenue hit Bengaluru: Trophy and medal shops across Bengaluru have incurred losses due to the pandemic. “We had no money during the lockdown. Business was low last year and is still low. We don’t know how to get out of this situation,” said Kalpana Gowda, a sales retailer at […]

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Pandemic robs the glitter of wedding planners’ biz

Caterers also worried about second wave.  Even as most businesses are limping back to normal, wedding planners and caterers are still struggling because of restrictions imposed on gatherings and cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a second wave of cases is imminent, no relief seems in sight for them.  “My business is down by […]

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Inefficiencies of BBMP to blame for its low ranking

Meddling by politicians and a poor property tax system are other issues. Financial, technological and planning inefficiencies are to be blamed for BBMP’s low ranking in the Municipal Performance Index report 2020. BBMP ranks 31st out of 51 municipalities.   According to the Municipal Performance Index report 2020, published by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs with the Institute for Competitiveness, […]

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