AAP govt issues norms for kids housed in CCIs

Given the rising cases of Covid in the national capital, the Delhi government on Thursday issued new guidelines for Child Care Institutions (CCIs) to protect the children from contracting the virus.  According to the press release,the CCIs have to teach children how to keep their hands clean, practise washing of hands before and after having […]

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As govt & RWA fail, residents step in

Deliver meals and medical aid to Covid patients. As the government and the residents’ welfare association (RWA) have failed to assist Covid patients of a DDA apartment complex, residents have stepped in to help their neighbours. Residents of Gomti Apartments, Kalkaji, have started stocking oxygen cylinders, beds, sanitisers, gloves and personal protective kits to build […]

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Ex-minister Ajit Singh loses battle against Covid

Demise likely to impact politics of western UP. Veteran farmer leader and former Union minister Ajit Singh passed away this morning due to Covid-19 complications in a private hospital in Gurugram.  His son Jayant Singh said in a tweet that his father, who tested positive on April 20 and was on ventilator support in the […]

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These ATM guards have to buy sanitizer with their own money

Say public sector banks have made no provision. Security guards manning the ATMs of public sector banks in south Delhi’s Alaknanda Market are distressed as they are forced to buy sanitizers, masks and gloves for themselves. “My salary is just Rs 9,000. I have to send money to my family back in my village, and […]

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Halted white-topping spells a pause to biz

BBMP has stopped work in Indiranagar due to Covid. Shop owners on 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, are distressed as BBMP has paused white-topping work due to the Covid situation, almost blocking entrances to their establishments.  “People are apprehensive to come to the shop not because of Covid, but because they have to carry their bikes… on their shoulders. […]

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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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Auto drivers cut up as govt fails to help them

Autorickshaw drivers are facing a crisis as the government has failed to provide the financial support it had promised.  “We have to feed ourselves, take care of our families, and maintain our autos. What government are you talking about; we are our own government,” remarked Lokesh H, an autorickshaw driver.   The drivers are unhappy with the government’s attitude towards them. On March 3, they took out a rally from the […]

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Salary delays worry workers of dry waste centres

Adverse working conditions at Dry Waste Collection Centres (DWCCs) in JP Nagar have made workers vulnerable to infectious diseases. Delays in payment of salaries and lack of awareness about protective gear have added to their woes.  “The BBMP has not helped us. Everything from masks to soaps and ration comes from Hasiru Dala (an NGO),” […]

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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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