Bengalureans struggle to get cigarettes during lockdown

Dunzo unable to deliver; small shops sell on sly Bengaluru: Smokers in Bengaluru are facing difficulties in getting cigarettes and other tobacco products delivered at their doorsteps amid the lockdown in Karnataka. “Shops aren’t open because of lockdown guidelines, making it difficult for us to buy cigarettes. Delivery apps like Dunzo and Swiggy which always […]

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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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Bad speed breakers have Bengalureans worried

Indian Road Congress guidelines not being followed  Despite complaints over years, Bengalureans are still struggling with unmarked and poorly designed speed breakers. They want BBMP to take action to avoid more accidents. Poornesh N, a student of the RV College of Engineering, Mysuru Road, informed The Observer: “Unpainted speed breakers have been a major issue […]

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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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Not a sweet time for the bakery industry

Bengaluru: The bakery industry in Bengaluru is struggling to get back to the pre-Covid level of production and hiring. “The overall production has come down to 60-65% as the demand is very low in cafes,” said Prashanth Shadakshari, executive chef and co-owner at Amande Patisserie.  There are 365 cafes under the Bengaluru Hotel Association out […]

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With domestic help not allowed, women hit by Pandemic Fatigue

Apartment associations’ decision puts extra burden With apartment associations not allowing house help to come to work during the pandemic, many women have complained of developing ‘Pandemic Fatigue’. They say it is tough for them to handle the entire workload. “The pandemic and lockdown have only increased my work. I do not get free time […]

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NGO brings relief to flood-hit people of West Champaran

Besides food, it gave shelter & hygiene kits Bihar: As heavy rainfall and floods left lakhs homeless in Bihar’s East and West Champaran districts, an NGO gave succour to hundreds of people. Hundreds of people lost their lives and dozens were reported missing after the calamity in late August.  Aziz Ansari, a villager from Nautan […]

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Carnage in the Name of Beauty

Trees hold the key to controlling pollution and protecting human health, says Nidhi Kajaria Indiscriminate tree felling for infrastructural development has become a major source of environmental stress in India. According to data released by the union ministry of environment, forests and climate change, between April 2016 and March 2019 as many as 76,72,337 trees […]

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