Cyclone fells mango trees in Gujarat, brings farmers agony

Mango farmers in Gujarat are having a hard time as cyclone Tauktae has caused severe financial losses by destroying a large number of trees. Bhima Odedara, a farmer at Valsad, said: “The harvesting season of mangoes begins in April, and the month of May is considered a peak season. The season had just begun, and […]

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Indians who enrolled in Canada varsities in 2020 are stranded

Several students who were to leave for Canada are now left stranded due to ban on flights from India. Alpa Agath, a student, said: “A few universities in Canada have a rule that if a student studies more than half of a course from outside the country, then the course is considered an online course. […]

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O2 cylinder industry in Gujarat hit by ban on oxygen supply to it

A ban on oxygen supply to the oxygen cylinder industry in Gujarat has put the manufacturers in hardship. Rahul Lal, a manufacturer at Gandhidham, said: “In Gujarat, oxygen demand for medical purposes has risen to around 1,600 tonnes per day. However, the daily requirement of oxygen used in oxygen cylinder-manufacturing companies is just about 5 […]

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Parents, don’t give your kids vitamins; they can sometimes cause damage

With Covid-19 cases rising, several worried parents have started giving immunity boosters like vitamins C and D to their children.  Hetal Kukadiya, a mother of a three-year-old in Rajkot, said: “My neighbour suggested I give vitamin C tablets to my child. My child… has not faced any side-effects or other illness. I believe immunity boosters […]

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Gujarat shopkeepers disobey curfew to make ends meet

Despite a curfew imposed by the Gujarat government, several shops do business during restricted hours. Bhavan Patel, a shopkeeper in Kamala Baug, Porbandar, informed The Observer: “It is difficult to meet our needs as this situation is prevailing for the past two years. As this will not end soon, we have to run our shop during […]

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Homemakers use social media to resell clothes, lifestyle items

Homemakers in Gujarat are increasingly getting involved in the reselling business through social media platforms. Ashal Bhogesara, an apparel reseller who owns FabFashion, informed The Observer: “Amid the pandemic, when several people are losing their jobs, this business is offering employment to women. Also, due to the pandemic, I have experienced an upward trend in […]

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Chaos prevails at Mumbai’s drive-in vaccination facility

Mumbai’s drive-in vaccination centre is witnessing chaos because of alleged mismanagement. Aagam Maniar, a citizen, said that Cooper Hospital’s post and a list provided by BMC said walk-ins would be vaccinated. But they were denied the second dose. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s drive-in facility is functioning at the Kohinoor parking lot near Shivaji Park in Dadar […]

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As Gujarat govt cuts supply of O2, forging industry groans

Rajkot: Gujarat’s forging industry has shut down their operations as the state government has restricted the supply of oxygen for industrial purposes. Harsh Tilva, the owner of Shree Ram Forge, informed The Observer: “Operations at our factory have come to a grinding halt as the government has restricted oxygen supply. I recently established a subsidiary […]

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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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