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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Token ban in vain as commuters swipe smart cards at AFC gates

Bengaluru: Despite increasing Covid-19 cases, commuters at Namma Metro stations do not follow instructions at the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates and standard operating procedures (SOPs) published by the government. According to SOPs of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, passengers are required to display their smart cards 3 cm above at AFC […]

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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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Cow slaughter law robs income of Bengaluru’s beef traders

Bengaluru: Karnataka’s law against cow slaughter has drastically reduced the earnings of beef traders. Some have shut their businesses because they have not earned any money after the law was enacted. Owing to recurring losses, the number of beef shops in Shivajinagar has declined to 18 from 56.  Khasim Najeeb, a beef trader at Saqib […]

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Amidst pandemic, cloud kitchen concept grows

A few eateries have switched to food delivery Porbandar: The cloud kitchen concept, which refers to the homemade food delivery business, has seen rapid growth as a result of increased safety precautions by customers. Mitali Hathi, owner of Hathi’z Chocolate Goodies, informed The Observer: “I started offering services in January 2020. Covid-19 proved out to […]

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China standoff harms India’s fishing sector

Exports dip 90%; fishermen, staff, traders in trouble The India- China standoff  has affected the export of seafood from India to China. The resultant losses incurred by the fishing industry have resulted in unemployment and a financial crisis in the fishing industry. Denish Fofandi, owner of Deepmala Marine Exports, Veraval, informed The Observer: “Exports from […]

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WFH, e-learning cause spike in broadband demand

Work from home and e-learning requirements have led to a sharp rise in the number of broadband connection subscribers. Sudhir K Gupta, secretary of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), informed The Observer: “According to data published by TRAI, during the lockdown, broadband connections increased by 6% within the duration of April to June.” […]

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Rajkot’s restaurants see big dip in revenue

Rajkot: Most restaurants that have resumed operations after Unlock 4.0 are experiencing losses and showing no signs of revival of business. “Out of 70% of restaurants earning well before the lockdown, only 30% can run their business after unlock 4.0; the rest have either shut down or are making losses. In August, restaurants were able […]

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