GoAir’s change of name leaves aviation watchers baffled

‘Earlier name was good; this is not the right time’ GoAir, an Indian airline run by the Wadia Group, has changed its brand name to Go First in a move that has puzzled aviation industry watchers. Kaushik Khona, CEO of GoAir, informed The Observer: “We will come up with a press release with detailed information by […]

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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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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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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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Govt to auction securities to fund Covid fight, pet plans

The Centre has decided to auction government securities worth Rs 26,000 crore to raise funds for its pet projects and Covid-19 relief. According to a press release, ‘The Government of India has announced the Sale (Re-issue) of (i) ‘4.26 percent Government Security, 2023’ for a notified amount of Rs 3,000 crore (nominal) through the price-based […]

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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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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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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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Amid pandemic, small sports goods retailers find the going tough against big players

Bengaluru: Small sports retail stores are struggling to stay in business against sports giants amid the economic slump created by the Covid-19 pandemic. Kiran Kumar, owner of Sugam Sports in Vasanthapura, Banashankari Stage V, said: “Our revenue largely depends on the daily walk-ins. The second lockdown has hit us harder than the first one. We […]

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Airport retail stores see drop in sales

Eateries hit too; staff working on reduced salaries Bengaluru: Right opposite boarding gate 30 of the Kempegowda International Airport is a brightly lit merchandise store called WK Life London. Despite a variety of goods on offer, stacked neatly across long white shelves, the store is struggling to make ends meet. “Sales have dipped massively in […]

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