Cancellations hit Bihar marriage halls

By Nishant Kumar Sitamarhi: The second wave of Covid-19 has adversely affected Sitamarhi’s marriage halls. With business faltering, owners of the halls are at their wits’ end. According to the Bihar government’s new guidelines, not more than 50 people can participate in a wedding. The decision came into effect after the state recorded a spike […]

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Creators of Madhubani paintings struggle as demand dries up

By Nishant Kumar Bihar: Maithili artists, the makers of the world-famous Madhubani paintings, are struggling to survive as their only source of income – the sale of artefacts – has decreased during the pandemic. “Art is taught to us from childhood and it’s an heirloom,” said Kanak Jha, a Maithili artist. “We learn painting and drawing […]

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With schools and colleges closed, demand for home tutors shows a surge in Bihar

By Nishant Kumar Sitamarhi:  With educational institutions closed, the number of private tutors in Bihar has increased in recent months. Prakash Kumar, a teacher at Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Sitamarhi, informed The Observer: “Schools have been closed for more than a year, and I was left with no source of income. But for the past three […]

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Untrained medicos afraid of Covid duty

Want supervision when they work in the wards Kolkata: Final-year medical and nursing students are not confident about serving in Covid-19 wards as they lack hands-on experience. They want supervision during duty hours and workshops to be held before they can work in the wards. A final-year MBBS student of the Calcutta Medical College (CMC) informed […]

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With local trains stopped, Kolkata’s buses are packed

Bankura: The West Bengal government’s decision to restrict the movement of local trains has caused overcrowding on buses in Kolkata.  The buses are supposed to run with 50 per cent capacity.  Sanatan Panda, a bus conductor, said: “It is very risky for us, but we can do nothing. There was a heavy rush during office […]

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Poor infra hits virtual court proceedings

By Abhishek Saini Bengaluru: Lack of proper infrastructure, application software, and trained personnel in the Court of Small Causes and the City Civil Court is hampering the implementation of virtual court proceedings in Bengaluru. “I just had to show one document. Now, I’m waiting for the lawyer to get the work done. All this would […]

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Biomed waste is dumped unsegregated

BBMP waste collectors don’t touch waste from houses that have Covid patients Bengaluru: In several parts of the city, biomedical waste produced by home-isolated Covid-19 patients is being dumped in Bellahalli, near Yelahanka, as unsegregated waste.  Rahul Hipparkar, the driver of a BBMP garbage-collection truck, said: “All the waste collected, except for a certain category […]

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NGOs in a soup as funds go to Covid relief

Some have laid off staff, others have cut salaries Bengaluru: Several non-health NGOs are facing a severe financial crisis as most of their funds are being donated to Covid-19 relief, resulting in job losses.  Arjun Chaitanya, a co-founder of Sasya Sankalpa, a rejuvenation and sapling- planting NGO, said: “We had to let go of the […]

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Bannerghatta zoo now earns zero revenue

Zoo Authority sends SOS to govt on animals’ food Bengaluru: In the wake of the extended Covid-19 lockdown, the Bannerghatta Biological Park is suffering a severe financial crisis. Dr Umashankar HP, a senior veterinarian at the Bannerghatta zoo and media spokesperson, said: “Currently, there is no revenue. We need Rs 2 crore every month to […]

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