Halted white-topping spells a pause to biz

BBMP has stopped work in Indiranagar due to Covid. Shop owners on 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, are distressed as BBMP has paused white-topping work due to the Covid situation, almost blocking entrances to their establishments.  “People are apprehensive to come to the shop not because of Covid, but because they have to carry their bikes… on their shoulders. […]

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Fliers spend thousands in private facilities as random tests stop

States ask for results not older than 72 hours Bengaluru: The BBMP’s decision to stop random Covid-19 testing has forced people booked on flights to pay thousands of rupees to get tested in private facilities.  Bikram Mandal, a student at the Wisdom Correspondence College, Bengaluru, said: “I had to go back to Kolkata. Since airlines […]

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Lockdown dampens the Ramzan spirit

With eateries shut down, foodies miss their favourite fare in Fraser Town, Shivajinagar Bengaluru: A deafening silence welcomes visitors to the previously smoky, crowded roads in Fraser Town and Shivajinagar where people jostled with each other and the traffic to find the perfect food stall during Ramzan. Farhat Atchia, who works for a digital media […]

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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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Tedious document verification for Karanth Layout is a pain for villagers

They are unable to find papers for their homes Bengaluru: A tedious document-verification procedure for houses built on notified land for the construction of Dr. Shivaram Karanth Layout before August 2018 is proving to be a hassle for citizens. “We built our house in 2019. Now we do not have all the documents and are […]

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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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Their wait for govt-built houses is endless

Applicants aren’t informed why they didn’t get homes Bengaluru: Despite the several housing schemes announced for the poor in Karnataka by both the state and central government, many people still remain homeless. They complain they haven’t received any reply from the government even after applying for several times. “I have applied three times now, but […]

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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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Pandemic takes shimmer off Bengaluru’s trophy business

With no event or competitions, stores revenue hit Bengaluru: Trophy and medal shops across Bengaluru have incurred losses due to the pandemic. “We had no money during the lockdown. Business was low last year and is still low. We don’t know how to get out of this situation,” said Kalpana Gowda, a sales retailer at […]

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