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 hit as IndiGo cancels its Kolkata-Shillong flights

Carrier has now suspended them till May 15 Shillong: The suspension of flights from Kolkata to Shillong has affected travellers badly. Manesh Kumar Agrawal, director, Shillong airport, informed The Observer: “The Umroi Airport of Shillong is fully operational. However, there are no flights coming in.” “We are getting phone calls regarding flight availability to Umroi […]

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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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Pandemic robs the glitter of wedding planners’ biz

Caterers also worried about second wave.  Even as most businesses are limping back to normal, wedding planners and caterers are still struggling because of restrictions imposed on gatherings and cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a second wave of cases is imminent, no relief seems in sight for them.  “My business is down by […]

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Galleries go vacant, artists’ pockets empty amidst Covid

Sales at galleries still open have dipped by 70% Bengaluru:The coronavirus pandemic has caused an unprecedented crisis for painters and art galleries across Bengaluru. According to a recent survey conducted by the International Council of Museums, about 95% of museums worldwide closed due to the pandemic. With art galleries shut, art fairs cancelled or postponed, […]

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Auto drivers cut up as govt fails to help them

Autorickshaw drivers are facing a crisis as the government has failed to provide the financial support it had promised.  “We have to feed ourselves, take care of our families, and maintain our autos. What government are you talking about; we are our own government,” remarked Lokesh H, an autorickshaw driver.   The drivers are unhappy with the government’s attitude towards them. On March 3, they took out a rally from the […]

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We have families, don’t cut fees, say teachers

Tell govt they are surviving on half salary Bengaluru: Teachers and school management staff of Karnataka are unhappy with the state government’s decision to cut 30% of the annual fees for students. After days of protests by the parents, the government passed an order on January 30, stating that the parents will pay only 70% […]

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Rourkela’s jewellery shops are recovering from lockdown blow

People buying gold before it goes up further Rourkela: Jewellery shops in the city are gradually recovering from the blow that struck the market during the lockdown. The number of people buying jewellery during the third and fourth quarters, especially during Dhanteras, is higher this year. “The same number of customers as last year visited […]

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Bicycle sales perk up during pandemic

People switch to cycling as distancing is not possible in public transport Kolkata: Bicycle sales in Kolkata have witnessed a boom during the pandemic with commuters searching for an alternative mode of transport. Demand has increased three-fold and sales have soared by 80-100 per cent compared to pre-Covid times. Dealers are now selling 300 cycles […]

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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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