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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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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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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