These ATM guards have to buy sanitizer with their own money

Say public sector banks have made no provision. Security guards manning the ATMs of public sector banks in south Delhi’s Alaknanda Market are distressed as they are forced to buy sanitizers, masks and gloves for themselves. “My salary is just Rs 9,000. I have to send money to my family back in my village, and […]

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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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Returnees to Meghalaya tired of long wait for Covid-19 test

Have to await their turn in sweltering heat Shillong: A shortage of staff at the Covid-19 testing checkpoint at Umling, Shillong, is leading to a long wait, causing stress to returnees.  An intern at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, who did not want to be named informed The Observer: “It is quite taxing to wait […]

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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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Pharma companies flourish during the pandemic

But allegedly fail to follow guidelines of Pollution Control Board Bengaluru: Amidst the pandemic, the pharma sector has experienced growth with an increased demand for its products. Rakesh P Kanyadi, director at Anglo-French Drugs and Industries Ltd, informed The Observer: “Usually, our workers used to work in two shifts, but, with the increased demand, we […]

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17 lakh girls affected as state government halts free pads scheme

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government’s decision to halt funds to the Shuchi sanitary napkin distribution scheme in the 2020-21 budget has adversely affected students of rural schools and colleges. P. Jagadani, a 15-year-old student at a government school in Gollahalli, Kumbalgodu, informed The Observer: “We have not received any pads for almost two years now. During the […]

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Dental clinics see fewer visitors in Covid time

Clinics say they are following safety protocols Bengaluru: Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, dentists’ clinics in the city are seeing fewer visits by patients. They prefer phone consultations. The clinics say they are taking precautions such as sanitisation, fumigation, sterilization and wearing safety equipment to prevent the spread of the virus, but not many patients seem […]

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Palike clinics got no TB cases during lockdown

Bengaluru: A few BBMP clinics haven’t received a single tuberculosis  patient since a national lockdown was imposed on March 24, 2020. Dr Bhanu Prakash, a doctor at a BBMP clinic near Rajajinagar, informed The Observer: “After the national lockdown was imposed on March 24 because of Covid-19, BBMP health clinics have had no patient for […]

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Bengaluru’s Rohingyas have no access to basic facilities

Lockdown ended rag picking, their source of income By Upasana Banerjee Bengaluru: Rohingya refugees living in Dasarahalli near Hebbal are struggling to make a living because they are not entitled to any facilities. Tagged illegal immigrants on Indian soil, they cannot avail of rations or basic medical facilities. The only identity they hold is the […]

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