Bengalureans struggle to get cigarettes during lockdown

Dunzo unable to deliver; small shops sell on sly Bengaluru: Smokers in Bengaluru are facing difficulties in getting cigarettes and other tobacco products delivered at their doorsteps amid the lockdown in Karnataka. “Shops aren’t open because of lockdown guidelines, making it difficult for us to buy cigarettes. Delivery apps like Dunzo and Swiggy which always […]

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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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LGBTQ community has no law to protect its workplace rights

Their colleagues continue to be insensitive Bengaluru: Employees from the LGBTQ community receive no legal protection from their employers in case of discrimination meted out on them by their colleagues or superiors in the company. Soumitra Iyer, a recruiter at BXC Technology, informed The Observer: “We are not aware of any anti-discriminatory law for LGBTQ […]

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Wig industry tears its hair over lack of supplies, recurring losses

No. of women visiting salons falls in big way Bengaluru: The wig industry is struggling to recover from effects of the pandemic. India, which supplies 80 per cent of the world’s wigs, has seen a reduction of 60 per cent in production. As salons have seen a steep decline in the number of clients they […]

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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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De-addiction centers’ poor condition, Add to Delhi’s drug problem

Thousands of people of the national capital suffer from an addiction problem and the small number of de-addiction centers in the city are not equipped to accommodate even a fraction of the addicts.   “Only 2-3% people who willingly go to the rehab centers are able to quit,” Yash Badal, a recovering addict and a de-addiction […]

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With domestic help not allowed, women hit by Pandemic Fatigue

Apartment associations’ decision puts extra burden With apartment associations not allowing house help to come to work during the pandemic, many women have complained of developing ‘Pandemic Fatigue’. They say it is tough for them to handle the entire workload. “The pandemic and lockdown have only increased my work. I do not get free time […]

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Beware, second-hand smoke at hookah bars is dangerous

Most cafes lack separate spaces for hookah fans Lack of restricted areas for hookah smokers in hookah bars has put non-smokers at the risk of inhaling second-hand smoke. “We can’t have a separate space for hookah users because the majority of our customers want us to serve hookah. So we never had a situation when […]

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As virus fear spreads, masks and sanitizers fly off pharma shelves

Stores unsure when supplies will come back Bengaluru has a shortage of face masks and hand sanitizers as a large number of people have started to buy them after the outbreak of coronavirus. Eight out of the ten medical stores The Observer visited on March 5 did not have masks and sanitizers. Salespersons at the […]

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If you use WhatsApp, you can say ‘Kannada gothu’

WhatsApp groups help non-locals to learn the local language for basic communication. When he moved to Bengaluru in 2017, Prabhat Kumar Chaturvedi realized he could bond with the city only if he learnt the local language. “I have lived in various parts of the country. I try to learn the local language wherever I am. […]

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