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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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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“Any individual can be a farmer, not a company”

Protesting farmers have shunned political parties to ensure their platform includes the entire farming community. Nothing better underscores that principle than the support of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, the farmers’ wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the parent body of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. BKS Punjab chapter vice president Harjeet Singh spoke to The Observer’s […]

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Poll duty for govt school teachers affects teaching

Even anganwadi workers can’t do their jobs properly Sitamarhi: Election duty for government teachers and anganwadi workers has affected teaching in schools and the distribution of rations. “Around four months are spent on election duty during an election year,” Prabhakar Kumar, a teacher from a Kendriya Vidyalaya, informed The Observer. “We… are not paid adequately.” […]

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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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Tickets not available, migrant labour can’t reach workplaces

The unavailability of train tickets is preventing construction workers from going back to their workplaces.  Arpan Roy, a civil contractor from West Bengal, informed The Observer: “Site managers are calling now and then, but the unavailability of tickets is making it difficult for labourers to travel.” Along with his 30 workers, Roy returned home in […]

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Lockdown hits farmers on India-Nepal border hard

They are forced to sell produce in their own villages Sitamarhi: Residents of Sonbarsa village, near the India-Nepal border, have been adversely affected economically after the government imposed a nationwide lockdown and closed the border.  The lockdown across the border restricted Indian farmers from selling their produce in Nepal. The main economic occupation in Sonbarsa is farming, […]

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Indians stuck in Oz sore with the embassy

Say it does not respond to calls; but others happy Hyderabad: A few Indians stranded in Australia have been suffering due to a lack of proper communication from the Indian High Commission in Canberra. “I have called them almost every day, but they haven’t responded even once to my calls or emails,” said Janith Chandra […]

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Telehealth moves to the forefront in time of Covid-19 pandemic

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a tenfold increase in the number of users of telehealth and telemedicine. Doctors say online consultation will be a great opportunity for the digital health sector. ” We are constantly providing teleconsultation via call and video conferencing after the lockdown. Most doctors in this hospital are providing aid […]

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