Despite Omicron, Bengalureans are not following Covid protocols

Citizens say govt must take action to avert 3rd wave People in Bengaluru continue to flout Covid rules despite the emergence of the Omicron variant. Sneha S, a Metro commuter, informed The Observer: I travel by Metro regularly and I can say this new variant has no effect on people as of now. Most of […]

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The grass is not yet green for Nandi Hills

People fear the new covid variant and increasing cases. Very few visitors for Nandi Hills, this season amid Omicron fear.  Will face another  period  of loss, say resort owners and travel agencies. R K Shree, the owner of R K Tours and Travels informed the Observer, “There have been many enquiries this week for Nandi Hills. […]

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Only fully vaccinated people to be allowed into malls, cinemas

Cultural activities in schools,colleges to be postponed New restrictions have been imposed in Karnataka amid the fear of spread of the new Covid variant, Omicron. It is unofficially determined as “not serious”, Revenue Minister R. Ashoka told a press conference on Friday. “From today, only double vaccinated people will be allowed into malls, cinema halls […]

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Visvesvaraya Science Museum still not back to its glory days

Footfalls haven’t increased despite schools reopening Children, with their masks hanging on their chins,  hasten about the lifelike model of a dinosaur. Muffled voices of joyful squeals can be heard mixed with the mechanical noise of machinery and science models. Parents stand in a corner, looking over their young ones experimenting with various exhibits. The museum […]

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Plant nurseries struggle to recover from losses

With no biz, cost of maintenance crushed them Plant nurseries in Bengaluru are struggling to revive from pandemic-inflicted losses. The losses were huge and prompted many to leave the business, say nursery owners. Puttaswamy, the owner of Garden Care nursery, informed The Observer: “During the pandemic, like any other business, we suffered too. But for […]

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B’luru College holds big Rajyotsava function despite govt advisory

Health minister Sudhakar gives it a miss A Karnataka Rajyotsava function was held at the SJB Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, despite a government advisory to postpone all social and cultural events in educational institutions for two months. The ban was imposed in view of the Covid-19 situation in the state. Education and Health Minister K Sudhakar was […]

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Bengaluru cafes doubling up as working spaces for professionals

Boredom at home and flexibility are driving the trend An increasing number of freelancers and work-from-home employees have turned cafes into coworking spaces in Bengaluru, say café owners. Covid-19 had a massive impact on the food service industry in India, with sales plummeting by 49 per cent, even after restrictions were eased in the third quarter of financial year 2020-21, […]

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As Covid cases subside, pending dental procedures resume

Clinics were shut during peak of the second wave Tanisha Kannan of Mysuru experienced severe toothache in mid-March. At that time, the second wave of Covid-19 was just around the corner. Terrified, she decided to postpone her visit to a dentist and tolerated the pain for some more time. To her horror, the tooth had […]

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Self-help books gave peace to many during the pandemic

They help people improve quality of life: Therapist There was a significant rise in the publication and readership of self-help books in 2020 among youngsters because of the pandemic.  Srikant K, manager of The Bookhive, Church Street, informed The Observer: “There was a surge in the purchase of self-help genre books last year in the first […]

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Amid pandemic, digital art businesses thrive

Several artists have publicized them on Instagram Mausam Gala was delighted on her 22nd birthday when she received a digitally illustrated frame from her best friends. It showed them with the birthday girl. “It’s very personalized and affordable. This art (digital illustrations) became popular because of social media. I didn’t know we could make such designs […]

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