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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Several players & others test positive, IPL put on hold

Balaji affected, entire CSK goes in isolation The ongoing 14th edition of the Indian Premier League has been temporarily suspended after multiple players from various franchises tested positive for Covid-19.  “The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting has (sic) unanimously decided to […]

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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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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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Inefficiencies of BBMP to blame for its low ranking

Meddling by politicians and a poor property tax system are other issues. Financial, technological and planning inefficiencies are to be blamed for BBMP’s low ranking in the Municipal Performance Index report 2020. BBMP ranks 31st out of 51 municipalities.   According to the Municipal Performance Index report 2020, published by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs with the Institute for Competitiveness, […]

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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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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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Women, beware: Cars with 5-star safety rating are unsafe for you

Bengaluru: When a woman buys a car with a five-star safety rating, she assumes she’s safe. She’s mistaken. For the car was produced with men in mind. In 2020, most automakers produced cars based on data from male crash test dummies. These cars can have deadly consequences for women. M. Shama, a car driver in […]

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No smartphone or card? You can’t board Metro

Bengaluru: Namma Metro’s cashless transaction policy has put commuters without smartphones and digital payment methods in trouble. BMRCL had discontinued token sales at counters to ensure contactless and cashless travel in the wake of the pandemic. Rakesh Ranjan, a BMRCL customer care employee, informed The Observer: “There has been no update from the government about […]

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