Indians who enrolled in Canada varsities in 2020 are stranded

Several students who were to leave for Canada are now left stranded due to ban on flights from India. Alpa Agath, a student, said: “A few universities in Canada have a rule that if a student studies more than half of a course from outside the country, then the course is considered an online course. […]

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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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Token ban in vain as commuters swipe smart cards at AFC gates

Bengaluru: Despite increasing Covid-19 cases, commuters at Namma Metro stations do not follow instructions at the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates and standard operating procedures (SOPs) published by the government. According to SOPs of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, passengers are required to display their smart cards 3 cm above at AFC […]

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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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Auto drivers cut up as govt fails to help them

Autorickshaw drivers are facing a crisis as the government has failed to provide the financial support it had promised.  “We have to feed ourselves, take care of our families, and maintain our autos. What government are you talking about; we are our own government,” remarked Lokesh H, an autorickshaw driver.   The drivers are unhappy with the government’s attitude towards them. On March 3, they took out a rally from the […]

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Aviation in a Tailspin

The Covid-19 pandemic is not only taking lives but jobs too. The travel and hospitality industries have borne most of the brunt and seem the hardest hit. With most of the world’s fleet of airliners parked and mothballed, airlines both national and international are struggling to sustain themselves. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) claims this has been the worst year for the airline industry ever.  Crisil, a rating agency, predicts an annual loss of Rs. 1.1-1.3 lakh crores (trillion) for India’s domestic airline Industry.    […]

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Post-lockdown, condition of Brahmani bridge worries commuters again

It shakes when heavy vehicles pass over it After Rourkela has reopened post-lockdown, the condition of the Brahmani bridge has begun to worry the public again. Heavy vehicles that travel between the mines and the industrial areas have increased the risk of the bridge collapsing. “The bridge has been deteriorating for 12 years,” SN Chaterjee, […]

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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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Five years after police diktat, school buses to get CCTV, GPS

Schools just do not bother, says top cop Almost five years after the traffic police ordered fixing of CCTV cameras and GPS systems on schoolbuses, most of these vehicles do not have them. A reality check by The Observer at schools in Majestic, Seshadri Road, Cubbon Park, Vijayanagar and Shivajinagar revealed that most of these […]

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