More pregnant women now visit maternity clinics than before

Some still don’t see docs due to taboos, shyness The percentage of women who made at least four antenatal visits to maternity clinics has risen by 0.8 per cent over four years as per the State Fact sheet of the National Family Health Survey, 2019). According to the NFHS, the percentage of women who made […]

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Women’s bank a/cs rise, but not their financial independence

Most have no say in how to spend money Bengaluru: Karnataka is seeing a 29 percent rise in women’s bank accounts as per the State Fact Sheet of the National Family Health Survey (2019-20), but this does not necessarily mean that they are financially independent. As per the State Fact Sheet of the NFHS, the […]

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Confusion prevails over Aug 30 quarantine order

Those from Kerala must stay home, say agencies Confusion prevails over an August 30 order issued by the Karnataka government regarding institutional quarantine for people arriving from Kerala. The KSRTC, the railways and the Kempegowda International Airport do not have information regarding the order mandating a seven-day mandatory institutional quarantine. A home quarantine or a negative RT-PCR report is enough, they said. “Home quarantine is enough or you can […]

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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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