Amid pandemic, small sports goods retailers find the going tough against big players

Bengaluru: Small sports retail stores are struggling to stay in business against sports giants amid the economic slump created by the Covid-19 pandemic. Kiran Kumar, owner of Sugam Sports in Vasanthapura, Banashankari Stage V, said: “Our revenue largely depends on the daily walk-ins. The second lockdown has hit us harder than the first one. We […]

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Bad speed breakers have Bengalureans worried

Indian Road Congress guidelines not being followed  Despite complaints over years, Bengalureans are still struggling with unmarked and poorly designed speed breakers. They want BBMP to take action to avoid more accidents. Poornesh N, a student of the RV College of Engineering, Mysuru Road, informed The Observer: “Unpainted speed breakers have been a major issue […]

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No. of visitors to State Library dips due to Covid, digitization

Some people are sceptical about visiting libraries Bengaluru: The Covid-19 pandemic and digitization of public libraries have taken a huge toll on the number of visitors at the State Central Library, Cubbon Park. The number of visitors has come down by about 60%. Librarian Lokesh informed The Observer: “Earlier the library used to operate at full capacity. […]

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As virus fear spreads, masks and sanitizers fly off pharma shelves

Stores unsure when supplies will come back Bengaluru has a shortage of face masks and hand sanitizers as a large number of people have started to buy them after the outbreak of coronavirus. Eight out of the ten medical stores The Observer visited on March 5 did not have masks and sanitizers. Salespersons at the […]

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With police not asking, owners of vehicles don’t get PUC renewed

Despite Bengaluru having a high pollution level during peak hours, vehicular emissions have gone unchecked. Though it is mandatory, many owners of private vehicles have not renewed their pollution under control certificates. Saran K, a resident of Marathahalli, informed The Observer: “PUC (pollution under control) certificates are compulsory like insurance certificates, but not many have them because […]

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BSY’s budget makes petrol, diesel and booze costlier

The budget sends positive signals for home buyers as stamp duty on flats costing less than Rs 20 lakhs cut by 3%. The Karnataka budget for 2020-2021 reflects the government’s resolve to boost the state’s revenue. It proposes raising tax on petrol and diesel, and excise duty on liquor. In his budget speech on Thursday, […]

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Dust chokes people of Gear School Road

Residents frustrated with BBMP repeatedly saying pipeline work to be over ‘next week’. The schoolchildren, shopkeepers and residents of Gear School Road, eastern Bengaluru, have a common piece of attire: Face masks. Dust clouds caused by dug-up roads have forced the residents of Kadubeesanhalli-Doddakanelli road stretch to cover their faces. Two-wheeler riders contend with another […]

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Scouts & Guides, others to be given awards on Feb 29

The Governor would present the Chathurtha Charan, Heerak Pankh and Rajyapuraskar awards. Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala will on February 29 present awards to Scouts and Guides, Cubs and Bulbuls, and Rovers and Rangers. The Chathurtha Charan award is given to Cubs and Bulbuls (boys and girls in the 5-10 age group), the Heerak Pankh award […]

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Stuck during registration, Suraksha app disappoints

Downloads rose after awareness drive by cops Though more than 2.4 lakh people have downloaded the Suraksha personal safety app recently, many are at a loss because of it has a technical issue. The registration page in the app often freezes while registering. Anjana D, an employee of an IT company, said: “After downloading it, […]

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