COVID-19: Shopping complexes rarely follow protocols

Experts suggest that laxity in following COVID Protocols many lead to a surge in positive cases in the city. Bengaluru:  Stall owners at Raheja Arcade in Koramangala, which is host to a large number of people looking to shop on a budget, seldom wear masks or follow COVID protocols. The guidelines issued by the Ministry […]

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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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Covid-19 fear: Thalassemia patients can’t get blood

Voluntary blood donation in Bengaluru has decreased drastically resulting in blood banks seeking replacement donors. Bengaluru: For those suffering from thalassemia—a blood disorder wherein the body doesn’t synthesis enough hemoglobin, decreasing the blood’s ability to carry oxygen—getting consistent access to blood is vital. Patients require an average of one bag of blood every 15 days, […]

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Bannerghatta zoo’s ‘self sustaining’ tag at stake

Bengaluru’s Bannerghatta Biological Park is facing a cash crunch. The zoo cut down on its development projects.  Bengaluru: Bannerghatta zoo officials said they need at least Rs. 2 crores every month to run their operations. The zoo officials have written letters to several corporate companies to lend a hand through their CSR funds.  Footfall is […]

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Covid-19: Teachers Turn Daily Wage labourers

Due to no payments of salaries, rural private school teachers are forced to shift to MGNREGA work. Bangalore: Latha C.S, 32-year-old kindergarten teacher in a private school is now working in the sun, rejuvenating lakes, about two kilometers from her school, in Mandya, under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). “I did […]

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Decline in eye surgeries due to COVID-19 restrictions

Patients awaiting cornea replacements suffer as the number of eye donors sink. Eye banks and hospitals struggle to revive. Bangalore: Due to lockdown, several eye banks and eye hospitals were unable to do eye surgeries and cornea replacements. Eye Bank Association of India decided not to accept any eye donations, therefore, hospitals and eye banks […]

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Work from home(town) results in cheaper housing

Decreased rental deposits and monthly rents, and flexibility in rental agreements are making it easier for people to shift to the city. Bengaluru: If you are looking to shift to Bengaluru, then sky-high deposits won’t stress you anymore. It has become easier for tenants to rent houses in Bengaluru since the Work-From-Home culture has led […]

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Many small private hospitals still fighting to stay afloat

Small private hospitals are still struggling to pick up pace as non-Covid patients have Covid-19 related hesitancies, say owners of private hospitals.     BENGALURU- Dr. A.H. Lokesh had to make a difficult decision to save his hospital amidst a pandemic. “I had to sell my house to keep the hospital afloat because I cannot lose my […]

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