Caught in the COVID-19 Confusion

With no flights to return home; workers are stranded in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Rahul Padman April 13, 2020 Amid the world-wide spread of COVID-19, the Indian expatriate community in the Middle Eastern countries is facing problems.  With jobs lost, due to shutting down of businesses in the lockdown, the deserted workers are unable […]

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Start-up to Shut-down

Startups in Bangalore are sinking amid the COVID-19 battle and trying to raise venture capitals after writing a joint letter to the government requesting for financial assistance.  Yamini Chincholi Small startups are succumbing to the lockdown without any government aid. Some are divided in their opinion on seeking government help in recovering financial losses due […]

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Stocks filled with dust, garment retailers suffer

The garment manufacturers and retailers struggle to keep their businesses alive, ahead of the Bengali New Year. Srijita Sen April 13, 2020 West Bengal: Due to the pandemic and lockdown, garment retailers and manufacturers who waited for the ‘Chaitra sale’ or the annual shopping festival of Bengalis, ahead of the ‘Poila Baishakh’ (Bengali New Year) […]

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Tanners in a lather over India’s myopic leather policy

Traditional Indian tanneries are at the brim of extinction due to loss of markets and government’s sloppy approach towards the leather industry. In the suburbs of Athani city that is famous for its Kolhapuri chappals, lives Yuvraj Kadam, a lone warrior fighting an existential battle against Athani’s dying leather industry. A 16 per cent of […]

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A story of struggle to obtain profit and recognition

Despite getting GI tag, the chappal makers didn’t receive an authorised user certificate With orange stains on his fingers, Bayaji Babu continued to paint the Kolhapuri chappals with vegetable colour using a piece of cloth. The leather smell in the cramped airless room never tires the family. They all sit together as a group and […]

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