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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COVID-19: Still no relief for pharmacists in the city

Pharmacists say that their businesses have not been able to recover since the pandemic began a year ago. BENGALURU- Pharmacists in the city are still facing losses due to the pandemic. Vidya, one of the pharmacists working in Maruthi Pharma said, “Due to Covid, we have lost more than 60-70 percent of the whole business.” […]

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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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Pandemic robs the glitter of wedding planners’ biz

Bengaluru: Even as most businesses are limping back to normal, wedding planners and caterers are still struggling because of restrictions imposed on gatherings and cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a second wave of cases is imminent, no relief seems in sight for them.  “My business is down by 70-80 percent. I’ve only organised […]

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Forced to resign, garment sector workers face financial struggle

Bengaluru: One year after the workers of garment factories were forced to resign, they are struggling to make their ends meet. A survey by the Garment and Textile Workers’ Union (GATWU) and the Alternative Law Forum (ALF) says more than 50 per cent of garment factory workers have been forced to resign since the outbreak […]

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Pandemic Clots Organ Donations in Karnataka

Organ donations in Karnataka have been badly impacted since Covid-19. Government numbers indicate that 4636 organ recipients are still awaiting. Bangalore: Despite several initiatives taken by the Karnataka government to promote organ donations, 4636 registered receivers are yet to receive organs. Coordinator of JeevanSarthakathe program, Chetan Kumar, said,  “Out of total registered patients, 4636 are yet to […]

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Auto Drivers Cut up as Govt Fails to Help Them

Bengaluru: 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 […]

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