Indira canteens running well in lesser populated areas

On Monday, the Karnataka state cabinet has asked to relocate Indira canteens from lesser populated areas. Even though the Karnataka’s Urban Development Board plans to relocate Indira canteens from lesser populated areas, canteen management says that business is running well there. A regular customer at RR Nagar Indira canteen,, Vikram Patil said that the relocation […]

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Sex workers struggle to repay loans taken at exorbitant rates

Are forced to pay interest at 20% a month Sex workers in Bengaluru are struggling to repay loans they took during the pandemic. High interest rates and few clients have made it difficult for them, they say. Every business was adversely affected when the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country in March 2020. Sex workers were the worst […]

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Congress blasts al-Qaeda for its praise of Muskan over hijab issue

Maken says BJP raising non-issues to divert attention The Congress on Thursday condemned the remark of the al-Qaeda on the hijab controversy in Karnataka.  “The al-Qaeda is a terrorist organization; it is a banned organization. It has no business commenting on our country’s internal affairs.… We condemn the statements of the organization,” AICC general secretary […]

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Miyawaki forests: a green way forward

At least 85 new Miyawaki Forests came up in Bangalore in last few years. A study conducted by the Indian Institute of Science in 2017 shows that 89 percent of green cover in Bengaluru is destroyed. The Miyawaki technique of afforestation is now seen as a way to increase Bangalore’s green cover. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) […]

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Houseboats struggle to stay afloat

Houseboats in Kerala are running on tremendous losses due to the lack of domestic and foreign tourists. Kochi: The resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic has caused the tourism Industry of houseboats in Kerala to plummet. Houseboats are incurring huge losses due to the lack of tourists, lockdowns, and other restrictions.  The Kumaragaon District Tourism Promotion […]

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As Covid-19 cases rise, dairy industry plummets

Bangalore: K Ravishankar, the founder of Green Dairy Farm, recalls the days when he saved up every penny possible to kick start his cheese factory in the year 2009. The factory he built with soaring ambitions, blood, sweat, and tears is on the verge of shutting down owing to the pandemic. The resurgence of the Covid-19 […]

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Dusty factories leave locals gasping for air

Residents and commuters in the vicinity of cement factories complain of respiratory infections and dust accumulation in their houses.   Bengaluru: Residents of Kumbalgodu who live in close proximity to cement factories bear the brunt of dust emissions and other pollutants. A report by the Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy states that cement industries contribute to […]

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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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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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