Fresh Covid guidelines announced

Double vaccination for entry to public spaces is compulsory.  Local containment zones and active surveillance in cluster areas will be enforced as will compulsory testing of vulnerable populations like health workers and senior citizens. International travellers will be allowed to leave the airport only after a negative test. Fresh guidelines issued by the state Health […]

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High fares, higher expenses, highest inconvenience

Auto drivers are concerned that the increased fares will not help them in anyway and they will lose their customers. Auto drivers say that rather than increasing fares, reduction in gas prices would help them better as 30 percent of their daily earnings are spent on fuel. The new rule stated that the basic fare […]

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Volunteers close to Covid, far from health schemes

Covid volunteers are not covered under the government’s Covid warrior schemes. Some of them are finding it difficult to find beds on being tested positive. Covid volunteers who worked with the government during the pandemic are not included in government insurance schemes or any other medical privileges. Nandini. V, a non-medical Covid volunteer said, “I […]

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Living and transport costs eat into profit pie at Artisan Bazaar

Consumers find products at artisan bazaars to be highly-priced. Artisans in the Artisan Bazaar who come from outside Karnataka spend a lot of money on living costs and transport, thereby losing out on profits. A stall owner from Rajasthan at the bazaar, Rajini Sripathy said, “My profits have fallen by 50 percent vand the profits […]

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Music unheard in the pandemic

Even as lockdown restrictions ease, independent musicians struggle to perform live concerts in restaurants and clubs. Independent musicians in the city lost their performing opportunities at hotels and restaurants due to the pandemic. Most of them shifted from music to other occupations, to earn their bread. Sachin Banandur, a drummer with the band Parvaaz in […]

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India tested negative on trade balance

The trade balance for service sectors stands at 49.50 percent, however, the oil and non-oil trade stands at minus 78.13 percent which increases the price of consumer goods. Bengaluru: While the service trade balance showed a healthy increase after the pandemic, the merchandise trade has a deep fall said the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). […]

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Sewage treatment becomes costlier

Around 15,000 apartments in Bengaluru are mandated to set up sewage water treatment. Residents worry about high tax on installation and operation. Eighteen percent Goods and Services Tax (GST) on water treatment plants is discouraging sewage treatment users in Karnataka.The government has mandated water treatment installation in apartments. The high GST concerns residents. Chandrani Sarkar, […]

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