Eco-friendly Ganesha idols: an unprofitable venture

Eco-friendly idols are heavily promoted, and Plaster of Paris idols have been banned. Yet, the eco-friendly idol sellers face consistent loss. The sellers of eco-friendly Ganesha idols say they are facing a loss of 50 to 60 percent over the last few years. However, Plaster of Paris (PoP) idols have been banned since 2014. M. […]

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Private bus owners struggle to survive

As Odisha announces a second lockdown, private bus owners in Odisha demand tax relaxation. Cuttack-: The private bus owners are facing financial constraints due to lockdown. “We are struggling financially, we don’t know from where to pay our conductors and drivers,” said Debabrata Pattnaik, owner of Dilkhus bus. He added, “Both inter and intra-state buses […]

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Cremation furnace makers struggle to keep up with demand

Unavailability of raw materials, oxygen supply and lack of workforce are some of the reasons for their struggle. Rourkela: As India’s covid toll climbed, many crematoriums found themselves lined up with bodies. Manufacturers and suppliers of electric furnaces are struggling to cope up with the demand.  A supplier from Ahmedabad said, “Dead bodies are piling […]

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GST council meeting to discuss tax-free covid products today

The 43rd GST council meeting discussed the exemption of Covid-related products from the GST rate slabs. Chandigarh: The exemption of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on Covid-related products was on the agenda of the GST council meeting today, but experts suspect that the exemption might not take place. The Goods and Services Tax Council (GST) […]

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Tender Coconut sellers face loss amid the pandemic

Thanjavur’s tender coconut sellers struggle to keep  their business afloat in lockdown Thanjavur: R. Kannan’s shop is located near the Thanjavur Big Temple; he is now facing financial loss because his tender coconut business has come down to 50 percent after the lockdown was imposed. “We get a lot of customers as it’s near the Thanjavur  […]

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PNB Scam: Mehul Choksi captured in Dominica

India does not have an extradition arrangement with Dominica. Mumbai: Mehul Choksi, fugitive diamantaire, was captured in Dominica and is in its Criminal Investigation Department (CID) custody. According to reports, they are going to deport him directly to India.  India, however,  does not share an extradition treaty or arrangement with Dominica. “If they are going […]

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Influx of tourist to Odisha decreases; Business in Puri hit

The influx of domestic and foreign tourists to Odisha decreased by 3.12 percent between 2019 and March 2020. Cuttack:  The 2019 Fani cyclone and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic have proved to be a major hurdle for the hospitality business in Puri in Odisha. The manager of the Hotel, Prabhupada in  Puri said that business has […]

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Auto firms continue to aid COVID relief in India

Apart from their usual CSR activities, automobile firms in India are lending a helping hand and monetary resources.  Bangalore: BMW Group India stepped up once again to battle COVID19 in India after Toyota Kirloskar Motor announced relief measures for its employees by providing easy access to healthcare. With the previous funding, the BMW India Foundation […]

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Japan’s condom companies looking forward to the Olympics

Olympic organisers say they’ll hand out 150,000 condoms to athletes. Jammu: As Japan prepares itself to host the Tokyo Olympics, despite the backlash and the protests from the public, local condom companies are looking forward to capitalise on the influx of athletes.  “Only two companies, Sagami and Okamoto, are producing the 0.02 and 0.01-millimeter condoms, […]

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