Covid fear not enough to quit smoking

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports, smoking  makes people more vulnerable to Covid19, but still  people are not quitting the habit finds Crisil report. Bengaluru: Crisil Ratings says cigarette sales have risen seven to nine percent equating to 83 billion sticks this fiscal year. A study from Lancelet says people saw the pandemic as an opportunity […]

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No Diwali for earthen lamp sellers

Customers are more inclined towards buying electric lights. The earthen lamp maker’s business has declined from 90 percent of sales to 25 percent for  the past two years. Lamp sellers blame the pandemic, along with the unwillingness of people to spend money on festivities during these tough times. Most potters and pottery shop owners suggested […]

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Street food vendors wait for the IT crowd

Some food stall owners say that they are earning less than 20 percent of their pre-pandemic income. BENGALURU: Street food vendors based outside Bengaluru tech parks are suffering heavy losses because most information technology (IT) professionals are still working from home.  M. Umesh, who runs a small tea shop opposite the entrance of the International […]

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Bengaluru artists bear the brunt of COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, local artists are unable to earn money to buy art materials and afford necessities. Bengaluru artists have lost customers and money due to COVID-19. Customers spent less on art due to the economic slowdown during the pandemic and so artists struggled financially, losing jobs and exposure in the industry. Puttaraju D has […]

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No baraats lead to no band bajas

Wedding bands struggle to survive the pandemic Covid-19 and the resultant lockdowns affected the livelihoods of Band Bajas (Wedding Bands) in the city. The pandemic has made their survival more difficult than before. Group leaders of wedding band services in Bengaluru said that the pandemic has made them bankrupt. Some band members said that they […]

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Social distancing: a myth in BMTC buses

Crowded buses in the city are flouting Covid-19 norms. No social distancing is maintained in the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses amidst a looming third wave. Chandru, a resident near the bus stop said, “During   peak hours, BMTC buses, on most of the routes in the city are crowded.” The Department of Information and […]

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Pandemic brings losses for bag manufacturers

Pandemic has pushed bag manufacturers to shut down their production and go back to their hometowns. The pandemic has pushed school bag shop owners and manufacturers to either switch their business or completely shut down their manufacturing hub. Sadre Alam, who used to have a bag manufacturing unit in Bamboo Bazaar in Bengaluru, had to […]

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Milk powder supply to school children delayed

Devagere schoolchildren received the milk powder for June and July only in late August. Experts say that this affects their nutrition levels. Bangalore: Devagere schoolchildren have received their milk powder quota for June and July on August 25, 2021. The children were supposed to receive 500 gms of milk powder each for June and July, […]

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Human trafficking increases during the pandemic

NGOs say that trafficking restarted after the first Covid-19 lockdown was lifted and it mostly happened through open borders of neighbouring countries. Kolkata: Human trafficking in India has seen an increase throughout the pandemic say NGOs Mau Bhattacharya, Master Trainer and Programme Manager of Uddami India Foundation, has worked to lessen the frequency of trafficking […]

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