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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Performing artists battered by the second wave

While the country battles another wave, many performance artists have lost their livelihood.  New Delhi– Sadanand Biswas, a Kathak dancer and teacher in Delhi, had already been struggling to stay afloat in the first wave. However, the second wave has left him with nothing. His dance group, Kathak Dharohar, had no earnings. He said, “When […]

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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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Covid-19 relief: Online application hurdle for Auto and Taxi Drivers

Drivers find it difficult to apply online on the Sindhu Seva portal for COVID-19 relief  Bengaluru: Auto drivers, taxi and maxi drivers are finding it difficult to navigate the Seva Sindhu portal and have to rely on cyber centres in order to apply for the relief cash. The instructions to fill the information is in […]

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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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NGOs become helpless due to COVID-19

The pandemic, subsequent lockdowns and lack of access to funds have hit NGOs in Hyderabad and Warangal.  Warangal: Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) are struggling to get the funding they need to help people. They are not getting enough donations during the pandemic and even the government schemes have not helped. Narsing Rao, who has been with […]

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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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Doctors can walk into jobs

Keeping in mind the hike in the number of covid patients, hospitals have started recruiting new doctors. Ludhina: Hospitals across the country have started conducting recruitments, to hire new doctors for treating covid patients as  the health system of the country nearly collapsed.   Karnataka has hired 1,763 new doctors under direct, walk-in recruitment. This includes […]

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