PGs lack full occupancy

Paying guest facilities are facing losses for not having full occupancy. Paying guest accommodations across Bengaluru are running at less than 50 per cent occupancy even after students and professionals are returning to the city. Suresh, the head of Bengaluru PG Association, said “not even 30 percent occupancy”. He owns  three PGs near Electronic City. […]

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Traffic signals turn a blind eye towards the blind

Missing auditory signals prove to be a stumbling block for the visually-impaired Blind people struggle to cross roads as the city has just eight auditory traffic signals in place on major intersections. Amarnath, a visually-impaired assistant, Department for the Empowerment of Differently-abled and Senior Citizens said, “It is impossible to walk on roads in general, […]

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Self-care: A DIY version of therapy

While the pandemic brought lockdowns and uncertainty, it also paved the way for the rise of self-care treatments. People turned to self-care and do-it-yourself (DIY) treatments during the pandemic leading to many organic and natural brands thriving. Studies show the sale of homegrown beauty brands rose during the pandemic. Arya Bhadgaonkar, a youtuber who began […]

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Commercial Street still on ‘rework’ mode

The 14-day rework program has not shown any progress even after a month. There is no progress in the Commercial Street 14-day rework program even after a month. “The work is in progress. It is not a rework program. The work was never completed on Commercial Street,” said Gopal Reddy, Assistant Engineer of Bengaluru Smart […]

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EBSB camps inaccessible for students

Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat (EBSB) camp has been merged with national integration camps under National Cadet Corp    Bengaluru: EBSB camps do not have enough openings for National Cadet Corps (NCC) students to participate. There are only one or two openings per NCC unit every year. Nayana, sergeant of 39-Karnataka-Batallion NCC from Seshadripuram Institute of […]

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Henna gets COVID’s short end of the stick

Wedding restrictions during COVID-19 hampered the business of henna designers across the country. Henna designers in India are struggling to keep their businesses alive after COVID-19 wedding restrictions led to a decrease in the number of customers. This reduced the demand for henna designers, and many people had to find other jobs. Laxman, a henna […]

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Mental healthcare will burn a hole in your pocket

With high expenses, several parents in Bengaluru shy away from mental healthcare sessions amid the pandemic. Bengaluru: High consultancy fees amidst the pandemic have made mental health counselling options inaccessible for several parents and children in Bengaluru. Archana, a mother of two, approached several psychologists for her son at the beginning of 2021. At least […]

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No udhaari for stationery business any longer

Stationery businesses are facing losses because of non -payment of the goods sold on credit basis. The distributer chain of stationery manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers has stopped selling goods through the credit system. Prakash, 30, a wholesaler at Avenue Road said that the credit system is dying because after the first lockdown, businesses have not […]

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