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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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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Burnouts no longer uncommon

According to psychologists, one out of four individuals today experience burnout. Many people are now facing increased burnouts as a result of exhaustion as they feel they  have not been able to meet expectations. Dr. Akash Vishwakarma, Clinical Psychologist at National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) said, “the pandemic has triggered burnout cases […]

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Kumbalgodu loses Rs. 4.16 crore in property tax

The Kumbalgodu Panchayat did not receive 97.54 percent of the property tax for 2021 – 21. Kumbalgodu Panchayat collected property tax from 2.44 percent of tax payers in 2021 – 22. Out of Rs. 4.27 crores expected, the panchayat has received Rs. 10 lakh as property tax, said the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department […]

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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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Business yet to bloom for flower vendors

Flower Merchants’ Association says that they are yet to receive the financial relief announced by the Karnataka Government for flower vendors. Flower vendors in Bengaluru continue to suffer losses even though the government has relaxed restrictions in place to control the spread of Covid-19. Shiva, a flower vendor at Jayanagar 4th Block said that the […]

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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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