Covid-19 hampers child labour rescue drive

The pandemic has made it difficult to rescue working children in Cuttack district. Cuttack, Odisha: Authorities in Cuttack district have been unable to conduct child labour rescue drive since June this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Banamali Mohapatra, District Labour Officer said, “This year between June and October only three children could  be rescued […]

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Designer boutiques face an uncertain future due to Covid-19

Small-scale designer boutiques have been affected by Covid-19 in Jaipur. Run mostly by women entrepreneurs, they are finding it difficult to get back on their feet post lockdown.  Jaipur: Boutiques in Jaipur have seen a fall in sales of customized and designer clothing because of a reduction in social events due to the pandemic. Women […]

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Pandemic Makes Lives of Sex Workers Worse

Sex Workers’ lives were badly hit due to Covid-19 making it harder for them to earn money to support their livelihood. Warangal: To enhance their business during the pandemic, a few sex workers are offering customers fully-sanitized rooms with mandatory masks. Around 130 sex workers in two areas i.e., Hasanparthy and Geesugonda of Warangal district, […]

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Grocery shop owners face a new challenge in the pandemic

Old-time grocery shop owners are struggling as more people are opening up similar stores due to job losses during the lockdown. Kolkata: Due to the emergence of new grocery stores, existing grocery shop owners are finding it difficult to survive in this pandemic. The sudden lockdown had resulted in many job losses. As a result, […]

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Ghaziabad Covid impact: Plastic consumption surges

Since March 2020, the use of plastic goods has increased due to the onset of the pandemic. Ghaziabad, where plastic has been banned, has seen a rise in plastic waste from different sources, according to the Nagar Nigam authorities. Ghaziabad: Plastic consumption has seen an uprise since the Covid-19 outbreak in the city, particularly since […]

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Teaching the arts moves online, with better results

Online classes are becoming a new revenue stream for many fine arts educators.  Bangalore: As learning shifts online due to the pandemic, many fine arts educators have managed to add more students to their classes due to an increase in demand for learning different art forms. India has seen a 48 percent increase in online […]

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Start-ups at a standstill due to the pandemic

Seventy percent of start-ups hit hard by the pandemic says a report.  Swathi Nair | October 22, 2020 Durgapur: COVID 19 and the economic repercussions that accompanied it has affected start-ups due to erratic funding and fall in demand according to a recent report by FICCI and IAN. A survey of 250 start-ups conducted by […]

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Weeks after re-opening, Daryaganj book-market fears shutdown

The bustling crowds of the book-market have been replaced by vast empty spaces with only a few buyers and sellers in view.   Delhi: Due to low footfall and high operational costs, the Daryaganj book market faces a permanent shutdown. Booksellers said their sales figures ranged from Rs. 5,000 – 10,000 per day before Covid-19; after […]

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WFH adds to the misery of Gurugram’s istriwalas

The pandemic induced work-from-home and the occasional stepping out of the house has left the istriwalas in Palam Vihar struggling for their daily expenses. Swati Saraswat | October 22, 2020 Gurugram: Istriwalas saw a dip in customer base on account of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as most of their customers are not stepping out of […]

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