Internet access delayed as Covid hits KFON

The Kerala Fibre Optic Network (KFON), which aims to provide quality internet at reasonable rates to the poor and free internet to BPL families, will take longer to complete due to Covid-19. Kerala: Kerala government’s ‘revolutionary’ KFON initiative, which was supposed to provide free internet to 20 lakh citizens by December 2020, has been delayed […]

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Kerala: Lockdown pushes toddy tappers into a pit of despair

Around four lakh litres of toddy is dumped every day because toddy shops are closed and there are no customers. Kerala: The Covid-19 pandemic has not only affected the business of toddy shops, but also toddy tappers. Customers have reduced due to the second wave of Covid-19 induced lockdown. Toddy tappers have been given orders by the government to […]

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E-ration card scheme exposes the digital divide

E-ration card programme launch has raised concerns among people having zero access to the internet or digital devices in Kerala. Kerala: Kerala’s citizen-centric initiative, e-services for ration cards, is not accessible to people who need it the most. It shows the divide between those who can afford  digital access and those who cannot. C.V. Kunjami, […]

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Kerala: Freedom Food Factory’s sales dip due to Covid

Jail-made dishes that once had a ready market in Kerala can’t find any takers now.  Kerala: The government’s profitable venture of ‘freedom food’ from prison is struggling to survive the pandemic. Previously, food was delivered to different outlets by vans from the prison; now, they only sell their food from the Freedom Food Factory counter […]

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