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Bengaluru lockdown news: Today’s updates | Bengaluru News

Passengers boarding a bus after arriving at city railway station, in Bengaluru (ANI Photo)

As the Central and state governments allow phase-wise relaxation in curbs to get the life up and running again following over two months of lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we bring you the latest updates from your city.
*The restrictions on conducting mass weddings and other key ceremonies have forced event management firms to rethink their idea of what constitutes a grand affair, sending them back to the drawing board. In Mangaluru, wedding planners are coming up with tailor-made packages for a large cross-section of clients, the common denominator being the safety norms prescribed to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
*A significant number of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) face the threat of going out of business, what with the banking sector allegedly failing to pass on benefits of the Centre’s stimulus package. The package was unveiled to bail out industries hit by the nationwide lockdown. Trade bodies have estimated about 40% of 6.7 lakh MSMEs in Karnataka may close down if they fail to get banking support quickly. Bankers on the other hand say they are worried about non-performing assets (NPA) piling up and fear unsecured loans may push NPAs up further. Obviously worried over the issue, state government is monitoring the situation closely.
* Update at 9.18am: India reports 9,304 new Covid-19 cases & 260 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total number of cases in the country now at 2,16,919 including 1,06,737 active cases, 1,04,107 cured/discharged/migrated and 6,075 deaths, reports ANI quoting Ministry of health and family welfare
*Although places of worship could reopen on June 8, temples in Karnataka face a huge shortage of assistant archaks.
*A fresh push for paperless governance, prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, is expected to streamline administrative functions, free up manpower for stretched government departments, and perhaps open up the work-fromhome option for employees.
*The demand for blue-lens spectacles has increased significantly as people spend more time staring at mobile and computer screens while working or studying. Such lenses filter blue light from screens of electronic devices and are thought to offer a certain degree of protection to eyes. Many optical stores in the city said the sales of the lenses had shot up with the advent of work-from-home arrangements and online classes.
*Chamarajanagar district in southern Karnataka has not reported a single positive case of Covid-19 till date though it borders Kerala, which reported the country’s first case, and Tamil Nadu where the virus is raging.

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