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Discounts galore as online sales begin, most business generation expected from Tier I & II cities



a close up of a sign: With continuing trends, big offers have been introduced by e-commerce websites on such products.


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With continuing trends, big offers have been introduced by e-commerce websites on such products.

By Reya Mehrotra

The virtual marketplace is bustling with offers and discounts. With the start of The Amazon Great Indian Festival, Myntra’s Big Fashion Festival, Flipkart’s Big Billion Days Sale, this year, small and medium businesses are looking to pick-up through online mediums like Amazon Karigar & Flipkart Samarth that enables craftsmen to have a wider approach.

To encourage festive shopping, in a first, Amazon has announced a sale season lasting up to a month starting from October 17 contrary to the usual 5-6 days of sale while Flipkart would stick to its 5-day sale festival ending October 21. It has also incorporated SME sellers from 20000 local shops to help them generate business. A big reason for this was the surge in online orders. The Festive Shopping Index 2020

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What was Trump talking about in the debate? Forest cities, reverse racism, summary execution.

Trump, carrying an umbrella, descends the stairs of a rain-splattered Air Force One.
Donald Trump lands at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland early Wednesday morning.
Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Tuesday night’s presidential debate was instantly received as a milestone in political history: a debate driven off the rails by the frantic obnoxiousness of Donald Trump, as the president compulsively interrupted Joe Biden and moderator Chris Wallace again and again, while seeming to be speaking only to a base of far-right supporters rather than the country as a whole. To support this account of the central themes and implications of the president’s behavior, political journalism has focused in on a few shocking moments—chief among them Trump’s apparent endorsement of the far-right, street-fighting Proud Boys and his debate-ending rant declaring that the entire election would be untrustworthy and riddled with fraud.

But the traditional practice of summarizing and epitomizing presidential debates did not do justice to how comprehensively, baroquely unhinged the president’s performance

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Is it time to reopen Town Hall? Mass. cities and towns taking different approaches to COVID precautions

As the weather turns colder, some Massachusetts cities and towns are setting plans to reopen their facilities to the public. Others don’t plan to fully reopen municipal buildings anytime soon — and they say some of the new ways they’ve been connecting with residents could be here to stay.

As of Aug. 10, at least 35 communities had reopened their city and town halls to walk-in service, with some operating on reduced hours, according to a voluntary survey compiled by the Massachusetts Municipal Association. The survey indicates that a larger portion of municipalities have reopened city and town halls on an appointment-only basis, while most libraries and senior centers remain closed aside from curbside service and virtual programs.

Bellingham’s town hall has been open to the public since mid-June, though the town is encouraging residents to do their business online when possible, Town Administrator Denis Fraine told the News Service.

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Cities after COVID & GM’s Electric Vehicle Push

Welcome to the Capital Note, a newsletter about finance and economics. On the menu today: work from home, GM’s investment in Nikola, and a look at the Vegas-Wall Street pipeline.

Cities in the Post-COVID Era

With Labor Day now past, it will be interesting to see whether there will be a mass return to the office (at least here in New York City, wandering around Midtown late last week, things didn’t — whatever the Daily Mail might claim — look post-apocalyptic, but it was still more than a little forlorn).

Writing for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, Mark Mills takes a look at the debate over working from home — a concept he broadens out to working from anywhere (WFA), and, I think, gives some comfort to those of us still living in the city.

Mills starts by examining some of the survey data used as evidence that

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More Twin Cities Private, Public Schools Make Decisions For Fall

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL METRO, MN — The start of the 2020 school year is days away for many kids across the Twin Cities metro. Most schools — both public and private — have announced the education model they will use as the nation continues to battle the spread of coronavirus.

For public school districts, the recommended model of education per the Minnesota Department of Health — wether it’s distance learning, hybrid, or in-person — depends on how many coronavirus cases are reported in the county

While the statewide guidelines issue by Gov. Tim Walz earlier this summer don’t apply to private schools in Minnesota, many private school administrators are going through similar decision making processes as their peers in the public districts.

All schools that do open during the school year must follow public health guidelines on masks, social distancing, personal hygiene, screening, and cleaning practices.

Also read: How Coronavirus Affects

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More Twin Cities School Districts Make Decisions For Fall: LIST

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL METRO, MN — It’s been more than a week since Gov. Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health released parameters they want schools to meet before fully reopening, and more schools have made decisions about what this fall will look like for students and staff.

Minnesota’s “back to school” season is going to be unlike any other year, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The recommended model of education — distance learning, hybrid, or in-person — depends on how many coronavirus cases are reported in the county.

However, the ultimate decision of how to reopen school this fall is being left up to the school districts themselves.

Several school districts in the Twin Cities metro have already announced their “education model” decision for this fall, while others are planning to do so later this month:

Note: All school districts in Minnesota are required to offer an online-only

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Coronavirus Threatens the Luster of Superstar Cities

Lower Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge, on July 6, 2020. (September Dawn Bottoms/The New York Times)
Lower Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge, on July 6, 2020. (September Dawn Bottoms/The New York Times)

Cities are remarkably resilient. They have risen from the ashes after being carpet-bombed and hit with nuclear weapons. “If you think about pandemics in the past,” noted Princeton economist Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, “they didn’t destroy cities.”

That’s because cities are valuable. The New York metropolitan area generates more economic output than Australia or Spain. The San Francisco region produced nearly 1 in 5 patents registered in the United States in 2015. Altogether, 10 cities, home to under a quarter of the country’s population, account for almost half its patents and a third of its economic production.

So even as the COVID-19 death toll rises in the nation’s most dense urban cores, economists still mostly expect them to bounce back, once there is a vaccine, a treatment or a successful strategy to contain the virus’s spread.

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