Sarakki encroachments have changed shape of water body

The Sarakki lake bed, in south Bengaluru, has been encroached upon in such a way that its southern end has turned into a thin tail where three temples have been built illegally.  The Observer visited ten of the 15 illegally built religious structures on the lake bed. At the southern end, encroachment starts with a […]

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Chopping of trees at Sivananda Circle leaves residents, shop owners fuming

Bengaluru: Residents, shop owners and visitors are disappointed and angry as trees almost 50 years old have been cut down to make way for a steel flyover at Sivananda Circle. BP Suresh, the owner of Sivananda General Stores, informed The Observer about the protests held by them since 2017 against the chopping of trees. “We […]

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Poverty kills dreams of Bengal’s young tribal football talents

Somnath Hembram, 24, has returned home after driving a truck from Chennai. A local football talent, he has to drive a truck to earn a living. Tribal football talents like Somnath are nipped in the bud due to poverty. Somnath alias Kunu played for Bankura district of West Bengal as a striker. He was one […]

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Tickets not available, migrant labour can’t reach workplaces

The unavailability of train tickets is preventing construction workers from going back to their workplaces.  Arpan Roy, a civil contractor from West Bengal, informed The Observer: “Site managers are calling now and then, but the unavailability of tickets is making it difficult for labourers to travel.” Along with his 30 workers, Roy returned home in […]

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It’s a gloomy Puja for Bankura’s idol makers

Bankura: Fewer and cheaper orders this year has upset Durga idol makers of Bankura. Due to the pandemic, almost all Puja committees have demanded smaller idols in order to cut their budgets. Artisans of many villages of Bankura district wait throughout the year for Durga Puja as idol-making contributes in a big way to their […]

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