Centre to help women facing trauma yet to get off the ground

The Centre’s One Stop Centre (OSC), or Sakhi, which is supposed to assist women who face trauma after violence, is itself looking for support. Four years after the launch of the scheme, the construction of a permanent place for OSC in Bengaluru has not begun. An official from Karnataka’s women and child development department who […]

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Many schools take Child Protection Policy lightly

Do not have panels, boxes for complaints Many schools in Bengaluru do not have Child Protection Committees (CPCs) as mandated by the Karnataka State Child Protection Policy. Ditto for suggestion and complaint boxes. Some schools initially followed the rules but later gave up.  Amruth Raj, principal of a school in Sampangi Rama Nagar, informed The […]

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Beware, second-hand smoke at hookah bars is dangerous

Most cafes lack separate spaces for hookah fans Lack of restricted areas for hookah smokers in hookah bars has put non-smokers at the risk of inhaling second-hand smoke. “We can’t have a separate space for hookah users because the majority of our customers want us to serve hookah. So we never had a situation when […]

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Glitches force users to dump Karnataka Mobile One app

Many say money debited was not put in Metro cards Technical glitches in the award-winning Karnataka Mobile One app is forcing people to stop using it. Chirashwini S, a college student, said: “I recharged my Metro card for Rs 1,000 using the app in 2019. Money got deducted from my account but was not credited […]

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Marshals at Varthur lake slap Rs 2L fine for garbage dumping

21 of them work in three shifts Following the deployment of 21 marshals at Varthur lake, strict measures are being taken against those who dump trash into the water body. Wesly Fernandez, one of the marshals, informed The Observer: “We work around the lake on three shifts. Every shift has seven marshals, with one in charge […]

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60% signage in Kannada is a headache, say traders

BBMP order will cost us a lot of money: traders BBMP’s announcement that 60% of signage should be in Kannada has caused unhappiness among shop owners. M. Balaji, who owns a furniture shop on Central Street, Shivajinagar, informed The Observer: “I had spent Rs 25,000 to change the board eight months ago. Now, BBMP is […]

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Govt ban fails to prevent home delivery of booze

Stores deliver alcohol to nearby areas without the notice of State Excise Department Despite a high court order and the excise department’s ban on home delivery of alcohol in Karnataka, liquor shop owners have found loopholes to continue it. The Observer contacted a few liquor shops in Kalyan Nagar, HSR Layout, BTM Layout, Panduranga Nagar […]

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Pigeon droppings at Metro stations can make you sick

People with low immunity are most vulnerable. Pigeon droppings cause secondary infections to those who are already ill. Commuters of Namma Metro have a reason to worry that they are not aware of: Pigeon droppings. They can cause up to 60 diseases. “Pigeon droppings will affect the passengers if they are not cleaned for a […]

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