Disabled and elderly can’t access city’s public spaces

Nissim Jacob Public spaces in Bengaluru, such as pavements and skywalks, are not accessible to the elderly and people with physical disabilities. Yathindra, a person suffering from polio, informed The Observer: “Because of my condition, I can’t climb stairs easily. I wish skywalks were made accessible to people like me. Some of the skywalks don’t […]

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Labour meet speaks up for staff of IT companies

Nissim Jacob The working conditions of employees of IT companies was a highlight at an event organised by the Joint Committee of Trade Unions (JCTU) in Bengaluru on Wednesday. N Shivanna, state secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), informed The Observer that massive layoffs in the IT sector are deeply disturbing. “Many […]

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Absence of adequate STPs affects lake rejuvenation

Nissim Jacob The lack of sewage treatment plants has adversely affected the rejuvenation of several lakes in Bengaluru. Sandeep Anirudhan, an environmentalist, said: “While sewage treatment plants for lakes are important, the real problem is the discharge of untreated sewage into storm water drains which ultimately ends up in lakes and affects the quality of […]

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Eateries keep cylinders on roads, flout safety norms

Nissim Jacob Restaurants in Bengaluru place LPG cylinders on roads in violation of the fire safety norms. Raju Zacharia, a resident of Kammanahalli, informed The Observer: “Restaurants in my neighbourhood place LPG cylinders outside, on the roads, near transformers. This is a major hazard, and the authorities concerned should do something about it.” Krishna S, […]

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Pulled out of RCEP to protect our interests: CM

India will always welcome investors and be business-friendly, chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa said on Monday. Responding to a remark by Vietnamese ambassador Pham Sanh Chau that India should reconsider its decision to not join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), he said: “The decision by our PM Modi to withdraw from RCEP was based on […]

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Cams on BMTC buses to record bus lane violations

Nissim Jacob The BMTC will introduce cameras on some of its buses to catch private vehicles using bus priority lanes, as well as to record traffic violations, the corporation has announced. BMTC PRO Deepak N. informed The Observer that 40-50 buses, both AC and non-AC, will use such cameras. Unlike cameras which record the scene […]

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Sindagi village schools have no libraries, lab equipment

But teachers are always ready to help students Village schools in Sindagi taluk in Vijayapura district do not have the infrastructure necessary to improve students’ learning abilities. Swathi, a student of class 9 studying in the high school in Otihale village, informed The Observer that her school doesn’t have a library. Consequently, she hadn’t developed […]

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Jaywalking a menace on Outer Ring Road

Road barriers, more skywalks are the solution Jaywalking, or illegal crossing of roads, is a huge problem on Outer Ring Road (ORR) in Bengaluru. Pedestrians cross the road dangerously, putting in danger their lives and those of people travelling on the road. Jaywalking is common on ORR, especially near the Hebbal and Nagawara junctions. “Often […]

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E-vehicle owners disappointed as charging devices not standardized

Two-wheelers’ plugs don’t fit into BESCOM’s sockets The absence of standardization for plugs and sockets at electric vehicle charging stations is causing inconvenience to owners of electric vehicles. Ayan Ahmed Hussein, who owns an electric scooter, informed The Observer that he couldn’t make effective use of the Bescom charging station because the plugs were different. […]

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