Encroachers rule footpaths of BVK Iyengar Road

Footpath encroachment by street vendors is a major issue where pedestrians are forced to get off sidewalks and walk in the roads causing traffic congestion Encroachment of the footpaths of BVK Iyengar Road by street vendors is causing inconvenience to pedestrians and motorists. BBMP engineer-in-chief M.R. Venkatesh informed The Observer: “In every ward, there is […]

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Affordable health care is still a work in progress

In India, where mostly health care expenditure is borne by the individual, free health camps by organisations help in bridging the gap of accessibility to affordable health care. In one such free health camp organised by PES College of Pharmacy, Bengaluru, individuals were freely tested for blood sugar, blood pressure and BMW. Dr. Saravanan, Principal […]

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Street vendors continue to await vending certificates

‘Documents will prevent cops from harassing us’, say street vendors who form a major part of the unorganised sector Vending certificates, which aim to regulate street vending, have not been issued by BBMP as the authority responsible for issuing the certificates, Town Vending Committee (TVC), has not been formed yet. Divya, who sells fruits around […]

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Karnataka has high incidence of fluorosis

National Health Profile 2019 says 19 of its 30 districts are affected with fluorosis Karnataka has high incidence of fluorosis in more than half of its districts, according to the National Health Profile released in October 2019. Out of the state’s 30 districts, 19 are under National Programme for Prevention and Control of Fluorosis for […]

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Karnataka sees rise in crimes against SCs: NCRB report

Karnataka has a high number of crimes against SCs registered under SC/ST (Prevention of atrocities) Act, 1989. Karnataka registered an increase in crimes against the scheduled castes, shows the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report for 2017, released last month. Crimes against SCs registered under IPC increased from 1,852 cases in 2015 to 1,869 in […]

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Startup firm looks to produce food in space

When everyone is enticed by the idea of life on space, an Indian startup is eyeing food production in space. Astromeda Space Private Ltd, a space biotechnology startup, on Monday launched India’s first microgravity experiment from NASA to the International Space station (ISS). The experiment was flown on the rocket NG-12 in association with Space […]

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In Mudhol, stray pigs are No. 1 public health issue

The CMC of Mudhol taluk is oblivious to the public nuisance and health hazard posed by stray pigs Mudhol in Bagalkot district, known for its famous hounds, has a huge number of stray pigs which are causing public nuisance and endangering public health. The municipality is not doing anything to control their population. The Observer […]

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B1 centres not citizen-friendly

People complain of net outages, long queues and inadequate space in Bangalore One centres which provide citizen services. BangaloreOne centres, established 15 years ago for electronic delivery of citizen services such as bills payments and Aadhaar services, are not citizen-friendly. Bengalureans The Observer interviewed complained of problems such as frequent Internet server failures, lack of […]

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Poor working conditions in dry waste collection centres

Working conditions in DWCCs where dry waste is segregated are deplorable and unhygienic due to lack of regular checks. Dry waste collection centres (DWCC), mandatory in all BBMP wards, do not follow the guidelines for waste segregation and human resources, endangering the safety and health of workers. Workers say they lack proper training and safety […]

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Minutes of very few ward panels are on BBMP site

Only 26 of Bengaluru’s 198 wards have made the proceedings of their committee meetings available on the BBMP website for August 2019. Swamy, secretary of the Anjanapura (ward 196) committee informed The Observer: “Usually, the proceedings of the meetings are written down and photos taken. The minutes are signed by all members of the ward […]

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