Number of kids breaking the law rose during the lockdown

Most belong to broken homes, poor families Bengaluru: The pandemic has added more cases of children in conflict with the law to the already rising trend of delinquent acts in Bengaluru. Data received from various helplines for women and children indicate that there has been an increase in domestic violence and sexual attacks on women […]

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Token ban in vain as commuters swipe smart cards at AFC gates

Bengaluru: Despite increasing Covid-19 cases, commuters at Namma Metro stations do not follow instructions at the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates and standard operating procedures (SOPs) published by the government. According to SOPs of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, passengers are required to display their smart cards 3 cm above at AFC […]

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Bengalureans spend 243 hrs extra in traffic every year, says report

Bengaluru: Bengaluru residents face regular traffic jams at Manyata Tech Park, Silk Board and Electronics City, leading to loss of manhours. According to the annual report 2020 released by the location technology firm TomTom, the city experiences the worst traffic congestions in India. Bengaluru is on top in traffic jams among 416 cities. TomTom research […]

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Palike clinics got no TB cases during lockdown

Bengaluru: A few BBMP clinics haven’t received a single tuberculosis  patient since a national lockdown was imposed on March 24, 2020. Dr Bhanu Prakash, a doctor at a BBMP clinic near Rajajinagar, informed The Observer: “After the national lockdown was imposed on March 24 because of Covid-19, BBMP health clinics have had no patient for […]

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Bad speed breakers have Bengalureans worried

Indian Road Congress guidelines not being followed  Despite complaints over years, Bengalureans are still struggling with unmarked and poorly designed speed breakers. They want BBMP to take action to avoid more accidents. Poornesh N, a student of the RV College of Engineering, Mysuru Road, informed The Observer: “Unpainted speed breakers have been a major issue […]

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A year after the pandemic, eateries are struggling to remain afloat

Increasing prices of diesel, cooking oil, LPG worry them By Mahitha Owk Bengaluru: Restaurants in the city are struggling to earn money because of the Covid-19 pandemic. A spike in the prices of LPG, petrol, diesel, and cooking oil has put a question mark over their survival. “We used to make around Rs 1 lakh […]

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Reduced visitors and decreased donations cause animal shelter homes to struggle

Animal shelter homes still face difficulties due to decreased funds amidst every sector is recovering post-pandemic. The reduced number of visitors to the shelter homes has led to a decline in donations drastically. Dr. B.C. Ramakrishna Patron, an owner at Karuna Animal Shelter Home, which provides shelter to 4,448 animals, said, “When all the organizations […]

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Bengaluru’s Rohingyas have no access to basic facilities

Lockdown ended rag picking, their source of income By Upasana Banerjee Bengaluru: Rohingya refugees living in Dasarahalli near Hebbal are struggling to make a living because they are not entitled to any facilities. Tagged illegal immigrants on Indian soil, they cannot avail of rations or basic medical facilities. The only identity they hold is the […]

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Roadside plants suffer due to construction work

But BBMP says they are cared for well By Queeneerich Kharmawlong Bengaluru: Roadside plants in the city are dying due to poor maintenance by the BBMP and the horticulture department. Shaaf Zubairi, a resident of Yelahanka, informed The Observer: “The BBMP doesn’t even give a second look after planting trees on roadsides in residential areas. […]

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