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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As virus fear spreads, masks and sanitizers fly off pharma shelves

Stores unsure when supplies will come back Bengaluru has a shortage of face masks and hand sanitizers as a large number of people have started to buy them after the outbreak of coronavirus. Eight out of the ten medical stores The Observer visited on March 5 did not have masks and sanitizers. Salespersons at the […]

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Five years after police diktat, school buses to get CCTV, GPS

Schools just do not bother, says top cop Almost five years after the traffic police ordered fixing of CCTV cameras and GPS systems on schoolbuses, most of these vehicles do not have them. A reality check by The Observer at schools in Majestic, Seshadri Road, Cubbon Park, Vijayanagar and Shivajinagar revealed that most of these […]

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With police not asking, owners of vehicles don’t get PUC renewed

Despite Bengaluru having a high pollution level during peak hours, vehicular emissions have gone unchecked. Though it is mandatory, many owners of private vehicles have not renewed their pollution under control certificates. Saran K, a resident of Marathahalli, informed The Observer: “PUC (pollution under control) certificates are compulsory like insurance certificates, but not many have them because […]

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BSY’s budget makes petrol, diesel and booze costlier

The budget sends positive signals for home buyers as stamp duty on flats costing less than Rs 20 lakhs cut by 3%. The Karnataka budget for 2020-2021 reflects the government’s resolve to boost the state’s revenue. It proposes raising tax on petrol and diesel, and excise duty on liquor. In his budget speech on Thursday, […]

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Dust chokes people of Gear School Road

Residents frustrated with BBMP repeatedly saying pipeline work to be over ‘next week’. The schoolchildren, shopkeepers and residents of Gear School Road, eastern Bengaluru, have a common piece of attire: Face masks. Dust clouds caused by dug-up roads have forced the residents of Kadubeesanhalli-Doddakanelli road stretch to cover their faces. Two-wheeler riders contend with another […]

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Scouts & Guides, others to be given awards on Feb 29

The Governor would present the Chathurtha Charan, Heerak Pankh and Rajyapuraskar awards. Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala will on February 29 present awards to Scouts and Guides, Cubs and Bulbuls, and Rovers and Rangers. The Chathurtha Charan award is given to Cubs and Bulbuls (boys and girls in the 5-10 age group), the Heerak Pankh award […]

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If you use WhatsApp, you can say ‘Kannada gothu’

WhatsApp groups help non-locals to learn the local language for basic communication. When he moved to Bengaluru in 2017, Prabhat Kumar Chaturvedi realized he could bond with the city only if he learnt the local language. “I have lived in various parts of the country. I try to learn the local language wherever I am. […]

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