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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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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Lack of qualified faculty worries schools for the specially-abled

Candidates prefer to take up govt, other jobs instead of private ones, which is causing Teachers who apply for jobs in schools for the specially abled are not qualified enough to teach. Laxmi Narayan, a math teacher at the Karnataka Welfare Association for the Blind, Bengaluru, informed The Observer that they have 11 teachers, but […]

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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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Woman succumbs to burns a day after her daughter’s death

Fire broke out after gas leak in a tiny home, took two lives and other two is suffering from the injury A family in Maruthinagar witnessed two deaths following a gas leakage. Hours after Chitravati, 52, died in a fire accident on Tuesday, her mother Sathyaprema succumbed to her burns the next day. “The family […]

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Inadequate traffic signals cause problems for citizens

Important junctions and crossings in Bengaluru lack traffic signals, causing confusion. Citizens complain they have to wait long before crossing roads. Major junctions like Carmelaram, Sarjapur Road, Harlur junction, Kumbalgodu crossing and Anil Kumar Circle on Sen Marg Road do not have traffic signals. Pedestrians have to wait long before getting to cross the roads. […]

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