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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Harsh weather taking toll on Aihole temple

ASI says it is taking steps to protect the place Shivani Priyam Monuments in the ancient town of Aihole, Bagalkot district are bearing the brunt of harsh weather. Rainwater accumulates up to 2 feet inside the garbha-griha (sanctum sanctorum). The roof is getting damaged and water seeps in. Restoration work by the Archaeological Survey of […]

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Hungund taluk reels from damage caused by rain

Has no regular supply of drinking water Shivani Priyam Villages in Hungund taluk, in the north Karnataka district of Bagalkot, are in a sorry state following heavy rain in October. People The Observer interviewed complained of spread of mosquito-borne diseases and inaction by the panchayats. Mahantesh M.B., who cultivates sugarcane and sunflower in Chittaragi village, […]

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Students of Sagar village suffer without electricity

Both schools there do not have enough teachers The Higher Primary Government School-Urdu Medium in Sagar, Shahpur taluk, has run without electricity for the past seven months. Despite a complaint by the headmaster to the gram panchayat, no action has been taken. Laxman Narayankar, headmaster and Kannada teacher at the school, said: “Education is very […]

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Handicraft makers Medars want govt help to save their livelihood

The Medars are the bamboo and sugarcane handicraft artisans who fear that their art will fade away. They want government help to save their livelihood. The Medar community of Yashwant Nagar village, Sandur taluk, whose main occupation is handicrafts, fears that their tradition will fade away. Neelamma, an 80-year-old woman who makes putti (bamboo baskets), […]

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Bengaluru’s state-run libraries in a bad shape

Major issues are poor infra, lack of updated books Shivani Priyam State-run central libraries in Bengaluru suffer due to delays in payments by urban local bodies and block development authorities. The Vijayanagar Central Library is a huge repository of books ranging from classics to science, but its disorderly arrangement of newspapers creates problems for visitors. […]

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BBMP offices do not have adequate infrastructure

Lack restrooms and electricity Shivani Priyam BBMP, the fourth largest municipal corporation in India, responsible for a population of over 6.8 million, itself lacks infrastructure, civic amenities and electricity in its offices. Kumuda BJ, an accountant working for BBMP, Thyagarajanagar, informed The Observer: “Though the office hours are fixed for both men and women, we […]

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Sub-registrars are suspects in revenue stamp fraud: Police

The sub-registrars functioned as middlemen: Police officer The police suspect that sub registrars were involved in a revenue stamp fraud that came to light recently. A police officer said that they functioned as middlemen. Mr Venugopal, assistant commissioner of police, Central Crime Branch, informed The Observer: “A revenue site is agricultural land in the green […]

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