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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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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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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Glitches force users to dump Karnataka Mobile One app

Many say money debited was not put in Metro cards Technical glitches in the award-winning Karnataka Mobile One app is forcing people to stop using it. Chirashwini S, a college student, said: “I recharged my Metro card for Rs 1,000 using the app in 2019. Money got deducted from my account but was not credited […]

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Stuck during registration, Suraksha app disappoints

Downloads rose after awareness drive by cops Though more than 2.4 lakh people have downloaded the Suraksha personal safety app recently, many are at a loss because of it has a technical issue. The registration page in the app often freezes while registering. Anjana D, an employee of an IT company, said: “After downloading it, […]

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BBMP lets unregistered daycare centres function

Many are not aware they need to be registered Many daycare centres functioning from houses and apartments are illegal as they are not registered with BBMP.  It is mandatory to register these centres with the civic body.  Registration is almost nil as owners and parents who admit their children are unaware of the provision. BBMP […]

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Households continue to mix waste as penalties not enforced strictly

Mandatory waste segregation still remains a distant dream despite the BBMP’s repeated efforts to tackle the issue. Two weeks after BBMP announced penalties for non-segregation of waste, they have not been enforced strictly. Most citizens continue to mix waste. “Around 70% people in the ward segregate their waste. Initially, we make them aware and then […]

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