Platforms of 3 railway stations have no CCTV coverage

Cameras needed at places with more footfalls: SWR Three railway stations in Bengaluru – Majestic, Whitefield and Baiyapanahalli – are yet to get CCTV cameras despite the government sanctioning Rs 500 crore for installing cameras at 983 stations under the Nirbhaya Fund. The Observer found one camera each at the entrance and exit of the Majestic railway station – the […]

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Citizens let down as distress number 112 doesn’t work

Karnataka cities not integrated with it yet: Cops The universal emergency number, 112, is useless during emergencies because calls to it get disconnected. Police say Karnataka’s cities have not been integrated with the new number. The number was introduced in November 2019 to replace emergency helpline numbers like 100 for police, 101 for fire brigade, […]

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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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