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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Shahpur’s brick kilns choke workers, make soil infertile

No unit has certification on pollution Soppamma D, a brick kiln worker in Shahpur, coughed continuously as she added water to mud clay and poured it into a stencil to make rectangular clay bricks. Her husband picked up the dried ones stacked them, and fired them using coal. This is the daily routine for the […]

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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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Though banned, sale of tobacco products near colleges continues

Students smoke cigarettes in the open sold from the shops near their institutions. Shops around educational institutions continue to sell cigarettes and tobacco products though it is banned. Students smoke in the open near their schools and colleges. Also, many shops sell loose cigarettes though there is a ban on it. The Observer found noticed […]

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Affordable health care is still a work in progress

In India, where mostly health care expenditure is borne by the individual, free health camps by organisations help in bridging the gap of accessibility to affordable health care. In one such free health camp organised by PES College of Pharmacy, Bengaluru, individuals were freely tested for blood sugar, blood pressure and BMW. Dr. Saravanan, Principal […]

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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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Mosquito infestation increases spread of diseases in B’luru

Accumulation of garbage blamed for the problem More and more Bengalureans are falling victim to vector-borne diseases because of the proliferation of mosquitoes. Residents of various localities have reported the matter to authorities. Dr Venkatesh, a rural health officer, informed The Observer: “Pointing out a specific reason will be difficult. Factors like waste dumping and […]

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