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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If you use WhatsApp, you can say ‘Kannada gothu’

WhatsApp groups help non-locals to learn the local language for basic communication. When he moved to Bengaluru in 2017, Prabhat Kumar Chaturvedi realized he could bond with the city only if he learnt the local language. “I have lived in various parts of the country. I try to learn the local language wherever I am. […]

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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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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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