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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Karnataka sees rise in crimes against SCs: NCRB report

Karnataka has a high number of crimes against SCs registered under SC/ST (Prevention of atrocities) Act, 1989. Karnataka registered an increase in crimes against the scheduled castes, shows the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report for 2017, released last month. Crimes against SCs registered under IPC increased from 1,852 cases in 2015 to 1,869 in […]

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Lakes fall ill due to garbage dumping, borewell digging

Excessive silt deposition is another reason Shivani Priyam Bengaluru’s lakes are in a poor condition. Excessive silt deposition and installation of borewells nearby has caused a steady decline in their water level. Residents say lakes should be treated on a yearly basis depending on the level of rain received. Yediyur lake in Basavanagudi, said to […]

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Slow Internet has BSNL users fuming

Connections go down for up to a week Shivani Priyam State-owned BSNL is facing flak from its customers. They complain of disrupted cable connections and extremely slow Internet speed. Masood Khan, an electrical maintenance engineer at the SBI training centre, south Bengaluru, informed The Observer: “We’ve used BSNL’s broadband services for the past seven years […]

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60% signage in Kannada is a headache, say traders

BBMP order will cost us a lot of money: traders BBMP’s announcement that 60% of signage should be in Kannada has caused unhappiness among shop owners. M. Balaji, who owns a furniture shop on Central Street, Shivajinagar, informed The Observer: “I had spent Rs 25,000 to change the board eight months ago. Now, BBMP is […]

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