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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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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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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Bengaluru sees a sharp rise in cyber frauds

Would-be buyers must verify seller, product: Lawyer The number of online scams involving fake products has increased in Karnataka in the past two years. Fraudsters use reselling apps to publish advertisements for fake products.  The Observer spoke to Sunil K, chief constable at the cyber crime department, about the issue. “We track the scammer by analyzing […]

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Startup firm looks to produce food in space

When everyone is enticed by the idea of life on space, an Indian startup is eyeing food production in space. Astromeda Space Private Ltd, a space biotechnology startup, on Monday launched India’s first microgravity experiment from NASA to the International Space station (ISS). The experiment was flown on the rocket NG-12 in association with Space […]

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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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E-vehicle owners disappointed as charging devices not standardized

Two-wheelers’ plugs don’t fit into BESCOM’s sockets The absence of standardization for plugs and sockets at electric vehicle charging stations is causing inconvenience to owners of electric vehicles. Ayan Ahmed Hussein, who owns an electric scooter, informed The Observer that he couldn’t make effective use of the Bescom charging station because the plugs were different. […]

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