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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BBMP lets unregistered daycare centres function

Many are not aware they need to be registered Many daycare centres functioning from houses and apartments are illegal as they are not registered with BBMP.  It is mandatory to register these centres with the civic body.  Registration is almost nil as owners and parents who admit their children are unaware of the provision. BBMP […]

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Households continue to mix waste as penalties not enforced strictly

Mandatory waste segregation still remains a distant dream despite the BBMP’s repeated efforts to tackle the issue. Two weeks after BBMP announced penalties for non-segregation of waste, they have not been enforced strictly. Most citizens continue to mix waste. “Around 70% people in the ward segregate their waste. Initially, we make them aware and then […]

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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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Absence of adequate STPs affects lake rejuvenation

Nissim Jacob The lack of sewage treatment plants has adversely affected the rejuvenation of several lakes in Bengaluru. Sandeep Anirudhan, an environmentalist, said: “While sewage treatment plants for lakes are important, the real problem is the discharge of untreated sewage into storm water drains which ultimately ends up in lakes and affects the quality of […]

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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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Road construction in RR Nagar halts, residents face trouble

Kenchanna Halli Road  in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, under construction for a long time, has left residents complaining that they face a lot of inconvenience as the work is not done on a regular basis. “The work is going on for months now. The entire road is dug up and most of the days it is not […]

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Encroachers rule footpaths of BVK Iyengar Road

Footpath encroachment by street vendors is a major issue where pedestrians are forced to get off sidewalks and walk in the roads causing traffic congestion Encroachment of the footpaths of BVK Iyengar Road by street vendors is causing inconvenience to pedestrians and motorists. BBMP engineer-in-chief M.R. Venkatesh informed The Observer: “In every ward, there is […]

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BBMP slaps KIMS hostels with Rs 1-lakh penalty for improper disposal of waste

The girls’ and boys’ hostels of the Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) have had to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 each to the BBMP Solid Waste Management Plant for not segregating waste properly despite repeated warnings. The hostel authorities say they will now on follow the rules governing segregation. On Tuesday, the BBMP’s […]

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