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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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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BSY’s budget makes petrol, diesel and booze costlier

The budget sends positive signals for home buyers as stamp duty on flats costing less than Rs 20 lakhs cut by 3%. The Karnataka budget for 2020-2021 reflects the government’s resolve to boost the state’s revenue. It proposes raising tax on petrol and diesel, and excise duty on liquor. In his budget speech on Thursday, […]

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Dust chokes people of Gear School Road

Residents frustrated with BBMP repeatedly saying pipeline work to be over ‘next week’. The schoolchildren, shopkeepers and residents of Gear School Road, eastern Bengaluru, have a common piece of attire: Face masks. Dust clouds caused by dug-up roads have forced the residents of Kadubeesanhalli-Doddakanelli road stretch to cover their faces. Two-wheeler riders contend with another […]

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Scouts & Guides, others to be given awards on Feb 29

The Governor would present the Chathurtha Charan, Heerak Pankh and Rajyapuraskar awards. Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala will on February 29 present awards to Scouts and Guides, Cubs and Bulbuls, and Rovers and Rangers. The Chathurtha Charan award is given to Cubs and Bulbuls (boys and girls in the 5-10 age group), the Heerak Pankh award […]

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Stuck during registration, Suraksha app disappoints

Downloads rose after awareness drive by cops Though more than 2.4 lakh people have downloaded the Suraksha personal safety app recently, many are at a loss because of it has a technical issue. The registration page in the app often freezes while registering. Anjana D, an employee of an IT company, said: “After downloading it, […]

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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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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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