Many schools take Child Protection Policy lightly

Do not have panels, boxes for complaints Many schools in Bengaluru do not have Child Protection Committees (CPCs) as mandated by the Karnataka State Child Protection Policy. Ditto for suggestion and complaint boxes. Some schools initially followed the rules but later gave up.  Amruth Raj, principal of a school in Sampangi Rama Nagar, informed The […]

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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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Karnataka has high incidence of fluorosis

National Health Profile 2019 says 19 of its 30 districts are affected with fluorosis Karnataka has high incidence of fluorosis in more than half of its districts, according to the National Health Profile released in October 2019. Out of the state’s 30 districts, 19 are under National Programme for Prevention and Control of Fluorosis for […]

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Cases of diphtheria go up as govt hospitals lack vaccines

Not many people are aware about the child disease Diphtheria cases in Karnataka have increased as 48% of children between 5 and 6 years have not been vaccinated. There is a paucity of both vaccines and awareness. The number of diphtheria cases in the state was 203 in 2017. It dropped to 115 in 2018, […]

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No pharmacies in villages, people have to go to Maski for drugs

Maraldini, Antargange, Banaklal and many other villages in Maski taluk in Raichur district have no pharmacies nearby. Residents have to travel long distances to get medicine and first aid. Residents of the villages informed The Observer that there are local shops that sell tablets for cold and cough. They have to travel to Maski town […]

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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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Villages in Maski taluk have poor public toilets

Residents are forced to defecate in open Most villages in Maski taluk in Raichur district do not have proper public toilets. People defecate in the open because the few toilets built are incomplete and without water supply. In villages like Digganayakanabhavi, Antargange, Muraladinni Tanda and Banaklal, people have to fetch water to be used in […]

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Women entrepreneurs’ chutzpah acknowledged

“The journey of an entrepreneur is long and they need the fuel of encouragement along with assurance and guidance which the government is ready to provide,” said B.S.Yediyurrapa, Chief Minister at the celebration of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day held at Sir.M.V.Auditorium organized by Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) and Government of Karnataka. […]

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