Erratic and heavy rain drives plant nurseries into losses

Over-watering caused plants heavy damage Heavy rainfall in August and September has damaged plants in nurseries across Bengaluru, causing losses to their owners. G. Shrinivas, owner of Sumanth Nursery and Garden, Jnanabharathi, informed The Observer: “Flowers like ZZ plant, peace lily and sevanthi (chrysanthemum) get destroyed when over-watered. They require a minimum of 5-6 hours […]

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Social media influence the eating habits of young people

Most people do not notice the impact People tend to overlook the huge impact of social media on the lifestyle and eating habits of young people. According to Statista, over 4.26 billion people used social media worldwide in 2021. That number is estimated to increase to 6 billion in 2027. Dr Anurag Sharma, a nutritionist, […]

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Stormwater drain construction delayed, BBMP fails to fulfill its promise

Bescom cables displaced by Palike’s  pipeline The BBMP has failed to keep its promise of completing the construction of stormwater drain near Ecospace,Bellandur,which it had started in the first week of September. The construction of the 300-metre-long stormwater drain construction, planned to avoid flooding of the Ecospace road,was supposed to be completed by the second […]

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Most children living in slums drop out of school, do odd jobs

Girls found to study only up to class 3 Children in various slums of Bengaluru attend school but only a few make it to higher education. The Observer noted that most schools near slums impart education only till grade seven. Children, especially girls, find it difficult to continue their education after grade seven. Laxmibai, 24, […]

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Coffee industry plunges into gloom after erratic rainfall

Growers incur a loss; 1.25Lakh acres of plantation hit Owing to heavy and uneven rain, Karnataka’s coffee plantations have been badly affected. Crop cultivation has dropped across varieties: 25 per cent in Arabica and 35 per cent in Robusta, said Ram Karrekolli, a coffee grower in Kodagu. Since Karnataka is the largest coffee producer in […]

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We got no govt aid, says KR Market Vendors

Vegetable vendors in KR Market say they did not receive any financial help from the state government during and after the Covid-induced lockdowns. Krishnappa, a vegetable seller, informed The Observer: “The government had promised us loans from banks, but nothing of that sort happened.”  Krishnappa, who earlier used to earn Rs 3,000 a day, now […]

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Final-year UG students left with limited options for higher studies

Pandemic and Bangalore University delay have led to many dropouts Undergraduate students of Bangalore University’s batch of 2019-2022 are left with limited options for their post-graduation and higher studies as their final exams are scheduled in September. Most private colleges in Bengaluru have closed admissions for their 2022-2024 post-graduate courses.  Students who had plans to  […]

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Citizens disappointed over delay in Whitefield Metro

Metro was supposed to make many lives easier. Commuters are disappointed because the trial run of the Baiyappanahalli-to-Whitefield Metro line, set for September, has been postponed due to the recent floods in Bengaluru. M Padmaraju, Public Information Officer of the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL), said: “By September, the BMRCL hoped to begin the […]

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Women unaware about menstrual health vulnerable to health issues

Use of cloth causes them skin problems According to the National Family Health Survey, 50 per cent of women aged 15-24 years still use cloth instead of pad for menstrual hygiene. These data point to a lack of awareness about menstrual hygiene, increasing the risk of health problems. Menstruation is still considered a taboo subject in […]

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VV Puram traffic station has 90 cops but inadequate infrastructure

Space lacking, its women stand outside The VV Puram Traffic Police Station has a lack of infrastructure, affecting the work of its personnel. Inspector Shiv Shankar informed The Observer: “Even if we have any problems, we cannot comment on it. The police station is assigned by the higher authorities.” A constable assigned to work in the station […]

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