Can we compare internet capitalism with Ravana?

October has brought us stories of good winning over evil. The recent Dassara or Dussehra festival has seen burning effigies of Ravana and his two relatives. Ravana was a scientist himself and was famous for building a city of gold, enjoying all the pleasures of the world (as written in Ramayana). He was known to […]

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Visitors litter Cubbon Park with food despite reinforced ban

Rodents, snakes have made an appearance On September 20, 2022, the horticulture department reinforced the ban on food items inside Cubbon Park.  The decision came due to infestation of snakes and rodents in the park. But it has made no difference to people who continue to bring food and eat it inside the park. They […]

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In private companies, paternity leave remains a grey area

India lacks a law governing birth benefits for dads In India, government employees enjoy the benefit of paternity leave, but their counterparts in private companies struggle to get it. In 1961, India passed the Maternity Benefit Act, which allows women to avail of certain benefits and perks during pregnancy. Aiswarya Saji, an advocate, explained: “There […]

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People want low-priced pups, but high standards from breeders

Most want males as they cannot handle litters When it comes to purchasing dogs, people have high standards regarding breeds.  According to a 2022 survey conducted by Rakuten Insight, dogs were the most popular pets in India. According to the Statista Research Department, there was a demand for non-native dog breeds such as Labradors, Golden Retrievers and […]

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BBMP draft rules make no difference, pourakarmikas still work on contract

Salary depends on seniority; males earn more Though the Karnataka government has issued draft rules to make pourakarmikas its permanent employees, they continue to work under a contract system.  Prameela G, who works on Commercial Street, informed The Observer: “We come here at 6 in the morning and work till 2.30 in the afternoon. We are […]

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We are paid just enough for our survival, say circus employees

Ban on animals has reduced people’s interest Employees of Rambo Circus, which is running in Bengaluru after Covid-induced lockdowns, say their salaries are just enough for them to survive. Ismail Sheikh, a globe rider at the circus, informed The Observer that a good number of people are coming to watch the shows. He earns only […]

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Demands of the urban poor remain unheard

‘Ministers visit us only when they need votes‘ The Karnataka government has promised to provide slum-dwellers basic facilities like housing, electricity and water,  but many of their demands remain unfulfilled.  The government’s Basic Service to Urban Poor (BSUP) scheme aims at providing seven basic amenities and services to the urban poor, especially slum-dwellers — security of tenure, […]

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Scarcity of parking space has made motorists’ life difficult

Only 1,300 4-wheeler slots added in 3 yrs The lack of parking spaces in Bengaluru has become a headache for car owners and drivers, especially in busy areas. Latest BBMP data show car parking areas have space for only 2,670 four-wheelers, an addition of just 1,300 in three years. Manu H.S., a cab driver working for […]

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To cut heart attack risk, gyms seek clients’ medical reports

They get people to gradually build stamina Gyms in Bengaluru are getting their clients to produce medical reports to reduce the possibility of them suffering heart attack during workouts. According to cardiologist T.R. Raghu, extreme workout routines have the most possibility of causing heart attacks. One should gradually build one’s stamina instead of following an extreme […]

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