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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Shahpur’s brick kilns choke workers, make soil infertile

No unit has certification on pollution Soppamma D, a brick kiln worker in Shahpur, coughed continuously as she added water to mud clay and poured it into a stencil to make rectangular clay bricks. Her husband picked up the dried ones stacked them, and fired them using coal. This is the daily routine for the […]

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Five years after police diktat, school buses to get CCTV, GPS

Schools just do not bother, says top cop Almost five years after the traffic police ordered fixing of CCTV cameras and GPS systems on schoolbuses, most of these vehicles do not have them. A reality check by The Observer at schools in Majestic, Seshadri Road, Cubbon Park, Vijayanagar and Shivajinagar revealed that most of these […]

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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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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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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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Citizens let down as distress number 112 doesn’t work

Karnataka cities not integrated with it yet: Cops The universal emergency number, 112, is useless during emergencies because calls to it get disconnected. Police say Karnataka’s cities have not been integrated with the new number. The number was introduced in November 2019 to replace emergency helpline numbers like 100 for police, 101 for fire brigade, […]

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