Ignorance, skepticism keep people from taking vaccine booster dose

Say people got Covid even after taking two doses Many residents of Karnataka are not keen on taking the booster dose of the Covid vaccine. High price of the dose, decreasing fear of Covid, ignorance and skepticism are the probable reasons, experts say. Raunak Sharma, 21, who hasn’t taken the booster dose, informed The Observer: “People are […]

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Globalization has increased suffering of SCs, says CM

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said reservation is the only way forward for backward castes.  Speaking at the fourth Madiga Day celebrations, he said: “There is no ladder in the caste system. The downtrodden continue to be there. There’s no movement upwards. Globalization, liberalisation and privatisation have made them suffer even more.” Members […]

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Marriage is no license for sex without consent, say Delhiites

‘Forced sex  damages a relationship’ Shilpa Singh from Delhi has been married for 20 years. She says she has never been abused by her husband, but knows people who have abusive husbands.  “Not every marriage is based on love and consent. There shouldn’t be an exception for husbands when it comes to forced sexual intercourse […]

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Bengaluru silk reelers alien to new technology

Not aware of Silk Samagra Scheme, they say The Silk Samagra Scheme implemented by the Central Silk Board (CSB), which focuses on improving the quality and productivity of domestic silk hasn’t benefited the silk reelers of Bengaluru. Subhash Nayak, director of post-cocoon production at the Central Silk Board on the occasion of National Technology Day, […]

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Sexual abuse of boys remains unacknowledged, unaddressed

Society thinks only girls are victims of abuse Rakesh Sharma (name changed), now 49, was 18 years old when he was first sexually abused. Rakesh forgot to take his quilt on a train journey to Ludhiana with his brother. An old man, in an army uniform, offered Rakesh his quilt as he was feeling cold. Rakesh […]

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It’s important to monitor kids’ use of Internet, say experts

They face risk of exposure to explicit content Shruti Sharma, a Bengaluru resident, remembers with horror how her neighbour’s child, once clicked on a suspicious link while operating his mother’s laptop. Following this, the computer was hacked. Explicit photos of the parents were released online, putting them in an embarrassing situation. “This wouldn’t have happened […]

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K’taka pupils hold mixed opinion on test for central universities

Many say UGC mandate will bring relief Tension is written on the faces of students sitting in front of computer screens with MCQs. The pressure of scoring good grades is clearly visible as they look at the clock at regular intervals. Their parents stand outside, waiting for them to narrate how it went. Such is […]

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BJP got mutts’ blessings, now takes bribes from them: Congress

KPCC general secretary S. Manohar on April 25 accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of corruption and asked him to disclose the amount of bribe collected in the 30 per cent and 40 per cent scams under the BJP government. Participating in a protest against BJP at Congress Bhavan, he said: “The same government that got […]

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