Rape videos emanate from belief that men are greater than women

‘To create fear, strong punishment should be given’ Bengaluru: A horrifying video of a woman being brutally assaulted and raped by four men and a woman has been circulated on a porn site. This is not the first time a rape video has made its way to cyberspace. Neha Dalal, a psychologist and professor at L.S. […]

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Biomed waste is dumped unsegregated

BBMP waste collectors don’t touch waste from houses that have Covid patients Bengaluru: In several parts of the city, biomedical waste produced by home-isolated Covid-19 patients is being dumped in Bellahalli, near Yelahanka, as unsegregated waste.  Rahul Hipparkar, the driver of a BBMP garbage-collection truck, said: “All the waste collected, except for a certain category […]

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NGOs in a soup as funds go to Covid relief

Some have laid off staff, others have cut salaries Bengaluru: Several non-health NGOs are facing a severe financial crisis as most of their funds are being donated to Covid-19 relief, resulting in job losses.  Arjun Chaitanya, a co-founder of Sasya Sankalpa, a rejuvenation and sapling- planting NGO, said: “We had to let go of the […]

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Transgenders deprived of income as vehicles don’t stop at traffic signals

NGOs reach out  to members of  the community Bengaluru: Kavitha, a transgender woman living in Hebbal who begged to earn money at traffic signals, has lost all her savings to survive during the lockdown.  “There are very few people on the streets now. Vehicles don’t stop as there is no signal. I have no income, and […]

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Update for OnePlus 7 series phones leaves users unhappy

‘Hangs, overheats, has Wi-Fi issues, battery drains fast’ Bengaluru: The OnePlus OxygenOS 11 (Android 11 OS) update for the OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, 7T and 7T Pro phones has been problematic, users say. Chandan D.N., who uses OnePlus 7 Pro, informed The Observer: “After the latest Android update, my phone has become sluggish and hangs […]

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Bannerghatta zoo now earns zero revenue

Zoo Authority sends SOS to govt on animals’ food Bengaluru: In the wake of the extended Covid-19 lockdown, the Bannerghatta Biological Park is suffering a severe financial crisis. Dr Umashankar HP, a senior veterinarian at the Bannerghatta zoo and media spokesperson, said: “Currently, there is no revenue. We need Rs 2 crore every month to […]

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Fliers spend thousands in private facilities as random tests stop

States ask for results not older than 72 hours Bengaluru: The BBMP’s decision to stop random Covid-19 testing has forced people booked on flights to pay thousands of rupees to get tested in private facilities.  Bikram Mandal, a student at the Wisdom Correspondence College, Bengaluru, said: “I had to go back to Kolkata. Since airlines […]

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Lockdown dampens the Ramzan spirit

With eateries shut down, foodies miss their favourite fare in Fraser Town, Shivajinagar Bengaluru: A deafening silence welcomes visitors to the previously smoky, crowded roads in Fraser Town and Shivajinagar where people jostled with each other and the traffic to find the perfect food stall during Ramzan. Farhat Atchia, who works for a digital media […]

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Amid pandemic, small sports goods retailers find the going tough against big players

Bengaluru: Small sports retail stores are struggling to stay in business against sports giants amid the economic slump created by the Covid-19 pandemic. Kiran Kumar, owner of Sugam Sports in Vasanthapura, Banashankari Stage V, said: “Our revenue largely depends on the daily walk-ins. The second lockdown has hit us harder than the first one. We […]

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Should India dump EVMs, go back to ballots?

Image Courtesy: The Print It’s possible to physically hack EVMs; Govt. must make way for paper ballots India should go back to using paper ballots in elections. Or, at least, voters should be given an option.  India is the world’s largest democracy. Every time there is an election, the credibility of electronic voting machines (EVMs) […]

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