BSY’s budget makes petrol, diesel and booze costlier

The budget sends positive signals for home buyers as stamp duty on flats costing less than Rs 20 lakhs cut by 3%. The Karnataka budget for 2020-2021 reflects the government’s resolve to boost the state’s revenue. It proposes raising tax on petrol and diesel, and excise duty on liquor. In his budget speech on Thursday, […]

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Dust chokes people of Gear School Road

Residents frustrated with BBMP repeatedly saying pipeline work to be over ‘next week’. The schoolchildren, shopkeepers and residents of Gear School Road, eastern Bengaluru, have a common piece of attire: Face masks. Dust clouds caused by dug-up roads have forced the residents of Kadubeesanhalli-Doddakanelli road stretch to cover their faces. Two-wheeler riders contend with another […]

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Scouts & Guides, others to be given awards on Feb 29

The Governor would present the Chathurtha Charan, Heerak Pankh and Rajyapuraskar awards. Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala will on February 29 present awards to Scouts and Guides, Cubs and Bulbuls, and Rovers and Rangers. The Chathurtha Charan award is given to Cubs and Bulbuls (boys and girls in the 5-10 age group), the Heerak Pankh award […]

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If you use WhatsApp, you can say ‘Kannada gothu’

WhatsApp groups help non-locals to learn the local language for basic communication. When he moved to Bengaluru in 2017, Prabhat Kumar Chaturvedi realized he could bond with the city only if he learnt the local language. “I have lived in various parts of the country. I try to learn the local language wherever I am. […]

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Food items increase WPI inflation, consumers forced to change diets

Wholesale Price Index (WPI) inflation, mostly driven by food items, went up from 1.17% in July 2019 to 2.59% in December 2019.  Meanwhile, inflation in other categories, such as fuel and power and manufactured products, reduced in December 2019 as compared to that in July 2019. WPI inflation in primary articles rose from 5.54% in […]

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Households continue to mix waste as penalties not enforced strictly

Mandatory waste segregation still remains a distant dream despite the BBMP’s repeated efforts to tackle the issue. Two weeks after BBMP announced penalties for non-segregation of waste, they have not been enforced strictly. Most citizens continue to mix waste. “Around 70% people in the ward segregate their waste. Initially, we make them aware and then […]

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Encroachers rule footpaths of BVK Iyengar Road

Footpath encroachment by street vendors is a major issue where pedestrians are forced to get off sidewalks and walk in the roads causing traffic congestion Encroachment of the footpaths of BVK Iyengar Road by street vendors is causing inconvenience to pedestrians and motorists. BBMP engineer-in-chief M.R. Venkatesh informed The Observer: “In every ward, there is […]

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Affordable health care is still a work in progress

In India, where mostly health care expenditure is borne by the individual, free health camps by organisations help in bridging the gap of accessibility to affordable health care. In one such free health camp organised by PES College of Pharmacy, Bengaluru, individuals were freely tested for blood sugar, blood pressure and BMW. Dr. Saravanan, Principal […]

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Street vendors continue to await vending certificates

‘Documents will prevent cops from harassing us’, say street vendors who form a major part of the unorganised sector Vending certificates, which aim to regulate street vending, have not been issued by BBMP as the authority responsible for issuing the certificates, Town Vending Committee (TVC), has not been formed yet. Divya, who sells fruits around […]

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Karnataka has high incidence of fluorosis

National Health Profile 2019 says 19 of its 30 districts are affected with fluorosis Karnataka has high incidence of fluorosis in more than half of its districts, according to the National Health Profile released in October 2019. Out of the state’s 30 districts, 19 are under National Programme for Prevention and Control of Fluorosis for […]

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