Opposition attacks govt move to issue anti-conversion ordinance

BJP stands in  support of  the decision The Karnataka government’s decision to have an ordinance issued to ban religious conversions has drawn the ire of the opposition and received support from the BJP. Congress member and lawyer Brijesh Kalappa said: “They seem to be targeting the Christian community. As per my knowledge, the Christian community’s […]

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Shivkumar Sharma changed my life, says santoor player Satish Vyas

“Whatever I am is because of him,” said santoor player Satish Vyas on the death of his guru, Shivkumar Sharma, the maestro who passed away on Tuesday. Speaking to The Observer, Vyas recounted his first meeting with Sharma. “Being a renowned singer’s (C.R. Vyas) son, music was always in my house. In 1996, I went […]

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Two-wheeler riding on footpaths hassles pedestrians no end

It is both illegal and unsafe for  people on foot Bikers and cyclists illegally ride on footpaths in Seshadripuram, inconveniencing pedestrians. The Observer has  also noticed people riding cycles, bikes and scooters on the footpath adjacent to the JP Nagar Metro station. Devika Nayyar, a school student, informed The Observer: “Many times motorists come in full […]

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Janata Party demands probe into Yatnal’s claim

Hails Kejriwal, hints at tie-up  with AAP The Janata Party has demanded a criminal investigation against Vijayapura MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal if his allegations of bribery turn out to be false. The party has submitted a letter to the Uplokayukta chief B. S. Patil demanding an inquiry. Yatnal had claimed that he was offered the […]

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IPO applicants hope they will be lucky as LIC goes public

Some hope for rich gains in a few years Many applicants are eagerly awaiting information about the allocation of LIC shares to come out. Arun Harchandani, an LIC policy holder, informed The Observer: “The word LIC itself is a brand name….The added benefit of being a policyholder got me to subscribe to it.” About the […]

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Few drivers heed ‘No Honking’ boards outside Metro stations

Many unaware that honking is punishable Loud honking still prevails outside Metro stations in Bengaluru despite ‘No Honking’ boards. Gehna Desai, 21, a college student in Bengaluru, used to go to the JP Nagar Metro station every day  to travel to her college.  A month ago,  she noticed a signage that said, ‘Metro Premises | […]

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Anemia increases 5 per cent in Bengaluru girls in 15-19 age group

Vitamin B12, iron deficiency is leading cause Anemia cases have increased in girls aged between 15 and 19 in Bengaluru over the years.  According to the fifth National Family Health Survey (NFHS),  45.1 per cent of girls in this age group have anemia. among these girls, an increase of almost 5 per cent since NFHS-4. Hetesvi […]

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‘We will give a 0% govt’: Kejriwal promises a graft-free Karnataka

Kodihalli faction of KRRS merges with AAP  Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday promised to free Karnataka of corruption. Addressing a rally of more than 40,000 farmers and AAP members from various districts of Karnataka, he said: “We have performed well in Delhi and Punjab. Now I want to form a government in Karnataka.” Kejriwal […]

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Almost 95% of Mekedatu gain will be for TN, says expert

‘But the project will help Bengaluru a lot’ Since  most of the water is stored downstream, 95 per cent of the benefit of the Mekedatu project will  benefit Tamil Nadu, said M. Lakshmana, Chairman of Institution of Engineers, India, on Tuesday. Participating in a discussion in Bengaluru, he said: “The main reason to build a dam is […]

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Many government schools in Bengaluru do not have functional libraries

Library in school? What’s that? Many primary schools in Bengaluru still do not have functional libraries despite it being compulsory in the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020. Rohit Venugopal, 10, does not know what a library is because his school doesn’t have one.  “We have our textbooks and notebooks. I don’t think we have a […]

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