Child marriages are less about force, more about false promises

‘Not age of marriage but the mindset and attitude of people should change’ In Bengaluru, many girls below 18 years of age get married due to allurement by older men, lack of awareness and emotional support from parents. Child marriage is prohibited under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006. Valli (31), a social worker […]

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Plant goes kaput, villagers get water from 15 km away

A water filter established around seven years ago in Jigeri, Gajendragad taluk, is in a dilapidated condition.  Jigeri is a small village with a population of 600 people. The residents want filtered water as they say tap water is not good for their health. They want the water filter plant to start working again.  Parshuram […]

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Ban on outside food OK, but cut canteen prices, say moviegoers

‘Reduce popcorn price, cinemas will be houseful’ Moviegoers feel the ban on outside food in the cinemas is a right step, but the prices of food items in theatre canteens should be brought down. Venkata Prasad, who came to watch the Telugu movie Veera Simha Reddy at Director’s Cut PVR, a multiplexon Brigade Road, informed […]

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Reeling under losses, farmers demand fixed prices at APMCs

Say contractors stall payment for months Farmers in Karnataka incur heavy losses as their produce is not bought for fixed prices at Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Farmers complain there is no fixed price in the APMCs due to which contractors buy their produce at lower rates, leaving them at a loss. Tulsabai Rajput, a […]

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Chamarajpet residents don’t want Silent Sunil to contest

Will press the NOTA button if he stands Residents of Chamarajpet say Silent Sunil, a rowdy sheeter who shared the stage with BJP leaders at a blood donation drive recently, will force them to press the NOTA button. Venkatesh S, an autorickshaw driver in Chamarajpet, said: “There is no scarcity of educated people, but if Silent Sunil […]

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Karnataka govt will give money to schools in border areas

Critics say it is a political gambit as polls approach The Karnataka government plans to allocate funds to schools in the Karnataka-Maharashtra border areas, and in neighboring states, to promote the state’s cultural identity. Addressing a press conference on completing two years as chairman of the Karnataka Border Area Development Authority, Dr. C. Somasekhara said: […]

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Attar sales take the online route, profits head south

Covid, bad civic infrastructure hit the biz badly Store sales of attar, which has a history of thousands of years, are seeing a decline in Bengaluru as people are shifting to online transactions. Mohammed Ismail of AK Perfumes on Cottonpet Main Road, said: “The shock of lockdowns has still not gone. Earlier, people had a […]

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Transgenders tell the police their woes

‘Don’t abuse us or slap us with false cases’ A programme to sensitize police personnel about transgenders was organized at the Sanjaynagar and Hebbal police stations on November 24 and 25. Prakash, assistant sub-inspector, Sanjaynagar, said around 30 police officials, including the inspector, attended the programme.  “The topic was the sexual freedom of the transgender community. […]

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Metro washrooms lack hangers, commuters keep bags on floor

BMRCL PRO promises to look into it Namma Metro’s washrooms do not have hangers, forcing commuters to keep their bags on the floor. Chaitanya R, a II PUC student in the Universal Group of Institutions, Ramohalli, said hangers should be made available as users of washrooms have to keep their bags on the wet floor. “Our […]

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Transgenders aren’t convinced quota in police will help them

State govt hasn’t defined ‘male third gender’ People of the transgender community aren’t convinced that reservation in the police force will improve their lot. In September 2022, Karnataka home minister Araga Jnanendra announced that 79 posts would be reserved for the “male third gender” in the force.Curiously, the government has still not defined what the […]

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