Social Distancing norms flouted at KSR Railway Station testing centre

Not every passenger arriving at KSR is getting tested at the station Of all the passengers arriving at the KSR railway station, only some are getting tested. Umashankar P, one of the in-charge responsible for the testing informed The Observer: “We do everybody’s testing. Does not matter from where they come outside of Bengaluru or […]

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As vehicles stop on zebra crossings, citizens find it tough to cross roads

Law says vehicles are bound to stop before crossing Pedestrians in Bengaluru find it difficult to use zebra crossings because vehicles stop on them. Harshal Dalvi, a Dasarahalli resident, finds it hard to cross roads at junctions as vehicles stop exactly on the crossings. “Sometimes I get late for the office. It is rather inconvenient […]

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Long neglected road relaid for PM Modi’s visit in 4 days

However, nearby roads still riddled with potholes Within four days, the road stretching from Nagarbhavi Circle to Vrishabhavati Canal Bridge has become unrecognizable. Evenly coated with asphalt, the road looks new and untrodden. The reason: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Bangalore University’s campus on December 6. Residents say the road was riddled with potholes just a few […]

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We are confident of fighting a third Covid wave, say hospitals

But lack clarity on how to treat Omicron variant In the wake of an increasing number of Covid cases in the state,hospitals in Bengaluru are confident of handling Covid-19 better than before if a third wave comes. Dr Dakshinamurti , a resident medical officer at Chinmaya Mission Hospital, informedThe Observer: “Most…hospitals are ready for a […]

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Want AC? Cabbies say sorry, govt. has asked us not to turn it on

We’ve issued no such order: BBMP Bengaluru’s cab drivers refuse to turn the air conditioner on when asked to during rides. They cite an official order, but the government says it has issued no such directive. Sunil Awasthi, an Uber driver, informed The Observer: “The state government has forbidden us from using the AC. I ask […]

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Only poor neighborhoods of Bengaluru reek of garbage

By Arshreet Singh Only 3 km separate the neighborhoods of Chickpet and D’Souza Layout. The difference in the amount of garbage on the streets of these neighborhoods is astonishing. While the streets of D’Souza Layout resemble those in a European village,  Chickpet’s streets are lined with heaps of garbage. A huge pile of garbage covering […]

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We’ve no time for wastewater surveillance for Covid: BBMP

Contradicts media reports saying it would do so The BBMP has said it has no time or knowledge to conduct wastewater surveillance for Covid-19, denying media reports that it plans to conduct such an exercise. “The BBMP has nothing to do with wastewater testing for Covid-19. We already have much on our plate and have no time to even think about wastewater […]

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Confusion prevails over Aug 30 quarantine order

Those from Kerala must stay home, say agencies Confusion prevails over an August 30 order issued by the Karnataka government regarding institutional quarantine for people arriving from Kerala. The KSRTC, the railways and the Kempegowda International Airport do not have information regarding the order mandating a seven-day mandatory institutional quarantine. A home quarantine or a negative RT-PCR report is enough, they said. “Home quarantine is enough or you can […]

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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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