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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As Bengalureans prefer powerloom fabrics, handlooms take a hit

Production is slow and costly in old method The handloom industry in Bengaluru is witnessing a decline in sales as customers’ preference has shifted toward powerloom fabrics, which are cost-efficient. Sarvottam, manager of Prasiddhi Silks in Shantinagar, Bengaluru, said: “The handloom sector has been affected due to the arrival of powerlooms. In handlooms earlier, two […]

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Waste management remains a problem in Bengaluru temples

Not all depend on BBMP to take trash away Only a few of the 40-odd Bengaluru temples that began segregating waste a few years ago are doing so now. T. Sundar, the head of management of Gali Anjaneya temple, Mysuru Road, said: “Disposing of waste was never a problem at our temple. Recently, we saw […]

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Number of pillion riders not wearing helmets shoots up

People unaware about the which rule came in September 2016  Cases of pillion riders not wearing helmets are increasing drastically in Bengaluru. Though the wearing of helmet by pillion riders was made compulsory from September 1, 2016, people still don’t wear them, many carrying them around their elbows. The number of cases registered for the offense […]

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Slush-filled Carmelaram Road causes misery to residents

Residents say BBMP, MLA have not acted on their complaints Slush on Carmelaram Road is causing major inconvenience to residents. It has been in a bad condition for five months. Biju Kunikannan, a shopkeeper in the area, informed The Observer that often people have injured themselves while travelling through the route.  Yusuf Kunhimoosa, who has […]

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Campaign cuts decibel levels in Cubbon Park

The success of an awareness campaign in Cubbon Park seems to show that Bengaluru has the potential to be free of noise pollution, activists say. The campaign was carried out earlier this month to make the park honking-free. Rajkumar Dugar, convener of Citizens for Citizens, who was a part of the campaign, informed The Observer […]

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Pothole-riddled Lingarajapuram underpass is a pain for citizens

We’ll rebuild it  once tender is OK’d: BBMP The Lingarajapuram underpass is in dire need of attention. The road’s poor condition creates tension for people using it. The Lingarajapuram flyover connects to Fraser Town in one direction and HRBR Layout, HBR Layout and Airport Road in the other. Just below the flyover is the crossroads that […]

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Skywalk to ease Banashankari congestion remains on paper

BMRCL, BBMP speak in different voices  There has been no progress on a skywalk, proposed by the BMRCL, between the Banashankari Metro station and the BMTC bus terminus. BBMP maintains it has received no such plan from BMRCL. Srivas Raja Gopalan, public relations officer of BMRCL, informed The Observer: “BMRCL, along with the government and city-based […]

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Govt introduces new quarantine facility to decrease fish mortality

State wants to give a boost to aquaculture The Karnataka government has introduced a new quarantine facility at Hesaraghatta, Bengaluru, to reduce fish mortality which occurs due to various diseases infecting ornamental species. Ornamental fish, including corals and crustaceans, are aquatic animals kept in aquariums. Shripad Kulkarni, deputy director of the Directorate of Fisheries, said […]

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