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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NGOs: We can’t help injured stray dogs timely due to lack of funds

Many injured street dogs in Bengaluru are not getting prompt medical aid. NGOs say they are unable to rescue strays timely because they are short of money and time. Recently, a pup was run over by a milk truck in Kumbalgodu. Chandrakala Yadav, a shop owner who witnessed the accident, said: “The accident occurred at […]

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More pregnant women now visit maternity clinics than before

Some still don’t see docs due to taboos, shyness The percentage of women who made at least four antenatal visits to maternity clinics has risen by 0.8 per cent over four years as per the State Fact sheet of the National Family Health Survey, 2019). According to the NFHS, the percentage of women who made […]

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B’luru has many fintech cos, but MSMEs lack access to credit

Tedious process, lack of awareness lead to this Though Bengaluru has a large number of credit-oriented fintech companies, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the city lack access to formal credit facilities. The issue is pronounced in the Peenya Industrial Area, one of the largest industrial hubs in the country, with more than 5,000 […]

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No usable washrooms for the differently-abled

They are either locked or lack basic facilities Washrooms for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) are not usable at many railway stations in Bengaluru. “Washrooms for PwDs are closed due to renovation in the general waiting area. All three (waiting areas) were locked due to Covid. Now we have opened the ladies and general waiting area, […]

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High deposits force youths to choose PG accommodation

11 months rent is non-negotiable for most flat owners Bengaluru’s youths have a hard time finding affordable housing. Owing to high security deposits, many live as paying guests instead of renting apartments. Protyush Goswami, who came to Bengaluru four years ago from Kolkata, informed The Observer: “When I was offered a job in Bengaluru, I […]

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Women’s bank a/cs rise, but not their financial independence

Most have no say in how to spend money Bengaluru: Karnataka is seeing a 29 percent rise in women’s bank accounts as per the State Fact Sheet of the National Family Health Survey (2019-20), but this does not necessarily mean that they are financially independent. As per the State Fact Sheet of the NFHS, the […]

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Covid-19 relief scheme has not reached all Bengaluru weavers

Some say a/cs not linked to Aadhaar, call process tedious Not all weavers in Bengaluru city haven’t been receiving their direct benefit transfers (DBT) under the Nekar Samman Yojana, launched in July 2020 as part of the Karnataka government’s Covid-19 relief measures. Under the scheme, launched by the Department of Handloom and Textiles, weavers were […]

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