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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Homeopathy found an increase in takers during the pandemic

Allopath says there is no proof it works The popularity of homeopathic treatment has increased among the public post Covid-19. Dr Jagdish K, a homeopathic practitioner, informed The Observer: “When people saw that even after vaccinations, Covid cases were abundant everywhere, and some cases were severe, it led to a loss of faith in allopathy and vaccinations.” […]

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We are paid just enough for our survival, say circus employees

Ban on animals has reduced people’s interest Employees of Rambo Circus, which is running in Bengaluru after Covid-induced lockdowns, say their salaries are just enough for them to survive. Ismail Sheikh, a globe rider at the circus, informed The Observer that a good number of people are coming to watch the shows. He earns only […]

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Most children living in slums drop out of school, do odd jobs

Girls found to study only up to class 3 Children in various slums of Bengaluru attend school but only a few make it to higher education. The Observer noted that most schools near slums impart education only till grade seven. Children, especially girls, find it difficult to continue their education after grade seven. Laxmibai, 24, […]

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We got no govt aid, says KR Market Vendors

Vegetable vendors in KR Market say they did not receive any financial help from the state government during and after the Covid-induced lockdowns. Krishnappa, a vegetable seller, informed The Observer: “The government had promised us loans from banks, but nothing of that sort happened.”  Krishnappa, who earlier used to earn Rs 3,000 a day, now […]

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Final-year UG students left with limited options for higher studies

Pandemic and Bangalore University delay have led to many dropouts Undergraduate students of Bangalore University’s batch of 2019-2022 are left with limited options for their post-graduation and higher studies as their final exams are scheduled in September. Most private colleges in Bengaluru have closed admissions for their 2022-2024 post-graduate courses.  Students who had plans to  […]

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Panic Attacks

Increase in panic attacks is a legacy of pandemic

Sufferers do not like to be in crowded places The number of Covid cases in India has gone down, but its after-effects linger. Panic attacks have increased in people across age groups.  The WHO released a scientific brief that stated that anxiety and depression among people increased by 25 per cent since the onset of Covid.  A […]

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Ignorance, skepticism keep people from taking vaccine booster dose

Say people got Covid even after taking two doses Many residents of Karnataka are not keen on taking the booster dose of the Covid vaccine. High price of the dose, decreasing fear of Covid, ignorance and skepticism are the probable reasons, experts say. Raunak Sharma, 21, who hasn’t taken the booster dose, informed The Observer: “People are […]

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Covid cases dip, masks on Metro premises & trains become rare

We have not eased curbs, says BMRCL  A crowd of commuters enters Namma Metro stations, many of them with either no masks or their masks hanging on their chins. Sanitizer and thermal screening stations at the entrances remain unused for the most part. Trains are so packed that there is hardly any space to move. But masks […]

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