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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Karnataka colleges prepare to avert a third wave of Covid-19

Following SOPs; students and parents relieved Colleges in Karnataka say they are following precautionary measures to prevent a probable third wave of the pandemic. They are working towards ensuring that no Covid-19 clusters develop on their premises. Dr H. Prakash, principal of the government-run Maharani’s Arts, Commerce and Management College, Bengaluru, informed The Observer: “We are taking all precautions to help avoid a third wave of the pandemic. […]

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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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Headaches, back and neck pain rise for WFH adults

Docs: Do yoga, get enough sleep, take breaks People working from home amid the pandemic are suffering from severe headaches, back and neck problems “I have been working 9-12 hours a day since the lockdown happened. I’ve had severe headaches and back issues, which has at times lowered my productivity. What helps me cope with […]

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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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‘Did my ma’am teach me wrong?’ Misspelled brand names leave children confused

To sound unique, companies tweak spellings of words An increased use of misspelled words by companies in advertisements has left questions in children’s minds. Aarin, a seven-year-old boy who was watching television with his father, saw an advertisement and promptly asked his father: “Why are there two Ws in the spelling of grow? Did our […]

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Bengal nurses oppose contractual posts

Prefer permanent jobs to higher pay for 2 months Kolkata: Registered nurses and para-medical staff of West Bengal who are waiting for permanent government jobs are unhappy with the state government’s decision to hire them on a contract basis for two months.  Manisha Samanta, a staff nurse at R.N. Tagore Hospital, a private hospital in […]

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Bengal evacuees worry Covid will spread in cyclone shelters

They have been provided masks and sanitizer Kolkata: The fear of being exposed to coronavirus is troubling people who are being evacuated from West Bengal’s low-lying areas to safe camps ahead of the cyclonic storm Yaas.  Chakradhar Sahoo, who lives in a mud house at Dihibirkul village of East Midnapore district, shifted to a camp […]

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