Bengal, Odisha brace ahead of cyclone Yaas

Kolkata: Cyclone Yaas is likely to hit the Bengal-Odisha coast between Sagar Island and Paradip on the evening of May 26. Yaas, which comes days after cyclone Tauktae wrecked Kerala, Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat, is expected to acutely affect the Bengal coast after crossing north of Odisha as a very severe cyclonic storm with a […]

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Roadside plants suffer due to construction work

But BBMP says they are cared for well By Queeneerich Kharmawlong Bengaluru: Roadside plants in the city are dying due to poor maintenance by the BBMP and the horticulture department. Shaaf Zubairi, a resident of Yelahanka, informed The Observer: “The BBMP doesn’t even give a second look after planting trees on roadsides in residential areas. […]

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Sarakki encroachments have changed shape of water body

The Sarakki lake bed, in south Bengaluru, has been encroached upon in such a way that its southern end has turned into a thin tail where three temples have been built illegally.  The Observer visited ten of the 15 illegally built religious structures on the lake bed. At the southern end, encroachment starts with a […]

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Chopping of trees at Sivananda Circle leaves residents, shop owners fuming

Bengaluru: Residents, shop owners and visitors are disappointed and angry as trees almost 50 years old have been cut down to make way for a steel flyover at Sivananda Circle. BP Suresh, the owner of Sivananda General Stores, informed The Observer about the protests held by them since 2017 against the chopping of trees. “We […]

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Resale value dips,raddiwalas stop collecting glass bottles

Bengaluru: Scrap collectors and raddiwalas in the city have stopped collecting glass bottles because their resale value has plummeted. P. Hari, the owner of Sathya Old Paper Mart, Kumaraswamy Layout, informed The Observer: “The market value of glass bottles has decreased a lot in two years. Previously, we used to get around Rs 1-2 per bottle; now […]

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How Green are Electric Vehicles?

No very, when you consider the source of their power and their hazardous components, reports Jaskiran Singh The prospects of the electric vehicles’ (EV) market look very rosy right now. Mumbai-based investment-bank Avendus estimates that India’s EV market could be valued at Rs. 50,000 crores by 2025. And why shouldn’t it? The perils of using […]

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As Nivar calms down, TN heaves a sigh of relief

Situation not as bad as before, say residents The cyclonic storm Nivar, which is moving northwest, is likely to weaken further into a deep depression, according to the India Metrological Department. “The storm now lies inside the land area. There will, however, be rainfall and strong winds as well,” Deputy Director General of Meteorology, Chennai, […]

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Carnage in the Name of Beauty

Trees hold the key to controlling pollution and protecting human health, says Nidhi Kajaria Indiscriminate tree felling for infrastructural development has become a major source of environmental stress in India. According to data released by the union ministry of environment, forests and climate change, between April 2016 and March 2019 as many as 76,72,337 trees […]

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SC order to raze 48k slums dwellings may expose lakhs to Covid

The Supreme Court order for demolition of 48,000 slum dwellings along 70 km of railway track in Delhi has put lakhs at risk of displacement and contracting Covid-19. ”The question is, where will they go,” Dev Pratap Singh, founder and CEO of The Voice of Slum, an NGO, said. ”The poor who have tested positive […]

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