Stormwater drain construction delayed, BBMP fails to fulfill its promise

Bescom cables displaced by Palike’s  pipeline The BBMP has failed to keep its promise of completing the construction of stormwater drain near Ecospace,Bellandur,which it had started in the first week of September. The construction of the 300-metre-long stormwater drain construction, planned to avoid flooding of the Ecospace road,was supposed to be completed by the second […]

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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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Globalization has increased suffering of SCs, says CM

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said reservation is the only way forward for backward castes.  Speaking at the fourth Madiga Day celebrations, he said: “There is no ladder in the caste system. The downtrodden continue to be there. There’s no movement upwards. Globalization, liberalisation and privatisation have made them suffer even more.” Members […]

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Opposition attacks govt move to issue anti-conversion ordinance

BJP stands in  support of  the decision The Karnataka government’s decision to have an ordinance issued to ban religious conversions has drawn the ire of the opposition and received support from the BJP. Congress member and lawyer Brijesh Kalappa said: “They seem to be targeting the Christian community. As per my knowledge, the Christian community’s […]

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Mysuru Road is a nightmare for pedestrians, 2-wheeler riders

Potholed road is now slippery following rain People walking on Mysuru Road feel they will be blown away when heavy vehicles speed by them. As vulnerable as the pedestrians are riders of two-wheelers who struggle to not get hit by buses and trucks on  the road, now slippery following continuous rain. On Wednesday, a two-wheeler […]

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Bengaluru silk reelers alien to new technology

Not aware of Silk Samagra Scheme, they say The Silk Samagra Scheme implemented by the Central Silk Board (CSB), which focuses on improving the quality and productivity of domestic silk hasn’t benefited the silk reelers of Bengaluru. Subhash Nayak, director of post-cocoon production at the Central Silk Board on the occasion of National Technology Day, […]

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Dangling wires and cables agitate Bengalureans

They destroy the beauty of the place, say pedestrians By Tina Freese Loose hanging wires on the Infantry Road footpath are troubling pedestrians. They are demanding swift action from authorities. Rakesh Menon, 35, informed The Observer: “These wires have been here forever now. It is a nuisance to walk on this footpath. Firstly, it is broken […]

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Katik community demands SC status, stages protest

Members say they get no government support Members of Karnataka’s Katikcommunity on Tuesday staged a protest demanding their inclusion in the list of Scheduled Castes. R.K. Siddaramanna, former MLC and chief convener of Sanchalana Samaj, an organizationthat helps the Katiks,said: “Our demand is that they give us SC status and all the benefits that come […]

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‘We will give a 0% govt’: Kejriwal promises a graft-free Karnataka

Kodihalli faction of KRRS merges with AAP  Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday promised to free Karnataka of corruption. Addressing a rally of more than 40,000 farmers and AAP members from various districts of Karnataka, he said: “We have performed well in Delhi and Punjab. Now I want to form a government in Karnataka.” Kejriwal […]

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Sex workers struggle to repay loans taken at exorbitant rates

Are forced to pay interest at 20% a month Sex workers in Bengaluru are struggling to repay loans they took during the pandemic. High interest rates and few clients have made it difficult for them, they say. Every business was adversely affected when the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country in March 2020. Sex workers were the worst […]

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