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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Students, govt bus corporations blame each other for accidents

‘Make campus of BU a no-go area for buses’ By Yukta Mudgal In October 2022, two persons died in accidents involving buses of state-run corporations. An MSc student died nearly two weeks after she was run over while she was trying to board a BMTC bus. Another woman died after being hit by a KSRTC […]

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Many vehicle owners unaware they have to carry insurance papers

Collection of  fines for the offence rises Bengaluru has seen an increase in the seizure of vehicles and collection of fines over missing insurance documents — a result of drivers being unaware of the law that they must carry these. In 2018, the fine collected across Karnataka from vehicle drivers who did not have insurance documents […]

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‘Food should be tasty, hygienic’; halal row doesn’t bother diners

Customers ask for it, says restaurant owner The serving of halal food in restaurants recently faced a backlash from a right-wing organization, but diners say they don’t bother whether their food is halal or not. On October 18, the Hindu Janajagruti Samithi (HJS) protested in front of McDonald’s and Pizza Hut outlets in Basaveshwara Nagar against halal […]

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Demands of the urban poor remain unheard

‘Ministers visit us only when they need votes‘ The Karnataka government has promised to provide slum-dwellers basic facilities like housing, electricity and water,  but many of their demands remain unfulfilled.  The government’s Basic Service to Urban Poor (BSUP) scheme aims at providing seven basic amenities and services to the urban poor, especially slum-dwellers — security of tenure, […]

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With the young uninterested in it, puppetry is in decline

The traditional puppet theatre of India which had an immense value earlier is struggling to retain its glory. According to the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, a puppet is one of the most remarkable and ingenious inventions of mankind. Srinivas, Director of Rangaputhali Puppeteers, a prominent puppeteer based in Bengaluru,said the art of puppetry […]

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Proposed ban will hit us hard, say drivers of aggregator autos

Commuters say ‘regular autos’ charge extra Drivers of Ola, Uber and Rapido autorickshaws are worried about their livelihood after the Karnataka government declared the aggregators’ autorickshaw services illegal.  The transport department cracked the whip following complaints from commuters that the aggregators were charging more than Rs 30 for 2 km. Another complaint was that they […]

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Change in procedure to adopt has couples, agencies worried

Power to issue orders goes to magistrates Parents in Bengaluru are anxious as new adoption rules are making them wait longer to adopt a child. According to a report in The Hindu, The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2021, which gives District Magistrates the authority to issue adoption orders, was approved […]

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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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