Number of pillion riders not wearing helmets shoots up

People unaware about the which rule came in September 2016  Cases of pillion riders not wearing helmets are increasing drastically in Bengaluru. Though the wearing of helmet by pillion riders was made compulsory from September 1, 2016, people still don’t wear them, many carrying them around their elbows. The number of cases registered for the offense […]

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Despite a law, many cos do not have internal complaints panels

Women demand them to deal with the cases of harassment Despite a legal mandate, many workplaces do not have Internal Complaints Committees to deal with complaints of sexual harassment of women employees. Under Section 4 of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, an employer who has 10 or […]

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There are 20 potholes on 350m stretch at Varthur Kodi Circle

Streetlights are missing; bikes ride on footpath The 350-metre  road at Varthur Kodi Circle, Whitefield, has more than 20 potholes and 10 hazardous obstructions. A major inconvenience to commuters, these have caused several accidents. Anjali Saini, a volunteer at Whitefield Rising, an organization that tries to make people aware of civic problems, said: “This road is a […]

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Help centres for women give no legal aid, only send cases to cops

Help centres at police stations whose main function is to provide legal assistance to women complainant have been working only as counselling centres. It is mandatory to have a women’s help desk in every police station in accordance with the Nirbhaya scheme. While there are help desks functioning in major police stations, they do not […]

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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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Awareness among people about emergency number 112 is low

Drives organized by the BMTC in collaboration with the Bengaluru police have failed to create awareness about the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS), launched two years ago. ERSS is a single emergency number (112) to address emergencies of citizens through the help of police, ambulance, fire and rescue services. Tejaswini, a daily commuter, said she […]

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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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Visitors litter Cubbon Park with food despite reinforced ban

Rodents, snakes have made an appearance On September 20, 2022, the horticulture department reinforced the ban on food items inside Cubbon Park.  The decision came due to infestation of snakes and rodents in the park. But it has made no difference to people who continue to bring food and eat it inside the park. They […]

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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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