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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Many government schools in Bengaluru do not have functional libraries

Library in school? What’s that? Many primary schools in Bengaluru still do not have functional libraries despite it being compulsory in the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020. Rohit Venugopal, 10, does not know what a library is because his school doesn’t have one.  “We have our textbooks and notebooks. I don’t think we have a […]

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Government’s promise of Braille books yet to see the light of the day

Many schools in Bengaluru unaware about the scheme  Bharathi Kokade, 15, a blind student studying at Sri Rakum school, Indiranagar, still learns from old Braille textbooks provided by her school. At the Divine Light School for the Blind, one Braille book is shared among five students. The promised Braille books and digital book banks never […]

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Bad mental health casts shadow on the rainbow flag

Stress of people with alternative sexuality rises The world came shattering for Umaima M, 19, a student living in Mumbai, when in May 2020 their parents gave them – Umaima’s preferred pronoun is “them”– an ultimatum and told them to leave the house. Gathering courage and some clothes, they called up their friend and asked him if […]

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Despite Omicron, Bengalureans are not following Covid protocols

Citizens say govt must take action to avert 3rd wave People in Bengaluru continue to flout Covid rules despite the emergence of the Omicron variant. Sneha S, a Metro commuter, informed The Observer: I travel by Metro regularly and I can say this new variant has no effect on people as of now. Most of […]

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Only fully vaccinated people to be allowed into malls, cinemas

Cultural activities in schools,colleges to be postponed New restrictions have been imposed in Karnataka amid the fear of spread of the new Covid variant, Omicron. It is unofficially determined as “not serious”, Revenue Minister R. Ashoka told a press conference on Friday. “From today, only double vaccinated people will be allowed into malls, cinema halls […]

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As vehicles stop on zebra crossings, citizens find it tough to cross roads

Law says vehicles are bound to stop before crossing Pedestrians in Bengaluru find it difficult to use zebra crossings because vehicles stop on them. Harshal Dalvi, a Dasarahalli resident, finds it hard to cross roads at junctions as vehicles stop exactly on the crossings. “Sometimes I get late for the office. It is rather inconvenient […]

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Construction workers agitate against poor labour welfare

Demand strengthening of labour laws and welfare schemes The Construction Workers Federation of India (CWFI) held a protest at Mysore Bank circle near Chickpete on Thursday. The organisation demanded strengthening of labour rights in India.  “Today and tomorrow, we have national agitation day. All workers from the construction industry are on the streets today,” said Mahantesh, National […]

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Commuters unhappy with hike in auto fares

Most people prefer to travel by Metro or buses Commuters are unhappy over the Karnataka government’s decision to raise autorickshaw fares from December 1. Susan, a clinical psychology student, informed The Observer: “I… use autos almost every day. It is annoying that drivers charge extra. Sometimes they don’t even use the meter. The increase in fares is […]

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