OBSERVER INTERVIEW

‘37 years later, nobody cares for Bhopal gas tragedy victims’ Almost four decades after the Bhopal gas tragedy, one of the world’s worst industrial disasters, its survivors are still struggling to get justice and proper compensation. Simran Sharma of The Observer interviewed survivor Nazeem Ahmad, a social worker. Excerpts: Thirty-seven years have passed since the Bhopal […]

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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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Congress opposes shifting Gaganyaan project to Gujarat

Claims at protest  there’s a move to privatize ISRO The Congress on Wednesday criticized the reported move to shift a prestigious space project from Bengaluru to Gujarat. “Without a green signal from PM Modi or the government of India’s consent, nothing can be done,” KPCC president D.K. Shivakumar said at a protest by the Congress […]

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B’luru College holds big Rajyotsava function despite govt advisory

Health minister Sudhakar gives it a miss A Karnataka Rajyotsava function was held at the SJB Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, despite a government advisory to postpone all social and cultural events in educational institutions for two months. The ban was imposed in view of the Covid-19 situation in the state. Education and Health Minister K Sudhakar was […]

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Poorly maintained aquarium leaves visitors disappointed

Many fish tanks are empty; some have no lights The Bangalore Aquarium, also known as Government Aquarium, is poorly maintained. One-third of  the 30 tanks at the aquarium are empty. A dozen of them don’t have fish, while  six lack lights.  Shruti Madar, the officer-in-charge of the aquarium, informed The Observer they do their best to […]

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With 1 crore vehicles, Bengaluru has high number of accidents

Recorded 646 deaths in 2020: NCRB Bengaluru ranks third among 53 big cities to have the highest number road accidents, data show. According to NCRB data, Chennai accounted for 4,389 accidents (9.2 percent) of the 47,289 road accidents in 2020 with 872 deaths; It was closely followed by Delhi, which had 4,028 (8.4 percent) cases […]

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Amid pandemic, digital art businesses thrive

Several artists have publicized them on Instagram Mausam Gala was delighted on her 22nd birthday when she received a digitally illustrated frame from her best friends. It showed them with the birthday girl. “It’s very personalized and affordable. This art (digital illustrations) became popular because of social media. I didn’t know we could make such designs […]

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High cab fares leave a big hole in students’ pockets

Students not able to use cabs for daily commute By Simran Sharma Students with  limited budgets are finding it tough to hire cabs because of their high fares. Many want cab companies to give them concessions. Bhagya Nair, a biotechnology graduate from Kristu Jayanti College, informed The Observer: “Ola and Uber are most commonly used by […]

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NGOs: We can’t help injured stray dogs timely due to lack of funds

Many injured street dogs in Bengaluru are not getting prompt medical aid. NGOs say they are unable to rescue strays timely because they are short of money and time. Recently, a pup was run over by a milk truck in Kumbalgodu. Chandrakala Yadav, a shop owner who witnessed the accident, said: “The accident occurred at […]

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Post-lockdown, gaushalas are in a financial crisis

The Karnataka government announced on July 15 the establishment of new gaushalas in all districts under the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Act, 2020. But existing gaushalas suffer from financial troubles. The Observer visited several gaushalas in Bengaluru to understand the situation.Hukam Chand Jain, president of  Rishab Kamadhenu Gaushala, said: “We cater […]

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