Pandemic Clots Organ Donations in Karnataka

Organ donations in Karnataka have been badly impacted since Covid-19. Government numbers indicate that 4636 organ recipients are still awaiting. Bangalore: Despite several initiatives taken by the Karnataka government to promote organ donations, 4636 registered receivers are yet to receive organs. Coordinator of JeevanSarthakathe program, Chetan Kumar, said,  “Out of total registered patients, 4636 are yet to […]

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Auto Drivers Cut up as Govt Fails to Help Them

Bengaluru: Autorickshaw drivers are facing a crisis as the government has failed to provide the financial support it had promised. “We have to feed ourselves, take care of our families, and maintain our autos. What government are you talking about; we are our own government,” remarked Lokesh H, an autorickshaw driver. The drivers are unhappy […]

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Bannerghatta zoo’s ‘self sustaining’ tag at stake

Bengaluru’s Bannerghatta Biological Park is facing a cash crunch. The zoo cut down on its development projects.  Bengaluru: Bannerghatta zoo officials said they need at least Rs. 2 crores every month to run their operations. The zoo officials have written letters to several corporate companies to lend a hand through their CSR funds.  Footfall is […]

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A Hard Line between Merit and Skills for Engineering Students

Only 49 percent of engineers have employable talent according to the India Skill Report 2020. Bengaluru: Engineering students are finding it difficult to prove their merit in the industry. Many students struggle to find jobs even after graduating due to lack of employable talent.  Aditya Singh Nandawat, a final year engineering student said that the […]

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Sarakki Encroachments have Changed Shape of Water Body

Bengaluru: The Sarakki lake bed, in south Bengaluru, has been encroached upon in such a way that its southern end has turned into a thin tail where three temples have been built illegally.  The Observer visited ten of the 15 illegally built religious structures on the lake bed. At the southern end, encroachment starts with […]

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Covid-19: Teachers Turn Daily Wage labourers

Due to no payments of salaries, rural private school teachers are forced to shift to MGNREGA work. Bangalore: Latha C.S, 32-year-old kindergarten teacher in a private school is now working in the sun, rejuvenating lakes, about two kilometers from her school, in Mandya, under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). “I did […]

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WFH Makes E-waste Recyclers Suffer

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent work-from-homes have pushed the electronic waste industry into limbo. Bengaluru: Salim Pasha, one of the directors at the Eco E-waste Recyclers, ran his business successfully for the past 11 years from Nayandahalli, Bengaluru,  with relative calm until the pandemic hit. From trading in 10-15 tonnes of e-waste every  month, […]

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Silence, Residential zones stay awake with noise

Eight out of the 10 noise monitoring stations spread across Bangalore recorded decibel levels above the permissible limit. Bengaluru: The constant honking at a traffic jam, sounds of modified bike silencers, commotion of jackhammers and cranes working round the clock. All of this keeps the city awake as noise pollution levels stay constantly above the allowed […]

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Bird flu brings big trouble for state’s bird sanctuaries

Reduced footfalls, closures impact their revenues By Padmini Dhruvaraj | March 5, 2021 After the outbreak of bird flu and the Covid-19 pandemic, Karnataka’s bird sanctuaries have seen a dip in the number of visitors. Puttmadhe Gowda, deputy range forest officer of the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, informed The Observer: “We saw a major dip after the […]

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