Need for more minority girls hostels in the State

With increasing demand and only five hostels in the city, girls from minority communities await the living quarters they were promised. Bengaluru: The books on the shelf of the hostel library were limited in number, but a large number of mosquitoes in the library were compensating for the absence of people. The mess and the […]

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10-Minute Delivery, Really?

Do you really want your food and groceries delivered within minutes? Braving harsh working conditions with minimal pay, this is the story of those who make it possible. Bangalore/Thane: Suraj has been delivering for Swiggy and Dunzo for three years in Bangalore. He worked as a supervisor in Gujarat earlier and some circumstances lead him […]

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Pandemic worsens the state of child labour in Karnataka

In the list of states with the highest incidence of child labour cases, Karnataka stands in the ninth position. Barren land in the middle of fields of Bheemanakatte village, only a few kilometers away from Kengeri, is home to a small community of construction workers and their families. It is surrounded by an array of […]

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Fishermen face financial distress

Recently, fish kills have increased in several Bangalore lakes, and many fishermen are suffering because of the lack of fish in the lakes.  According to the fisheries department, there are 13,013 fishermen population in urban Bangalore, and 2846 are active fishermen. In rural Bangalore, the total fishermen population is 33585, of which 7,346 are active fishermen. […]

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Children in the shadow: Unescapable family conditioning

Female children of domestic workers are not allowed to work as anything else but domestic help, even after getting minimum education.  In India the working women today aides the economic status of the household and the society as a whole. But our nation is yet to actualize the true potential of women. Even today 94% […]

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Everything might not be coming up roses for Bengaluru’s floriculturists

Owing to high input costs and lack of access to schemes, the future for rose farmers seems bleak. If you travel to Anekal, 40 km from Bengaluru city, you begin to notice its floricultural settings. The minute you reach Chandapura or Jigani, depending on the route you take, you begin seeing flower carts selling heaps […]

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Acceptance of male sterilization remains low in Karnataka

Female sterilization is the most accepted contraceptive among couples. One out of 10 men uses condoms according to the National Family Health Survey-5. Rama Belgavi, (38) of Harohalli in Bengaluru’s rural area, was dressed in a faded blue saree with her head covered by her pallu and spoke hesitantly, “After my second child during the […]

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The good, the bad, and the ugly of urban farming

Over the years, urban and peri-urban farming in Bangalore and Mumbai has been practiced extensively at the micro level but it fails to reach the macro level. “Welcome home” reads the sign board at Hamsah Organic Farm and Sustainable Living located 25 kilometers (km) from Bangalore city in Dommasandra. Surrounded with farmlands, narrow lanes, etc., […]

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Waterways of Bangalore: In Search of Lost Paradise

Reviving traditional water conservation methods can help solve the problems of groundwater depletion in Bengaluru. Bangalore was once known as ‘the city of lakes’. The city had an extensive network of canals, waterways, step wells, and Kalyanis. These human-made water bodies catered to the needs of the population. For centuries Bangalore survived without a major […]

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