Vodafone struggles to win trust of customers

With more than 2.5 lakh consumers shifting to other networks, Vodafone is losing its consumer base in the state. Archita Srivastava The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) reported that Vodafone Idea ltd. has lost around 2.7 lakh subscribers in the state since 2019.Consumers switching to other networks complain about Vodafone’s network connectivity and internet […]

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Deafening sounds of commercialization

Commercial activities thriving at the Bannerghatta National Park at the expense of forest cover The Bannerghatta National Park (BNP) popular for the wide variety of flora and fauna is gradually shrinking due to commercial activities in the park despite clear orders by the High Court to preserv the national park. Banuprakash, an activist says that […]

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Bangalore to get eco-friendly buses soon

However, the ambitious project to introduce electric buses in Bengaluru has one more hurdle to face. The introduction of electric buses in the city, which has been delayed for a few years now, has got a new deadline of February 15, 2020. Ajit B. Torgal, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), said, “The […]

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Transgender fear inclusion in NRC

The transgender community, unable to have access to documents and residence proof, fear the worst Swalpi Bajpai The contentious NRC bill lacks inclusivity of the transgender community putting them at risk of being stateless. They are often disowned by their family, leaving them with no access to important documents like identification and residence proof. Sophie […]

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Threadbare lives of Bengaluru’s seamstresses

More than 90 percent of home-based garment workers can be called ‘forced laborers’ as they are paid less than the state stipulated minimum wage. By Jagriti Parakh While walking down the narrow lanes of Hosahalli, through the dimly lit basement shops along Mysore Road, and across the dystopian concrete buildings in Peenya and BTM Layout […]

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Schools irresolute on Child Protection Policy

After some initial action, schools now lack provisions that are mandated under the state protection policy. Adilin Beatrice C Many schools in Bengaluru do not have Child Protection Committees (CMCs), suggestion or complaint boxes as mandated by the Karnataka State Child Protection Policy (KSCPP). Some schools initially followed the rules but later gave up.  Amruth […]

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Touch-me-not: From the Eyes of the Domestic Worker

Untouchability, although a cognizable offense in India, is still practiced covertly in several households. In the city of Bangalore, not sharing utensils and other items is just another assertion of the belief that ‘one who cleans my washroom can’t cook my food’. Yamini Chincholi Imagine that you have just mopped up the utility where you […]

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Shelter homes only on paper, transgenders live on streets

Despite government’s promise of shelter homes, transgenders continue to risk their lives living on streets. Aarthi N Transgenders who were promised shelter homes by BBMP in 2019 are still waiting for them. The result: They continue to live on the streets. Swetha, a transgender in Shivajinagar, informed The Observer:  “Shelter homes will be helpful for […]

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