Houseboats struggle to stay afloat

Houseboats in Kerala are running on tremendous losses due to the lack of domestic and foreign tourists. Kochi: The resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic has caused the tourism Industry of houseboats in Kerala to plummet. Houseboats are incurring huge losses due to the lack of tourists, lockdowns, and other restrictions.  The Kumaragaon District Tourism Promotion […]

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Dusty factories leave locals gasping for air

Residents and commuters in the vicinity of cement factories complain of respiratory infections and dust accumulation in their houses.   Bengaluru: Residents of Kumbalgodu who live in close proximity to cement factories bear the brunt of dust emissions and other pollutants. A report by the Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy states that cement industries contribute to […]

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No smartphone or card? You can’t board Metro

Bengaluru: Namma Metro’s cashless transaction policy has put commuters without smartphones and digital payment methods in trouble. BMRCL had discontinued token sales at counters to ensure contactless and cashless travel in the wake of the pandemic. Rakesh Ranjan, a BMRCL customer care employee, informed The Observer: “There has been no update from the government about […]

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Decline in eye surgeries due to COVID-19 restrictions

Patients awaiting cornea replacements suffer as the number of eye donors sink. Eye banks and hospitals struggle to revive. Bangalore: Due to lockdown, several eye banks and eye hospitals were unable to do eye surgeries and cornea replacements. Eye Bank Association of India decided not to accept any eye donations, therefore, hospitals and eye banks […]

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Pet owners mock BBMP plan to ban ‘ferocious’ dogs from flats

Adilin Beatrice C Pet lovers are unhappy over the BBMP’s proposed Pet Dog Licensing Bylaws 2020. They are particularly riled over the proposals to ban “ferocious” breeds like German shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans and hounds from apartment buildings, and to limit the number of dogs a resident can have. Apoorva Kulkarni, owner of a five-year-old German […]

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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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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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