Minimum wages have minimum impact on workers

The unskilled workforce is forced to work under inadequate wages with no hope of increments Fayaz Pasha, a worker in an electrical shop located in Bengaluru’s Banashankari, goes to work every day from Monday to Saturday. He works round the clock in a 12-hour shift. He lives with his 3-year-old daughter and a sister, in […]

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Gas cylinder delivery workers face the brunt of their occupation

Severe back and neck aches in gas cylinder delivery workers forces them  to quit jobs Rashiq Divakar, 38, went to a general physician two years ago when he noticed pain in his lower back. He first did not pay attention to it, but when the pain started shooting up, he felt the need to tell […]

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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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PCOS is robbing women of more than just their fertility

Irregular periods, excess body hair, weight gain, dark patches, anxiety, infertility and body image issues make women feel less feminine. “PCOS can be overwhelming.“ Shruti Singhvi, a 21-year-old girl, remembers how she used to wake up at 2 a.m. every night only to cry for no reason at all. From taking birth control pills for […]

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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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