Karnataka yet to realise the potential of ABArK

Lack of awareness around the Ayushman Bharat Arogya Karnataka (ABArK) scheme blocks eligible claims. In the waiting room of Vydehi Hospital, Basavaraj, a farmer from Raichur is waiting for the receptionist to call him for a follow up checkup. The ABArk scheme has put a smile on his face as it helped him cover for […]

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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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Persecuted at home, Rohingya refugees in Bengaluru are still grasping at straws

The bamboo fenced tarpaulin tents, glass scraps, and the silence in the refugee camps, however, do not deter the children from pursuing their education.  Bengaluru: Somewhere in the middle of the IT hub in Bengaluru, a makeshift road diverts from the bustling city. The road leads to a row of tarpaulin tents hauled up by […]

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Labourers battered as CM inaugurates PWD officer’s quarters

Construction workers complain at government’s apathy towards their on-site working and living conditions. Labourers lament the deplorable conditions at their living place with no urinals or clean drinking water provision as Chief Minister Basvaraj Bommai kick-started thePublic Works Department’s state government officers’ quarters project in Vasanth Nagar. Workers living in tin sheds complain about the […]

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Karnataka’s education sector struggles to adopt e-education

Teachers are not well-versed with online meeting platforms used for online classes. Dr. Helen Roselin has been teaching Environmental Sciences at Mount Carmel College for many years. She loves to teach, but online teaching has made her hate her job. She feels she isn’t able to give 100 percent to her students because she lacks […]

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Fishermen face a job crisis as Bangalore’s polluted lakes persists

Since 2002, about 15000 fishermen have lost their jobs and over 2500 fishermen are struggling to keep their families afloat due to lack of fish food because of the polluted water resources of the lakes in Bangalore. Bangalore: Over 31,000 fishermen sellers and thousands of residents and other traditional fish-based families on the lakes are […]

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Despite Centre’s order, there are no creches in pvt firms’ offices

Many companies still don’t know how to enforce it. Kolkata: Several companies have been found flouting the government’s directive to  provide for creches for children of female employees. Aditi Gupta, a mother of a three-year-old child, informed The Observer: “I worked for many years before I had my first baby, but after his birth, I […]

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As unskilled workers return to villages, demand in cities rises

Want their jobs back, lockdown comes in the way. Hyderabad: Lavanya Pilli, with her family, moved to her native village near Ballari after staying in Hyderabad for five years. “My husband has tested positive for Covid-19. I can’t afford medical expenses in the city, so we have moved to our village,” she said. Lavanya and […]

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