Confusion on collecting bio-medical waste puts MCD workers at risk

Home isolation patients complain that the MCD has not been collecting the waste regularly, while MCD workers have been using minimal protection on their rounds. New Delhi: After all three members of Sandeep’s family tested positive for Covid-19, they did not know they would have to take care of the piling garbage at their home along […]

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Manufacture of remdesivir rises three-fold

Bengaluru: Amid the increasing demand for remdesivir, the Centre on Tuesday said the production of the antiviral drug has achieved three times the production capacity. Union minister for state chemical and fertiliser, Mansukh Mandaviya said India’s remdesivir manufacturing capacity, earlier 38.8 lakh vials per month, has now been increased to 1.16 crore vials per month. […]

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17 lakh girls affected as state government halts free pads scheme

Some schools are buying them with their own funds. Bengaluru: The Karnataka government’s decision to halt funds to the Shuchi sanitary napkin distribution scheme in the 2020-21 budget has adversely affected students of rural schools and colleges. P. Jagadani, a 15-year-old student at a government school in Gollahalli, Kumbalgodu, informed The Observer: “We have not […]

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Auto Drivers Cut up as Govt Fails to Help Them

Bengaluru: Autorickshaw drivers are facing a crisis as the government has failed to provide the financial support it had promised. “We have to feed ourselves, take care of our families, and maintain our autos. What government are you talking about; we are our own government,” remarked Lokesh H, an autorickshaw driver. The drivers are unhappy […]

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A Hard Line between Merit and Skills for Engineering Students

Only 49 percent of engineers have employable talent according to the India Skill Report 2020. Bengaluru: Engineering students are finding it difficult to prove their merit in the industry. Many students struggle to find jobs even after graduating due to lack of employable talent.  Aditya Singh Nandawat, a final year engineering student said that the […]

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Sarakki Encroachments have Changed Shape of Water Body

Bengaluru: The Sarakki lake bed, in south Bengaluru, has been encroached upon in such a way that its southern end has turned into a thin tail where three temples have been built illegally.  The Observer visited ten of the 15 illegally built religious structures on the lake bed. At the southern end, encroachment starts with […]

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Covid-19: Teachers Turn Daily Wage labourers

Due to no payments of salaries, rural private school teachers are forced to shift to MGNREGA work. Bangalore: Latha C.S, 32-year-old kindergarten teacher in a private school is now working in the sun, rejuvenating lakes, about two kilometers from her school, in Mandya, under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). “I did […]

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Bird flu brings big trouble for state’s bird sanctuaries

Reduced footfalls, closures impact their revenues By Padmini Dhruvaraj | March 5, 2021 After the outbreak of bird flu and the Covid-19 pandemic, Karnataka’s bird sanctuaries have seen a dip in the number of visitors. Puttmadhe Gowda, deputy range forest officer of the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, informed The Observer: “We saw a major dip after the […]

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Screening and sampling for COVID-19 in Madhya Pradesh inadequate

Though COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Madhya Pradesh, door-to-door screening and sampling is happening at a snail’s pace. By Astha Oriel Despite a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, the state has failed to adopt door-to-door screening, unlike Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Delhi, where confirmed cases have crossed the 1000 mark, like […]

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