No tax payments, no complaints possible on BBMP websites

Mounting site errors irk users Bangalore, April 11, 2018: Citizens are unable to pay their property tax or file complaints to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) because the BBMP’s Complaint Monitoring System website and property tax payment system has been giving multiple errors. Lately the BBMP Complaint website which has been made in collaboration […]

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Domestic toy manufacturers losing out to global brands

Globalization and internet to blame Most people seem to prefer international toy brands over domestic ones in Bangalore. “If you see board games, for example, people prefer to buy Monopoly, while there is a game exactly like Monopoly called Business, developed by an Indian company, which I used to play in my childhood. But people […]

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Domestic toy manufacturers losing out to global brands

Globalization and internet to blame. Most people seem to prefer international toy brands over domestic ones in Bangalore. “If you see board games, for example, people prefer to buy Monopoly, while there is a game exactly like Monopoly called Business, developed by an Indian company, which I used to play in my childhood. But people […]

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Good Samaritan hackers face hurdles

IT laws prosecuting ethical hackers remain unchanged as cases of data breach increase Bangalore April 9 2018: A Reddit user named, always_say_this, exposed the vulnerabilities—like gaining access to bank account details, passwords, names of customers etc.—of the servers belonging to Truecaller Pay and Tata Sky. He expected to get rewarded, get or job or simply acknowledged but instead was […]

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BIS quality regulations are weak, says a study

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has failed to enforce regulations  on bottled water companies, a study has said. The study published in Current Science magazine found that many  firms manufacturing bottled water  prefer to operate without the BIS license. The study says that this happens because the BIS has inadequate facilities to monitor and […]

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Form 27: A tale of patents lost in vagueness

Bangalore 13th March 2018: A large number of companies and individuals filing for patents and licenses don’t provide critical information about their inventions, stated by law. This removes the transparency in the patent filing process and acts as a hindrance in assessing whether a patent has benefitted the general public at large. Prof (Dr) Shamnad […]

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Cab Prices Remain Same Despite government notification

Bangalore February 7, 2018: A week after the Karnataka government issued a fresh notification to cab-aggregators to implement a new system of prices with immediate effect, nothing has changed. Both the aggregators and the transport department are not sure of how to go about implementing the changes. The new notification altered cab fares based on […]

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Now purify the air in your home with a small plant

The device can purify air around 300 square feet Bangalore, 27 February 2018: Swasa, a startup has developed an indoor air purifier which uses soil biofiltration technology over the conventional carbon-based filtration system. “Our filter uses a plant and soil to filter out all the harmful particulates in an indoor atmosphere which are carcinogenic and cause […]

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No soil health cards, farmers get no support

With one year left in the Soil Health Card scheme, the scheme is far from its cumulative target. Bangalore, 24 January 2018: The inadequacy of soil testing facilities in the country is the main reason for a slow progress in the distribution of Soil Health Cards (SHCs), a Lok Sabha Standing Committee Report showed. The […]

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