Blazing Wednesday: Hardware store near Town Hall catches fires

The fire brigade too a few hours to douse it Bangalore, April 11, 2018: Smoke. Soot. Acrid Smell. A hardware store near Town Hall burnt for hours as the fire department tried to douse the blaze while the smoke from it engulfed the locality. Dharanesha N, a fire fighter who was covered in sweat and […]

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The curious case of Bangalore’s Employment Exchange

Employement Exchange to get a new home after demolition of Asiatic Building. Bangalore, April 11, 2018: The Employment Exchange office in Asiatic Building soon to become a distant memory as the Public Works Department (PWD) prepares to demolish the city’s iconic building. The Asiatic Building located in Bangalore’s Majestic area houses the iconic Janatha Bazaar […]

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Lanka 2.0: This time Hanuman strikes at Bangalore’s Hennur

The 62-feet tall Hanuman arrived with great pomp and show but the revelers left destruction in their wake. Bangalore, April 9, 2018: If you visited Hennur this morning, you probably must have seen these: orange flags with “Om” printed on them, scores of bikers wearing orange scarves and the dub step version of Modi’s surgical strike speech. […]

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Barricades make it worse for Janatha Bazaar

As citizen groups put pressure on the government to save the heritage site, Janatha Bazaar loses customers Bangalore, April 9, 2018: Another heritage site is soon to be razed if the state government has its way. Housed in the Asiatic Building, the 52-year-old Janatha Bazaar, one of the few remaining places that speak of Bangalore’s old […]

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Initial Coin Offering: New way to raise start-up capital

With tough regulations on Initial Public Offering (IPO), companies seek ICOs to raise quick money. Bangalore, March 22, 2018: Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) though unregulated, is emerging as an alternative route for start-ups to raise capital from foreign markets. In 2017, $3.7 billion were raised globally, as reported by Earnest and Young. a Mumbai-based rental start-up […]

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ISL: long queues and lathi charge, let the games begin!

With hundreds lining up to grab their tickets, the scene at Kanteerva Stadium turns chaotic Bangalore, March 15, 2018: Come Saturday, the city will see what people are calling the Cauvery Derby between Bengaluru FC and Chennaiyin FC for the Indian Super League in football. But, a battle for tickets has already started at the […]

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RBI’s KYC norms leave users and providers in a fix

The Apex Bank’s directive to link KYC to one’s ID has made online payment cumbersome. Bangalore, March 15, 2018: It is no longer easy to tap and pay from your smart phone in case you run out of cash. Prepaid Payment Instrument (PPI) players like Paytm, Mobikwik as well as customers are facing a difficult […]

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Church Street 2.0; CM inaugurates revamped historic lane

The renovation of Church Street which began on February 22, 2017 was finally completed after missing many deadlines. Bangalore, March 1, 2018: “You have heard about America’s Times Square…This will be Bangalore’s Times Square…,” said one of the speakers at the inauguration ceremony of Bangalore’s historic Church Street. Shanthinagar MLA N.A. Haris said that he […]

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For Kolkata’s clay makers, last Durga Puja did not shine bright

Lack of support from the government and seasonality of their work add to the woes of the idol makers. Bangalore, March 1, 2018: Strewn with piles of hay, mounds of mud and unfinished idols, the roadside workshop of Gopal Chitrakar finds the 60-year-old artist sitting under the half-torn banner of his shop wondering how he […]

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Security lapses, bank freeze lands Indi-Bitcoin wallets, investors in a soup

In the post 2017 Bitcoin boom world, the Indian cryptocurrency economy continues to remain a risky territory as local wallet providers face RBfI raids, bank account freezes, and security lapses. Bangalore, January 23, 2018: “Want to buy a bitcoin? It might be easier than buying a pizza,” a city-based Bitcoin wallet provider said at a recent […]

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