Karnataka on a crusade against tobacco

Crackdown by the government and heavy fines have brought down the number of tobacco violations. By Niket Nishant The number of violations registered under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), has reduced from 1,46,832 to 2,084, data compiled by The Softcopy shows. In 2016-17, Karnataka topped the list of violations registered and penalised […]

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Bengaluru successfully tackles Diwali menace

Green crackers and effective checks on sale of other crackers has saved the air quality of the city this year By Niket Nishant Bengaluru:Despite initial fears of a shortage, green crackers used in Diwali this year have prevented the quality of air from deteriorating in the city after the festival. Data from the Central Pollution […]

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Ashok Nagar gasps for air amid choking congestion

Several new buildings, especially commercial spaces, are coming up without the setbacks of appropriate dimensions, despite already existing congestion. By Niket Nishant Despite the infamous congestion in Bengaluru, many buildings without the stipulated setbacks are coming up in the city, especially in the excessively commercialised areas of Mahatma Gandhi Road and Church Street in Ashok […]

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On a fast track to death

People in Hampi Nagar routinely crossing over railway tracks around the Krishnadevaraya Halt railway station By Niket Nishant The residents of Hampi Nagar in Vijayanagar continue to cross railway tracks illegally, despite the Railways’ crackdown on unmanned level crossings (ULCs). The fracture in the wall separating the tracks from the road has allowed the residents […]

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Cops want paid street-parking in city

Citizens divided – some apprehensive about the parking fees. Traffic police, however, feel the law could aid decongestion efforts. By Niket Nishant The traffic police in Bangalore are hoping for a speedy implementation of the Management and Maintenance of Parking Rules, a draft Bill that would make street-parking payable and aid decongestion efforts in the […]

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Citizens risk electrocution as departments bicker

Electric lines are too close to buildings, in clear violation of bye-laws. Even after notices by BESCOM, the situation is unchanged. By Niket Nishant In clear violation of the city’s building-bye laws (2004), the buildings and the electric lines in Ashok Nagar – especially on M.G. Road and Brigade Road are separated by a distance […]

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