‘Taking power of Lokayukta is unsustainable’: Lokayukta Justice P. Vishwanath Shetty

Protests at Maurya Circle by Karnataka Rashtra Samithi (KRS) party. The Karnataka Rashtra Samithi (KRS) party workers demand scrapping of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and restoring powers of Lokayukta. “Taking the powers of Lokayukta is totally wrong and unsustainable,” said the incumbent Justice P. Vishwanath Shetty, Lokayukta Karnataka at a protest organized by KRS at Maurya […]

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Incense cottage industries lose their fragrance

The import of raw bamboo sticks saw an increase of 78 percent from 2009 to 2019, pushing hand-rolling artisans out of business. Bengaluru: Despite several attempts from the state and central governments, the cottage industries manufacturing hand-rolled agarbattis (incense sticks) are slowly dying. Though India remains one of the top exporters of incense sticks, the unavailability […]

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A bitter existence for sugarcane farmers

Even though India is the second-largest exporter of sugarcane in the world, the sugar mills owe Rs. 15,683 crores to the farmers, across the nation to date.   Sugarcane farmers across the state plan to continue their agitation until the government accepts their demands, said Kurubur Shanthakumar, President of the Karnataka State Sugarcane Growers’ Association, and […]

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It’s raining comedians! After Faruqui, it’s Kamra

Amidst controversies, another comedian’s show has been cancelled in the city. Bengaluru: Several contradictory claims have surfaced as to why Kunal Kamra’s shows have been canceled in the city. “It has been canceled for two reasons. Firstly, we didn’t get special permissions to seat 45 people in the venue that can seat more. Secondly, threats […]

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Districts alarmed after fresh COVID clusters breakout across Karnataka

Two educational institutes in Hassan and Chamrajanagara reported fresh cases taking the total active cases to 2334 across the state. Bengaluru: District administrations are on high alert after several educational institutes in Hassan and Chamrajanagara reported coronavirus clusters on Monday afternoon. District officials say 13 students at government-run Morarji Desai Residential School in Guramaranahalli village […]

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Why so serious?: Bengaluru comedians fear backlash

The cancelling of Munawar Faruqui’s show has made a bad situation worse for comedians. Several comedians in the city fear performing after Munawar Faruqui’s event got cancelled in Bengaluru on Sunday. Gaurav Purohit, a stand up comedian, believes if comedians are penalized for their jokes, the art form will die out gradually.”I do not want […]

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Devoid of funds, shelter homes risk closure

As many as 58 NGOs across Karnataka have not received funds from the government for more than two years. Several non-government organizations (NGOs) in Karnataka are struggling due to lack of funds from the government under the Swadhar Greh scheme. These shelter homes, housing several rescued women and children, are at the risk of shutting down. For the […]

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Rohingyas: The Harum Scarum crisis in Bengaluru

Tiny homes, No toilets. More than 50 percent of children living in refugee camps suffer from malnutrition. Bengaluru: The persecuted Rohingya Muslims in Bengaluru are grasping at straws, trying to survive in their tiny shanties without proper sanitation or water facilities. More than 50 percent of children living in the area suffer from malnutrition, activists […]

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No books, low funds leave disabled students out of school

Only 21 percent of eligible people in Karnataka’s disabled community have completed secondary education, NITI Aayog’s SDG India report says. Bengaluru: Disabled students in Karnataka are pushed to special schools due to a lack of books under the New Education Policy. Low funding from the government does not provide them with the infrastructure they need […]

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