Lack of cycle lanes adds to delivery workers’ woes

Dug up roads and under-construction lanes spark worries about safety of delivery workers on e-bikes. Delivery workers using e-bikes in Bangalore are at risk as they are forced to ride through traffic due to incomplete cycle lanes. These lanes were to be built under the Smart Cities Mission, which has been delayed. A report by […]

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Lockdown effect: peacocks flock to Lalbagh

Less human intervention, traffic and pollution due to curfews and lockdowns, has improved the habitat at Lalbagh with peacocks and other birds finding breeding ground. About ten peacocks have been spotted in Lalbagh, said G. Kusuma, deputy director of Horticulture Department, Lalbagh. This, she said was an unusual sight. The complete habitat of the park […]

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BBMP vaccinates 13k dogs in July alone

BBMP has returned to working with NGOs to eradicate rabies. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) vaccinated 13,000 dogs and neutered 13,736 under the Anti-Rabies Vaccination (ARV) and Animal- Birth Control (ABC)  programme in July. BBMP officials said that they have nearly met their target.  BBMP initiated a massive rabies vaccination drive in July with […]

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Crores of cigarette butts litter the city

The NGT had issued directives for cigarette butt disposal a year ago, but nothing has been done. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) still does not have a separate disposal system for cigarette butts, a year after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to lay down guidelines to do […]

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PHCs use UPS to protect efficacy of vaccines

This helps maintain temperature standards, regardless of continuity of electricity supply. Primary health care centers in Konanakunte and Yelachenahalli in Bangalore south are using uninterrupted power supply (UPS) units and generators, to maintain the optimum temperature of the Ice – lined refrigerators (ILRs) and Deep Freezers. A pharmacist, Bhuvneshwari at PHC Konanakunte said she has […]

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Fewer people seek MNREGA benefits

Most job cards in K. Gollahalli village in Southern Bengaluru are inactive, with few being employed in 2020-21, shows this year’s government data. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) scheme sees very few applications and even fewer job cards collected by applicants, said Shiv Kumar, a data operator at K. Gollahalli gram […]

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No more drink and drive, testing restarted

The city recorded 95 drink and drive cases during special drives conducted on Sept. 18 and 19, 2021. Joint commissioner of police (traffic) BR Ravikante Gowda ordered a restart of drunk driving testing.,on Sept. 18, 2021 (Saturday). Gowda said that licenses of those caught would be considered for cancellation by the transport department. Further, he […]

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Small screens eating up big screens

The over-the-top (OTT) consumption  has increased from 181 billion minutes to 204 billion minutes, according to consultancy.in. The lockdown has been difficult for cinema halls, the staff and  distributors as  theatres are only allowed to open with 50 percent occupancy in Karnataka.  Hemanth Anand, the owner of Vijayalakshmi theatre in Garudachar Palya said, “We are […]

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Tech parks ready for offline mode

As companies are getting ready to welcome employees back, tech parks are preparing for a safer environment. Tech parks in the city are getting ready to bring  staff back to offices with several safety measures. They are sanitizing offices, cleaning filtration systems in air conditioning and creating socially-distanced office desks said people manning tech park […]

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