E-toilets: hiding in plain sight

People say e-toilets are not easy to locate and access. Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) continues to invest in more electronic public toilets   despite the public’s unwillingness to use them. Nandeesha, executive engineer, BBMP, said, “We are opting for electronic public toilets for the places where we can’t build regular public ones. We are installing […]

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Sun shines on sunscreen sales

The sale of sunscreen creams and lotions has increased amid awareness among people about the harmful UV exposure over the years.  A report by Statista suggests that sunscreen is the fastest growing category in skincare. There are trends in sunscreen lotions with increasing sun protection factors(SPF) up to 100.  The global sunscreen cream market size […]

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Pollution from construction sites still a cause for worry

Construction activities fell by over 50 percent in the last few years, but health-related risks continue. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has sanctioned fewer construction activities in the city but construction continues to contribute to increasing pollution and respiratory diseases, say medical experts. –Senior citizens, construction workers, and other vulnerable sections of the population face […]

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App for biomedical waste monitoring inefficient

Monitoring of biomedical waste disposal did not kick off well in Karnataka owing to low usage literacy and technical issues. Karnataka has partially implemented mandatory guidelines to use the Covid-19 Biomedical Waste Management application (COVID19BWM) for tracking disposal of biomedical waste produced by healthcare facilities. Technical issues with the app and lack of awareness amongst collectors […]

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BBMP not competent to maintain bird reserve, says HC

The PIL was filed by the Yelahanka Puttenahalli Lake and Bird Conservation (YPLBC) Trust in 2020. Karnataka High Court (HC) passed an order stating that the Bengaluru Bruhat Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is not competent and  has no authority to maintain, manage, and control Puttenahalli Bird Conservation Reserve (PBCR). The division bench comprising of the Chief […]

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HC directs CPCB to conduct water quality test in Mangalore

CPCB to take over the responsibility from IISc to conduct water quality test due to high charges. The High Court (HC) of Karnataka has directed Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to conduct water quality test in various areas of Mangalore. The Division Bench consisting of Chief Justice of Karnataka, Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justice […]

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All Saints’ Church says no to land acquisition

The secretary reminded that the church has already given 3681 square meter of land two years ago, which is not being talked about. All Saints’ Church administration is protesting the land acquisition by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) for the construction of station entrance box. On Sunday, around hundred people gathered in the church […]

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Burning tires: a persistent menace to the environment

An increase in the number of vehicles and poor monitoring of scrap tires contributes to tire burning, leading to pollution in the city. Industry’s burning of tires for fuel and oil goes unchecked by the government posing serious dangers to the environment. Burning of tires is illegal and is nationally prohibited under the National Environmental […]

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Low key Diwali for traditional fireworks sellers

The government’s ban has brought a loss for traditional fireworks sellers. Bengaluru: Traditional fire-works sellers faced losses as the government banned their crackers and promoted -green crackers this Diwali. The Karnataka government issued an order stating that only green crackers are allowed and traditional crackers would be banned. This impacted the sale of traditional fireworks […]

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