Not-so-Efficient Ward Council Meetings

Ward Committee meetings in Bengaluru have turned into grievance forums and these grievances are not even registered. Yamini Chincholi A noisy, crowded room, people talking over each other, stacks of papers and files, the ward corporator nodding along to fresh concerns, and committee members presenting their seventh draft of the same complaint. Such are the […]

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Organ donation: increasing at a tortoise pace

Though the number of organ donations in Karnataka has increased, the ratio of demand and supply of donations is quite low. Shubhangi Mathur If you are suffering from a disease and intend to go for an organ transplant, chances that you will find a donor have slightly increased but cannot be guaranteed. . Swati Upadhyay, […]

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Women-only lounges –not all that safe and comfy

BMTC’s women-only lounges which ensure the safety of women by debarring the entry of men at all times, fail to serve their purpose as women complain of a lack of security officials deployed to keep a check on these lounges. Nikita Arora It’s 9.00 PM and Sudeeksha Kouthsasa waits in the women-only bus-lounge at the […]

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Gravediggers in grave situation as wages not paid timely

Burial ground caretakers and gravediggers all over the city do not receive their payment on time. Workers complain of being underpaid and their dues not being cleared. By Shalu Chowrasia Bengaluru: Parmeshwaran (name changed), who along with his family migrated from Rajasthan years ago, has been living as a caretaker in a graveyard in Koramangala […]

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Expensive Daycare or No Daycare

While every child deserves care, not all parents are able to pay for day-care as their workplaces don’t have daycare centres. By Yashasvini Razdan Bangalore: Many organisations don’t provide creche facility in the workplace, as mandated by the Maternity Amendment Act of 2017 which came into effect in Karnataka on August 8, 2019, creating inconvenience […]

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Over 50 % job vacancies in BBMP

More than 60 per cent pourakarmika jobs under BBMP are vacant. Pourakarmikas complain of overwork, while some demand permanent jobs. Vivek Kumar M Most sanctioned jobs under Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) are vacant. A BBMP circular states that most of the vacancies lie in Group-C and Group-D posts. Pourakarmika jobs, which come under Group-D, […]

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City Station to get automatic coach cleaning plant shortly

Cleaning of non-electrified demo coaches has been started by South Western Railway from Jan 11. The region’s Divisional Commercial Manager (DCM) expects it will take a maximum of three weeks to start things off. Ritam Chatterjee Finally, the first Automatic Coach Washing Plant (ACWP) for South Western Railway (SWR) zone of Bengaluru division is set […]

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Most BMTC buses yet to get panic buttons

Most public and private buses in Bangalore lack panic buttons, risking the security of thousands of passengers daily.  Nikita Arora Buses in Bangalore that ply on the city streets day and night, lack panic buttons and Vehicle Location Tracking (VLT) devices, thereby posing a serious risk to the safety of the everyday commuters. Currently, there […]

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Ready Sumanahalli flyover does not help truckers

Heavy vehicle drivers have to take the jam-packed service road. Kurian Joe Repairing the Sumanahalli flyover has not brought any relief to truck and other heavy vehicle drivers. Heavy vehicles are still not allowed on the flyover.  “We get stuck in traffic every time we pass through the area as the service roads on the […]

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