Embrace the eco-friendly way of industrialization: Experts

Industries cannot go on openly disregarding repercussions to the environment, they say. By Niket Nishant Hungry and deprived beings, squeezed in among concrete giants and groveling in filth, with no clean air to breathe.  This could soon be the fate of the human race, if engineering, architecture and designing continue to be done with little […]

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Far from the Sirwar crowd, Neglected and disavowed

Residents of distant villages in Sirwar complain of lack of public transport and apathy from the government.  By Niket Nishant “For a long time now, I have wanted to live in Tulajaram village of Sirwar taluk with my parents. But the lack of public transport here is deterring me,” says Mr. Panduranga, a resident of […]

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Another victim of birthday tragedy

A third victim emerges in the “unnatural death” case. However, he is out of danger now. By Niket Nishant There is a third victim in Vyalikaval’s “unnatural death” saga, an officer of the Vyalikaval Police Station said. “Post-mortems of the two deceased, Abhilash and Gopi, have been conducted. The third victim is receiving treatment at […]

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Karnataka CHCs crippled with defunct X-ray machines

Recent findings show that 20 per cent of the Community Health Centres in Karnataka have X-ray machines which do not function. By Niket Nishant About a fifth of the Community Health Centres (CHCs) in Karnataka are operating without a functional X-ray machine. However, among other states and union territories with 200 or more CHCs, the […]

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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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