Karnataka falls behind in CAF fund utilisation

With a meagre 2.17 per cent increase in the state’s forest covers, it lags behind in using Rs 1,350 crore allocated by the centre to take up afforestation activities. Savyata Mishra Karnataka has been losing its forest covers gradually over the years. Although a centrally funded Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) provided the state with Rs […]

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Teachers in RMSA schools go without salary

Teachers in high schools of Mudhol Taluk under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shikshya Abhiyaan (RMSA) scheme don’t get paid for months on end. Savyata Mishra “The situation is so that we don’t feel like government employees anymore,” said Mr Dombar, who teaches English to students in Soragaon village government high school that is under the (RMSA) […]

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Minor tortured and thrown into water over scuffle

The case involved eight accused, six minors among them. Of the adults, one has been arrested and the other is absconding By Savyata Mishra Bengaluru: Police have arrested a man in relation to a harassment case where eight boys pushed a 14-year-old repeatedly into a lake. The incident occurred on November 10, after a minor […]

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Over-breeding of Mudhol hounds due to high demand

Due to the high demand of Mudhol hounds and lack of purebreds, these hounds at CRIC are over-exploited for breeding. Savyata Mishra Female Mudhol hounds at Canine Research and Information Centre (CRIC), Mudhol are being over-bred due to their high demand, both amongst people and the Indian army. Data from CRIC showed that some female […]

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Eight deaths every day on Bengaluru’s rail tracks

Citing unavailability of escalators, lifts and inconvenient foot over-bridges, Bengalureans take to crossing tracks illegally, resulting in high rates of death on tracks. By Savyata Mishra Accident numbers on Bengaluru’s railway tracks in 2019 have reached a record high of 1,246 till September, according to data by Railway Police Force. These accidents occur when people […]

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Shivananda Circle residents complain of delayed construction of over-bridge

Construction work that started in 2017 and was supposed to be completed within 9 months, will take another year. The project cost has gone from Rs. 50 crores to Rs. 60 crores. Savyata Mishra Residents and shopkeepers of Kumara Park area are complaining that the construction of the over-bridge has not yet been completed by […]

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Wear-and-tear: Bengaluru’s textile waste poses a threat

Unquantified amount of textile waste produced by the city ends up in landfills or is incinerated in the absence of proper recycling facilities By Savyata Mishra Bengaluru—the garment hub of India, is facing an unprecedented textile waste generation that is polluting the city’s water, soil, and air. According to the Indian Textile Journal (ITJ), every […]

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UDID cards slow to process

Only 10 percent of these cards, that will help people with disabilities, have been generated. It has been five months since the Swavalambhan scheme has been launched. By Savyata Mishra Vijay, a disabled person with partial visual impairment, hasn’t received his Unique ID for Persons with Disabilities (UDID) card under the Swavalambhan scheme. It has […]

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PoP idols float despite government crackdown

Despite four years since the ban on PoP idols, they continue to pollute the city’s lakes. Savyata Mishra Despite repeated notices and imposition of penalty by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Pallike (BBMP) and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), Plaster of Paris (PoP) Ganesha idols have made their way to people’s homes and the […]

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