Derelict compound walls in Sindagi government schools

Several government school compounds in Sindagi taluk, Vijaypura are being misused by the trespassers due to lack of boundary walls. Stray animals and two-wheeler riders cause menace in the lives of the students. By Shalu Chowrasia     Stray cows and pigs roam freely in government school premises due to lack of boundary walls. Unavailability of funds […]

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Swachh toilets still a dream in Sindagi

Public toilets in Sindagi town are unclean and poorly-maintained. People who do not have toilets at their house prefer open defecation instead of using the public toilets. By Shalu Chowrasia Sindagi received its Open-Defecation Free (ODF) tag six months ago but villagers still continue to defecate in the open. There are three public toilets in […]

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Science is fun with Robotics in the syllabus

Robotics is being taught as a subject in several schools across Bangalore. Students say that it is fun to learn science in a new way. Shalu Chowrasia Science can be fun for students at all schools if Robotics is introduced as a subject, co-founder of QtPi, Anto Jerlin says. “The curriculum at regular schools is […]

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Traffic policemen forced to work in shabby kiosks

Traffic police kiosks across Bangalore have leaky roofs and broken facades. Policemen work in them without lights or fans. By Shalu Chowrasia Traffic policemen continue to work in unmaintained kiosks. They are provided with umbrellas and raincoats to continue working when it rains, as the roofs of the kiosks leak. A traffic policeman on Infantry […]

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No users of high-tech e-toilets

Lack of maintenance and public awareness adds to the dismal state of e-toilets across Bangalore City. By Shalu Chowrasia Public is avoiding using e-toilets installed by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) because of lack of maintenance and proper hygiene. Passers-by prefer open urination over using an e-toilet. Ashish Kumar, a local of KR Puram said […]

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Fire Extinguishers missing in BMTC Buses

About 25 per cent of Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses do not have fire extinguishers despite two fire incidents this year. By Shalu Chowrasia, Lives of daily bus commuters are at risk as 1620 BMTC buses do not have fire extinguishers installed. Dharini, a frequent traveller says “It is the duty of the BMTC […]

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Inadequate toilets torment differently-abled commuters

Toilets for the disabled on BMTC bus-depots, Bangalore Railway Station and metro stations continue to be in a dismal state. By Shalu Chowrasia Bengaluru City is unable to provide toilets in public places which conform to accessibility standards for the disabled. Section 45 of the Right of Persons with Disability Act mandates that all existing […]

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Historic Begur fort falls prey to contemporary negligence

The historic Begur Fort which is not conserved as a protected monument by Department of Ancient Museums and Heritage (DAMH) is deteriorating due to neglect. By Shalu Chowrasia, Conservation work of Begur Fort, a 500 year historical site located in Akshayanagar, has been put on hold as DAMH is yet to receive approval from the […]

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