From “Not in my backyard” to “Yes in my back yard”

National Green Tribunal urges for de-centralized management of waste as Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) drowns in city produced garbage. By Riddhiman Roy As BBMP runs out of places to dump waste and the waste disposal apocalypse looms large over the city, National Green Tribunal (NGT) singled out de-centralized waste management as the only plausible […]

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“The traffic crawls and the engine crawls, I’m stuck on the edge of the urban sprawl”

With 500 manned and 388 signalised among 44,000 intersections, Bangaloreans are spending the majority of their day stuck in traffic. By Arghyadeep Dutta If you have not taken a nap or completed a full chapter of your book while stuck in a traffic jam in Bangalore, then you are not living in Bangalore. The city […]

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Still no helping hands for pregnant women

Only 414 volunteers in Karnataka for pregnant women under the central government’s maternal healthcare scheme By Shivani Verma Bengaluru: While Tejaswani, a 21-year-old conceives for the second time, she waits for the government hospital in her town, Muddebihal, to provide her with basic medical care. Drowning in poverty, she and her family, fret as government […]

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Bangalore struggles to adapt to electric-autos

Karnataka government is lagging behind in providing adequate charging stations and subsidies for electric-autos in Bangalore. Yumna Ahmed Despite the state government’s push for electric means of transport, there are not enough charging stations in the city. In March 2019, the Transport Department of Karnataka decided to issue permits for 5,000 e-autos over the next […]

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High-beam headlights still blind city roads

Although the number of cases booked under the dazzling headlights’ offence has dropped 14 times since 2017, experts say it is still one of the primary reasons for accidents at night. By Shalu Chowrasia Bengaluru: Car-owners continue to use high-beam headlights on city roads, despite it being prohibited under the Motor Vehicles Rules. Experts say […]

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Oblivious to new tech for the ‘neglected disease’

Despite the introduction of fourth generation ELISA test for HIV, only few blood banks in Bangalore have the newest kit. Astha Oriel Few years ago, a bollywood movie described the life of 10 people infected by Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). However, despite movies being made over the years to create awareness about HIV, the new […]

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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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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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