Information gaps abound in government websites

These hamper our right to information, say activists. If you have applied for benefits under a government scheme, and want to check the status of your application, chances are you’ll see ‘error code 404: this page doesn’t not exist’ on the screen. If you are researching the details of a ministry’s fund disbursement, you may […]

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RTE of no use to city orphans

Many orphanages prefer sending their children to nearby schools than RTE-reserved-unaided schools to save transport costs and other overhead expenses.  The list stands out in the office in black and white. Food, rent, birthday celebrations, gas, laptops, printers, staff salaries—it costs a lot to finance the lives of 23 children at Vatsalyapuram Orphanage, Jayanagar. However, […]

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ART bill not queer friendly

The opposition claims that the recently passed bill in the Lok Sabha is discriminatory for LGBTQIA+ community and single men seeking fatherhood. Queer activists say that the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Regulation Bill is not only discriminatory but also homophobic in nature. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister says that the contradiction in two existing laws […]

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High fares, higher expenses, highest inconvenience

Auto drivers are concerned that the increased fares will not help them in anyway and they will lose their customers. Auto drivers say that rather than increasing fares, reduction in gas prices would help them better as 30 percent of their daily earnings are spent on fuel. The new rule stated that the basic fare […]

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Oops, No Tabs this year too

Its half way into the semester and students studying in government colleges have not got any tablets so far. Bengaluru; Even after the Department of Collegiate Education (DCE) said that free tablets have been distributed under the free Tablet Personal Computer (PC) scheme, students studying in government colleges say they have not received any. Shoubhika, […]

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Devoid of funds, shelter homes risk closure

As many as 58 NGOs across Karnataka have not received funds from the government for more than two years. Several non-government organizations (NGOs) in Karnataka are struggling due to lack of funds from the government under the Swadhar Greh scheme. These shelter homes, housing several rescued women and children, are at the risk of shutting down. For the […]

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Sewage treatment becomes costlier

Around 15,000 apartments in Bengaluru are mandated to set up sewage water treatment. Residents worry about high tax on installation and operation. Eighteen percent Goods and Services Tax (GST) on water treatment plants is discouraging sewage treatment users in Karnataka.The government has mandated water treatment installation in apartments. The high GST concerns residents. Chandrani Sarkar, […]

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Henna gets COVID’s short end of the stick

Wedding restrictions during COVID-19 hampered the business of henna designers across the country. Henna designers in India are struggling to keep their businesses alive after COVID-19 wedding restrictions led to a decrease in the number of customers. This reduced the demand for henna designers, and many people had to find other jobs. Laxman, a henna […]

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No Diwali for earthen lamp sellers

Customers are more inclined towards buying electric lights. The earthen lamp maker’s business has declined from 90 percent of sales to 25 percent for  the past two years. Lamp sellers blame the pandemic, along with the unwillingness of people to spend money on festivities during these tough times. Most potters and pottery shop owners suggested […]

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