Self-examine now, don’t regret later

Consumption of oral contraceptives, alcohol, smoking and genetic inheritance are becoming a leading cause of breast cancer in women. Lack of awareness and fewer screening tests are leading to late diagnosis of breast cancer cases in Karnataka. Doctors say that the number of women diagnosed in the metastatic stage has increased. Susheela Sukumar, a 54-year-old […]

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Mental healthcare will burn a hole in your pocket

With high expenses, several parents in Bengaluru shy away from mental healthcare sessions amid the pandemic. Bengaluru: High consultancy fees amidst the pandemic have made mental health counselling options inaccessible for several parents and children in Bengaluru. Archana, a mother of two, approached several psychologists for her son at the beginning of 2021. At least […]

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Speed breakers continue to cause accidents

Accidents due to unscientific speed breakers increased as lockdown relaxation ease in the city. Unscientific speed breakers across Karnataka are leading to an increase in road accidents in the state. The number of accidents in Karnataka was around 2,000, making Karnataka the leading state in speed-breaker accidents.  A Ministry of Road Transport and Highways study […]

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SIM cards are still sold in black

To avoid duplication of identity e-KYC is implemented; however, fake SIM cards are still sold in the market. SIM cards are still sold in the market without e-KYC verification for a higher price. This is despite the Aadhar Act  2016 mandating telecom companies to come up with the new Electronic Know Your Customer (e-KYC) authentication […]

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Kumbalgodu loses Rs. 4.16 crore in property tax

The Kumbalgodu Panchayat did not receive 97.54 percent of the property tax for 2021 – 21. Kumbalgodu Panchayat collected property tax from 2.44 percent of tax payers in 2021 – 22. Out of Rs. 4.27 crores expected, the panchayat has received Rs. 10 lakh as property tax, said the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department […]

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No direction home yet for Bengaluru trans community

 Karnataka Sexual Minorities Forum says that at least 60 percent of the transgender community has no access to BPL cards. Bengaluru: The state government is yet to create state and district cells for transgenders under its Policy on Transgenders, 2017. The unavailability of the cells and a transgender census results in the community not getting […]

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Students’ safety is the priority

More students are attending offline classes after schools and colleges began RT-PCR tests. Parents are willing to send their wards to schools and colleges after administrations  decided to conduct a Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction test (RT-PCR) once a week. A Public Relations Officer (PRO) of a school in Kumbalgodu said, “We are conducting RT-PCR tests […]

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E-commerce helps handicraft businesses sail through the pandemic

Employment was largely affected in the sector but the shift to online stores provided new opportunities to both artisans and owners.  The shift from traditional to online platforms helped handicraft business owners stay afloat during the pandemic. Small owners experienced initial boost in sales as they went online for the first time.  Mrunmayee Joshi, owner […]

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Third gender waits for identity, health care

The third gender category has not been included in hospital forms, forcing them to choose between male and female. Transgender persons struggle with healthcare in government hospitals, as there is no third-gender category on healthcare papers. They cannot avail of any promised benefits. Jagadamba, a 67-year-old transwoman, said, “A lot of things have got better […]

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