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    Check sweets for adulteration

    Theres Sudeep, The festive season brings its own challenges, and one of them is ensuring the snacks and sweets you buy are not adulterated. 'Sweets are one of the most contaminated items and with the pandemic, some may be looking to increase margins by adopting unfair methods,' says Edwina Raj, senior dietitian. In a recent case, buckwheat (huruli) was found adulterated.'The product is expensive and commonly used...

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    Lawyers seek inclusive reform panels

    Theres Sudeep, Earlier this year, the Modi government formed a committee to reform criminal law. Consisting of five upper caste men, it came under fire for not being inclusive. Many lawyers in Bengaluru say representation is important when it comes to framing and amending laws. Sivamanithan, a lawyer from the Dalit community, says while the letter of the law is equal, it is a mechanical equality. 'Lawyers and...

    • yesterday
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    Women create seven big murals from waste

    Theres Sudeep, A large mural just installed at the Kempegowda International Airport is made entirely from e-waste. It was created by Jyotika Kapoor and members of Flo, the women's wing of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). She is currently the chairperson of FICCI Flo, Bengaluru chapter and also an artist who put up her first mural exhibition when she was just 16. Thirty...

    • yesterday
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    Festive shopping begins on muted note

    Devskanda M Krishna, Even four months after malls reopened in Bengaluru, business hasn't returned to normal. Footfalls and sales are usually high from October to December, but this year, the pandemic has dimmed Dasara-Deepavali business prospects. Apparel and fashion stores are offering big discounts in a bid to attract customers. Metrolife called Forum Mall, Koramangala, and Vega City, J P Nagar, and...

    • yesterday
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    Love SPB songs? A doll show for you

    Tini Sara Anien, A homemaker has depicted hit Kannada songs by S P Balasubrahmanyam as part of her Navaratri doll display. Seethalakshmi Rao, a resident of Bannerghatta Road, grew up seeing her grandparents and parents setting up dolls for the festival. She continues the tradition, and this year, her display depicts the songs of the legendary SPB, who died on September 25. 'We've heard his songs since...

    • 2 days ago
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    Golden Chariot to roll again from Jan

    Krupa Joseph, Karnataka's plush luxury train, the Golden Chariot, is ready to resume operations in January. Run by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), the train was stopped last year, with the authorities citing dwindling business and high costs. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) took over the marketing and operations in early 2000, but the pandemic came in...

    • 2 days ago
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    Every day, 3,000 pay finesfor riding without helmets

    Nina C George, About 3,000 people are caught and booked in Bengaluru every day for riding without helmets. A new law allows the police to recommend the suspension of driving licences for three months to punish those violating the helmet rule. Senior traffic police officials say the law is in accordance with a Supreme Court directive, and is aimed at reducing deaths on the road. Accidents and...

    • 2 days ago
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    Cycles can be mounted on cars, but no jutting out

    Anila Kurian, Last month, Prasanth Sukumaran and his 10-year-old son drove to the outskirts of Bengaluru for a cycling trip. On the way back, near the Hebbal flyover, the traffic police stopped them. They demanded a fine of Rs 1,000. Reason: two cycles were mounted on a rack at the back of the car. The police cited Section 52 of the Motor Vehicles Act, which provides for a penalty for altering...

    • 4 days ago
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    Gripped by virus fears, smokers quit

    Tini Sara Anien, Calls seeking treatment at deaddiction centres have gone up since the pandemic broke out. While drug and alcohol addicts are seeking help in bigger numbers, smokers, spooked by news of pandemic deaths, are quitting on their own. Dr Pratima Murthy, professor and head of department of psychiatry, is also in charge of the Nimhans Tobacco Quitline. A majority of those calling the helpline are now...

    • 4 days ago
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    Hospital returns excess collected for Covid-19 care

    Nina C George, Complaints are pouring in of hospitals scaring patients and fleecing their families, and ignoring the government ceiling on Covid treatment charges. A hospital in Jayanagar, which had billed a Covid patient over and above the prescribed rates, has refunded the excess money it had collected from his family. S K Suresh, journalist and resident of K R Pet, Mandya district,...

    • 6 days ago

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