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    Experts concerned over schemes for Brahmin brides

    Theres Sudeep, Two schemes introduced by the Karnataka State Brahmin Development Board to help economically backward brides could end up with unintended consequences, sociologists say. The first scheme, Arundathi, provides a grant of Rs 25,000, while the second, Maitreyi, provides Rs 3 lakh over three years to any Brahmin girl marrying an economically backward Brahmin priest. Malavika Binny,...

    • 2 hrs ago
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    Oxford or Indian? No vaccine dilemma in Bengaluru so far

    Krupa Joseph, Bengaluru doctors are not yet caught in a dilemma about which of the two approved vaccines to take. Rajendra Cholan P, special commissioner, health, BBMP, says Bengaluru has only received Covishield stocks for the first phase of vaccination. A massive nationwide vaccination campaign kicked off on January 16, with India choosing to go with two brands: Covishield from...

    • 6 hrs ago
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    Oxford or Indian? No vaccinedilemma in Bengaluru so far

    Krupa Joseph, Bengaluru doctors are not yet caught in a dilemma about which of the two approved vaccines to take. Rajendra Cholan P, special commissioner, health, BBMP, says Bengaluru has only received Covishield stocks for the first phase of vaccination. A massive nationwide vaccination campaign kicked off on January 16, with India choosing to go with two brands: Covishield from...

    • 23 hrs ago
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    Covid-positive official roamed free

    Nina C George, A senior BBMP engineer flouted critical pandemic guidelines and attended office after testing positive for Covid-19. C T Anjanappa, assistant executive engineer (Bommanahalli) sub-division, was infected in July and admitted to Apollo Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, where he had to stay quarantined for 14 days. Hospital staff wearing PPE suits treated him. But he sneaked out every day to attend...

    • 23 hrs ago
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    Book calls for renewed efforts to eradicate AIDS

    Tini Sara Anien, An expert who has helped battle HIV-AIDS is worried the disease is no longer getting the attention it deserves. J V R Prasada Rao, a Bengaluru-based IAS officer who retired in 2004, has just published a book on the subject. It took him all of 2019 to write. 'This Covid pandemic will be over in a year or two, but AIDS is going to stay for the next few years, as there is no vaccine...

    • 23 hrs ago
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    Much of lockdown misery was avoidable, say writer-activists

    Krupa Joseph, The lockdown announced by the government in the wake of the pandemic led to mass hunger, rage and helplessness, speakers at a Bengaluru Literature Festival session said. They were discussing Harsh Mander's book, 'Locking down the Poor' earlier this week. The panelists were writers Pamela Philipose and Natasha Badhwar, besides Mander. Aakar Patel, author and activist,...

    • 4 days ago
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    Another cess annoys citizens

    Krupa Joseph, Bengaluru residents will have to start shelling out two per cent of their property tax as road transport cess, starting this April. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) first passed a resolution to impose this two years ago but put it on hold fearing a public backlash. Recently, BBMP administrator Gaurav Gupta announced he would go ahead with the proposal. Metrolife spoke to citizens to gauge...

    • 4 days ago
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    Digital space helping spread sexuality, gender awareness

    Theres Sudeep, Many individuals, worried over the lack of a formal sex education curriculum, are using digital platforms to spread awareness. Swati Jagdish, a sexuality health educator based in Coimbatore, began as a lactation counsellor six years ago. 'I was invited by colleges to talk to their students about parenting and breastfeeding. It was there that I first noticed that students...

    • 4 days ago
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    Colleges focus on revision, practicals

    Tini Sara Anien, Colleges in Bengaluru are preparing to start first and second year degree classes from January 15. The Karnataka government has allowed colleges to resume physical classes for all degree and diploma courses. Colleges are not sure they will get full attendance and are taking steps to prevent crowding. Final year students are already attending classes, and about 40 per cent are back at SSMRV...

    • 5 days ago
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    Copyright case sparks debate on access to academic journals

    Theres Sudeep, A copyright claim case in the Delhi High Court has brought into focus two websites, Sci-hub and Libgen. They access academic journals that have a paywall and provide them for free to anyone who wants to read them. The case was filed by three academic publishing houses. Advocate Krishna Parekh says all original literary works, including academic papers, are protected under...

    • 5 days ago

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