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    Zero tolerance for corruption, says new police chief Kamal Pant

    Nina C George, Kamal Pant, newly appointed police commissioner for Bengaluru, says the biggest milestone in his career was the 2015 Lokayukta corruption case. 'Never before had an ombudsman been investigated by a subordinate institution. The inputs were sketchy and we had to build the case from scratch,' he says. As a consequence of the case, Lokayukta Y Bhaskar Rao resigned, and...

    • 2 days ago
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    Pandemic adds extra stepsto funerals, but help at hand

    Theres Sudeep, The pandemic has added some extra steps to funerals, with new regulations coming into force. Organisations such as Mercy Angels and Almighty Foundation are stepping in to help those who have lost their dear ones, and must cope not only with the grief but also the new norms. 'The first step is to get a death certificate and then a letter from a BBMP official, and this may take...

    • 2 days ago
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    Gyms hesitant to reopen

    Tini Sara Anien, The government has given a go-ahead for gyms and yoga centres to start working again from August 5, but not many are convinced they should. With Bengaluru reporting about 2,000 new cases every day, they are afraid, given the increased risks in closed spaces with shared equipment. Most gyms have been closed since the end of March and have suffered losses but are in no hurry to reopen. Rage Fitness Club,...

    • 2 days ago
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    'Dad resented Shakuntala Devi's passion for theatre'

    Theres Sudeep, Well-known singer M D Pallavi has recalled an interesting anecdote about Shakuntala Devi, the 'human computer' whose biopic is now streaming. Shakuntala Devi was keen to act in plays, and did some stage shows with Pallavi's grandfather A S Murthy as the narrator. Shakuntala's father was against it. Pallavi says: 'Every Saturday sweets would arrive from my great grandfather's...

    • 2 days ago
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    Covid fear? Normal precautions enough for expectant mothers

    Theres Sudeep, Pregnant women have probably thought of the question, 'What if I catch Covid-19?' Doctors say they needn't worry: there are ways to beat it and ensure the child is not affected. Dr Prathima Reddy, senior obstetrician and gynaecologist at Fortis La Femme Hospital, says unlike dengue and swine flu, Covid-19 doesn't pose an increased risk to pregnant women. 'There is also...

    • 6 days ago
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    New avatar Friendship Day

    Tini Sara Anien, With the pandemic scare, Friendship Day will take a digital avatar this year. This Sunday, young people will miss hanging out and tying friendship bands, but they are thinking of simple and creative ways to make their dear ones feel special. Unique gifts For Yogitha Jagadeesh, homemaker, Friendship Day is a pretext to meet her school friends. 'We are a gang of eight girls who have been friends for 22...

    • 7 days ago
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    Bengaluru activists slam DU professor's arrest

    Krupa Joseph, Many in Bengaluru have joined the protest against the arrest of Hany Babu, activist and Delhi University professor. It is an assault on democracy, says Maitreyi Krishnan, advocate, calling for a review of anti-terror laws being misused for political ends. 'The arrests related to the Koregaon-Bhima case, be it Arun Perreira, Vernon Gonsalves or Sudha Bharadwaj, shows how people...

    • 7 days ago
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    What caused big building crash?

    Nina C George, Tuesday night's dramatic building collapse in the Majestic area again exposes rampant violation of building by-laws in Bengaluru. An engineer involved in the project also believes a rising ground water table contributed to the weakening of the soil, and contributed to the crash. BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad, who visited the spot on Wednesday, issued a show-cause notice to Dharma Keshava...

    • a week ago
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    Porn site removes city students' pics

    Theres Sudeep, A collective effort by Bengaluru students has prompted a pornsite to delete their pictures, used without their consent, from its pages. The pictures were online for about three months before they came to the notice of the students. Earlier this week, students from Ramaiah University were shocked to find their photos featured in advertisements and posts that portrayed them as sex workers. The...

    • a week ago
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    Unlock 3.0: Multiplexes ready, theatres not

    Nina C George, Multiplexes and standalone theatres are at odds over the proposed reopening of cinemas with 25 per cent occupancy. The central and state governments are talking about new norms to allow reopening of cinemas in the first week of August. Producers and exhibitors Metrolife spoke to say they are not for resumption of operations in the current circumstances. Ravi Kottarakara, secretary, Film...

    • a week ago

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