GENRE: Explainers

Sharad and Sheetal Agarwal, a young couple living in South Bengaluru spend Rs. 500 and above on drinking water every month. They bought a water purifier from a reputed company three years ago but felt it wasn’t safe after frequent gastro problems. "Our building receives water from tankers mainly and we aren’t really sure of the source and how effective our purifier is, so we felt buying 20 litre Bisleri bottles was a safer option," Sheetal says. The couple plan to acquire a new water purifier but are not sure which system would give them foolproof protection against contamination and…

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Symptoms in children * Fast breathing * Breathlessness* Wheezing * Blue skin or lips * Not drinking enough fluids * Irritable Excessive vomiting * SeizuresSymptoms in adults * Difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath * Chest pain * Dizziness * Confusion* Excessive vomiting * Convulsions Prevention* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth* Avoid contact with those are ill * Avoid shaking hands, kissing and hugging when greeting * Avoid crowded places * Cover your nose and mouth while coughing or sneezing * Use a cotton handkerchief or tissue * Dispose used tissues properly * Wash your hands with…

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Update:Dear readers, the below list might be dated, for the new list and updates, read the latest article published in February 2015: Here is how you can manage Swine Flu in Bengaluru: See also: Doctors ask citizens not to panic… Swine Flu or A(H1N1): Everything you need to know Private hospitalsMallya HospitalVittal Mallya Rd, Bengaluru+91-80 22277979, Emergency: +91-80-22242325Vaidehi hospital#82, K.R. Puram Hobli, White Field, Bangalore 560066+91-80-28413381/82/83Ambedkar Medical Institute and HospitalKadugondanahalli, angalore-560045+91-80-25463442St Johns HospitalSarjapur Main Road, Bangalore- 560034+91-80-25532037Manipal Hospital Airport Road angalore- 560017+91-80-2502 4444 +91-80 2502 3344Manipal Specialty HospitalRajarajeshwari Nagar28608888Mallige Nursing Home Mariappa Road, SiddapurJayanagar Bangalore - 560011+91-80-26565678Lakeside Medical Centre and…

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It is an often repeated story. You spot an exhibition of enticing cotton fabric and immediately start dream-designing the kurta that you can convert from desk to dinner wear. So you go ahead, buy the fabric, get it stitched as soon as you can say tailor, only to discover that it has shrunk and no longer fits you and has to be handed down to your slimmer younger sister. Then of course there is the somewhat inevitable pitfall of the colour running and turning your vibrant vermillion dupatta into a tame rust. Variety of cotton fabrics. Pic: Meera K. Despite…

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Joint pain, body ache, fever. This monsoon season, Bangaloreans have been hit by the viral. City hospitals are packed as patients line up to get themselves checked for dengue fever and chikungunya. Symptoms of Dengue Cause: Aedes aegypti mosquito, a day-biter High fever Severe headache Pain in the back of the eyes Body aches & joint pains Nausea or vomiting Skin rash Symptoms of Chikungunya Cause: Aedes aegypti mosquito, a day-biter High fever Severe pain & swelling in joints Skin rash Dengue fever, also known as break bone fever or bonecrusher disease is characterised by severe headache, muscle and joint…

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It was recently announced in the media that residents of Pune would face a significant water cut (20-30%) as the dams supplying water to the city have only enough to last for about 15-18 days. Shocking and scary, to say the least. But then again, it should come as no surprise, given the way we consume water in urban India. 135 litres. That is the official per capita consumption of water per day in urban India, says S Vishwanath, Founder, Rainwater Club. A rough break-up of this reveals just how easily we manage this:  40 litres for flushing ; 20…

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Now that most of us have paid the property taxes for the year 2008-09 by filling the appropriate form (From I-for properties with PID no./ Form II-for properties having only KATHA no./ Form III-for properties with neither PID nor KATHA no.), it is time to start paying the taxes for the current year. A small quantum of forms have reached the Help Centres and are of two different types – White (Form IV) in bilingual & Blue (Form V)For properties, where there is no change in any field – either in CATEGORY (rented out/non-residential), or DIMENSIONS (Any addition/deletion to the…

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It is often said that if you find a job you love you’ll never work a day in your life. This is not an easy task at all. Most people seem to think that the course one takes up after pre-university or 12th standard, almost always determines one’s career. Deciding which course to join is a taxing exercise especially for youngsters who are confused about what they want. Illustration: Narasimha Vedala Youngsters need to balance their talents, interests, parents’ expectations, and market demands to determine their next steps.It is important for parents and children to sit down and come up…

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Bangalore One (B1), a Karnataka government's e-governance initiative, has been serving citizens since 2005. This ‘One-stop-shop' facility that is open 24x7 (mini centres are open from 8 AM to 8 PM) aims to redefine public service under one roof. Here's a round up of available services at the B1 centres. Services offered by Bangalore One (pic: Vaishnavi Vittal) These centres allow you to pay your BSNL telephone billsas well as Spice, Airtel, Tata Indicom, Cell One and Reliance phone bills. Bills can be paid through cash, cheque or DD. You can also pay your water bills to BWSSB and electricity…

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Residents living in select premium housing segments in the city - including Palm Meadows on the Marathahalli-Whitefield Road and Chaithanya Samarpan on the Whitefield-Hoskote Road have been receiving undervaluation notices from the sub-registrar's office. What are undervaluation notices? Who sends them out and on what grounds? What should home owners do when they receive such notices? Citizen Matters tried to find the answers. The Chaithanya Samarpan gated community on the Whitefield-Hoskote Road, is a 5-minute drive from the Whitefield Railway Station. (Pic: Savita Kini) The District Registrar of Stamps, under Section 45-A of the Karnataka Stamp Act 1957, is entitled…

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