Big pictorial warning on tobacco products faces opposition from growers|| Death toll rises in Kolkata flyover disaster|| Vemula memorial on HCU campus won't be destroyed, officials say|| PUC results to be available only on government website|| Hundreds of child care institutions still unregistered in Karnataka|| Apps developed to shorten start up process receive mixed response|| Bengaluru pets buried with love|| "I want to play for as long as I can" - Manavjit Singh Sandhu

Vemula memorial on HCU Campus won't be destroyed, officials say

Despite media reports Thursday that Hyderabad Central University officials would remove Rohit Vemula’s memorial from campus, this is not the case, university officials say. Vipin, a HCU spokesperson, said university officials are not planning or even discussing removing the Vemula’s memorial, as well as other illegal structures.


Kolkata tragedy not an “Act of God”, say experts

Despite a high-ranking construction official blaming Thursday’s Kolkata flyover collapse on “an act of God,” insurance agents say it was anything but.


"If you want to make a mark in this sport, do not fear death" - G Vikash Anand

Last weekend, in the second round of the five rounds, MMSC FMSCI National Racing Championship held in Chennai, the country witnessed one of its youngest racers finish in style in the F1600 formula racing category.


Bengaluru school principal accused of faking registration

The principal of Vivekananda English Medium School, Bengaluru was arrested March 30 in response to allegations of faking the school registration under Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board.


Meet Regret Iyer who has received the most rejection slips

“Hello, you have reached Regret Iyer, please stay on the line or leave a message after the beep.” This is what it sounds like to reach out to the man who entered the Limca Book of records and India Book of Records for the most number of rejection slips received. .


Snapdeal gives a thumbs up to new investment rules

Snapdeal, one of the largest ecommerce companies of India, said it welcomes thelatest guidelines by the Modi government allowing a 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the marketplace model.



Article 356, an old wine to manipulate democracy

The decision of the Narendra Modi government to impose president’s rule in Uttarakhand is a dangerous sign. This only confirms the fear that the BJP is trying to destabilize state governments in various non-BJP ruled states.

This trend started with the Delhi state government. The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi took away the powers of the Delhi government to investigate corruption in the city-state by taking away the Anti-Corruption Bureau.



DSS demand funds for Ambedkar’s statue

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Myth of communal harmony in Bengaluru

Big pictorial warning on tobacco products faces opposition from growers

The recent move by the central and state government to increase the pictorial warnings on cigarette packs faced opposition from the Federation of Karnataka Virginia Tobacco Growers' Association, Mysuru Thursday.


BJP state meet resolves to attack Siddu on his govt’s failures

The Bharatiya Janata Party JP came all guns blazing against the state government Friday. Senior BJP leader and parliamentary affairs minister, Venkaiah Naidu was present among the other senior party leaders like Ananth Kumar, state BJP president Pralhad Joshi and SadanandGowda.


News in brief

The SoftCopy spoke with the winner of the Doddabele zilla panchayat elections, Kusuma Shivamadayya, winning candidate from Congress.  “One big issue is the water problem which the people are facing and we have received many requests to resolve it,” Kusuma said. 

He plans to take the issue to the MLA immediately. He said the development of roads, drainage, borewells and supplying potable water to the localites is his main priority.

“We are going for borewells as it is still not under BBMP limit after that we will get the BWSSB water link,” he said. He also plans to renovate lakes and ensure pensions for widows and ration cards to the economically weak. 

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For the second time in the last 10 days, the chemistry paper of Class 12 Pre-University Course (PUC) has been cancelled due to a paper leak, triggering protest from students and parents at the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE), Karnataka. Earlier, the exam was scheduled on March 21 and was rescheduled for March 31 after the authorities were alerted about the question paper leak.


An under-construction flyover collapsed around 12:30 pm, Thursday, at Ganesh Talkies, North Kolkata killing 16 so far and many are feared trapped.


BWSSB praying for good rains to avert water crisis

There is sufficient water for Bengaluru for the next two months, but waste water management is a serious concern, according to Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) official. 

Starting this year, the Karnataka Pre-University Course Board prohibits private education websites and telecom operators from publishing the results of first and second PUC exams. The results now will only be declared on public websites.



Unregistered child care institutions Karnataka Department of Women and Child Development has yet to complete the registration process for the unregistered child care institutions in the state, more than six months after the Supreme Court ordered the Centre and state governments to shut down unregistered children's homes.

Some recently launched apps designed to help streamline the process of starting a business are receiving mixed response from entrepreneurs.


It's been nine months since Bruno died of liver failure, but his family made sure that he had a place to rest even after he was gone. 


Manvjit Singh Sandhu is an Indian sports shooter who specializes in trap shooting. A Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee in 2006 and Arjuna Awardee in 1998, he is selected for the Rio Olympics 2016.




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