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10 Mar 2017

Karnataka launches Rs. 10 crore fund for female entrepreneurs

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A Rs.10 crore fund has been initiated by the Karnataka government for female entrepreneurs.

Through this fund, the Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology would back any woman who's seeking funds for proof of concept validation, upto Rs. 50lakh.

The government launched this Idea2POC (Idea to Proof of Concept) fund on Women's Day.

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One iPhone hoarding at the cost of 27 trees?


One iPhone hoarding at the cost of 27 trees?

Bengaluru's Outer Ring Road situated between Marathahalli and Chinnappannahalli was home to 30 Tespesia Papulenia (Behandi) trees.

BBMP's Assistant Conservator of Forests, Thimmappa said 17 of those trees were poisoned and the branches of 13 others were chopped off by an advertising agency in order to put up a billboard promoting the iPhone 7

Of the poisoned trees, only 3 can be revived.


Diagnostic laboratories come together, slash prices

In order to lessen the financial burden of diagnostic tests on residents, 45 diagnostic laboratories have teamed up to reduce the prices of medical tests by 45%

The organization is called Association of Diagnostic Centres-Bengaluru; the association also plans to introduce uniform prices for additional medicinal procedures.

Most institutes are accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories.

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Demonetization serving its purpose: Farmers go digital


Demonetization serving its purpose: Farmers go digital

Demonetization in the country has pushed farmers in the country to learn about paying through technology-enabled systems.

According to platforms like TheAgrihub, AgroStar, BigHaat and RML Agtech, which provide services and products to farmers, there has been a substantial increase in payments done via debit/credit cards, netbanking and other digital modes.

According to these companies, demonetization has instigated this change.


Three school-going children die of food poisoning

A suspected food poisoning incident at a school hostel in the district of Tumakuru claimed the lives of 3 children, hospitalizing 2 others.

The dinner comprised of roti, subzi, rice and sambar which had a foul smell; students who ate the sambar alerted the rest against its consumption.

Sri Vidyavaridhi International School in Huliyar is run by former BJP MLA KS Kiran Kumar.

Contractors face homicide charges for death of manual scavengers


Contractors face homicide charges for death of manual scavengers

In a first for the city, Bengaluru Police charged officials and contractors allegedly involved in the death of 3 manual scavengers with 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder.'

This charge comes under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code; it is a non-bailable offence, the punishment for which can go up to 10 years in prison.

However, no arrests have been made so far.

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