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BMTC says no to safety alarms because 'BMTC buses are safe'
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In early 2015, a safety alarm that allowed women notify fellow commuters about harassment was piloted in five BMTC buses in 2015. Since then, it has been waiting for a go-ahead from BMTC to install it in other vehicles. Here's why.

Meenakshi Giridhar, May 05 2016
How much do garment workers earn? How do they spend it?
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A survey released by Garment and Textile Workers Union (GATWU) provides interesting insights into the lives of garment workers.

News Desk, May 03 2016
Problems in property tax 2016-17 payment system

Property tax payment data base doesn't seem to be updated. This is affecting the taxpayers adversely.

3 S Srinivasan, May 03 2016
Green tribunal allows construction on Kaikondrahalli lake wetland
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National Green Tribunal has allowed the developer to construct the residential project, after the developer modified the project plan by reducing the extent of construction.

1 Akshatha M, May 03 2016
How to manage sewage at zero cost: psst, the answer is biogas!
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KSPCB introduces new norms for STP treatment - this is going to affect apartment STPs. Why incur a huge cost of this treatment, when there is a simpler, cheaper option, asks Dr Ananth Kodavasal.

Khata without bribe- here's how a Bellandur citizen handled it
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Multiple calls and visits to BBMP offices, tackling multiple subtle and direct demands for bribe, this group of citizens finally got the khata without paying bribe.

Ramanathan Chellappan, Apr 28 2016
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The fight citizens have been fighting on a mega project on Bellandur lakebed has come to an end, with the National Green Tribunal asking the developers to pay fine and vacate the encroachments.

Shree D N, May 05 2016
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Takshashila Institution's new post-grad programme in public policy
With its new post-graduate course for working professionals, Takshashila Institution hopes that more individuals choose public policy as a career option.
Pavan Srinath, May 05 2016
B.CLIP participant helps convert a garbage dump yard to a playground
Many a time, empty, unmaintained plots become spaces for dumping garbage. Here's how a citizen ensured that one such plot didn't go that way, and became the children's playground it was supposed to be.
Sharath SR, May 05 2016
NGO wants to plant 60,000 saplings in Karnataka in 41 days
Imagine cycling through the length and breadth of Karnataka? That's exactly what this NGO wants to do. And while they are at it, they want to plant 60,000 saplings across the state.
News Desk, Apr 21 2016
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Governance
Small_list_plastic_confiscated_by_the_bbmp The morning of April 23rd saw around 25 residents of Mahadevapura Zone coming together in support of the anti-plastic ban. Volunteers of Whitefield Rising visited dozens of shops on Borewell Road, creating awareness about plastic and Styrofoam menace. During the drive, BBMP officials seized disposable... (Blog)
Pravir B, May 05 2016
Water, Roads and Power
Small_list_durga_alarm_switches In early 2015, a safety alarm that allowed women notify fellow commuters about harassment was piloted in five BMTC buses in 2015. Since then, it has been waiting for a go-ahead from BMTC to install it in other vehicles. Here's why.
Meenakshi Giridhar, May 05 2016
Environment
Small_list_mantri The fight citizens have been fighting on a mega project on Bellandur lakebed has come to an end, with the National Green Tribunal asking the developers to pay fine and vacate the encroachments. What more does the judgment say? Read more.
Shree D N, May 05 2016
Children & Schooling
Small_list_dr_pratap_bhanu_mehta_giving_a_guest_lecture_to_takshashila_students_in_goa. With its new post-graduate course for working professionals, Takshashila Institution hopes that more individuals choose public policy as a career option.
Pavan Srinath, May 05 2016
People & Interviews
Small_list_tiffy_template The visually impaired find it difficult to identify Indian currency notes, and often get cheated in their transactions. Here's a Whitefield resident whose invention can make a difference to them!
Paul D'souza, Apr 15 2016
Heritage
Small_list_intach_heritage_awards_bishop_cotton INTACH announces the winners of the 2nd edition of the Heritage Awards, set up to bring attention and recognition to buildings of heritage value in Bengaluru.
Meera Iyer, Apr 18 2016
Art and Leisure
Small_list_swacha_graha_find_a_friend Been hearing about the Swacha Graha challenge, but not sure where to begin? A member of the team shares answers to some commonly asked questions.
Business & Economy
Small_list_street_vendors_protest_in_front_of_the_bbmp_office Allocation of 1% of funds from BBMP budget, temporary grievance redressal cell, free public amenities in markets - these are some of the streets vendors demands to the BBMP.
Lekha Adavi, Mar 14 2016

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BMTC says no to safety alarms because 'BMTC buses are safe'
In early 2015, a safety alarm that allowed women notify fellow commuters about harassment was piloted in five BMTC buses in 2015. Since then, it has been waiting for a go-ahead from BMTC to install it in other vehicles. Here's why.
Meenakshi Giridhar, May 05 2016
Problems in BBMP property tax 2016-17 payment system
Property tax payment data base doesn't seem to be updated. This is affecting the taxpayers adversely.
S Srinivasan, May 03 2016
How to manage sewage at zero cost: psst, the answer is biogas!
KSPCB introduces new norms for STP treatment - this is going to affect apartment STPs. Why incur a huge cost of this treatment, when there is a simpler, cheaper option, asks Dr Ananth Kodavasal.

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