In Focus
Jan 11 2017
DEMONETISATION HITS CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
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Akshatha M
They’re supposed to have their salaries credited to their accounts. But for these migrant workers, realities are quite different. Why? Read on.
Jan 03 2017
STORM WATER DRAIN ENCROACHMENT
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Akshatha M
The BBMP's inaction against Orion Mall and two other high profile encroachers has attracted a contempt notice from the High Court. Will the state finally have to take a call on the issue?
Dec 26 2016
START UP PROBLEMS
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Akshatha M
Bengaluru has been ranked as the second fastest growing start-up ecosystem in the world, but owners of new innovative businesses in the city find the journey far from smooth.
Dec 23 2016
DECENTRALISED SEWAGE TREATMENT AND REUSE – II
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Nakul Heble, Sharachchandra Lele , and Pradeep Kuttuva
Recent BWSSB regulation requiring even existing apartments in core sewered areas of Bengaluru to compulsorily install STPs reeks of impracticality and an unfair targeting of apartment dwellers.
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Dec 16 2016
APARTMENT SWM INITIATIVES
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Anandhi Balaji
Sobha Quartz resident Anandhi Balaji recounts her experience in leading the community on the way to a more responsible and environment-friendly holistic lifestyle.
Dec 13 2016
STATUS OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN BENGALURU
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Akshatha M
Traffic issues in Bengaluru have been unbearable. There are multiple projects announced by the government, that are either in cold storage or moving at a snail's pace. Here's a list and status of such projects.
Dec 09 2016
DECENTRALISED SEWAGE TREATMENT AND REUSE - I
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Pradeep Kuttuva, Sharachchandra Lele , and Nakul Heble
Following BWSSB's 2016 regulation mandating all apartment complexes with more than 20 units to install their own STPs, a study finds many challenges before the ones already in place.
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Nov 28 2016
Column: Radio Active Bangalore
Farming
Radio Active 90.4MHz
Did you know parts of Karnataka received good rainfall only for three years since 2001? What is the status of the farmers in Karnataka? What can Bengaluru do to help them?
Nov 17 2016
DEMONETISATION WOES
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Samit Aich
For many urban citizens, the inconvenience due to the demonetisation move is a small price to pay for the greater common good, but how is it affecting the daily life of the really common man on the street?
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Nov 15 2016
ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAMMES
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Akshatha M
Do you know a poor family that could benefit with some assistance from the government, but doesn't know where to look? This list could help you guide them to the right doors.
Nov 07 2016
REAL ESTATE SCAMS IN BANGALORE
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Soumya Nayak
What happens when the developer cheats the home buyers by taking their life savings and not completing residential projects on time? In a rare case, buyers fight back and bring the developer to justice.
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Nov 03 2016
REAL ESTATE IN BANGALORE
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Soumya Nayak
A saga of how buyers fell into a pre-launch booking trap and ended up paying far more than the offer price. Part I of the story.
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Nov 02 2016
ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAMMES
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Akshatha M
Government officials say there are easy, streamlined procedures for the poor to avail special schemes meant for them, but the experience on the ground in Bengaluru suggests otherwise. Where are the gaps and can they be plugged?
Oct 21 2016
ILLEGAL ADVERTISEMENT HOARDINGS
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Akshatha M
In brazen defiance of law, advertisers put up illegal hoardings across the city, often multiple times after the authorities have torn them down. How will the BBMP deal with this menace?
Oct 19 2016
WELFARE SCHEMES FOR BPL FAMILIES
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Akshatha M
The United Nations’ observes October 17th as the International Day for Eradication of Poverty with a goal to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere.” In Bengaluru, as in many other cities, there is no dearth of government welfare schemes for the poor. But do these schemes reach the poor in reality?
Oct 13 2016
STEEL FLYOVER CONTROVERSY
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Shree D N
The government not following the due process in the steel flyover issue has irked many public policy experts, while the Bengaluru Development Authority helped the controversy by hiding the information and refusing to share the data that was already in public domain.
Sep 30 2016
IMPACT OF HEALTH ON POLLUTION
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Navya P K and Akshatha M
Air pollution in Bengaluru has reached levels that are causing many to leave the city on health grounds. Navya PK looks at various studies that outline the shocking impact on citizens and some particularly vulnerable groups.
Aug 25 2016
STORM WATER DRAIN ENCROACHMENT SAGA - PART III
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Akshatha M
BDA master plan is not based on state Revenue Department's maps. Result: BDA master plan cannot be a reference for nalas!
Aug 23 2016
STORM WATER DRAIN ENCROACHMENT SAGA - PART II
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Akshatha M
Land registrations take place without actual surveys, which makes it easy for anyone to register anything. Having Unique Property Ownership Records is a possible solution to the mess, but it's being opposed by the land mafia.
Aug 17 2016
DEMOLISHING STORM WATER DRAIN ENCROACHMENT
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Akshatha M
Much has been said about demolitions of storm water drain encroachments. But how can BBMP sanction building plans on storm water drains? The mystery decoded.
Aug 08 2016
VENKATAPPA ART GALLERY
Shree D N
As the controversy regarding Venkatappa Art Gallery slowly fades away, artists are hoping to help the government in making the Gallery an active tourist spot.
Aug 01 2016
AADHAAR AUTHENTICATION SAGA
Akshatha M
As private companies are increasingly using Aadhaar data, is the privacy and security of personal data really at risk? What do those defending Aadhaar have to say?
Jul 29 2016
AADHAAR AUTHENTICATION
Akshatha M
With Aadhaar being widely used by various agencies for different purposes, here's a look at how private players too are acting as a crucial link in the data authentication process.
Jul 22 2016
TAXI AGGREGATOR'S TUSSLE IN THE COURT
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Akshatha M
The on-going court battle between Karnataka Transport Department and taxi aggregators.
Jul 14 2016
DISSECTING TAXI AGGREGATORS
Akshatha M
In the first part of cab aggregators series, you read about how the lives of cab drivers has changed and the profit they make with the advent of taxi aggregators like Uber and Ula. Here is the second part on how commuters are reacting to the changes in commuting
Jul 05 2016
CHANGING REALITY OF CAB AGGREGATION
Akshatha M
With the app based cab aggregators occupying space in the city’s transport system, how has it changed the lives of cab drivers? Do they really earn up to Rs 60,000-80,000 a month?
 
 

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