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Apr 26 2017
WOMEN IN POLITICS
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Shree D N
51% of BBMP corporators are women. But something is seriously wrong. What's that? What can be done about it?
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Apr 26 2017
CORPORATES SUPPORT GARDENING INITIATIVES
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Lalithamba B V
Wipro's new initiative engages employees in growing vegetables in their corporate campus.
Apr 14 2017
UNPLANNED DEVELOPMENT
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B V Rajarama Bhat
Development of yet another layout on Bengaluru outskirts is an environmental and urban planning disaster in the making, but it could still be mitigated if authorities care to listen.
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Apr 13 2017
WHAT IT TAKES TO BE EMPATHETIC
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Srijata Bhatnagar
Sometimes an act as simple as rolling down your windows is what it takes to connect to other individuals - it can fill you with pleasant surprises!
Mar 21 2017
OUTER RING ROAD CHRONICLES
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Vaidya R
There is no respite from traffic pile ups on Bengaluru's Outer Ring Road. Sometimes it's rain, sometimes it's bus breakdown. Does the government have the will to to fix it?
Mar 14 2017
Blog: Citizens for Bengaluru
The Bengaluru Bus Prayanikara Vedike and Citizens for Bengaluru met the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday, demanding Bus Bhagya in the upcoming State Budget. He listened to our demands on 'Halve the Fares and Double the Fleet' and has agreed...
Mar 08 2017
THE COMING OF AGE OF BENGALURU
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Tara Krishnaswamy
What are henn maklu of Bengaluru upto? What are they busy with, on this womens' day season?
Mar 07 2017
Column: Radio Active Bangalore
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How to treat the cases of Tuberculosis among HIV-affected people? Here's some insight.
Feb 28 2017
Blog: Citizens for Bengaluru
Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB) and Bengaluru Bus Prayanikara (BBPV) have initiated a public campaign - #BusBhagyaBeku - seeking ‘Half the Fares and Double the Fleet’. CfB and BBPV met with various organisations and conducted commuter...
Feb 22 2017
Blog: I Change Indira Nagar
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Pic: Praful Residents of Bengaluru might have noticed in the media, that recently the BBMP has commenced issuing notices to many commercial/non-residential establishments in residential areas to shut shop. Whilst this may come across to many...
Feb 01 2017
Blog: Citizens for Bengaluru
Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB) members Prakash Belawadi, Naresh Narasimhan, Srinivas Alavilli, Tara Krishnaswamy, Priya Chetty Rajagopal, Deepti Sudhindra along with Leo Saldanha (ESG) addressed the media on recent developments with respect to the steel...
Jan 26 2017
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IN BENGALURU
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Nadia Asif
Take photos of the issues, post it on social media by tagging the authorities. Have faith: they will solve the issues for you!
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Jan 23 2017
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IN BENGALURU
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Rosemary F N
Pedestrians are the most-neglected species on the road. Their rights have been infringed by others' "ways".
Jan 23 2017
Blog: Citizens for Bengaluru
Bengaluru is in the process of preparing yet another master plan. What does the process involve and what does it aim to achieve? To understand this, let us go back to the time when Kempegowda first founded our great city, Bengaluru.  ...
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Jan 11 2017
Blog: I Change Indira Nagar
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Defence Colony Cooperative Housing Society Ltd (DCCHSL) & Defence Colony Residents Association (DECORA) JOINT BRIEFING 1. The Defence Colony Cooperative Housing Society Ltd (DCCHSL) was formed by serving and retired Defence Officers. In...
Dec 22 2016
Blog: I Change Indira Nagar
An evening scene from Indiranagar. Bengaluru city has been mushrooming over the years with little regard for any form of Town Planning and Governance. The fallout of this rapid growth is witnessed most acutely in residential areas of the city...
Dec 21 2016
LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM FOR BENGALURU
Amith Subramanian Pallavoor
Bringing Light Rail system to Bengaluru will involve redeveloping 5042 acres of land. Can the government turn this into an example of participatory democracy?
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Nov 29 2016
PLASTIC LITERACY
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Raghu Varma
While the ubiquitous ‘carry-bag’ is at the receiving end of most citizen-centric moves against plastic usage, Raghu Varma draws attention to the many other buying choices we need to reconsider.
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Nov 25 2016
FOR A SIGNAL-FREE OUTER RING ROAD
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Amith Subramanian Pallavoor
For years, residents of Banashankari, JP Nagar, and other areas along the Outer Ring Road, as well as commuters on the route, have been suffering due to ill-conceived and continuous construction. Isn't there a better way to address mobility issues, wonders an anguished citizen.
Nov 25 2016
TOWARDS COMMUTER RAILWAY SYSTEM
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Khader B Syed
More such stations in the city will help more people reach their destinations faster without hassle, says Khader Syed.
Nov 23 2016
DEBATE ON ELEVATED CORRIDORS
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Balaji Chitra Ganesan
The arguments against elevated corridors don't hold much water, as the project is still in the initial stage. A city that did not build mass transit systems from the beginning now needs such solutions, argues Balaji Ganesan.
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Nov 22 2016
DEBATE ON ELEVATED CORRIDORS
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Prakash Belawadi and Naresh Narasimhan
What Bengaluru needs now is a plan that looks 50 years ahead, say Prakash Belawadi and Naresh Narasimhan, in their joint rejoinder to the interview of RK Misra published on Citizen Matters.
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Nov 21 2016
SUGGESTIONS TO BENGALURU TRAFFIC POLICE
Meghana Eswar
When the traffic police are making use of technology in their favour, why can't they extend it to the public, asks Meghana.
Nov 18 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
On a road trip to Mysore, I spotted this beautiful old house being demolished:   One can see the beautiful facade of the building (a porch was demolished some years earlier)...and the deer above the window. We seem to be destroying...
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 10 2016
RISING URBAN DIVIDE
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Namratha Aroor
It is festive time, but where is that space in the city or neighbourhood to celebrate, enjoy and get-together?
 
 

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