Akshatha M
Feb 23 2017
RIGHT TO EDUCATION ACT IN BENGALURU
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Akshatha M
Right to education act has many loopholes - exemption given to minority institutions is a major one. Many schools save themselves under the protection of minority status even in the absence of certificates.
Feb 21 2017
VACCINATION DRIVE IN BANGALORE
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Akshatha M
Measles and rubella vaccination campaign is on. This is a primer for the parents wondering about the pros and cons of participating in it.
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Feb 15 2017
RTE APPLICATION PROCESS
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Akshatha M
If you are looking to help someone to get their child admitted to schools under RTE, or if you need it for your child, this is your guide.
Feb 14 2017
INTERVIEW OF KCDC CHAIRMAN A KENCHEGOWDA
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Akshatha M
3000 tonnes of unsold compost is lying at KCDC as there are no buyers this year. The plan now is to shift city's waste to outskirts via goods trains. More such interesting points, in the interview of Karnataka Compost Development Company Chairman Kenchegowda.
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Feb 13 2017
RIGHT TO EDUCATION ACT IN BENGALURU
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Akshatha M
Aadhaar is compulsory for admission of children under right to education act. But will that solve the problems? What other problems are being faced by RTE children and parents?
Feb 06 2017
RIGHT TO EDUCATION ACT
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Akshatha M
The demand for quality education at low cost remains unmet in Bengaluru, while those who manage to get RTE seats for children face situations that are against the spirit of the Act. First part of the series on Right to Education act and ground realities in Bengaluru.
Jan 19 2017
BDA'S CONSULTATION ON REVISED MASTER PLAN 2031
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Akshatha M
Lack of social infrastructure, transport, not considering the non-adherence to old master plan and many other issues came to fore during BDA's consultation for master plan.
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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 05 2017
NOT-SO-NICE STORIES OF NICE ROAD
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Akshatha M
Their lands were notified for Bangalore-Mysore infra corridor project 19 years ago. Now their land has no market value, they can't dare to plant something that's of value, can't renovate or rebuild their houses, and can't be assured of a secured future. A story of how flawed land acquisition policies put lives in jeopardy.
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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 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.
Nov 23 2016
DRINKING WATER SHORTAGE IN BENGALURU
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Akshatha M
No funds will be allocated for water supply plans in 110 villages added to BBMP in 2008, until BWSSB shows permanent water source. This means the city needs to work on a sustainable water source.
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Nov 18 2016
DECODING ELEVATED CORRIDOR NETWORK IN BENGALURU
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Akshatha M
What is the guiding principle behind the elevated corridor network in Bengaluru? How will it benefit the city? R K Misra who proposed the plan to the government talks about it.
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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 10 2016
BAN ON HIGH VALUE NOTES
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Akshatha M
What’s taking the country by storm today has been continuously advocated by an IIM Bangalore professor since 2009. R Vaidyanathan explains why he thinks banning high value notes is a good idea.
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Nov 04 2016
BANGALORE'S FIERY MESS
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Akshatha M
Garbage continues to burn across Bengaluru, polluting the air, ground and water bodies. BBMP has not been able to help people who reached out with complaints. Result: the climate hazard, health hazard continues to dance in the city.
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 05 2016
WATER SCARCITY SOLUTIONS
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Akshatha M
It has to be, ideally, a mix of both as recent deliberations at the water workshop co-organised by Citizen Matters revealed.
Sep 30 2016
IMPACT OF HEALTH ON POLLUTION
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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.
Sep 29 2016
Blog: Off Beat
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The documents/ replies that I have received from various offices of BBMP in the last five months, to my RTI query on illegal hoardings, are piled up before me. Yet, they have no data that I asked for. Pic: Akshatha It has been precisely five...
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Sep 29 2016
BBMP MAYOR ELECTIONS
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Akshatha M
JD(S) corporator M Anand from Radhakrishna Temple ward was elected as the Deputy Mayor in the polls marked by controversy over the suspension of voting rights of Independent MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar and BJP's PC Mohan.
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Sep 23 2016
METRO ON ORR
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Akshatha M
A recent meeting of various stakeholder groups arrived at a decision in favour of the Metro project on ORR. Akshatha M looks at the various deliberations that went on behind the scenes.
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