Business and Economy
Jun 03 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
We often see vendors like this girl I spotted at the Kanakapura Road/ORR junction, selling large balloons. It could be a variety of (usually Chinese) products: windshield shades, mobile phone charger cords, earbuds, dusters.  ...
May 17 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
I've written earlier, in this post about artisans who make a living by repairing jewellery. On Sunday, two friends and I went to Commercial Street, a shopping area in Bangalore. Off this street is another narrow street, called, quite appropriately...
Mar 14 2016
STREET VENDORS' ASK FROM BBMP BUDGET 2016
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Lekha Adavi
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.
Mar 02 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
Of late where there are parked cars (for example, in front of restaurants) I've been noticing a lot of young men with various implements, and I realised that they offer to carry out repairs/ rectify dents on cars for a fee. Today, I had gone to...
Mar 01 2016
IMPACT OF UNION BUDGET ON BENGALURU
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Devika Kher and Adhip Amin
From increased service taxes and import duties to boost to low cost housing sector, Arun Jaitley has introduced many measures in his budget. How will these impact the city of Bengaluru?
Feb 25 2016
LPG GAS CYLINDER PRICES
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Shree D N and Pavan Kulkarni
Are you buying private gas? Many consumers have been charged as high as Rs 1,280 for a 12 kg LPG cylinder. Are you paying the right price or are you getting cheated?
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Feb 25 2016
Blog: Ideas at Work
1) Think like it's 1947 A very large part of the deficits that we live with are because we do not have properly structured governance and accountability. We need to be reimagining these constantly, and adapting to current needs and realities...
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Dec 14 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
George Varghese writes:   From: George Varghese < grgvrghs@gmail.com > Date: 27 November 2015 at 14:14 Subject: The sweetest investment you can ever make.... To: Here's a chance to make a social, ethical, environment-friendly...
Nov 19 2015
PLASTIC BAN IN BENGALURU
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Akshatha M
Both plastic producers and recyclers in Jolly Mohalla, Nayandahalli and Peenya will be affected badly if the plastic ban is implemented in letter and spirit. What will happen to the livelihoods of the workers in such industries?
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Oct 12 2015
LOANS FOR URBAN POOR IN BENGALURU
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Navya P K
Poor in Bengaluru trapped in the vicious circle of money-lending are unable to get bank loans. Structurally the poor are designed to be left out of the banking system, as banks cannot determine either their ability or intent to repay loans.
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Oct 09 2015
PERSONAL SAFETY IN BENGALURU
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Rama NS
While the authorities need to improve systems and processes to make our lives safer, we must also look at ways to protect ourselves.
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Oct 05 2015
LOANS FOR URBAN POOR IN BENGALURU
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Navya P K
While most of us don’t understand why poorest of the poor in the society remain so for decades, here is a reality check that reveals the darker side of the story: an atrocious circle of borrowing, spending and borrowing again, to make ends meet, and remaining poor forever.
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Sep 18 2015
MOCKERY OF CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT
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Syed Yakoob
Shops in KSRTC bus stops charge more than MRP, but there's nobody who responds to complaints.
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Sep 13 2015
HUMAN TRAFFICKING - CHALLENGES AND INTERVENTIONS
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Ignatius Joseph
In 2014, Karnataka recorded the third highest number of human trafficking cases in the country. This national conference hopes to identify measures that can help secure the welfare of victims.
Sep 02 2015
Column: Civic Reflections
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Sakuntala Narasimhan
Half litre Nandini milk and curd packets don't carry the words 'Use by' on the packaged date stamping. As a result, you might be buying old milk, which might curdle the moment you keep it for heating. What's wrong here?
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Jun 16 2015
INTERNATIONAL DOMESTIC WORKERS DAY 2015
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Pinky Chandran
June 16th is designated as International Domestic Workers Day. While they play a vital role in most middle and upper class families, most domestic help continue to work on the fringes of society.
Jun 15 2015
STREET VENDORS ACT 2014
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The Federation of Street Vendor Unions of Bengaluru has called for a bandh on June 15th to protest against the atrocities meted out to them and against FDI in retail.
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May 22 2015
FAKE CURRENCY IN CIRCULATION
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Varsha Parashivamurthy
A fake note from an ATM is the bank's responsibility. But pre-2005 currencies with the year of printing not mentioned on them too are treated as fake notes. These can be exchanged.
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May 14 2015
WHAT EXPATS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT BENGALURU
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Eden Ezsak
Bengaluru has a sizeable population of expats. What are the challenges that they face in a city that is otherwise called the Silicon Valley of India? Here’s what some of them had to say.
Apr 15 2015
RETAINING BENGALURU'S MARKETS
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Pavan Kulkarni
Murphy Town Market may be joining the list of over 800 heritage structures in Bengaluru. The BBMP has dropped its plan to renovate the old market, saying the structure is solid.
Apr 09 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
A blind adherence to regulations today made a bank manager give a suggestion that was, at the very least, inappropriate. Let me recount how this came about. My maid, before she came to work for me, opened a savings account. Not being aware...
Mar 31 2015
DEMAND FOR CHEMICAL-FREE FOOD ON THE RISE
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Divya Sreedharan
Lots of new shops selling organic fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs and more have opened in the last few years. And more retail shops and supermarkets are increasing their organic food section. Check your options!
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Mar 24 2015
TUITIONS FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS
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Sowrabha Karinje
Finding tuition centres in the neighbourhood has been made easy through web-based platforms these days. They provide tutor services and help anxious parents find the right help to ensure their children understand their lessons and score well.
Feb 12 2015
FLOWER TRADING IN KR MARKET
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Varsha Parashivamurthy
Valentine’s Day is approaching fast. When love is in the air, you may think of flowers to gift. But what flowers and where do they come from? Step into Bengaluru’s Flower Market, where farmer and wholesalers trade blooms.
Dec 25 2014
Blog: Deepa's jottings
Christmas is over...spare a thought for those who sell knick-knacks like these cheap Santa caps, have so many of them left over...unsold, not putting even the meagre money in their pockets that they were hoping for. Street vendors are not...
Nov 20 2014
Blog: Deepa's jottings
Tipu Pasha of Book Bonanza. Pic: Amith Kumar A few days ago, Amith Kumar introduced me to a rather unusual bookshop in Jayanagar—Book Bonanza.  I have always been a lover of second-hand books, Somehow, these, to me, have the...
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