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May 07 2008
CITIZENS CHARTER
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Supriya Khandekar
A dialogue with political parties organised by Vote Bengaluru was an major attempt to move from vote bank to issue based elections.
May 07 2008
Blog: Citisense
The spouse of a politician standing for election from one of several constituencies in Bangalore visited our home today to persuade us to vote for her partner. The entourage of about ten or twelve people brought with them not only the customary leaflet...
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May 02 2008
Blog: Editors' Blog
Do the due diligence on candidates, make an informed choice when you vote. Well, easier said than done!
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Apr 30 2008
ELECTION WATCH INITIATIVE
News Desk
Karnataka Election Watch is collecting information on candidates with criminal background and has released its first list.
Apr 24 2008
EDUCATION
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Padmalatha Ravi
NGOs and corporate foundations in the city have adopted government schools to help improve their quality of education. Children at these schools are benefiting.
Apr 21 2008
PROTECTING OPEN SPACE
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Revathi Siva Kumar
A green belt in the prime area of Koramangala was set aside in the 90s through litigation which citizens helped the government win. Today, that protection is under threat.
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Apr 21 2008
TRAFFIC RULES
Praveen Kumar A
Did I have to pay the fine? Could the police have seized my bike?
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Apr 18 2008
CITIZEN DUTY
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Meera K
The reality: broken registration processes have not made voting easy for citizens. Still, here are some steps to register and how to find your name in the voter rolls.
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Apr 16 2008
Blog: Editors' Blog
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A session on "How to register to vote" in Barcamp; Blogging on traffic during Blogathon.
Apr 08 2008
TRANSPORT
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Zainab Bawa
On March 28, Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph admitted a PIL against the Metro on grounds of absence of a comprehensive legislation for its implementation. The CMH Road traders' association filed the PIL.
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Mar 26 2008
RTI AND BANGALOREANS
Sunil Tinani
Prominent Bangalore-based RTI activists list evidence to show that bureaucrats are systematically trying to push the sunshine law back into the bottle. Here's how.
Mar 25 2008
Blog: Citisense
  Last Thursday evening there was such an exceptionally grim gridlock at HAL Airport that landing passengers had to cool their heels or wander about between cars and puddles for over half an hour while their pick-up vehicles were...
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Mar 18 2008
Blog: Citisense
I thought I'd begin my blog on Citizen Matters with the question: does the citizen really matter? Recent experiences in Bangalore suggest that they do not, especially in the context of public policy. The ongoing brouhaha...
Mar 12 2008
SHUTTING DOWN HAL AIRPORT
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Samuel Jacob
Pressure on the government to keep Bangalore's HAL airport running is beginning to gain ground. While much of the angst is over traffic snarls, the arguments are substantive and deserve attention.
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Mar 10 2008
ARE YOU ON THE VOTERS LIST?
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Rajeev Yeshwanth
City and state officials have been engaged in yet another effort to clean up the error and horror-ridden voter rolls in the state. What's in store? How do you get on the elusive list?
Feb 23 2008
KARNATAKA'S LOKAYUKTA
Sunil Tinani
The corrupt have everywhere to run, but what does the Karnataka Lokayukta need to ensure that they have no place to hide? See what Justice Santosh Hegde has to say in this interview to Citizen Matters .
Feb 17 2008
EXERCISING THE SUNSHINE LAW
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Sunil Tinani
How does one file an Right to Information application? How can it help? If the power of the sunshine law is anything to go by, it's time for more widespread use, especially in Bangalore, has come.
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Feb 12 2008
CONSUMERS AND WEDDINGS
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Deepa Mohan
There are about 900-odd Kalyana Mantapas in Bangalore today, with 10 new wedding halls coming up every year. Yet, plenty of consumer-unfriendly practices prevail, adding avoidable stress to wedding planning, finds Deepa Mohan .
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Jan 30 2008
BYE-LAW VIOLATIONS
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Samuel Jacob
At a public meeting on 24 January, around 175 associations and groups dissented against Sakrama. Their resolutions will go to the Governor, High Court and political parties. Samuel Jacob reports.
Jan 29 2008
WARD WORKS
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Sunil Tinani
From fixing potholes on a ward's roads to pathways for the city's parks and more, BBMP officials are breaking down contracts into Rs.5 lakhs or lesser. A Banashankari citizen's RTI applications helped trace a web of corruption. Sunil Tinani has more.
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Dec 09 2007
'LEGALISING' THE ILLEGAL
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Samuel Jacob
Is the Sakrama scheme legally tenable? By many accounts, it appears to be a shoddy piece of legislation designed to skirt what is really a breakdown of civic administration, finds Samuel Jacob .
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BANGALORE SOUTH MP CANDIDATE
News Desk
Capt Gopinath, a candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Bangalore South, responded to questions from Smart Vote.
 
 

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