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A well-argued case for bullet trains in India

Public Transport

Given that it is a low-energy, low-emission mode of transportation that can reduce costs significantly, India should not miss the opportunity to develop high-speed rail

- - -HSR is a better option in terms of energy efficiency, carbon footprint and inter-city travel time than air travel

PIL challenging veto power of Ward Committee Chairperson

Governance

The High Court on Monday issued notice to the state government on a public interest litigation questioning the veto power granted to councillors as chairpersons of ward committees under the Karnataka Municipal Corporations (KMC), Act, 1976.

misfeasance of public office

Governance

The high court has said if an officer or authority issues a vague notice to a person without specific allegations against him/her, it amounts to harassment, and the action of that officer/authority is liable for "misfeasance of public office".

Sorry plight of two-wheeler riders

According to the Road Accident Report (2014) published by the road transport and highways ministry , while 4,726 lives were lost in crashes due to humps, 6,672 people died in accidents caused due to potholes and speed breakers.

Worrisome aspects of Modi Sarkar's functioning

Governance

While I had some reservations about Narendra Modi, largely from the perspective of his not having followed "Raj Dharma" post the Gujarat riots, I was welcoming of his government coming to power, or more specifically the defeat of the corrupt and ineffective Congress government.

Challenges facing Digital-isation of India

Infosys, country's second largest software services firm, has not made any profit on government projects because of red-tapism and other issues, its co-founder N R Narayana Murthy said today.

Questions on legislative functioning

Governance

The people be damned — no one cares about the delay in the GST or the land acquisition law or the lives of the jobless young — as long my salary as an MP is doubled.

Building law violations PIL

Urban Development

The division bench of Acting Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice B V Nagarathna on Monday issued a notice to Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in response to a PIL.

Getting the economics of solar power right

Power

Narendra Modi has raised the target for solar electric capacity from 20,000MW to 100,000MW by 2022 at a cost of maybe $100 billion. This is a serious blunder. It will sabotage his “Make in India” plans by technically disrupting the whole electricity grid, and raising the cost of a critical manufacturing input — electricity.

Socialism - the cause of the Greek economic melt-down?

Economy

The following write-up (with emphasis added by me by highlighting where I felt it appropriate) on the subject reached me through a whatsapp group, yesterday, along-with a question as to whether I was the author, knowing me to be talking a similar language all along:

Opening up the market for land

Soon, non-agriculturists whose income is less than Rs 25 lakh per annum will be able to buy farmlands in Karnataka, thanks to the government which is planning to amend the Karnataka Land Reforms Act. The Karnataka Land Reforms Act now does not allow non-agriculturists whose income is more than Rs 2 lakh per annum to buy farm land.

Criss-cross elevated corridor based development, or Namma Railu based development - which would suit Bengaluru better?

Urban Development

The state government's ambitious plan of easing traffic congestion by constructing elevated corridors is all set to come with a huge bill: A massive Rs 18,500 crore! And they plan to pass it on to the users.

I'll do whatever it takes to protect my child

Public Health

"I'll do whatever it takes to protect my child" is what Chinese mothers are beginning to say after realising the kind of harm pollution (focus here has been largely on air) is causing to their children.

Manhattanised villages of Bengaluru city

Urban Development

Cosmopolitan Bengaluru may have emerged as the silicon valley of the country, but some of its urbanised areas such as Koramangala and Peenya are still villages if the Revenue Department records are to go by. This is one of the reasons for the prevailing confusion over land documents, officials say.

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