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The Press Council of India (PCI) has objected to the Karnataka speaker’s decision to initiate proceedings against mediapersons for exposing Porngate, in which two BJP ministers allegedly viewed porn clips on the mobile phone of a colleague inside the assembly.

Culture of jugaad Economics and voodoo politics

Governance

The imperative for growth cannot be overemphasised in a country where over 450 million people can’t afford two square meals and where every year nearly 12 million youngsters line up for jobs. The magnitude of the twin problems of rising expenditure and falling growth obliges the government to act on both fronts and display some sense of urgency.

Kingfisher debate

Such an airline (Kingfisher) deserves not just to succeed, but to be appreciated. No doubt, the high costs generated by government policies adversely affected all airlines; Naresh Goyal of Jet Airways is said to have lost his billionaire status and become a mere millionaire.

How did the BIAL runway deteriorate so fast?

AviationPublic Transport

A full scale runway closure is a major event, and for a runway to be closed for "maintenance" implies serious repairs. Serious repairs on a spanking new runway, at a new airport which has commenced operations less than four years ago, clearly implies something extra-ordinary.

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"Sakala" - Wake-Up Call For Babudom?

Governance

Beginning today, there is a deadline for all public services: be it a certificate or redressal of a grievance from any government department. If the deadline is not met, the official will be penalized. - - - -  “Enough is enough. We don’t want people running around for services,” the CM pointed out.

Loudspeaker menace

Public Health

A high court division bench headed by CJ Vikramajit Sen has given a week’s time to the Bangalore police commissioner to explain what action his department has initiated against illegal use of loudspeakers at religious places in the city. “If the same is not given, we will have to call the commissioner,” the bench said.

Information Denial Facilitation Commission

Governance

Now, it's a celebrated fact that the TTMC's in Bangalore are the biggest case of mis-use of JNNURM funds, as has more or less been established in this blog.

Dr Ashwin Mahesh for MLC

Politics

MLC for the Bangalore Graduates Constituency (election to which is coming up around June) is the only reprsentative - at any level of government - who is elected across the whole city, indeed the entire metropolitan region. This is an office unlike any other, and ideally it should be held by someone who can articulate a vision for the Bangalore city and region, and work to build it.

Draft National Water Policy (2012)

Water

Here is the link to announcement of the release of the "Draft National Water Policy (2012)" by Ministry of Water Resources on 31-January, 2012 15:11 IST  - open for comments till 29th February, 2012.

The draft policy document is attached.

Can we hope the politicians are now serious about tackling the impending water crisis?

Water

Politicians who participated in the discussion were in support of the proposal and praised CPP and BET's efforts in bringing a serious problem to limelight and planning a strategy to fight it. Politicians appeared to be united at the meeting to resolve the imminent crisis.

18-lane autobahn to BIA - isn't it clearly an overkill?

Infrastructure

The ride towards Bengaluru International Airport and beyond will soon become a minutes-only affair with work under way to upgrade Bellary Road (NH 7) into an 18-lane autobahn with a high speed rail link (HSRL) embedded in it.

Another wide footpath sacrificed

InfrastructurePedestrian Infrastructure

These pictures are of the 5th cross, Vth block, Koramangala, the one-way road leading up to the Canara Bank junction. The road has over the years become almost totally commercial, with any number of eateries, shops and what have you, setting up there, making it an almost one-stop destination for all kinds of products and services for a large section of the Koramangala population.

Why this colour (non)-vary, BMTC?

BusPublic Transport

I am reproducing below a letter a friend had mailed to BMTC MD (bmtcmd@gmail.com):

Welcome appreciation of media's role by CM

Governance

The CM is bothered about negative reports in the media. In his August meeting, he had asked officials to appoint a nodal officer to respond and issue clarifications to reports in the media.

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