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Emboldened Corporates

Governance

Lokayukta police on Tuesday arrested a chief environmental officer in the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) while he was accepting Rs 50,000-bribe from an employee of a leading instant food manufacturer.

Namma Metro disconnect

Metro Rail

Namma Metro connectivity to different parts of the city is welcome. But commuters also need good access and facilities to reach stations from their homes. And that's a drawback, finds a recent study by the Indian Institute of Science.

BBMP's box drains

The pictures below show what I am referring to as"box drains" under construction, on the east side of the road between Egipura jn and the bridge over the strorm-water (rather sewage) drain, in Koramangala.

Alarming air quality scene in India

Pollution

But for the first three weeks of this year, New Delhi’s average daily peak reading of fine particulate matter from Punjabi Bagh, a monitor whose readings are often below those of other city and independent monitors, was 473, more than twice as high as the average of 227 in Beijing.

BWSSB's deathtraps

The pictures below offer two views of a dig-up (on 12th main, HAL 2nd stage, Indiranagar, adjacent to Corner House), obviously by BWSSB, to access their manhole cover, the top of which has gone almost a foot below the re-tarred road surface.

Question of Corporate citizens' accountability

Governance

My posting a link to this comment on the non-professional methods adopted by BBMP to collect property tax dues (going by BBMP's claim) from WIPRO, on OneBengaluruGoogleGroup, led to the following exchange with DV (incidentally, a

Arbitrary and unfair water tariff increase for apartment complexes

Attached is the minutes of the meeting between BAF (Bangalore Apartments Federation, representing 45 apartment complexes) members & BWSSB Chairman Mr. Ravi Shankar, held on 08 Jan 2014.

FDI in Railways

Commuter Rail

Whether or not foreign direct investment (FDI) will be allowed for high speed trains in Indian Railways is still being discussed as the Home Ministry is yet to respond to the Cabinet note sent by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion’s (DIPP) to the Home Ministry.

deathly underpasses

The following is the first person account, narrated to me by a friend, of his, his wife's and his driver's almost having drowned in their car in the flooded underpass, near Pebble Bay apartment complex (Hebbal - check location here), on the morning of the 8th Oct, '13 (Since the friend had

Time for Siddaramaiah to switch to AAP?

Governance

Amidst displeasure expressed by some Congress MLAs and flak from civil society activists, Congress MLAs D K Shiva Kumar and R Roshan Baig were sworn in as cabinet ministers here on Wednesday. Both Shiva Kumar and Baig were administered the oath of office and secrecy by governor H R Bhardwaj at Raj Bhavan.

Fountainhead of scams

Governance

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probing the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) recruitment scam has found that 15 per cent of the total aspirants paid bribes ranging from Rs. 45 lakh to Rs. 75 lakh fixed by Chairman, Gonal Bheemappa, and other members of the commission.

Speeding inferno's

Public Transport

Kolur, a regional sales manager in a private firm, said he and others saw rats running around the coach. “We even had an argument with the TTE on the poor condition of blankets given to us and the rats,” he told Express.

Karnataka MLAs' right to Junkets Act

Governance

While one set of MLAs is packing its bags for an exotic Latin American vacation, some of their colleagues are already taking in the sun and sand in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

The Genetically Modified (GM) crop debate

Economy

In the debate over whether India should go for transgenic or genetically modified (GM) crops or not, there is a viewpoint that supports its ability to enhance production and increase food security, while against the motion there's a word of caution on the grounds that it will encourage monoculture and end diversity of traditional crops.

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