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Isn't Nina Nayak more tuned to Bengaluru than Siddaramaiah?

I have only one question to ask these politicians who're trying to impose Kannada as the medium of instruction in primary schools: How many of them send their children to Kannada medium schools? English as a language is the gateway to economic development.

TenderSure takes off, finally

If BBMP (Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike) is to be believed, then  about 80 roads in the city will be free of digging for various purposes.  As a part of the process the civic agency has marked 18 roads in three packages under Specifications for Urban Road Execution (SURE) with investment of `200 crore.

Crony Statism?

Governance

Yesterday, talking about the previous evening's IPL match, a friend said that he was happy that Mumbai Indians had lost, largely because he can't stand Nita Ambani.

Can the Metro depend on government-run BESCOM?

Metro Rail

Metro services on the recently inaugurated Peenya section were disrupted for over an hour on Sunday afternoon following a power failure.

Dissecting AAP manifesto 2014

Governance

All said and done, AAP has catalysed change country-wide, and it very much deserves to be in the picture, even after the elections, perhaps in place of Congress and as a an alternative to BJP. This is particulaly so as far as Karnataka is concerned, where neither Congress nor BJP has much of a credible standing. And, that's why AAP interests me.

Metro Ph 3 - along a circular route - did you know?

Metro Rail

Meanwhile, Phase 3 is also on the cards. “We have already started planning Phase 3 of the Metro. Unlike Phase 1 and 2 which go across the city, north to south, east to west, Phase 3 will be a circular route around the city,” he (MD, Mr Kharola) said.

Relevance of Dr Vivek Murthy's appointment as US Surgeon General, for the democratic world

Governance

The bane of Capitalism is the power of business lobbies to affect governance in a way that it suits their vested interests, even if it is at colossal costs to public interest.

Congress sidelining Prof Rajiv Gowda?

Commuter Rail

Like in Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha constituency, primary election in Bangalore North scheduled to be held on Thursday, is petering out to be a farce with top Congress leaders threatening to defeat the very purpose of the experiment.

"ConnectKaro" report

My essential takeaways from "ConnectKaro" (workshop co-hosted by Embarq India, and World Resource Institute's centre for sustainable transport in India, in collaboration with DULT, on the 10th & 11th March):

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.

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