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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.

An example of how a government office's functioning can transform

Governance

The following is about the last of the mails, posted a few weeks back by an entrepreneur (I'll refer to him as HK), in a chain of mail exchanges over the "OneBengaluru google-group", detailing the transformation in the attitude (for the better) of the Commercial Tax department officials in Bengaluru towards him and his colleagues.

Some unsolicited advice for AAP, Bengaluru

Governance

Aam Aadmi Party's rout of the Congress, I would like to believe, had more to do with the revulsion of the Delhi-ites with the inept and corrupt Central regime than with the comparatively competent Sheila Dikshit government. Perhaps some of the populist programmes, listed in AAP's election manifesto, too helped in garnering votes.

Towards a level playing field regime?

Economy

India’s competition watchdog has fined Coal India Ltd (CIL) and three of its subsidiaries a combined Rs.1,773 crore for misusing their position as monopoly suppliers of coal to fix prices and supply poor-quality coal, and do so on conditions that favoured them over the buyers. The specific charges against Coal India, the first state-run company to be fined by the Comp

Exemplary collaborative effort

Governance

The following is the text of a mail posted on the "saveKoramangala" yahoo-group by Mr Nitin Seshadri, Sec, Koramangala 3rd block assn, says it all.

Koramangala's latest challenge - Hosur road underpasses

After the "Sarjapur road signal-free corridor" fiasco (check here), where, perhaps for the first time in the history of the city, the road was ordered to be restored to its original condition, after considerable civil work had already progressed, one would have thought that the powers be

RTO absurdity, nay criminality

Hundreds of Bangalore-bound tourists from Tamil Nadu were stranded for hours on Sunday when taxi operators resorted to a snap strike at the check-post, near Hosur.

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