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Wake up, Clean up Bengaluru

I had the privilege of attending what was termed as a 'Power Nashta' session of 'opinion makers' yesterday morning at the "Wake up, Clean up Bengaluru" week-long workshop, currently in progress at the Freedom Park (the facebook wall of the workshop may be accessed

The adjournment ailment

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said delay in dispensation of justice could well be attributed to the judiciary's almost institutionalized generosity in granting adjournment of hearings and called for its complete abolition.

Why isn't plea-bargaining being practiced In India?

While the demands for Taliban-type punishments grow louder, one point being missed is that tougher the punishment, lesser the chances of it being awarded and longer it will take to execute.

Why should the 17-yr old rapist be allowed to get away lightly?

While the cacophony for the death sentence for the accused grows louder, most of us ignore the fact that the main accused in this crime is a juvenile. Forget about the death penalty, he cannot be jailed in a regular prison even for a day. Nor can he be tried in a regular court of law. This case should provoke a rethinking about our juvenile justice laws.

Dec-16 as Nirbhaya/ Damini (rather, the actual name) Raakhee day

The Delhi gang-rape case has brought to the fore the need for fast-tracking of not just the courts, but all of the following:

1) Professionalisation of preparation and maintenance of voters' lists:

Fixing accountability for BBMP's works

One of the concrete slabs, covering the drain across the road junction in front of our residential complex (in S T Bed layout, Koramangala) main gate, developed cracks somewhere along, and eventually gave way around the middle of last week (see picture below), posing a hazard, particularly to pedestrians and two-whheler riders.

The 'Cash Transfer Scheme' debate

Of course, cash transfers have advantages too: they have lower transaction costs, more convenient for migrant labour, and might be easier to monitor.

Car parking infrastructure and quality of urban spaces

Even with improving public transportation like the metro, the demand for parking in public places will only increase due to the rapid increase in car numbers. - - - Governments are alive to the problem and have created different business models to build multilevel car parks in public places.

Iniquitous CDP, conflicts thereof, and a SDZ (Sustainable Development Zone) plan as a solution

The Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) - 95 marked out large areas around the city as "Green Belt" (check here), along which no development was to be allowed.

Launch of lake portal and formation of core lake group

Following is the mail sent out by Mr Arbind Gupta, one of the key members of the group, on the OneBengaluru google-group:

Dear friends
 

10 less known, but Interesting facts about Karnataka

Ten less known, but Interesting facts about Karnataka - in no particular order.

FIR against Home Minister

The Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) has registered an FIR against Deputy Chief Minister R Ashoka for granting four acres of bagair hukum land each to Mayor D Venkatesh Murthy and his wife K Prabha in Somanhalli village of Uttarahalli hobli.

e-Governance Award for BBMP’s PID System !

The World e-Governments Organisation of Cities and Local Governments (WeGO) will award the Palike for its GIS based Property Identification (PID) Number system on November 12 in Spain.

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