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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

Private transport

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

Urban Development

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.

Animal sacrifice in the open

Public Health

I am reproducing below, relevant extracts of mail exchanges on the subject in "OneBengaluru Google-group" (there is an unwritten code in the group that such involved discussions should not be encouraged, and that it is meant largely for exchanging information - well, I guess, that's where PRAJA comes in):

Why is the link to "code of conduct" on the CREDAI site not functional?

Urban Development

The CREDAI, Bangalore (Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India) site is accessible here. Listed amongst various links on it is one on "code of conduct". But, if you click on it, it just takes you in circles.

How a Russian city got its politicians to do their work

The video clip, linked below, shows how a Russian city managed to get the powers that be of the city to do their work. Can we possibly make such an approach work in Namma Bengaluru? Or, are our politicians too thick-skinned compared to those in Russia, or elsewhere? May be worth finding out.

Muralidhar Rao

Koramangalites - brace yourselves for a lot more traffic

Traffic jams

A huge mall (Mantri ?) is supposedly coming up adjacent to the Agara lake (perhaps on the area marked 'encroachments Dec '08', seen by moving the cursor, here).

Concerns over lack of transparency in SCHBS, Koramangala, Developments

Urban Development

Following is the text of a letter sent to the BDA, jointly by the office bearers of affected RWA's, in March this year, because of the Shantinagar House Building Co-op Society developments taking place, over the 65 acre area in the vicinity of the Nirgun Mandir, in Koramangala (check

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