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Questions on legislative functioning

Governance

The people be damned — no one cares about the delay in the GST or the land acquisition law or the lives of the jobless young — as long my salary as an MP is doubled.

Yeshwantpur - Chikballapur Train Service

Commuter Rail

The Yeshwantpur-Devanahalli Train has been extended to Chikballapur. Here are its timings.

 

YPR --> CBP

Blr - Chennai new infra. connection

Public Transport

Gadkari is back with his mega projects and this time announcing concrete expressways accross India. One of them is to connect Bangalore to Chennai and bring down the travel distance from the current more than 300 Kms to 262 Kms and make it reachable in 3 hours time..land acqusition has already begun on the 70 Km stretch within Karnataka..

Building law violations PIL

Urban Development

The division bench of Acting Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice B V Nagarathna on Monday issued a notice to Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in response to a PIL.

Rampant tree cutting..

Environment

Bangalore loosing its green cover is a constant complaint we all have but most of us have done nothing much about it..however there are some audacious move by agencies who want to keep the 'view' for their expensive billboards unhindered. They go about cutting trees planted on the street in front of the billboards, which tend to block the view if left to grow.

Getting the economics of solar power right

Power

Narendra Modi has raised the target for solar electric capacity from 20,000MW to 100,000MW by 2022 at a cost of maybe $100 billion. This is a serious blunder. It will sabotage his “Make in India” plans by technically disrupting the whole electricity grid, and raising the cost of a critical manufacturing input — electricity.

Socialism - the cause of the Greek economic melt-down?

Economy

The following write-up (with emphasis added by me by highlighting where I felt it appropriate) on the subject reached me through a whatsapp group, yesterday, along-with a question as to whether I was the author, knowing me to be talking a similar language all along:

Service tax at restaurants

Tax rules have changed recently and that affects hotel bills. Please be aware of what you are paying after a meal, when the place is airconditioned...why just airconditioned? beats me!

From 1st june onwards the service tax is 5.6% of the total bill amount .

VAT is 14.5 % of the food bill in Karnataka..guess no other state charges so much!

So if your bill is 1000/-

Opening up the market for land

Soon, non-agriculturists whose income is less than Rs 25 lakh per annum will be able to buy farmlands in Karnataka, thanks to the government which is planning to amend the Karnataka Land Reforms Act. The Karnataka Land Reforms Act now does not allow non-agriculturists whose income is more than Rs 2 lakh per annum to buy farm land.

Criss-cross elevated corridor based development, or Namma Railu based development - which would suit Bengaluru better?

Urban Development

The state government's ambitious plan of easing traffic congestion by constructing elevated corridors is all set to come with a huge bill: A massive Rs 18,500 crore! And they plan to pass it on to the users.

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