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Now, a Vision Group

Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa will head the Vision Group on Karnataka 2020, a panel constituted for finalizing the state’s vision document and its subsequent implementation.

Passport in three days

Citizens can now get a new passport within three days of police verification, or on the same day under "tatkal" scheme, as the Ministry of External Affairs on Monday signed an agreement with Tata Consultancy Services.

Solar rickshaws

Public Transport

Solar-powered rickshaws called green rickshaws were introduced in Chandni Chowk here on Thursday as part of a pilot project. Each of these rickshaws costs about Rs.17,000 and the idea is to have them in place of the man-pulled rickshaws.

KSRTC out to kill even existing competition

Tourism

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has informed the Karnataka High Court that it is in a position to replace private operators in case the High Court sets aside the modifications of nationalised schemes to regularise the grant of illegal permits.

Fund Children; not Schools

The most striking lesson for India is from Sweden’s education reforms in the early 1990s. Sweden has decentralised its system - shifting the control of schools from the centre to municipalities - and has given parents a choice whether to send their children to state or private schools (but paid by the state with a voucher).

Hot Pursuit of Solar Energy

Power

In its ‘hot pursuit ’for more solar energy, after the State Government set the ball rolling with its measures to increase production from renewable energy sources through public private partnerships, the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) has received a good response from the private players.

Power and water connections only after BBMP approval

PowerWater

Aspiring house owners, beware. It would be best to stick to the sanctioned building plan, as even the smallest deviations in the form of setbacks in front, rear, left or right side of the building, height of the structure or number of floors, could leave the building in darkness and without water.

Combining Capitalism with Welfarism

Modern capitalist states are all welfare states. Enormous bureaucracies have been created to tax the rich, regulate business, provide subsidies and special schemes to the needy, thwart environmental harm and health hazards, and so on. The list is long and keeps growing.

Meeting with South Western Railways

Promoting a comment from this post to plan and track a meeting with SWR - {admin}

contact established (with SW Rly)

Just spoke to Mr T R K Rao, Addl Divl Mgr, Bangalore Division, S W Rly. Gave him a brief on PRAJA, and invited him to visit our web-site (Sir - a warm hello to you, if you are reading this) to get a clearer understanding of what we are trying to do. He has promised to do so, and revert to me to fix a meeting, possibly in the coming week.

Offending temple

Traffic

10-yr old Sri Shirdi Sai Baba temple near Magadi Road is facing a threat of demolition by the BBMP. While the civic agency is backing the decision, saying the temple violates provisions of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act, temple authorities allege that their neighbour - wife of a high court judge - influenced the move.

Humanised streets - a Beijing initiative!

Environment

The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development's initiation of a national car-free day on Sept. 22 is of significance to both the country's urban development and environmental protection.

The theme, "humanized street", points to the trend in city renovations, of city roads in particular, in recent years.

Effective use of RTI

When Ravindranath first saw the irregularities, he started investigating and found that the buildings did not have occupancy certificates . "But the trade licences were given by the BBMP's health department. When I informed the authorities, they were not bothered. So I took up the issue through RTI and approached the KIC. Following the KIC order in May 2007, the three commercial complexes have been closed down and sealed," he explains. For more

The Cheap Volvo ride coincidence

Public Transport

The travel in the BMTC’s prestigious Volvo air-conditioned buses for just Re 1 from one point to another point in the city for four days is seen as a gesture by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government to celebrate its completion of 100 days in office. But not many people know that it was a gimmick. It is believed that the gesture was intended to benefit the participants of the three-day national executive meet of the ruling party in the State. The Re 1 travel did help many commuters, who find the rates otherwise unaffordable.

BMTC's business-oriented outlook

BusPublic Transport

To compensate for the losses in the regular operations, BMTC is now having to look at newer and newer avenues, though in the process they may be deviating totally from their original mandate. The increased contract services for schools and IT sector companies, etc are a part of all that.

'No' to more construction in Cubbon Park

EnvironmentTraffic

A group of 70 city advocates, opposing any construction inside Cubbon Park, submitted a memorandum to the chief justice of the high court on Saturday. In their representation addressed to Justice P D Dinakaran, the advocates said the court should not permit construction of a multi-storeyed car parking complex and a canteen within Cubbon Park, claiming it will be an environmental disaster.

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