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Jnana fellowship


If any of the Praja want to take a sabbatical from their current jobs and serve as a consultant to a government department, this might be an interesting opportunity. I am reproducing verbatim an email I received.

Praja also in Kannada!

Praja related

We are glad to announce availaibility of Praja also in Kannada. Although users could create posts and comments in Kananda since the beginning, starting today users will be able to see a lot of the interface elements in Kannada as well.

Moreover, members could now also translate useful posts from English to Kannada or vice-versa allowing more members to access useful content in a language of their choice. Members interested in translating the content can mail tech at and they will be given suitable rights to acces translation interface.

You can see praja in Kannada here. If you have difficulty reading Kannada text or writing in Kannada, look at these pages for some help.

ಪ್ರಜಾ ಇನ್ನು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೂಡ!

Praja related

ಕನ್ನಡ ಬಲ್ಲ ಪ್ರಜಾ ಸದಸ್ಯರಿಗೆ ಒಂದು ಸಂತಸದ ಸುದ್ದಿ. ಇಂದಿನಿಂದ ಪ್ರಜಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಇಂಟರ್ ಫೇಸ್ ಅನ್ನು ಪ್ರಾಯೋಗಿಕವಾಗಿ ಒದಗಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರೆಯುವ ಸೌಲಭ್ಯ ಪ್ರಜಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೊದಲಿನಿಂದಲೇ ಇದ್ದರೂ, ಇಂದಿನಿಂದ ಸದಸ್ಯರು ಹಲವಾರು ಲಿಂಕ್ ಗಳನ್ನೂ, ಆಯ್ಕೆಗಳನ್ನೂ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ನೋಡಬಹುದು.

ಇದಲ್ಲದೇ, ಇಂಗ್ಲೀಷ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುವ ಲೇಖನಗಳನ್ನು ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ (ಅಥವಾ ಕನ್ನಡದಿಂದ ಇಂಗ್ಲೀಷಿಗೆ) ಭಾಶಾಂತರ ಕೂಡ ಮಾಡಬಹುದು. ಭಾಶಾಂತರ ಮಾಡಲು ಆಸಕ್ತಿ ಇರುವ ಸದಸ್ಯರು tech 'at' ಗೆ ಮೈಲ್ ಮಾಡಿದರೆ ಸೂಕ್ತ ಅನುಮತಿಯನ್ನು ಕೊಡಲಾಗುವುದು.

ಪ್ರಜಾವನ್ನು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ನೋಡಲು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಹೋಗಬಹುದು.

Easy auto being relaunched

Easy auto, an autorickshaw initiative launched couple of years ago and in spite of very good intentions, failed to gain a critical mass and momentum to sustain the service.

Mangalore to get traffic cameras

Following the foot steps of Bangalore, now Mangalore is planning to install cameras to monitor traffic. quotes Mr. N Sateesh Kumar on the plans.

BCIL's survey on Bangalore car commuters

Public Transport

BCIL recently conducted a survey among car owners who commute to work to find out whether they would be willing to consider a public transport alternative.

They have released the report (executive summary in fact) and it does have some useful insights. You can see the press release here, the executive summary PPT is available here and here is TOI's coverage.

Unravelling Myths about Subsidies in Urban Transport

Public Transport

In a recent article published by Ashok Sreenivas and Girish Sant in EPW, they demonstrate that private vehicles get more subsidy from Goverment than public trans

Humour laden ideas for BTRAC's creative project


Last week we discussed KRDCL's decision to involve a creative agency to improve driver behaviour. The enthusiasm of praja members was evident and several of us wondered if it is worth giving a shot at this!!

As cosmic coincidence would have it, we also got hooked to satiric videos from a Bangalore based groups of youngsters on youtube. Our friends from make wonderful, homemade, 100% organic videos that mock popular culture, Current affairs, News, Controversies, TV shows, Personalities and just about everything else.

In what consultants would call a 'synergistic opportunity', we put the one and one together and asked them if they will be game to jump in with us on this.

Energy Efficiency in Buildings

As the summer months progress and our hydro-electric reservoirs dry down, along comes the dreaded load-shedding. While it is true that the demand for electricity is far greater than the supply, I guess there is surely something we can do to shorten this gap from the supply end. For this post, I would skip the issues with ‘leakage’ or electricity and ‘grid inefficiency’ and would discuss about the technical and policy aspects at the end-user level. I hope you will be able to add your inputs and we can get the required policy changes through collective lobbying. (Image Courtesy jalalspage)

ನಾವೇನು ಮಾಡಬಹುದು?

ಕಳೆದ ವರ್ಷದ ನಾಟಕಗಳು ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಮುಗಿದು ನಮ್ಮ ರಾಜಕಾರಣಿಗಳು ಮನೇಲಿ ಬೆಚ್ಚಗೆ ಕೂತಿರೋದರಿಂದ ಒಂದು ಲಾಭ ಅಂದರೆ, ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಕೆಲಸಗಳಿಗೆ ಅಡ್ಡಗಾಲು ಹಾಕುವವರು ಕಮ್ಮಿಯಾಗಿ ಸುಮಾರು ಕೆಲಸಗಳು ಬೇಗ ಬೇಗ ಮುಗೀತಾ ಇವೆ. ಹಾಗೋ ಹೀಗೋ ಬಿಡಿಎ ನವರು ಒಂದಿಷ್ಟು underpassಗಳು ಮಾಡ್ತಾ ಇದಾರೆ, airport ಕೆಲಸ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ನಡೆದು, ಜಾಸ್ತಿ ಗಲಾಟೆ ಇಲ್ಲದೆ ಮುಗಿದಿದೆ. ಒಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ನಾಟಕದ ಕಂಪನಿಗಳು ಇಲ್ಲದೇ ಇದ್ದಾಗ ಕೆಲಸಗಳು ಸುಗಮವಾಗಿ ನಡಿತಾ ಇತ್ತು ಅನ್ನೊದಂತೂ ನಿಜ.

One convincing reason for us to use public transport and bicycles

Public Transport
They say a picture says a thousand words. Here is a poster that show the space occupied by same number of people using Cars, bus and cycles.
Can it get any more convincing than this?
Courtesy: Core77 blog.

Its official, its 11th May


It is official. The new opening date for the Bangalore International Airport is 11th May. Below is the message from BIAL:

New Airport Opening Date for Bengaluru International Airport is May 11, 2008

Bangalore, March 13, 2008

We have received communication from the Ministry of Civil Aviation seeking a consideration of a suitable airport opening date after May 10, 2008 due to delays on the Air Traffic Control (ATC) services. BIAL has decided the new date of Airport Opening as May 11, 2008.

We are clearly disappointed with this delay especially as our employees and all our partners have been working tirelessly to launch Bengaluru International Airport on schedule on March 30, 2008. This delay is beyond the control of BIAL. To mark the successful readiness of the airport infrastructure, BIAL will hold an event to showcase the new airport on March 28th 2008.

ಆಟೋ ಲೇನ್ ಹೋಗಿ ಬಸ್ ಲೇನ್ ಬಂತು ಡುಂಡುಂ!!


ಬಹಳ ದಿನಗಳಿಂದ ನಮ್ಮಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲವರು ಬಸ್ ಲೇನ್ ಬೇಕು, ಬಸ್ ಲೇನ್ ಬೇಕು ಅಂತ ಆಸೆ ಪಡ್ತಾ ಇದ್ವಲ್ಲ, ನಮ್ಮ ಕನಸು ಸಧ್ಯದಲ್ಲೇ ನನಸಾಗೋ ಹಾಗೆ ಕಾಣಿಸ್ತಾ ಇದೆ.

ಪ್ರಜಾವಾಣಿಯ ಈ ಸುದ್ದಿ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಬಸ್ ಲೇನ್ ಗಳನ್ನ ಪ್ರಾಯೋಗಿಕವಾಗಿ ಪರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಮಾಡೋ ಆಲೋಚನೆ ಇದೆಯಂತೆ.

Chamalapura People's Voice - Video

With all the political drama going on in the state, the Chamalapura issue seems to be of little interest to the politicians currently. But nevertheless, you would not be surprised if the issue is opened again in the near future when things are settles at Vidhana Soudha. We got access to one of the documentaries made by Anti-Chamalapura-Powerplant activists through Mr. E.R.Ramachandran and we are glad to share it with you here. Link to Video (Removed embeded video due to problems with Internet Explorer)

Ultra local JNNURM

Here is a good news!! JNNURM is now ultra-local! We all knew that JNNURM could be used by projects of medium scale that benefit the majority of the community of a town/city.

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