Bengaluru this week
April 1st 2016
We are very excited to be hosting the Journalism for Citizens workshop tomorrow at IIM Bangalore as part of our Summer Fundraiser. A big shoutout to all the folks who have registered for the workshop; not only because you are supporting independent community media, but also to appreciate your involvement as an active citizen working for a better Bengaluru!
This week’s highlight: BBMP’s bloated budget for 2016-17
Tree planting, housing for backward groups, more money on infrastructure – these are some of the items that the BBMP budget puts forward. Never close to reality, the budget for 2016-17 looks seriously bloated! Read: Congress follows BJP, with bloated BBMP budget.
An ambitious target of Rs 2,300 crores has been set for property tax in the budget. In reality, the property tax collection in 2015-16 was only Rs 1,350 crores. Read the analysis of the budget by Bharathy Jayaprakash of Janaagraha.
High Court upholds ban on plastic
Plastic manufacturers and traders had challenged the State government’s decision to ban single use and non-recyclable plastic products at the High Court on Wednesday. The High Court, however, dismissed their petition on technical grounds, and stated that they could question the ban at the National Green Tribunal. Read: HC refuses to stay plastic ban.
In other news, citizens are gathering at Freedom Park tomorrow to celebrate the ban on plastic.
The conflict at Venkappa Art Gallery
What are the concerns of the artists who are opposing the MoU between the government departments and Tasveer Foundation with regard to Venkatappa Art Gallery? Here’s an opinion from the artist fraternity: Why artists oppose the takeover of Venkatappa Art Gallery.
A different perspective we published earlier: V Ravichandar, co-chair of the Karnataka Tourism Vision Group (KTVG), analyses the situation and possible solutions. Read: PPP can help improve Venkatappa Art Gallery.
The Smita Patil Retrospective
Attend Bhumika, a film festival that pays homage to the life and cinema of national award winning actor, the late Smita Patil. Nine of her films are being screened, including the Kannada movie, Anveshane. Read: Film festival to celebrate actor Smita Patil’s legacy.
The Green Spot Challenge
Been hearing about the Swacha Graha challenge, but not sure where to begin? A proponent of the initiative shares answers to some commonly asked questions. Read: Why you should take the Swacha Graha pledge today!
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