Bengaluru this week
December 3rd 2015
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This week’s highlight: How Bengaluru is helping Chennai
Citizens and groups are jumping in to help the flood-affected in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu – Pondicherry. If you are in Bengaluru, here’s your guide to who is doing what, and how you can help. Read: How Bengaluru is helping Chennai.
Living in the city
A recent amendment to the town planning act stops developers from selling properties to buyers before the layouts are developed fully and approved by the authorities. With this, the practice of letting developers sell 60% to buyers before developing the layout will be done away with. Read: Developers can sell sites only after developing the layout.
On November 30th, after Bengaluru Mayor N Manjunath Reddy called off the monthly BBMP council meeting, opposition party leader Padmanabha Reddy hurriedly convened a press meet. At the press meet, he accused the BBMP Commissioner and Chief Audit Officer of releasing Rs 179 crore, violating a High Court order to strictly follow seniority while clearing bills. Read: BBMP disobeyed HC order while releasing fund
There are no takers for low grade plastic, which is why the government has decided to ban it. While there are ways to reuse the plastic waste, they have not been found viable so far. Read the second article in our series on the plastic ban: If there is no ban, how to deal with the plastic?
Here’s a first person account of the #SaveWhitefield protest: There is Renewed hope.
School kids from Whitefield bear the brunt of bad road. They showed their solidarity at the #SaveWhitefield protest: In pictures
A Whitefielder is clear it’s high time citizens’ voices are heard: #SaveWhitefield protest is only the beginning…
Ramagondanahalli-Borewell Road in Whitefield is fraught with danger – street lights that don’t work, giant potholes and more. Are the authorities waiting for disaster to strike?
Interview: Akkai Padmashali
From being someone who had to face societal opposition, to becoming a Rajyotsava award recipient for her activism, Akkai Padmashali has come a long way. Here’s an interview that sheds light on her life and thoughts. Read: “State and media support LGBT activism”.
From the editors
After we published Elixir Nahar’s piece on Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Mount Carmel College, several of our readers asked us why we chose to publish a ‘political’ piece. Read: Why we published the student piece on the Rahul Gandhi event.
Food for thought
The excitement around the upcoming Bangalore Literary Festival has been marred by controversy with writers threatening to boycott the festival and founding director Vikram Sampath stepping down. Read: Fostering Freedom of Expression – BLF and beyond.
The next time you visit Lalbagh, keep an eye out for the weavers of the insect world. Here’s a look at the fascinating world of weaver ants.Read: Weaving their way.
The week that was
Events this week
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