Bengaluru this week
February 25th 2016
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This week’s highlight: Are you getting cheated by your LPG dealer?
If you are a private gas consumer, this is a must-read! Many consumers have been charged as high as Rs 1,280 for a 12 kg LPG cylinder. The prices are supposed to be not more than Rs 800. So are you paying the right price or are you getting cheated?
Read: Make sure you are paying the right price for private LPG.
If you feel you have been overcharged for the LPG that you buy, recount your experience over email, with relevant pictures of the bill. If you have reached out to your gas agency for clarification, do let us know what they have said as well. Click here to mail us. A copy of this mail will also be sent to officials in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry.
Living in the city
The streets of Bengaluru are decorated with the black cables that Cable TV operators hang from trees, balconies and street light poles, crisscrossing everywhere, posing a danger to walkers and vehicles. So what is the government doing to solve the problem? Read: Finally, rules to address those dangerous dangling cables.
Imagine getting notified about a public hearing on a Sunday morning, only 14 hours before the meeting. Would you be able to make it? Read: How Namma Metro invites public participation.
Tanker data collection
Citizen Matters is looking to create a crowd-sourced list of tanker water suppliers in Bengaluru. If you get your water supply from tankers, request you to take this survey. Click here »
Those were the days
Kannada film and TV serial director, TN Seetharam reminisces about life in Bengaluru in the 1970s and remembers a visionary who had predicted the city’s problems 40 years ago. Read: When a Bangalorean didn’t want Bengaluru to become big.
In the past year, over a 100 people—from ages seven to 55—have taken up do-it-yourself projects at an alternate school at Banjarapalya village on the outskirts of Bengaluru. The founder of Project DEFY shares what it’s all about. Read: Here’s a school where a 100 students learn all by themselves!
Food for thought
Ashok Kumar writes about a chance encounter with someone on the street, and realises that not everyone is motivated by money! Read: The lady under the flyover.
Our youngest blogger is looking to change schools, that too in his tenth standard. As he goes through the application process for his next school, he realises that the quality of education is directly proportional to how much one is willing to pay for it. Read: Where knowledge is free.
Ideas for change
Building local credibility, holding the government accountable – these are some of the things that Ashwin Mahesh thinks social entrepreneurs and NGOs should work towards. Read: 10 things that social entrepreneurs and NGOs should keep in mind.
The week that was
Events this week
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