Plastic ban = 25,000 jobs gone?; Rainiest November ever in Bengaluru; Raman: The last years


Bengaluru this week

November 20th 2015


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In this edition, read about what concerns the workers in the plastic industry have with respect to the government’s move to ban plastic. Also read about why Bengaluru has been seeing rains the past week and what the weather will be like in the coming days. On the occassion of CV Raman’s 45th death anniversary on November 21st, read the fourth article in our series on the scientist. Do check out our youngest blogger’s post about videogames. Also read about a possible solution for the traffic mess at Whitefield. All this and more…

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This week’s highlight: Impact of the plastic ban

A worker gives finishing touches to plastic carry bags at a manufacturing unit in Peenya. Pic: Akshatha M

The annual production of plastic industries in Karnataka is anywhere between 12,000 to 15,000 tons. Going by an estimation, nearly 25,000 people are directly employed in the industry, and over 75,000 people are indirectly dependent on it. What could happen to the livelihoods of all these people if the Karnataka Government’s move to ban plastic is enforced?

Read: Plastic ban – 25,000 to lose jobs; industry seeks solutions.

November rain

This November, Bengaluru broke all records in terms of rainfall. And the rains are yet to take a break. You may need to wait for a few more days to see the sun shine. Read: Rainiest since 1916; more to come.

Solid waste management

Why does the garbage crisis keep rearing its ugly head time and again? Unless garbage tenders and the SWM policy are in sync, there could be no end to the crisis in Bengaluru. Read: Garbage in, garbage out.

On the road

What would it take to solve the mess of traffic in the Whitefield area? Ashwin Mahesh offers some suggestions that could help stabilise the problem. Read: Four things that can ease the traffic in Whitefield.

Remembering CV Raman

Sir CV Raman, with Jawaharlal Nehru and the Mysore Maharaja. Pic: Raman Research Institute

Tomorrow, November 21st is the 45th death anniversary of CV Raman. No better time than now to publish the fourth article in our series on one of India’s greatest scientists. Read: The last years – Raman’s meeting with Nehru and more.

The heroes among us

When you see someone doing something out of the ordinary, do you wonder what they are up to? Perhaps you should ask them… What they have to say could inspire you. Read: A wise woman.

Food for thought

Parents typically dismiss video games as a waste of time. Our youngest bloggers says there’s a lot that children can learn provided they are playing the right games. Read: Game theory.


How would you feel if you heard strains of Akka Mahadevi’s Kannada poetry on a trip abroad? Chitra Srikrishna says she found a whole new perspective on Lord Shiva and his relevance to modern times. Read: Akka Mahadevi across the shores.

The week that was

  • After much delay, Reach 2 of Namma Metro from Magadi Road to Nayandahalli was inaugurated earlier this week. The new metro line consists of six stations – Magadi Road, Hosahalli, Vijaya Nagar, Attiguppe, Deepanjali Nagar and Mysore Road.
  • The incessant rainfall in last two weeks has resulted in the city lakes brimming with water again. According to BBMP, of the 66 lakes, 42 have reached maximum capacity. These include Ulsoor, Sankey, Yelahanka, Hebbal, Kaikondrahalli, Allasandra and Nagavara.
  • BBMP has finally decided to not renew the licences of 32 contractors chargesheeted by the CID in the fake bill scam.
  • BBMP Forest Department will hold a meeting to discuss tree-cutting on Metro Reach 2 and 4, on November 24th, in IPP centre, Malleshwaram.
  • In a recent meeting, BWSSB Chairperson T M Vijay Bhaskar said that despite BWSSB taking measures to prevent entering of sewage into the lake, it would take at least five years to fix the frothing problem in Bellandur lake.
  • Bengaluru which had recently made it to the top 20 technology-rich cities globally, has now made it to the list of top 20 commercial real estate investment cities in the world. The city has secured the 20th position in the property consultant JLL’s latest Asia-Pacific city investment intensity index.

Events this week

Experiementa 2015, November 25th to 29th, Goethe Institut 

  • Dying to discuss the new book you have read? The Bring Your Own Book (BYOB) Party on November 21st is where you can go. This is your chance to meet other readers too.
  • DanceJathre, a celebration of dance with an array of workshops, competitions, performances, stalls and more, is happening at Chitrakala Parishath on November 21st and 22nd.
  • Many exciting walks in the coming few days which offer an insight into Bengaluru’s culture and history. Some require prior registration.
  • The 9th International Biennial for Moving Image Art in India, Experimenta 2015 is happening at Goethe Institute from November 25th to 29th. The inaugural film for the festival is Court.
  • Watch 2 automnes 3 hivers, a movie about the lives of three people over the course of two autumns and three winters at Alliance Francaise on November 26th.  
  • Take your children to watch How Cow Now Cow, a play about a grumpy cow at Atta Galatta on November 26th and 27th.

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