Bengaluru this week
September 3rd 2015
In this edition, get an insight into how the support groups Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon help alcoholics and their families cope with alcoholism. Also read how bike ambulances are faring in Bengaluru, the reason why you may get curdled milk from the Karnataka Milk Federation, and what you can do to make the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations eco-friendly. As a follow-up to our special coverage of the BBMP elections, we also have a few features on the newly elected corporators and the upcoming Mayoral elections. Happy reading!
This week’s highlight: One day at a time
Alcoholism comes with a litany of problems, for both the alcoholic and his/her family and friends. Members of Alcoholics Anonymous and the family-focused Al-Anon discuss living with alcoholism, and what they do to cope. While they call it an ‘incurable disease’, there certainly is light at the end of the tunnel.
Read: One day at a time.
Living in the city
Some half litre Nandini milk and curd packets don’t carry the words ‘Use by’ on the packaged date stamping. Sakuntala Narasimhan asks if this is one more instance of the government taking the public for a ride. Read: Mislabelling, lack of quality and what more?
Bike ambulances were introduced in Bengaluru to ensure that victims of accidents or other emergencies get timely medical help. Since April, they have responded to over 700 calls in the city. Read: Four months after launch, bike ambulances in Bengaluru attend to a dozen calls a day.
On September 2nd, various trade unions across Bengaluru called for a bandh against the Road Safety and Transport bill to be tabled by the government in the parliament. Why were they objecting to the bill? Read: Here’s why the September 2nd bandh was called.
Here’s how the residents of Bevinamara Colony, a village with 300 households, went from dumping waste to segregating it at source. Truly a model village for Bengaluru. Read: Village becomes “swachh” with Rs 1.5 lakhs, cycle trolleys, bins and bags
The new BBMP council
Why is the mayor’s post important? What are the functions and responsibilities of the mayor? What does a deputy mayor do? Read: Answers to FAQs on BBMP Mayoral elections.
Who are the councilors of BBMP who can vote in the mayoral election? Which party do they belong to? Here is the full list. Read: The 260-member juggernaut: Will it drive BBMP haywire?
Of the 34 corporators who were re-elected to the City Council in the recent BBMP Elections, 24 showed an increase in assets. Here’s our analysis of their affidavits. Read: How much richer have the re-elected corporators become in five years?
B.PAC’s letter to Narendra Modi asks for him to urge BBMP corporators to commit to clean governance and efficient administration in Bengaluru. Read: ‘Na Khaoonga, Na Khane Dunga’
Here’s an example of what an active Resident Welfare Association can achieve. By ensuring that every voter was on the rolls and by helping out those who had questions on Election day, Hemmigepura ward saw 59.4% turnout, the second highest from any ward in Bengaluru.
Ganesh Chaturthi is coming up on September 17th and preparations for the festival have surely begun. Here are some recommendations to keep the festivities green. Read: Five ways to celebrate an eco-friendly Ganesha Habba.
Food for thought
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran’s hilarious account of what ensues when an Indian Babu interrupts a presentation is an accurate depiction of what happens when those in power interact with the masses. Read: Blustering Babutopia.
Auto drivers refuse to carry not only migrants, but also the locals. Staring at women has been the “prerogative” of educated men, not just the uneducated. Sometimes such realities hit us hard… Read: Ramblings on garbage, autos and lechery in Bengaluru.
In her latest post, Deepa Mohan features a mother who hunts for baby food even before she has given birth. Read the exciting account of what happens when the Spider or Pompilid Wasp, meets a spider, a Tarantula no less. Read: Nature’s drama.
In other news…
Events this week
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