Bengaluru this week
December 11th 2014
We are very proud to announce that your local web newsmagazine Citizen Matters has won the Manthan Award (South Asia and Asia Pacific) in the e-News and Journalism category. Our co-founder Meera K received the citation last week at the award ceremony in New Delhi. This is our sixth award in six years! Thank you, for your unfailing support to us, by reading, giving feedback, contributing findings, data, articles and donating… It truly reinforces our faith in the work that we do!
Also read: What another award for Citizen Matters means to me – Citizen Matters co-founder, Subbu Vincent’s take on awards in general.
City news that matters
And before the summary of our own stories, here’s a curation of the latest news from Bengaluru.
This week’s highlight
Between flames, fumes and bare hands – The untold story of Bengaluru’s e-waste
» Have you ever wondered about what happens to the e-waste that you generate? The quantity of waste generated is unknown, and facilities for scientific processing, non-existent. How then, does the e-waste get processed? Our intern, Varsha Parashiva Murthy finds out: The journey of e-waste in the city.
A step back in time
» Chandra Shekhar Balachandran goes down memory lane in his column, Southern Bengaluru Chronicles. This time it is about Mangamma, and her uncompromising attitude towards work. Read: “If I drop everything and rush there, will he come back to life?”
Food for thought
» 30 years ago, the rape of a 16-year-old Dalit girl in a police station led to the formation of rape laws in India. Sakuntala Narasimham asks: From Mathura rape case to Nirbhaya and beyond: What has changed between now and then?
» All along the railway tracks, from Bengaluru to New Delhi, there are huge quantities of litter strewn all over, by passengers and Railway employees. Is it perhaps time for the Railways to clean up its act?
Living in the city
» Construction of the Peripheral Ring Road, BDA’s much-awaited infrastructure project is slated to begin by mid-2015. The cost, initially pegged at 550 crores, has now gone up to 9,600 crores.
» As talks are under-way to split BBMP for better administration, Mathew Idiculla explains why it is important to examine how decisions regarding cities and their boundaries are taken. Read: Who decides where your city ends?
» The Subramaniam Committee has prepared and submitted its report on amending environment and forest-related laws. Read the report that was submitted by PM Modi’s on amending green laws.
» The latest from Bellandur – Completion of Green Glen layout road, ground water and biodiversity survey and blood donation drive on December 13th. Read the Bellandur Buzz newsletter.
» Chitra Srikrishna writes about her experience at The Raga Connection, a workshop to introduce children to ragas, by tracing the roots of popular Bollywood music.
» The children of Cooke Town have planned a special fundraiser event on December 14th to give a new lease of life to their beloved neighbourhood hangout, High Street Park. Read: The Amazing Super Mela.
» Malleshwaram is all set to become the domain of cyclists and skaters. The first Sunday of every month has been earmarked as Cycle Day. Here’s all that transpired at Malleshwaram’s very first Cycle Day.
» Have you ever observed how a bird fishes? Deepa Mohan is back with her column Nature Feature, with a lovely write-up on the fishing technique adopted by Painted Storks. Read: Umbrella fishing by Painted Storks.
» Puttenahalli Lake has some visitors from Europe. Garganey Ducks, which were first sighted at the lake in 2011, are back again this year for the winter. Read: The Garganey Ducks are back.
Events this weekend
You can also have a look at the complete listing of events coming up in Bengaluru here.