Bengaluru this week
November 20th 2014
City news that mattters
Before our Bengaluru This Week roundup, here’s the curation of latest city news.
This week’s highlight: New fee guidelines for private schools
A young seller arranging vegetables at a weekly santhe near Bannerghatta Biological Park. Pic: Bosky Khanna
» HOPCOMS alone supplies close to 70 tonnes of vegetables and fruits to Bengaluru every day! Ever wondered where our city of 10 million people gets its vegetables from? Citizen Matters traces the journey of vegetables, from the farmers’ fields to your local vegetable shop.
Living in the city
» If you pay your BESCOM bill directly through your bank account, via ECS, this is a must-read. Deepa Mohan recounts her experience. Read: My complaint to BESCOM: further developments.
» Looks like the people of Bengaluru will never have official say in the governance of the city. Yet another draft of the new rules for Ward Committee is out – but what is new? Read: Power to citizens still remains a pipe-dream.
» Traffic moves smoothly even when a road is closed for a long time, for Metro or other construction works. Can the city reclaim such roads, and transform them into public places, wonders Vivek Vaidyanathan.
» BMTC will be conducting a free diabetes check-up for 35,000 drivers and conductors across the city. This is part of their new campaign on diabetes prevention, detection and management launched on World Diabetes Day.
» With more and more government regulations, many schools are shutting down. Ashwin Mahesh opines that this might pose serious problems. Read: When regulations force schools to close down.
» Guide: If your non-profit has been accepting funds from abroad without FCRA clearance, it could spell trouble for you. Here’s how you need to go about getting the FCRA clearance for your non-profit organisation. Read: FCRA registration.
The heroes among us
» This is the story of yet another lake that has citizens championing for it – the Ibblur Lake in Bellandur. Here’s an update on the ongoing restoration work at the lake.
» A unique festival aims to bring back the bus into the limelight with competitions, discussions, film screenings and more. Read: Janasnehi Bussigagi, a campaign for people-friendly buses.
» Without bees, our world will not be remain the same. Poornima Kannan writes about the importance of bees and their disappearance from the eco-system. Read: Trees and bees.
Arts and Culture
» Chitra Srikrishna, our music expert, talks about the presence of Indian ragas in African world music in part 2 of Music beyond borders. Read part 1, that explores European music, here.
» Kripa is very active on social media. Everything was fun, until she found herself being trolled by her own friend. Read: Why is Kripa “friends” with Creepy?
Events this weekend