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Only 12.4% of all board seats filled by women in India: Deloitte 23.6.2017 Latest News
Women still go largely under- represented on corporate boards
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BBMP to plant 10 lakh saplings, and hope for the best 21.6.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
It is yet to put in place a system to ensure they are taken care of
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Rejuvenating the city and a water body 2.6.2017 Hindu: Youth
Given the will, the toxic waters of Bellandur Lake can still be cleaned of pollutants and rendered friendly for aquatic life. By M.A. Siraj
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Panel formed to revive city's dying waterbodies, says K J George 27.5.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Environment experts and government officials on Saturday deliberated on the state of Bellandur and Varthur lakes. The occasion was 'DH Spotlight' on 'Bringing Bellandur and Varthur Lakes Back to Life' at East Cultural Association in Indiranagar. Minister for Bengaluru Development and Town Planning K J George said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had always been concerned about the lakes not just in Bengaluru but also across the state and had convened meetings at Vikasa Soudha. "A committee led by additional chief secretary in Urban Development Department Mahendra Jain was formed to revive Bellandur and Varthur lakes, which decided to carry out weeding and aeration. An implementation committee headed by the BDA commissioner has been constituted," said George. He said the two sewage treatment plants (STP) set up in Bellandur will be operational by July and four more will be installed in the coming months. "We cannot improve the lake overnight. It may take at least two to three years," said the minister. He ...
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Just weeding Bellandur lake will not help: Saldanha 27.5.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Environment Support Group convener Leo Saldanha said the NGT was passing orders for quick-fix solutions as officials have failed to communicate the extent of the crisis in Bellandur lake. "Closing down industries alone will not save Bellandur lake. Solid waste is dumped in stormwater drains. How can we expect the sewage treatment plants to work when the water they handle has so much of solid waste?" he asked. Saldanha said clearing weeds does more harm than good. "Don't look at hyacinth as a disease. Hyacinth draws the excess nutrition in water. It basically treats sewage water. If you remove all weeds, then you are letting raw sewage into water," he said. "I appeal to the NGT to consider the Justice N K Patil report which suggested lining the 840 km of storm water drains with trees, bamboos and grass shrubs. These will absorb all the waste, allowing only clean water to pass," he said. He said every programme of the government agencies in saving lakes showed how incompetent officials have been in ...
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Audience vie to be heard, fire a volley of questions 27.5.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The third edition of 'Deccan Herald Spotlight' on Saturday saw the audience vying for a chance to fire questions at members of the panel. Odette Katrak, an activist from Bellandur, asked BDA Member Engineer P N Nayak how does the agency plan to clean lakes without a proper solid waste management system. While Nayak said the BDA was working as per the suggestions of the expert committee, Leo Saldanha intervened to note that ward committees should be given powers and held accountable for maintenance of solid water drains. Subba Rao, who came from Hyderabad to attend the programme, suggested that the civic agencies work with co-ordination. "Our cities are becoming time bombs. We are getting trapped in this system. Today many Bengalureans are forced to drink water from polluted lakes," he said, emphasising on synergy between agencies. Alli Rani, a schoolteacher from Varthur, recalled how a mesh fence around Varthur lake fell on a bus carrying many children, including her daughter, trapping them for hours. ...
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Bengaluru street vendors demand right of space, ID cards 27.5.2017 TOI: All Headlines
Bengaluru street vendors demand right of space, ID cards
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A battle royal over grassland 27.5.2017 Hindu: National
ESG had filed a public interest litigation plea challenging the construction of facilities of DRDO, ISRO and BARC
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Experts, greens to discuss how to revive Bellandur, Varthur lakes 26.5.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Reviving the city's largest water body, Bellandur lake, and its downstream Varthur lake is a mammoth task. There are challenges aplenty. To discuss these and more comprehensively in a multilateral forum, DH has organised the third edition of its 'Deccan Herald Spotlight' at the East Cultural Association, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, on Saturday, 5 pm onwards. Deliberating on the theme "Bringing Bellandur and Varthur lakes back to life", the event has its focus riveted on the city's endangered water bodies and the sustainability of the revival efforts. Citizens, lake activists, environmentalists, scientists and all stakeholders will share their thoughts and debate the solutions suggested. Bengaluru Development Minister K J George is also expected to take part. On the agenda will be questions related to the short-term, mid-term and long-term solutions proposed to get the two lakes back to life. Among the questions that are sure to trigger the debates, here are a few: How do we stop the entry of sewage water ...
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Restore Bellandur, other lakes, reduce pressure on Cauvery 26.5.2017 Deccan Herald - Analysis
A lake catching fire is an epochal event. Bellandur made news in the BBC, CNN, France News, TokyoTV,The Guardian etc around the world. The last time a lake burned was in 1969 when Cuyahoga river joining Erie Lake near Cleveland, USA started burning from dumping of sewage and industrial pollutants. This compelled the Nixon administration to create the Environment Protection Agency in 1970 and Clean Water Act in 1972. Afterwards, no lake is burning in the US. In Karnataka, the BWSSB was established in 1964 and the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act and the Pollution Control Board came into existence in 1974. It speaks volumes of law-implementation the last 40 years when lakes of Bengaluru — the Land of a Thousand Tanks — have started supplying fire instead of water. Human excreta is a taboo subject and is coyly termed "night soil" because traditionally, it was manually collected in pots mixed with soil especially from rich people's homes, usually in the night. It has been used as ...
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Deccan Herald Spotlight on Bellandur, Varthur lakes this Saturday 23.5.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Tasked with reviving the Bellandur and Varthur lakes in quick time, the state government has a mountain of a problem. But are the challenges surmountable at all? To debate the issues comprehensively in a multilateral forum, DH has organised the third edition of its 'Deccan Herald Spotlight' at the East Cultural Association, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar on Saturday, May 27, 5 pm onwards. Themed "Bringing Bellandur and Varthur lakes back to life", the event has its focus riveted on the city's endangered water bodies and the sustainability of the revival efforts. All the stakeholders involved, including citizens, lake activists, environmentalists and scientists will share their thoughts and debate the solutions suggested. On the agenda will be questions related to the short-term, mid-term and long-term solutions proposed to get the two lakes back to life. Here's a sample of questions designed to trigger debates: How do we stop the entry of sewage water into Bellandur and Varthur lakes? Why single out ...
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DH Spotlight on May 27 to focus on revival of Bellandur, Hebbal lakes 17.5.2017 Deccan Herald - News
With a push by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), efforts to revive the citys dying Bellandur and Hebbal lakes are on an overdrive. To discuss the issue threadbare in an open forum, DH has organised the third edition of its 'Deccan Herald Spotlight' at the East Cultural Association, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar on Saturday, May 27, 5 pm. Themed "Bringing Bellandur and Varthur lakes Back to Life", the event will have its focus riveted on the citys endangered water bodies and the sustainability of the revival efforts. Designed to be interactive, engaging and informative, the Spotlight discussion will be led by Mahendra Jain, Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development. Offering his researched inputs will be Dr T V Ramachandra, Co-ordinator, Energy and Wetlands Research Group, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science. Also high on the agenda will be the insights of Environment Support Group (ESG) coordinator, Leo Saldanha; Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) Member Engineer P N Nayak ...
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Dell EMC unveils innovations to help digital transformation goals 9.5.2017 All News-IANS Stories
Keeping its customers' changing needs in the mind, Dell EMC announced a whole host of new modern data centre innovations that will help its clients to reinvent themselves for digital era.
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Non-surgical weight-loss treatment safe, effective 7.5.2017 All News-IANS Stories
Those individuals who cannot undergo weight-loss surgery can successfully lose their weight from non-surgical treatments like endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG), new research has found.
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Empowering ward panels 6.5.2017 deccanherald.com
In its original, undiluted format, a democratically constituted ward committee should truly empower a residents' welfare association. But if the entire process is reduced to an eyewash to satisfy a legal requirement, shouldn't the exercise be questioned, scrutinised and exposed for its extreme opacity? The Karnataka High Court's recent ruling, directing the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to set up the committees within a month is almost a repeat of what transpired four years ago. The corporators had then scrambled to constitute the panels, packing them with their own men. In the process, the original intent of the entire process was compromised. Participatory forums Mandated by the Constitution's 74th Amendment (Nagarpalika) Act, 1992, ward committees were envisaged as participatory forums for urban governance. The idea was to bring urban local bodies such as BBMP closer to the citizens and provide a robust platform for people to engage in city planning and development. The committees were ...
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Empowering ward panels 6.5.2017 deccanherald.com
In its original, undiluted format, a democratically constituted ward committee should truly empower a residents' welfare association. But if the entire process is reduced to an eyewash to satisfy a legal requirement, shouldn't the exercise be questioned, scrutinised and exposed for its extreme opacity? The Karnataka High Court's recent ruling, directing the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to set up the committees within a month is almost a repeat of what transpired four years ago. The corporators had then scrambled to constitute the panels, packing them with their own men. In the process, the original intent of the entire process was compromised. Participatory forums Mandated by the Constitution's 74th Amendment (Nagarpalika) Act, 1992, ward committees were envisaged as participatory forums for urban governance. The idea was to bring urban local bodies such as BBMP closer to the citizens and provide a robust platform for people to engage in city planning and development. The committees were ...
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Garbage nation? 70% of urban waste dumped unscientifically 3.5.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
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How to do your bit to make your ward better 2.5.2017 Citizen Matters

For those who want to go beyond raving and ranting about local issues, on social media or mobile messenger groups.

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Challakere farmers struggle for survival as grasslands vanish 28.4.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
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HC tells BBMP to set up Ward Committees within a month, but will they be effective? 25.4.2017 Citizen Matters

Being a part of a Ward Committee is a great way to engage formally with the system to make the change happen.

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