City council misses window to set up RWH systems in its parks

At a time when water shortage is on everyone’s minds and “water councils” are being held by the civic body to discuss how to ameliorate the situation, one would expect the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to do everything in its capacity to conserve water. However, the civic body missed a good window to conserve water by not setting up rainwater harvesting systems in its … Continue reading City council misses window to set up RWH systems in its parks

A sure-shot way to get people to segregate waste?

How do you get recalcitrant residents to segregate their waste? A team of waste collectors and design students seem to have hit upon a scalable solution. Using a mobile app, waste collectors geotagged 250 households and rated the level of segregation. Within three months, more than three-fourths of the 250 households had achieved 100% segregation compliant to perfect segregation practices. The Waste Samaritan initiative, a … Continue reading A sure-shot way to get people to segregate waste?

Coming soon: mobile phones with pollution sensors

IISc. team develops highly sensitive low-cost CO sensor How cool would it be to have a mobile phone equipped with a pollution sensor? This could one day become a reality with researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) developing a highly sensitive low-cost sensor to detect carbon monoxide levels, small enough to fit into a mobile phone. While conventional sensors are made through lithography … Continue reading Coming soon: mobile phones with pollution sensors

Heart failure patients in India have higher mortality rate post-diagnosis, says Lancet study

Indians have one of the highest rates of mortality after diagnosis of heart failure, greater than that of people in several developing countries in the world, according to a study published in the The Lancet Global Health. The study, published on May 2, has found that heart failure patients in India had one of the highest mortality rates after one year of diagnosis at 23%. This … Continue reading Heart failure patients in India have higher mortality rate post-diagnosis, says Lancet study

Four years on, Ejipura residents await their promised houses

The EWS Colony in Ejipura was demolished by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in January 2013, and nothing has changed for the 900-odd families who are still waiting for their houses. While many have shifted to the city outskirts, 22 families continue to live on the pavement near the fenced-off land. According to an order of the High Court of Karnataka, the flats should … Continue reading Four years on, Ejipura residents await their promised houses

‘When we ask for our passbooks, they threaten to throw us out’

Twenty-four-year old Shanti looked at the calculator perplexed. According to the trade unionist standing before her, who had just computed her wage break-up, she was supposed to be earning Rs. 17,440 a month as a contract pourakarmika under the city corporation, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). “Rs. 17,000, not Rs. 1,700?” she asks to confirm. According to Shanti, she and nearly 50 other women from … Continue reading ‘When we ask for our passbooks, they threaten to throw us out’