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HindustanTimes Tue,30 Sep 2014

Shivani Singh

Why it’s not a bad idea to visit a Ramlila ground this evening

For those who thought Delhi’s Ramlilas were all about bad wigs, gaudy make-up and overthe-top acting, here is a bit of hearty film trivia. Actor Shah Rukh Khan, who was born and raised in Delhi, got his first acting break at his neighbourhood Ramlila.

Hosting VIPs shouldn't bring Delhi to a standstill

Each time an international leader comes visiting, security concerns turn Delhi into a garrison town, ruling out any popular participation.

Team up and report offenders to prevent Delhi from becoming a mega bin

From cleaning roads, drains, toilets and parks, picking construction waste from the streets to removing encroachments and fixing streetlights, road signs and street furniture, Delhi's civic agencies will launch the Clean India Week starting September 25.

DDA's great opportunity to set best standards for sustainable housing

In a city starved of affordable housing, being allotted a DDA flat in the Capital is nothing short of winning a lottery. If you are lucky to make it in the draw, you get a Delhi address at half the market rate.

Why ban e-rickshaws before even trying to regulate them

The streets may be looking a little less congested and more orderly but the absence of e-rickshaws has hit lakhs of low-budget travellers hard.

Tax liquor to subsidise bus fare, tax congestion to free-up roads

At a meeting on making public transport more affordable, officials proposed that the excise department should charge Rs. 1-2 on the sale of every bottle of liquor and the fund accumulated would be used to subsidise bus fare.

Subsidy not enough, Delhi must rethink its appetite for power

Delhi’s struggle for power, it is hard to find the key differentiators. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) began spadework for the next elections with the announcement of a `260-crore subsidy for the low and mid-segment power consumers in the Delhi Budget presented in Lok Sabha last week.

The sought-after NCR dream can literally go up in flames

You live at your own risk in the National Capital Region. That was an advice doled out to us generously when we moved to Indirapuram a few years ago. We thought we had minimised the risk by moving into a gated community. Except for the huge power back-up bills and the intermittent problem of clogged sewers outside the apartment complex, so far we have had few reasons to complain.

Why the Chennai building collapse should give Delhi a sinking feeling

Just as our authorities were dealing with the collapse of a 50-year-old structure that killed ten people in north Delhi’s Inderlok on June 28, a similar disaster played out in Chennai.

A case for reforms: was FYUP good or bad for Delhi University?

After a tortuous week it took to withdraw the controversial four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) and revert to the three-year format, Delhi University (DU) will finally roll out its admission process this week.  DU's first cut-off list for 3-year format today

Delhi needs e-rickshaws but only with trained drivers and safety norms

Last week, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari pulled off a political coup when he declared that all electric-rickshaws — the new, untamed, yet very popular mode of transport on Delhi roads — are fully legal.

Hosting Asiad 2019 in Delhi is a big opportunity and a bigger challenge

If the Narendra Modi government is serious about exorcising the ghost of CWG, it should include some landmark urban renewal projects in its bid for the Asian Games, writes Shivani Singh.

How many deaths will it take to make Delhi’s roads safer

Delhi’s corridors of death were under nobody’s watch during the city’s extended witching hours last Tuesday morning when Union rural development minister Gopinath Munde was killed in a road accident. Investigations revealed that the driver of the cab that hit the minister’s car was allegedly speeding and had jumped the red light.

A lesson in dishonesty: inventing and outsourcing homework

Schools are loading children with homework and parents are making it worse by outsourcing tasks that are meant to develop independent learning skills, writes Shivani Singh.

Delhi calls it right again but AAP needs to introspect

Delhi knows which way the wind blows. As the BJP swept the nation and won all seven seats in the Capital, the results confirmed what they say in the political circles: If you get Delhi, you also get Raisina.
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