HindustanTimes Thu,18 Dec 2014

Shivani Singh

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.

Are we doers or chokers? Capital’s air quality hinges on the answer

We are perhaps too accustomed to Delhi’s air to tell how polluted is polluted enough. But ask any international tourist visiting Delhi for the first time and she will tell how our air smells of burnt paper.

To solve garbage mess, Delhi must empower its waste workers

More than 50% of Delhi's waste is fit for composting, 30% is recyclable and the remaining 20% should reach landfills. But with no formal process of segregation in place, dumpsites receive almost the entire load.

Can’t make Delhi suicide-proof, the city’s depressed need help

In the past two years, there have been at least two suicide attempts every month at Delhi’s Metro stations. In 2013, 30 people attempted suicide and 13 did not survive.

How commuting in NCR is a gamble of our lives

The two deadly accidents in Delhi and Gurgaon last week brought the issue of road safety back in the headlines.

Delhi needs more public toilets, and its men more bladder control

Almost 20% of the households in New Delhi district used public toilets. Almost 55% respondents in the perception survey rated public toilet facilities as below average or very poor.
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