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  • A kilolitre of tears

    (Or a  dummy guide  on why the Delhi  powers that be cannot hear the common man in Manipur, 2005, 2010, 2011 )

    (Petrol selling in mineral water bottles on the black market)





    (Onions, potatoes being sold straight off the lorries)

    Some 2011 prices may be inconsistent with daily variances in official rate lists in both capital cities . But probably not as inconsistent as  the willful opening of the three highway entry points  that Manipur depends on. Manipur has no state transportation network to speak of, so reliance on private vehicles is heavy and be it petrol, kerosene, etc., it's been a jerrycan life.

    (How people protect themselves on these burning highways)

    A final word from a Manipuri many Indians will be familiar with.

    "A litre of petrol at Rs.200 in the black market and a cooking gas cylinder for Rs.1,500 or more... After two months of a blockade in Manipur, world boxing champion Mary Kom says she's at her wits end trying to balance training for the Olympics with the slow process

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  • Bangalore a victim of illogical, unclear rules

    Priyanka Shetty

    We have no reason to panic – there is no ban on live music in Bangalore. Not yet.

    However, Bangalore has been a victim of several illogical and unnecessary rules and it angers me that each time we have had to bow under pressure and conform to them. Despite having more pressing concerns at hand, our local authorities seem greatly concerned about ‘issues’ like renaming our city to ‘Bengaluru’, forcing a ban on dancing in places that serve liquor, issuing notices against loud music, flashy lights and live performances all in the name of ‘preserving our culture’.

    Apparently, they slot venues conducting live music in the same category as dance bars. I don’t wish to make this post a meaningless rant about how immature and irresponsible the local authorities are, but I would definitely love to highlight their ignorance and blatant disregard for something that is an integral part of Bangalore and plays a part in forming its identity – live music.

    Recently, some venues in the city

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  • Live and banned in Bangalore

    Bruce Lee Mani

    Nobody likes queues, but the picket line is quite in fashion at the moment. The ‘Ban on Live Music and Dancing’ in Bangalore has converted even the most vacuous status message into a rallying cry against injustice, a passionate appeal for freedom, or an angry outburst against culture crime. And this, for the most part, is good. Bangalore is still some sort of Pub Capital, if a little watered-down, and it is interesting that such issues don’t seem to plague other metros as often.

    In this mad mixed-up country we live in, it can be quite all right to burn down the occasional church or commit a passing genocide, but live music? ‘Aping the West’ live music? Lumped-with-the-chamiya-bar live band?

    Nay and forsooth! While these mostly honest, working musicians work very hard and pay their taxes, the rug of employment is frequently pulled from under their down-at-the-heel boots by the righteous rogues of the law. Or so it seems.

    The fog around what is or is not enforceable on Live

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  • Two weeks ago, Bangalore Police Commissioner B G Jyothiprakash Mirji ruffled familiar feathers by bringing back into the limelight a ban on dancing in entertainment venues where live music is played. September 11, while the world was obsessing over the tenth anniversary of the iconic terrorist attacks that hit New York City, police raided a well-known watering hole in Bangalore and closed down a party in which international DJs were performing. The pub, police said, violated regulations that are required to be followed by venues that maintain dance floors.

    This seemingly stray incident reignited the debate over "moral policing" and the clampdown on dancing and live music in Bangalore's watering holes. Though this subject has repeatedly made headlines, it has always been unclear as to why the issue is contentious in the first place.

    Rewind to August 2008. Bangalore police enforced a ban on live music in venues that served liquor citing the Licensing and Controlling of Places of Public

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  • The DMK had suffered setback after setback after the 2G scandal broke a year ago, and the Congress had remained relatively untouched by the investigations.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his party colleagues had, all along, blamed 'coalition politics' for the scandal. It won't be so easy now for his party to shrug off responsibility for what some describe as the world's biggest scandal.

    Pranab Mukherjee is coming back from New York today, and will meet Sonia Gandhi immediately to discuss the fallout of the unearthing of a note that suggests senior leaders in the Congress knew all about the 2G spectrum sale that landed former telecom minister A Raja in jail.

    In fact, Raja argued his own case in court today, and said the prosecution was harassing him and keeping him jailed when it had no scrap of evidence to show he caused a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the nation.

    The CBI sought the court's permission to file fresh charges against Raja, and urged a life term for him, and others

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  • Artists, architects and administrators are meeting on September 29 to discuss how new spaces can be created in Bangalore for culture.

    Among other things, they will discuss how public spaces, such as Metro stations and marketplaces, can be used for art and cultural performances.

    Dr P Radhika, who is co-ordinating the open consultation, sees it as an attempt to connect her academic interests with social action.

    Policy makers are also taking part in the discussions. The meeting is open to anyone interested in the arts, and will be held at the National Gallery of Modern Art on Palace Road.

    The Centre for the Study of Society and Culture, where Radhika teaches, is hosting the consultation in collaboration with the gallery.

    In an interview with Yahoo! News, Radhika explains what the event is all about.

    The consultation talks about Bangalore as a Creative City. In specific terms, what does it plan to achieve?

    City planning has taken a certain direction when it comes to culture. It looks at

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