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Kripa Ramachandran, Researcher - Urban Governance

Solid Waste Management Bye-laws for Chennai: A Quick Appraisal

The Solid Waste Management Rules came into force in 2016, but it was only in 2018 that Chennai Corporation drafted the bye-laws. The bye-laws in its present form falls short of a clean sweep due to some patent issues at its core. However, if due measures are taken to rectify the inadequacies, and make the process participatory, it could be an opportunity to wipe the slate clean.

Where Kuppai Matters but space also matters: Kuppai Thiruvizha in Public Parks

In the previous issue of Public Newsense, we reported the official launch of Kuppai Matters during the first Kuppai Thiruvizha in Anna Nagar in November 2017. Since its launch, it has been in the news for all the right reasons, evincing phenomenal support from the denizens of different parts of the city, both online and on the ground.

GAIA communications workshop, Bandung, Indonesia - Day 1

Communication makes the world go around. It fosters human connection and facilitates participation which allows us to learn, grow and progress as individuals and as a society. While communication is vital to all our activities, communication for development (C4D) as its own right has gained momentum over the last few years.

Occupational Hazards of a Waste Researcher

Amassing the dailies, monthlies and squeezed-till-I-have-made-sure-I-can’t-extract-more-paste toothpaste tubes/shampoo bottles and such other ’junk’, in one end of the cabinet (whose other end was often a concealed shoe rack for the slightly pricier ones) is a common practise in a middle-class household. Well, at least in mine, it still is. Growing up, I was ‘responsible’ not only for stacking the newspapers and periodicals neatly, but also for making sure the said stockpile was periodically disposed end of the month as a general rule.