The Public Newsense

A quarterly newsletter offering our readers insights and updates on a diverse range of topics; find news on consumer protection, electricity governance, environment and climate action, solid waste management, and sustainable transport, among others.
December 2019 - December 2020
Electricity Consumers Cells (ECCs) is an initiative of CAG, started in November 2016 with the purpose of empowering consumers to improve their participation in the governance of the electricity sector in Tamil Nadu. So far, seven Electricity…
Edition: March - April 2021
Plastics are now entwined into our daily lives and this has been happening in a marked manner over the last few decades. The excessive use of plastics combined with poor management and disposal practices are a major contributor to the global…
Edition: February - March 2021
CAG analysed compliance with helmet and seat belt rules in Chennai city and found that since 2017 (when CAG carried out its first compliance study) more two-wheeler riders and car drivers were complying with the law. However, pillion and passenger…
Edition: February - March 2021
Since time immemorial, advertisements have misled humanity more often than not. Right from fairness creams which claim to magically transform a dusky complexioned girl into someone who has  flawless fair skin, to carbonated cool drinks which make…
Edition: February - March 2021
As the public financing of coal fuels the climate crisis, it is crucial that all financing institutions make available to all the basic right to know if their money is being funneled into sectors responsible for environmental and human rights…
Edition: October - December 2020
Studies reveal that globally, five lakh people die every year due to cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and in India, the number is pinned at 60,000 per year. Consumption of food rich in trans fat (vanaspathi, margarine, bread spreads, bakery…
Edition: October - December 2020
While 2020 will largely be remembered for the pandemic, other noteworthy events have taken place. One is that the United Nations turned 75 and to mark this, the UN embarked on a series of Dialogues to which the general public was invited. The…
Edition: October - December 2020
“All men and women should have a voice in decision-making, either directly or through legitimate intermediate institutions that represent their intention. Such broad participation is built on freedom of association and speech, as well as capacities…
Edition: October - December 2020
We’ve likely seen coloured garbage bins in malls, airports and so on. The bin colour indicates, of course, what kind of trash we should put where, based on whether it’s food waste or recyclable waste. Many a time, I have stood in front of these bins…
Edition: October - December 2020
Introduction Do we suffer from a “coal addiction”? India used coal for more than 50% of its energy production as on October 31, 2020. According to the NITI Aayog coal will have at least a 44% share in energy mix even in 2040. The continuous use of…