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.
October - December 2021
Introduction Electricity Consumers Cells (ECCs), an initiative of CAG, started in November 2016 with the central objective of enabling consumers in Tamil Nadu to improve  their quality and quantity of participation in the electricity sector. As part…
October - December 2021
CAG has been working towards effective implementation of the trans fat regulations    in Tamil Nadu. Artificially produced trans fats like vanaspati, margarine, bakery shortenings, are harmful as they are major contributors to non-communicable…
October - December 2021
The usage of electricity in identical houses can vary by as much as 300% or 400%. The variation has been attributed to individual consumer behaviours and everyday practices. Therefore, in order to ensure long-term behavioural changes and substantial…
October - December 2021
In the global context, nations are striving to protect pedestrians and treat their needs with the highest priority. In India, cities have mostly been planned to accommodate the needs of vehicular traffic and have often ignored the needs of…
October - December 2021
Every year the third Sunday of November marks the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDoR) to commemorate the numerous lives lost in and impacted by road crashes.  To mark the occasion, CAG held a webinar on November 18th on speeding…
October - December 2021
Road Safety is an important public health concern with serious social and economic consequences. India continues to account for the highest road crashes at the global level with the World Bank’s 2019 report suggesting 53 crashes happening on an…
October - December 2021
PRELUDE On August 9th 2021, a 3,949 page detailed breakdown about the physical science driving climate change was released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as the first part of its sixth assessment report. The IPCC was first…
October - December 2021
Currently, India holds a below par position in terms of SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) scores and Environmental Performance Index (EPI), despite its national and international commitments to take actions for the 17 SDGs. Chennai, which was once…
July - September 2021
Reduction of road crashes and fatalities at the state and district levels has been prioritised and   led by a series of steady efforts channelized through institutional changes, data-driven approaches and improved law enforcement in Tamil Nadu since…
July - September 2021
The Energy Versus Climate Conundrum The current energy market is becoming more and more entangled in energy transition with rising concern about climate change due to fossil fuel (coal, oil and gas) utilisation. However, a recent report shows that…