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.
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…
Edition: October - December 2020
Last year, Sunday, the 22nd of November marked 25 years of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) since it was first commemorated in 1995 by the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR). It was subsequently adopted by…
October - December 2020
Introduction As climate change becomes a reality, industries are under pressure to find solutions that will abate this. A green recovery from COVID-19 can catalyse the much needed transformation to combat climate change, but humanity seems to be…
Edition: January - March 2018
15th March is World Consumer Rights Day, an annual occasion for celebration, impact and global solidarity within the international consumer movement. Each year, consumer organisations mark the day by joining together to highlight and raise awareness…
Edition: July - September 2020
COVID-19 pandemic, virus, lockdown, GDP, economic slowdown, and vaccine - these are some of the words that have occupied our brains from the last 6-7 months. The pandemic we are facing right now has taken its toll on individuals, as well as on…
Edition: July - September 2020
The much awaited Consumer Protection Act 2019 with new significant features, has come into force,  replacing the earlier Consumer Protection Act 1986. The Act aims at protecting the rights of consumers by establishing the Central Consumer Protection…