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.
July - September 2022
Electricity is such an essential part of our everyday life that we do not consider the effort, both physical and economic, by the distribution utility to supply it to us. These include, but are not limited to, the raw materials that are used to…
July - September 2022
CAG’s Helpdesk: Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG), for the last 37 years, has been offering a free and voluntary consumer protection service. Consumers can write in or call with their grievances, which could be against services or goods…
July - September 2022
In May 2021, the Tamil Nadu government launched a scheme that made public city and town buses (with certain caveats) free for women. While the rides are completely free (with no restrictions on the number of trips per day or month), the scheme is…
July - September 2022
The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) on June 9th of 2022 issued guidelines aiming to further protect consumers from claims and promises from advertisements that are misleading, baseless, unjustified, unrealistic, false, etc. This was…
July - September 2022
One of the first things impressed upon me when I landed in the U.S as a fresh off the boat student, was never to jaywalk. Completely unfamiliar with the concept, it took a while to sink in that I could be fined for crossing the road unless at…
July - September 2022
We need to embrace ourselves for what our world is turning out to be. Of all the challenges faced by mankind, climate change remains the most threatening issue of all time with the survival of our very planet at stake. The world around us is reeling…
April - June 2022
Growth of solar in TN: The adoption of solar PV technologies in the world has witnessed rapid growth in recent years. As per a Mercom report, in India, over 3 GW of solar has been added in the first quarter of 2022 when compared to the previous year…
April - June 2022
Is it safe to store your valuables in a bank locker? This is a question that many of us have when thinking about renting bank lockers. People could spend an annual sum of anywhere between INR 1,000 to 16,000 (depending on the size of the locker) to…
April - June 2022
A cycle and a loudspeaker accompany Ladoo as he makes his way around Chennai’s neighborhoods, gathering old clothes. He turns off his loudspeaker around certain homes. ‘They don’t like the noise’, he explains to me, as I stop him for a chat. Laddo…
April - June 2022
Urbanization in India was at a high of 31.16% between 2001 and 2011 (Census of India, 2011). This rapid urbanization is reflected at the local level - Tamil Nadu is one of the most urbanized states with 44% of people living in cities like Chennai (…