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.
January - March 2022
Digital finance has become a part of everyday life. It eases a range of day-to-day activities like bill payments,  shopping and accessing other  financial services.  While the current share of those accessing online digital services from urban and…
January - March 2022
The consequences and the dangers of speeding are far ranging and well known. From losing control of a vehicle to the  potential dangers of increased stopping distances and higher crash severity, speeding is a huge menace for the mixed road traffic…
January - March 2022
Energy clubs, an initiative of CAG’s Electricity Consumer Cells (ECC), were launched in June 2021, in five schools across three districts in Tamil Nadu - Trichy, Vellore & Tirunelveli. The central objective of the ‘Energy Club’ is to educate,…
January - March 2022
Bipedalism (standing upright on two feet) is considered the crucial marker of human evolution. Walking, whether on a pilgrimage or as a mode of protest (think Dandi or Selma), is invested with significance, with an aura, a purpose. The effort, the…
January - March 2022
In the battle against climate change, India's pledge at the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26), mainly revolved around phasing down fossil fuels and embracing renewable energy. The five climate-related ambitious goals that were set by India in…
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…