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Bengaluru’s ‘bicycle mayor’ hopes to make city cycle-friendly post lockdown

On World Bicycling Day (June 3), a fresh campaign was started to make Bengaluru 'cycling-friendly' by BYCS and Jhatkaa, a campaigning organisation. The petition sought steps from the government and from citizens to make Bengaluru a haven for cyclists. These steps included declaring bicycle shops an essential service, shopping streets as walking or cycling only to provide space for physical distancing and to allow bicycles to move freely without passes even during a lockdown.

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Tribal Communities Need Economic Relief Urgently

This is important and concerns our fellow, less privileged citizens. As part of the atma nirbhar package, 6000 crores were allotted to the tribals and forest dwellers. With the current Compensatory Afforestation Fund in place, all the money that is supposed to be used for the upliftment and benefit of tribals is unjustly and illegally transferred to forest departments. This leaves the tribals with neither land or money. Let us stand in solidarity for their justice.

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Coronavirus Impact: Time To Maintain Air Quality Post Lockdown

A new video by Jhatkaa.org released on the 60th day (May 23) of India's lockdown, aims to get this message across. Titled #SaalBhar60, the video calls on citizens to participate in a nationwide digital movement on June 5 — World Environment Day by sharing photos demanding clean air for all.

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12-year-old climate activist launches clean air campaign.

To ensure that the air remains clean forever like how it is during lockdown now, a 12-year-old climate activist from Dehradun is launching a nationwide campaign. Campaigns manager at Jhatkaa.org Shikha Kumar says, “We have made strides towards acknowledging the severity of the problem as evidenced by initiatives like NCAP.

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12-year-old climate activist launches nationwide campaign for clean air

Ridhima Pandey was one of the 16 children alongside Greta Thunberg to petition the United Nations Climate Action Summit against the lack of government action on climate change in September last year. Along with Bengaluru-based digital advocacy organization Jhatkaa.org, Pandey released a 60-second video on Saturday as a part of the campaign - #SaalBhar60 - to ensure AQI is 60 throughout the year.

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What public transportation in Bengaluru could look like in a post-COVID world

Srinivas also said with less number of long distance trains running, it is the best time to start suburban trains within city limits. Pawan also opined that this was also an ideal time to promote the usage of cycles especially for micro mobility needs. “Ideally we can make 50% of the roads for walking and cycling in all 2+ lane roads. We know where most of our offices or factories are, so we need to make those places very easily accessible through all these modes.” Nimisha, an activist with Jhatkaa.org also said there is a need to push for cycling. “Even before COVID-19, Bengaluru was not able to sustain the traffic. Cycling is the solution,” she said.

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Draft EIA notification 2020 and its implications on our health and environment

On March 23, the MoEFCC uploaded the draft Environmental Impact Assessment Notification (EIA) 2020. From excluding new industries that should have environmental clearance to reducing the number of public consultations, the draft EIA 2020 notification goes against the need of the hour to strengthen environmental laws and must be scrapped in its entirety.

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Karnataka’s labour laws fail its domestic workers: Jhatkaa campaign tries to make a difference

With the lockdown affecting their employment, there is an urgency to bring in new legislation to protect the rights of domestic workers.A campaigning organisation, Jhatkaa.org in collaboration with Multiversal Advisory has started a petition and missed call campaign to create awareness about the rights of domestic workers, especially during the lockdown. The number for the missed call campaign is 08061930288. Requesting Shivaram Hebbar, the Karnataka Labour Minister to mandate that no domestic worker should be called into work during this time by ensuring their wages are given to them by their employers.

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Domestic workers in Karnataka are suffering due to the COVID19 lockdown

“It’s about time domestic help have access to basic rights, such as wages and job security. There should be an escalation point within the system. This is especially relevant now during the pandemic,” Jhatkaa.org reached out to the Labour Minister of Karnataka to ensure that a mandate for paid leave for all domestic help in Karnataka. 

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In 4 weeks, faux lungs turn grey in less polluted area.

Nagpur: Corroborating air pollution in the city, the faux lungs installed outside KRIMS Hospital on Central Bazaar Road, Ramdaspeth, have changed color — from pristine white to grey in a span of nearly four weeks. This, despite the area being one of the least polluted ones in the city and the frequent weather changes, including several spells of rain, in the last one month.

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Garbage Burning In Bengaluru: How Our Campaign Altered This Toxic Practice

In May 2016, Jhatkaa started a petition against garbage burning in Bangalore. Our then campaigner, Divya, for weeks sat outside BBMP solid waste commissioner’s office to bring the issue of garbage burning to his notice. The BBMP appointed ward marshals who would canvas the area and had the authority to fine individuals found burning garbage in the open. We continued working on the issue of garbage burning and collaborated with Fridays for Future to raise awareness about the issue.

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I Got A Sales Call For Hymen Pills. Here’s What Happened Next

Online mobilisation and campaigning organisation Jhatkaa.org initiated a twitter storm asking online retailers like ShopClues and Snapdeal to take the product down.