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Fight against IS factor
Dear Editor, A coalition of more than 60 nations across the globe has been formed to counter the IS campaign, which is probably the biggest alliance ever since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. The US has been carrying out air strikes against the IS since the end of August. Recently, US President Barack Obama announced that he would send 1,500 troops to battle the IS in parts of Syria and Iraq. The question: how does one address the existential threat of the IS and whether the best way is to purely employ a military solution. The latter can perhaps, curtail but not eliminate the IS threat and may well exacerbate the conflict. Escalating military action against the IS will be an exercise in futility because it will not make the ideology behind it disappear. An ideology or an or...
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No govt accommodations for political parties
Dear Editor, Union and state governments provide land to political parties at highly subsidised rates, apart from providing government bungalows and other accommodations at rent much below the market-rate of that area. This is indirect government-funding making one of the grounds for political parties being under purview of RTI Act. Since political parties are not complying with full-bench CIC-verdict holding them under purview of RTI Act, Union and state governments should take immediate steps to abolish providing land at subsidised cost to political parties, and allotting government-accommodations to them. Buildings on land already provided by governments to political parties should be taken over by respective governments in case of split in a political party. Divisions-after divisi...
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Mushrooming Dental Colleges
Dear Editor, Reports reveal unplanned rapid rise in number of dental colleges in country which may create problems for new passing-out youngsters to find proper professional placements in future. Undoubtedly people need better medical facilities with adequate number of specialists in different fields of profession. But care must also be taken that fresh graduates in dental surgery must not be frustrated to remain unemployed after spending so much mind and money on their studies. Permission to open private Dental colleges has become a lucrative business with students paying money in tune of millions for admission. Politicians play big role in managing permission for new dental-colleges which have mandatory requirement of approval by Dental Council. But it is shocking to know that many pr...
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Focus on co-curricular activities
Dear Editor, In Ganderbal, the Vijay Memorial Education institute (VMEI) Ganderbal last week celebrated children’s day with much fervor. In the school the children were seen making different stalls of tea, chicken and chocolates. The children of the institution enjoyed children’s day at their best. Some children after end of the stall-show threw light on the importance of children’s day and said “this day is celebrated in the memory of great leader and legend, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who not only set India free but rendered his best service in every nook and corner. He would love child that is why on his birth day children’s day is celebrated all over the country.” The students of the same institution later sung few songs in the reminiscence of Indian first Prime minister. The ch...
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Contributions to political parties
Dear Editor, It refers to significant verdict of Delhi High Court rejecting plea of some Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) Parliamentarians to exempt from Income Tax, the bribe taken by them in the year 1993 for saving PV Narsimharao government at the centre. Plea of the Parliamentarians was that the bribe was taken for party-fund, and as such exempted from Income Tax. Time has come to abolish all often-misused exemptions under Income Tax Act including on contributions made and received by political parties and others including Non-Government-Organizations (NGOs) and charitable organizations. When political parties are not complying with full-bench verdict of Central Information Commission (CIC) for their being accountable under Right-To-Information (RTI) Act, it is highly improper of provid...
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Bring eunuchs in mainstream line
Dear Editor, Union government should arrange a census of eunuchs in the country by listing them in a separate gender as per Supreme Court order. National Eunuch Commission should be constituted. Union government should announce unrestricted admission to any educational institution (private or public) for free education to eunuchs without needing any reserved quota. Government should be duty-bound to make eunuchs join mainstream with parents of new-born eunuch child neither allowed nor necessitated to deject their eunuch-child to be handed over to isolated society of old eunuchs for begging, dancing or resorting to some anti-social activities. Rather criminal action should be taken against those parents who may disown transgender-child. Eunuchs forcing parents to part away with transgende...
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ASEAN meet
Dear Editor, The ASEAN meet has given India an opportunity to establish closer ties with a region, which has emerged as an economic bloc. Ignoring it for long has also allowed China to capture markets closer to the Indian borders, be it Myanmar or Thailand or even Indonesia, which is only 100 nautical miles away from Nicobar Islands. The relationship with ASEAN has a different fall out too. India’s distant borders get secured. Indonesia seeks to secure important choke points in the Indian Ocean such as Malacca, Sunda, Lambok straits. Jakarta’s earlier proposal for an Indo-Pacific treaty of friendship and cooperation supposes closer ties with countries such as India on transnational security challenges. In the wake of recent confrontation over Vietnamese oil well with China, this comes a...
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Rs 200 in journalists’ kits
Dear Editor, It refers to public-sector UCO Bank having sponsored press-conference at Puri (Orissa) for Chairperson of Parliamentary Committee for Union Ministry of Urban Development, where each kit distributed to journalists had currency-notes worth rupees two hundred, which were at one time tried to be justified as ‘conveyance-charge’ for the journalists! Journalists as part of their routine duty have to go from one place to other including attending press-conferences. It is for media-houses to reimburse conveyance-charges of journalists, and not for those sponsoring press-conferences. It is also correct that rupees two hundred is not such a big amount which can in any way be considered ‘bribe’ for journalists. Whole episode depicts mindless thought of some erring official/s of UCO Ba...
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Disposals of submissions made at PG-portal
Dear Editor It is usual practice that those having posted their submissions at Public-Griviance-Portal ( maintained by Department of Administrative Reforms (Government of India) are informed through SMS and e-mail that their submissions are disposed off advising to visit the website for seeing details of disposal. But it is quite often that website does not provide sought details because of some web-error. Department of Administrative Reforms should direct all listed public-authorities to compulsorily send copy of disposal through e-mail provided by those having submitted submissions at the portal. Same should be done for submissions posted at President’s Helpline ( Usually public-authorities close the matter by revealing that “subject-matter ...
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Dear Editor, Unemployment is a problem that has hit every part of the country in recent years, but the problem has become quite acute in Jammu and Kashmir. Unemployment can sometimes become so dangerous for individuals that they may end up suffering from depression and make suicide attempts. One of the reasons behind unemployment in India is that the country’s birth rate is far more than that which is optimal. This outruns the rate of economic development. Secondly, our present education system is also responsible for the plague of unemployment, as sufficient vocational education is not given to students. Teachers, too, seem to be barely concerned as to whether students are performing sufficiently well or not. Students are also regularly seen to use unfair means to pass exams. Other ca...
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IITF at New Delhi
Dear Editor, It refers to 34th India International Trade Fair (IITF) at New Delhi starting on 14.11.2014. IITF is an annual feature for 14 days from 14th November attracting large crowds from all over the country with initial some days reserved for ‘business-visitors’. Authorities should increase duration of this fair to at least 30 days with increased timings from 8 am till midnight to co-op with ever-increasing rush at the fair. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) then can also be requested to increase trip timings accordingly till late after midnight. The fair now being in continuance for last 33 years has been restricted to same limited space for same duration of just two weeks for ten hours daily where general visitors are not allowed for a substantial time devoted for ‘business-ho...
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New health policy
Dear Editor, The present Modi government has promised a new ‘National Healthcare Policy’, which should obviously lead to greater public investment in health care and improve the quantity and quality of standards in the country so that the masses benefit. The Government – both the Centre and States -- also has to increase its investment in health care, which unfortunately it has not done so far. And the major funding should be to create proper medical infrastructure in the rural and semi-urban areas where most of the poor people live. The expenditure in health has sadly shown no significant increase in spite of the deteriorating condition of hospitals and health standards in different parts of the country. The quantum of diseases has been increasing not just in rural and semi-urban ar...
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Shiv Sena utterly butterly confused!
Dear Editor, It refers to high-voltage political drama in Maharashtra when BJP-ruled state-government fulfilled formality of getting confidence-vote in state-assembly by voice-vote thus avoiding blame of winning confidence-vote by support of allegedly tainted Nationalist Congress Party. Otherwise also, factions usually seen in ruling parties never provide states a government with real majority. Shiv Sena having failed to retain ‘big brother’ status is utterly-butterly confused when it is supporting BJP government at the centre, while has opted to sit in opposition in Mahasrashtra, the only state of its political base. Time has come when Chief Minister, Speaker and Deputy Speaker may be simultaneously elected by secret and compulsory votes of all MLAs through Electronic Voting Machines (...
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Missing children
Dear Editor, Lakhs of children go missing every other year and the number keeps growing. Taking a grim view, the Supreme Court had last year asked States to set up special juvenile police units at every police station across the country. Further, it had made it mandatory for all States and Union territories to immediately register an FIR on any complaint of missing children. A dedicated officer was asked to act swiftly in cases where children were in need of care and protection or were in conflict with the law. However, even after close to two years, most States have shown little concern, forcing the court to pull up governments. As per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) figures, 117,469 children were reported missing between 2008 and 2010 but only 20,000 FIRs had been registered by t...
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