Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Need for Introspection
Dear Editor, Just three days ago, four people were killed and over twenty injured in an explosion in Khuzdar city. Over 800 bodies have been found in Balochistan over the past three and a half years, with the majority comprising political workers, teachers, student rights activists and journalists, but victims of domestic abuse and tribal disputes were also included. The horrifying realization is that this figure does not even account for the thousands that died because of bomb attacks, target killings and other forms of violence. After Khuzdar was uncovered in January, one is given to wonder how many mass graves are still hidden, and whether they will ever be found. The judicial commission formed to investigate the mass grave in Khuzdar finally finished its report last week, but has re...
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Rationalise transfer policy in school education
Dear editor, The authorities of school education department seem disinterested in creating a mechanism in providing quality education to the students enrolled in government schools and entire focus is shifted to the process of transfer of various categories of teachers. Though there is a set of norm for making transfer of teachers after every academic session is over. The practice has adversely affected in providing quality education to the students. The department is manning nearly 11 lakh students alone in government schools with which aspirations of the commoners are associated. The staff strength of the teaching personnel has crossed over one lakh that includes lectures also. Unless you take things seriously you cannot expect positive and result oriented picture that needs to be prio...
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Reckless driving by teenagers
Dear Editor, Every other day we come across reports of teenagers driving the vehicles on the Indian roads recklessly especially during night hours. It is of course a worrisome issue to note that these minors often crash innocent people mostly jhuggi walas and slum people who are sleeping on the footpaths near the roads. In order to drive their vehicle at high speed they cannot control their vehicles while on driving. Most of the minors as observed are found drunk during the night hours and in many cases they also get killed in road accidents due to reckless driving. Question is these type of happenings are on rise day by day. As seen recently, a 14 years old teenager while driving in the midnight killed 2 innocents and injured 5 by his car. Driving on Indian roads is a real nightmare esp...
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Warning-signal for BJP
Dear Editor, It refers to election-results of by-elections to Uttarakhand-assembly where Congress defeated BJP in all the three seats including that of Chief Minister that too when Harish Rawat could not attend election-campaign because of his being hospitalised in New Delhi. Such loss to BJP just after two months of a big victory in Lok Sabha elections sounds warning bell for the ruling party at the centre. It can also be due to the fact that people who felt themselves close to BJP’s Prime Minister’s-designate through his marathon speeches during election-campaign found something missing. It will be better if Prime Minister increases his presence in public-domain through month press-conferences to be telecast live by TV news-channels. —Madhu Agrawal, 1775 Kucha Lattushah Dariba Del...
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BJP invited Ambani family
Dear Editor, It refers to RTI response wherein it is now made clear that neither President’s Secretariat nor PM-designate Narender Modi invited three generations of Ambani family for oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister Narender Modi on 26.05.2014. Rather it was the ruling BJP which invited country’s one of the richest corporate family. Presence of Mukesh and Anil Ambani could be justified because of their influencing role as India’s leading industrialists. But giving too much importance to three generations of Ambani family reflects Reliance-family’s increasing proximity with the ruling BJP. RTI response also reveals that Kokilaben Ambani was not included in 31 personalities invited for the dinner hosted by President of India following oath-taking ceremony of new Prime Minister on 26...
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Dogra volunteers in Kargil war
Dear Editor, On the eve of Vjay Divas, lots of programmes are being held all over India to remember martyrs and the other brave men who fought to evict Pak intruders from Kargil. One such small meeting was held at Tanda as every year to remember our war heroes particularly brave and young Dogra volunteers who went in large number to help the army in Op Vijay. It is a matter of great pride that the rich traditions of Dogra society to serve the motherland have been maintained and that the Dogras and the rest of the countrymen are there to defend us. —Col J P Singh, Tanda Akhnoor Mob - 9419185569....
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Return of KPs
Dear Editor, Kashmiri Pandits are in the 25th year of their exile during which they have faced denial and deprivation of human rights. The return, restitution and retention of KPs as a concentrated religious Hindu Community shall be the real test of the will of the central government. Kashmir imbroglio will not find any headway towards solution and peace will elude unless KPs are rehabilitated and returned in the Valley and made part of every dialogue process as a stake holder. It is the constitutional and political duty of Government of India and the Jammu and Kashmir Government to repatriate the entire exiled KP community back to their homeland/Valley of Kashmir with honour, decency and pride. It is the duty of Government of India to get the reasons and circumstances of death and dest...
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Katju exposes rot in judiciary
Dear Editor, Considering a blunt exposure on politicians interfering in appointment of judges of higher courts, now by former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju, and earlier cases of politicians influencing judges like more recently in case of Saharashree case, Chief Justice of India RM Lodha should immediately constitute a larger bench to decide Supreme Court’s own petitions against various court-stayed verdicts dated 24.11.2009 of Central Information Commission (CIC) wherein a Division Bench of the Apex Court vide its decision dated 26.11.2010 in SLP(C) numbers 32855 & 32856 of 2009 directed its registry to put the matter before Chief Justice of India for constituting a larger bench. But unfortunately successive Chief Justices of India have deferred with comments like ‘Put it later’, ...
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Govt must concentrate on power scenario
Dear Editor Reference to news published in your esteemed paper regarding protests over power scenario in Jammu city. People are staging hundreds of protest demonstrations in various parts of the city and its adjoining area to show their resentment over power shortage and unscheduled power as the people of the Jammu region are reeling under scorching heat and humidity. On the onset of every summer season, the government had assured and committed the people to provide better power supply without unscheduled cut but all in vain, the government has done nothing in this context and did not bothered about the problems being faced by the people particularly the persons who are on fast during the holy month of Ramadan. It seemed that the present government is totally failed to maintain power sce...
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Growing menace of beggary in J&K
Dear Editor, Beggary is an age old social evil especially in our country. India is becoming a safe haven of beggars. Begging has become a profession in india. The increasing population of beggars in the country is worrisome. It is estimated that there are nearly half a million beggars in the country and no doubt it will swell if we add occasionally beggars in the list then the number will be in millions. Our Jammu and Kashmir state is also in the grip of rising number of beggary. These include diseased beggars, employed beggars, exploiter beggars, hereditary beggars, physically handicapped beggars and above all religious mendicant’s beggars. Every individual in our state is becoming sick of these beggars. They are disturbing the society everywhere. Even foreigners are not spared who are...
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Don’t play with lives of rail-passengers
Dear Editor It refers to cockroaches found in rail-food served in prestigious New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express where the train was stopped by angry passengers at Mughalsarai Railway Station for several hours on 20/21.07.2014. Indian Railways should immediately stop serving food in trains. Instead packaged branded food like bread, biscuits and other baked products manufactured by reputed companies should be sold not only to ensure hygiene, but also to eliminate chances of wastage when India is a country where a sizable number of rail-travellers had to leave food served in trains because of their avoiding onion and garlic. Better is to do away with charging cost of food with tickets in prestigious trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi leaving travellers to purchase packaged food if they so d...
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Safety of pilgrims
Dear Editor. The famous shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi ji is situated at Trikuta Hills in Jammu having base camp at Katra. Lakhs of pilgrims visit the holy cave every year to have darshans of holy pindis of goddess in her 3 forms. The management of the holy shrine is under Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board who looks after the working and other activities related to shrine. It is very unfortunate to hear that an 8-year old girl on Monday died after being hit by a piece of rock, which roll down the trikuta hills near Sanji Chatt (near helipad) enroute the cave shrine of Vaishno Devi. Vidushi, who was on a pilgrimage to the cave shrine in trikuta hills along with her family, died due to a head injury. God may rest her soul in peace. It is worthwhile to mention here that many times in ...
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