Monday, May 4, 2015
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Padma awards row
Dear Editor, At last Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has put details relating to selection of Padma awardees for the year 2015 including also a list of 1897 persons whose names were recommended for the national honours. In earlier years, such information was made public just after Republic Day through RTI petitions which was surprisingly not done this year. Even now MHA has avoided disclosing a very important aspect of names of those who made these recommendations. Central Information Commission found the information of much importance to be disclosed, and it used to be disclosed in earlier years. It is significant that last-moment additions are done even much after last date of nomination in name of ‘Awards Committee’ consisting also of senior bureaucrats having authority to nom...
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Tabinda Gani Murder case: Well done JKP
Dear Editor, After eight years, sessions court in Kupwara awarded death penalty for all the four accused involved in Tabinda Gani rape and murder case. Justice was done due to preparation of a strong case by the police against the all four accused in this heinous crime. Here the question is not whether the court has done something different and special in this case, it did whatever it found fit as per law. Or we can say, court always decides the case as per the material provided by the parties related to the case. In this case, the police had provided all the supporting material to the court which was required to ensure conviction and severe punishment to the accused. This is the same Jammu and Kashmir Police which has always been under severe criticism for hiding facts, fabricatin...
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State pensioners/family pensioners dilemma
Dear Editor, A notice was put in newspapers sometime back by the J&K Bank that State Pensioners/Family pensioner have to send annual live certificate at their concerned bank branches in the month of November 2014 in terms of government order No.401 of 1977 dated 13/6/1977 issued by the finance department revised vide govt, order No.115-f of 2011 dated 15/4/2011 and the pensioners/family pensioners were asked to comply by 25/2/2015 and who fail to do so shall not be paid pension for the month of February 2015 onward. The formats of live certificates/re-marriage certificate/non-employment certificate were available at all branches of J&K Bank and the saving factors as, however been that the bank officers are also authorized to sign the live certificates of the pensioners. The pensioners wh...
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Buggy for Union Minister held in name of medical emergency at IGI Airport
Dear Editor,  We were to catch Bhopal-bound Jet Airways flight number 9W2654 on 18.04.2015 from Terminal-3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport (New Delhi) on 18.04.2015. Since the flight suddenly got delayed by 65 minutes, we decided to move to food-plaza in the shopping arcade of the terminal. We saw a buggy standing ideal near a lift, and requested the buggy-driver Tinto Thomas to leave us near the food-plaza. But the buggy-driver told that he was waiting for a medical-emergency. But to our great shock and surprise, Union Minister General (Retired) VK Singh got out of lift with his colleagues to board the buggy. Likewise a buggy standing ideal also refused to entertain just at entry-point marked as ‘For Authorised Personnel Only’ without specifying persons who could be ‘Authorised P...
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Global warming behind Nepal quake?
Dear Editor, The devastating earthquake of 7.8 magnitude in the neighbouring Himalayan nation Nepal claiming around 6,000 lives and leaving behind over 10,000 injured has yet again reaffirmed the dangers the earth is confronting due to unplanned development disturbing ecosystem particularly in the mountainous regions across the world. Though the earthquakes occur at fault zones, where tectonic plates-giant rock slabs that make up the Earth's upper layer-collide or slide against each other yet they had direct relationship with the global warming also. According to few geo-scientists, it is quite likely that the under located areas of the earth are affected due to alteration in the pressure on the earth crust. When water level on the seas and oceans increase due to the increased water ...
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Merger of public sector banks necessary to reduce overheads
Dear Editor, Merger of smaller public-sector banks into some larger public-sector banks will largely reduce overheads. It will also enable merger of bank-branches with negligible business into nearby branches thus resulting in further saving of public-funds in banking-operations. Beginning should be made by merger of all subsidiary banks of State Bank of India into the main State Bank of India itself. All this will automatically solve problem of shortage of staff, with surplus staff being deputed in branches left after merger. —Subhash Chandra Agrawal, 1775 Kucha Lattushah Dariba, Chandni Chowk Delhi....
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Citizen should contribute in relief funds
Dear Editor Keeping in view of natural disasters/earthquakes in India, every state governments across the nation should collect relief funds at the tone of Rs 1 from MPs, MLAs, MCLs, bureaucrats including traders, industrial units and both the political parties of national and regional as well as general people should urged them to contribution their donation in PM’s or CM’s relief funds so as to face such disasters like tsunami and earthquakes. Every time, the victims in such incidents are deprived of benefits like water, food, medicines and other related needs including their proper compensation and rehabilitation after such devastation. The GoI should take serious steps in this context and make it compulsory for every citizen to donate liberally without any delay and rebuilt the str...
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Nepal quake and Indian help
Dear Editor India has rightly played its role as a friendly neighbour by reaching out to Nepal immediately after the terrible earthquake with an intensity of 7.9 on richter scale struck the Himalayan nation. Indian teams for search and rescue operations reached Nepal earlier than the Chinese could send a 62-member team. India has sent 10 teams of National Disaster Response Force, each team consisting of 45 personnel who are fully equipped with modern equipment to deal with search and rescue operations. These teams have medical and para-medics experts and sniffer dogs and are well equipped with live detector machines, cutters that can cut steel, concrete and wood and food and immediate relief materials. The impact of the earthquake in Nepal was experienced in many states of north India i...
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Non functional of Traffic Signal unaddressed
Dear Editor As vehicular traffic is on increase day by day so is the hard time for traffic police to control the movement of traffic on the roads. All though traffic Signal Lights have been installed around three years back but unfortunately these signal light are not working properly which creates hurdles for commuters for long-long time as vehicular jams are quite often seen on the busy roads To maintain smooth vehicular movement traffic police had to work round the clock so that vehicular movement does not stop. Even after these traffic signal lights were installed traffic police started working according to the signal laws but so many times were confronted by the commuters as were not operational and were being harassed undoubtedly. But as it can be seen that traffic police are alwa...
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Welcome move to amend Negotiable Instruments Act
Dear Editor, It refers to Union Cabinet giving nod for amending section 138 of the Negotiable Instrument Act whereby it will be possible to file cases on cheque-bouncing at places of presentation of cheques for clearing. It became necessary after Supreme Court ruling that such cases could be filed only at places from where cheques were issued putting defaulter at advantage to the victim. But the Bill to amend the Act should incorporate some more features to make it user-friendly, fast-disposing and separating cases of cheques issued for payment of Equated Monthly Installments (EMIs) from other cases of cheque-bouncing. Since the defaulters at times avoid receiving summons, there should be a provision of summons deemed to have been served by publication and otherwise in the manner done ...
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Lowering juvenile age for heinous crimes is need of hour
Dear Editor, It refers to Union Cabinet giving nod to a bill giving power to Juvenile Justice Boards power to decide whether a juvenile accused of a heinous crime ought to be treated as a child or an adult for being punished under provisions of Indian Penal Code (IPC). Fifth (juvenile) culprit in infamous 16/12 gang-rape case could roam free after about 28 months with added courage to commit more such crimes because of our outdated Juvenile Act. Gravity of crime rather than only age of the criminal should be the deciding factor for punishment. With maturity coming much earlier now-a-days than before, juvenile-age must be reduced with retrospective effect so that the fifth accused of 16/12 gang-rape may also get justice through death he deserves the most. —Madhu Agrawal, 1775 Kucha Lat...
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Unity of J&K Separatists
Dear Editor, The PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir needs to tread cautiously. Signs of revival of ‘unity’ amongst the separatists could be ominous. Last week, Hurriyat leaders, hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani and moderate Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik shared the platform at a rally in Narbal in the Valley to protest against the killing of a teenager in police firing, raising many eyebrows. This as per reports is the first coming together since 2008! They all spoke about the need for the “pro-freedom camp” to stand united. Were the leaders following the line given by Pakistan to unite again (they were all together at its National day celebrations recently in Delhi) or do they fear redundancy as by and large people are getting on with their lives? Whatever may be the com...
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Farmer’s suicides
Dear Editor, Rajasthan farmer Gajendra Singh’s tragic ‘suicide’ has sadly got entangled in petty politics. On the one hand, the Delhi government and the Centre, read the police under the Union Home Ministry, are busy trading charges at each other. While the latter has filed an FIR against the AAP leaders/volunteers for instigating Singh to commit suicide, the former charges the police for inaction. On the other hand, the Delhi unit of both the Congress and the BJP have held demonstrations against the AAP, accusing it of insensitivity by carrying on with the rally even after he plunged to his death. The Congress has also demanded a judicial probe, saying the Delhi police inquiry would be questionable. In all this blame game the grave issue of farmers’ committing suicide in the country has...
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PMO’s blunders
Dear Editor, The Prime Minister Narendra Modi should sack the officials in his grand office the PMO that cause him the embarrassment when he visits a foreign country. Questions are being asked as to why did the PMO not provide the PM the required inputs when he went to Germany and Canada. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s relative in India the TMC MP Sugato Bose and his mother Krishna Bose who was a minister in the Vajpayee cabinet have raised the question that when the prime minister was in Germany why did he have to meet a distant relative of Netaji when his daughter Anita Bose Plaff, a direct blood descendent also lives in Germany PM could have met her. An embarrassed home minister Rajnath Singh later in the afternoon on Tuesday invited Sugato to his room in parliament and told him that...
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Political apology of Ashutosh (AAP) not enough
Dear Editor, AAP’s leader Ashutosh broke all records of insensitivity through his untimely comments on farmer’s suicide at party’s farmers’ rally held at Jantar Mantar (New Delhi) on 22.04.2015. Even subsequent political apology by Ashutosh was in no way sufficient for the party because his earlier comments exhibited his usual mindset and arrogance. Party in its own interest should make a damage-control by officially sending Ashutosh for at least six-month leave from party’s affairs at all levels. Such a step will also make Ashutosh and other leaders of new-gen political party behave and talk with responsibility. Since it was a rarest of the rare cases in capital city of Delhi, it would have been in fitness of things and also in self-interest of the ruling party at the centre that Prime...
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New recruitment policy
Dear Editor New dispensation of BJP-PDP alliance has given a gift to Jammu and Kashmir’s youth in the form of New Recruitment Policy”, for gazetted and non gazetted posts, fading hope of ‘Ache Din’ as touted by Union govt headed by Narinder Modi and state government, in which BJP is in alliance. The Ordinance policy being followed by Modi government at Center and now the introduction of NRP by state government could be seen as repercussions of neo liberal policies, being adopted by successive regimes of country after 90’s. Role of opposition parties has diminished in state and negligible protests are being organized across state and there seems no widespread movement against the policy, which is even more dangerous than NRP introduced by Omar Abdullah led coalition government. Aft...
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