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Posted at: May 27, 2018, 12:59 AM; last updated: May 27, 2018, 1:06 AM (IST)

Save ozone treaty

Scientists in the UK, US and Holland have found in their researches that “someone” in East Asia is cheating over the 1987 Montreal Protocol on chlorofluorocarbons (CFC). They have traced the origin of new emissions, which are responsible for about a quarter of harmful chlorine reaching the ozone layer, to East Asia. Scientists have noted that 13,000 metric tons of CFC-11 is joining the atmosphere every year. As World Environment Day is approaching, it is hoped that the “cheater” in East Asia is exposed for saving the ozone treaty.

Lal Singh, by email

Jail all corrupt

If large-scale frauds are happening in the holy city of Amritsar, one can very well deduce the plight of municipal committees across Punjab (How holy city lost Rs 100 crore). If all misappropriated funds and properties are recovered, the state can come out of the financial mess. Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu should get cracking on exposing frauds in local bodies of Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Bathinda as well. Restore people’s faith in the system by putting all culprits behind bars.

Raj Kumar Kapoor, Ropar


The precarious financial condition that Punjab finds itself in after the 10-year rule of the SAD-BJP dispensation calls for a thorough and an impartial probe. People this time do not want statements from the government but specific actions to root out corruption. 

Jagvinder Singh Brar, Patiala

Virtues still hold value

Sohidul Laskar’s story is an inspirational account of the indomitable will of a man has who persevered relentlessly to build a hospital in the memory of his sister (Moved by sister’s loss, Cabby turns dream into reality). I salute the woman engineer who donated the entire amount of her first salary for the noble cause. Such stories highlight that in this ‘dog-eat-dog’ world the highest virtues of magnanimity, philanthropy and benevolence still hold value.  

Tarsem S Bumrah, Batala


The cabby who lost his sister due to the shortage of medical facilities made up his mind to build a hospital for the needy. Even though he did not have the money, his passengers and others chipped in to help him in his mission. It shows when the intention is right and the purpose is big, even unseen forces of the universe join to turn the dream into a reality.

PN Gupta, by email

Max Muller’s love

Max Muller’s anthology India: What Can it Teach Us? conveys his genuine love for India (What India taught Max Muller). Well-versed in Sanskrit, Muller translated the Upanishads and published a collection of Indian fables. He also published the Rig Veda in Sanskrit using manuscripts available in England. He once famously said, “India has been conquered once, but India must be conquered again, and the second conquest should be a conquest by education”.

PS Kaur, by email


Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal displays an utter lack of understanding of the new emerging world order. The decision will hurt India too. The government, therefore, must carefully balance its relations with the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Iran, keeping its own strategic interests in mind. India can use its influence with the actors in West Asia, and thus play a mitigating role, which may help reach detente in the region. 

MS Khokhar, by emaiL

People’s litterateur

The celebrated litterateur Balkavi Bairagi was a multi-faceted personality who will be remembered for his immense contribution in the realms of poetry, politics and cinema (A child nurtured in poems, celebrated in life’s songs). His unique style of penning human emotions through verse endeared him to people. Though he earned great fame, he never severed ties with his birthplace in Madhya Pradesh and remained down-to-earth throughout his life.

Samiul Hassan Quadri, Bikaner

Step up vigil

Our intelligence agencies must step up vigil and not allow Pakistan to succeed in its nefarious designs to stab India again (Terror trail points to 26/11 accused). Pakistani agents and sleeper cells must be intercepted before they succeed. After former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s revelation that his country is involved in export of terrorism, the international community must move to end the state-sponsored terror.

Subhash Vaid, New Delhi

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