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Iran cannot expect India to back it

This refers to the editorial “Iranian knkot: Solution through diplomacy” (March 11). After India refused to provide Iran nuclear weapon technology, Teheran managed its clandestine acquisition through the A.Q. Khan source. Iran has no right to expect India to be on its side in the nuclear dispute.

The Iranian President publicly announced that Iran wanted annihilation of Israel. He calls it Iran’s Islamic duty. This means he gives a call for Islamic jehad  through terror. The international community should have taken serious note of this arrogance and isolated Iran forthwith. Allowing it to manufacture nuclear weapons is to allow it to implement its evil designs against another sovereign country. This should not happen.

K.N. PANDITA, Delhi



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I refer to the editorial “Optimism on Iran” (March 8). A political solution of the Iran issue is in the larger interest of the world community. Any confrontationist approach in this regard would be detrimental to world peace. All diplomatic and political channels should be fully exploited and exhausted before precipitating any drastic action by the powers that be. Only then can we ensure world peace.

SANTOSH JAMWAL, Chauki Jamwalan (HP)

III

If one goes through the current debate on Iran, one can draw two obvious inferences on the full form of the abbreviations of International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran. In my opinion, the IAEA has come to mean ‘It’s American Energy Agency’ and Iran ‘I reject America’s nuisance’.

K.J.S. AHLUWALIA, Amritsar

District status for Mohali

While the people of Mohali, including legislator Bir Devinder Singh, are very happy with the Punjab Government’s decision to accord district status to the township from April 13, the people of Ropar are disturbed. There is genuine resentment in Ropar because it has lost its worth with as many as three districts having been carved out of it — Fatehgarh Sahib, Nawanshahr, and now Mohali.

The people of Patiala did not raise hue and cry when Fatehgarh Sahib district was carved out of Patiala. The Chief Minister, who is a Patiala MLA, has even advocated the shifting of the National Institute of Sports to Bangalore.

If the government is not interested to develop Patiala, better shift its district headquarters to Mohali and make Patiala a tehsil in the new district. Then, perhaps, the Chief Minister will also feel proud that Patiala has come far closer to Chandigarh!

K.K. BHARDWAJ, Patiala

No jobs in HP

Unemployment is a major problem in Himachal Pradesh. Many people are jobless. No doubt, there has been rapid expansion of education in Himachal but it has exacerbated the unemployment problem.

There is mass production of matriculates, graduates and post-graduates. There are engineers but no factories in the state to employ them. The population explosion is equally responsible for the increasing unemployment in the state.

The state government is aware of this problem. It has introduced schemes to solve it. But it should think of more positive steps to tackle it on priority.

ROHAN SEHGAL, Kandaghat (HP)

BSNL’s ways

The BSNL charges different rates for the same equipment and in return offers the lollipop of different numbers of free calls. For example, if you opt for Plan 250, the monthly rental will be Rs 250 and free call numbers are 135. If you opt for Plan 699, the monthly rental will be Rs 699 but free calls go up to 730.

Consider the One India Plan 299. Here the monthly rent is Rs 299, but free calls are zero. So the BSNL snatches away whatever concession it gives to consumers at the rate of one rupee per minute by charging the monthly rental of Rs 299 with no free calls.

TINA BHARDWAJ, Patiala

Internet in banks

Nowadays, various national and international banks are connected with Internet, which is welcome. This provides great relief to bank account holders. But I don’t know why Internet accounts are in 15 figures which is more than 10 karabs.

Dr RAJAN MALHOTRA, Palampur

Computer test

In the Staff Selection Commission Examination for the post of LDC, one has to qualify in the type-writing test. This is computer age and one has to keep pace with the changing times. The government should change the examination rules and conduct a computer test instead of type-writing test for the simple reason that typewriters have become obsolete.

G.C. KAUSHAL, Bhadrin (Hamirpur)

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