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Laying [email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@Except for a few roads in India the condition of most of them is generally deplorable. The root cause is corruption in the system of contracts, poor quality management and the lack of supervision. The road system of a country is one measure to know how the nation is [email protected]@Chandigarh can boast of good roads, but a simple and basic malady is damaging that reputation. To build a kilometre of road, hot mix is brought to the site by rickety trucks driven by unprofessional drivers who scatter the hot mix of tar and sharp stones on the 10-km-long road. Recently, a large stretch of a smoothly laid out new road on the new lake in Sector 42 was damaged by scattering hot [email protected]@Strict supervision by controlling engineers, contractors and transporters can help maintain good roads and stop avoidable damage, thereby saving effort, vehicle maintenance and safety on the [email protected]@RAJ DHANOA, [email protected]@@@Sane [email protected]@A spate of letters carried in these columns on the teachers’ role in the social milieu has led to this one. T.S. Eliot’s sane advice in The Wasteland in the context of the moral vacuum is especially relevant for the teaching [email protected]@Curiously, however, the teachers have themselves begun to accept muddy things becoming thereby a potent instrument in leading humanity to a wrong and disturbing path. 
The “slummy mind” is not merely manifest at moral plane. As one who has closely watched professors, including those in the universities, I am now a disenchanted person. I would rather say these worthies have forfeited their privilege, leaving their scholastic [email protected]@AKHILESH, Birampur (Hoshiarpur) @@@@Raj a [email protected]@Raj Thackeray says that he does not like violence and has asked his followers to refrain from it. When his goons were beating up the North Indians In Mumbai’s railway station, he did not stop them or condemn such heinous acts. What a hypocrite he is! His fake love for Marathi language will harm the interests of the Maharashtrians most. @@Bihar did make strides under the stewardship of Lalu Prasad Yadav. But most Biharis migrated to other areas. This did not enhance their respectability. Bihar became dependant on the remittances of its citizens in exiles. Mr Lalu Yadav should also be fittingly credited for [email protected]@B.K. CHAUDHARI, @@Worcestershire (UK)@@@@[email protected]@Violence of all kinds in any part of the country against any section of society or community must be condemned by one and all. But what is wrong if the people of a state seek preference in at least Class IV government jobs? Why are these jobs advertised more in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh than in [email protected]@The problem is with the very process of railway recruitment. It started after Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav took over as the Railway Minister. It is alleged that out of the 5,500 candidates recruited by the Indian Railways in the past few years, Maharashtra’s share was only [email protected]@SUDARSHAN SHARMA,@@Garh Khas (Kangra)@@@@No [email protected]@In many privately managed but aided colleges in Punjab, the staff has not been paid monthly salaries for many months because of some disputes between the managing committees, principals, ministerial staff, DPI (Colleges) and the Finance Department. If teachers don’t get salary, how can they survive? Like farmers, they are getting crushed under debts. Many shopkeepers stop selling groceries on [email protected]@Old disputes should be set aside or decided by a special officer with legal powers. The government should order payment of salaries as also arrears by a definite date. The government and educational administrators should resolve this problem once and for all so that the teachers can concentrate on studies and give their best to the [email protected]@Dr T. R. SHARMA, [email protected]@@@Adding to [email protected]@The authorities of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation should note that many branches of trees implanted by the Horticulture Department had been lying in front of houses in Sector 33 A. @@No van has come to collect the same for disposal. Worse, many people are even setting the branches and leaves of these trees on fire which is adding to the pollution of the [email protected]@JUGESH SALUJA, [email protected]@@@Tragic [email protected]@Thousands of kidney transplants are taking place in the country illegally, but one could not be arranged in a proper way for which a young and brilliant officer was allowed to [email protected]@Kirpal Singh’s misfortune was that he was a sincere and honest government servant. How tragic and shameful! May God grant him peace and some soul-searching to those running the [email protected]@RAM SARAN BHATIA, [email protected]@@@Buses in [email protected]@Shimla’s floating population has increased manifold during the past few years. However, adequate local buses are not available in the town to ferry the daily commuters to their destination within the city. @@Huge crowds are generally seen at bus stops waiting for buses which are packed to capacity. As a result, the commuters are put to hardship. Some HRTC drivers do not bother to pick up the passengers at bus stops. The Transport Minister should help these commuters by introducing more city [email protected]@SHAKUNTALA, Shimla

Cramming doesn’t help much

I would like to draw the attention of the general public towards the evil of cramming by students. Cramming defeats the very purpose of education. In junior classes, cramming may lead to good marks but in higher classes it would be impossible to cram the vast syllabus. Only those who have the basic knowledge will [email protected]@Consequently, I would request the students to stop cramming. Instead, they should lay stress on better understanding of the subjects concerned. Teachers should promote this habit among the students from the very beginning. This is the only way by which we can achieve the true purpose of education and ensure a good [email protected]@ANKITA SHARMA, Student, Class VII, Angle’s Public School,@@Pathankot



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