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No metro for Maytas, please

The editorial Metro is not for Maytas (Jan 21) gave a sound and timely advice. The recommendation to take away the Hyderabad Metro Rail project from Maytas is prudent. The authorities concerned must act upon it immediately.

Satyam Satyams former chairman B Ramalinga Raju reportedly diverted money, inflated assets and profits, forged FDs, inflated the strength of employees and entered into benami deals. It is revealed that with these fraudulent means and deeds, he laid the foundation of Maytas Infra Ltd. Shockingly none of the state agencies noticed the scam.

MOOL RAJ SHARMA, Advocate, Chandigarh


Satyam fraud

“The Satyam saga” (Jan 24) by Arun Kumar succinctly encapsulated the Satyam fraud. It is simply not possible that B Ramalinga Raju alone was behind the fraud. How can the directors, company secretary, chartered accountants of the company and the rest of the management not be aware of the murky goings on? The dimension of the crime committed by Raju and his cohorts is in no way short of treason towards his countrymen, state and international clients who had reposed faith in Satyam.


Faulty exam system

The fear of failure by Nonika Singh (Jan 20) was well written as both sides of the debatable point were presented lucidly and objectively. The views of various teachers on the Right to Education Bill 2008 aimed at making the right to education a reality for every single child, which proposes that both private and government schools across the country will not fail students till class VIII, were thought provoking.

Before imparting education, it is very important to understand the psychology of the students as to why they study. There are two reasons. For the majority, it is the fear of failure. This can be understood by seeing the tension on their faces in the days of examination, how they run from one tutor to another. Students get up early in biting cold to study only because of the fear of failure. No doubt, there are a few students who study the entire year regularly, as they love studies but their strength could be counted on fingers.

I believe taking one time annual examination and passing or failing accordingly is not justified. Rather the teachers should assess the students on the basis of several activities not just academics around the year. We should identify their weaknesses and give them extra coaching in that particular area so that they become eligible for the next grade.


Medical tourism

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s successful heart surgery has demonstrated the capability of Indian medical professionals. The credit goes to the entire team of doctors as well as the top-class infrastructure provided by the AIIMS. We hope this success will be helpful in boosting medical tourism in India.


Honour killings

The news report Girl’s family kills couple for honour (Jan 26) by P K Jaiswar was unsettling. It makes every Indian hang his head in shame. While supporters of ‘India Shining’ boast of Pokhran and the advances made in space and information technology, there exists a much larger India that sanctifies the murder of lovers and couples who dare defy society’s caste and religious injunctions. Can India still qualify to call itself a civilised nation?


Don’t increase retirement age

The editorial Grey but strong(Jan 26) was interesting and informative. The Punjab Government has decided to enhance the retirement age of its employees from 58 to 60 years after the Cabinet approval. The Finance Department has indicated that Rs 2000 crore will be saved in lieu of gratuity, leave encashment, provident fund and pension.The last pay commission had also recommended that the retirement age should be 60 years. 

No doubt, life expectancy of Indians has increased due to better health care. But most of the state government employees are not interested in the enhancement of the retirement age. The government should know that the financial liability after two years would be much more.

Corruption is increasing day by day in the administration since the recruitment is influenced by political interference. In fact, the move is likely to frustrate the Punjabi unemployed youth. Moreover, the SAD-BJP government had promised to provide employment opportunities to the youth. I strongly believe that the retirement age should not be increased.

SAHIL GARG, Chandigarh



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