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India, China ought to mend fences

The visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to India to ease tensions and increase trade between the two countries is a welcome step. People believe his visit will boost the Sino-India relations. It is good that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has sent a tough signal to the Chinese premier on the Ladakh incursion. And to maintain peace in the region, China should not instigate Pakistan against India and try to resolve the border problem. But there is a section of countrymen who believe that Li had come to boost China’s business in India, not for friendship.

If China supports India’s views and does not create incursions-like problems, it would be greatly beneficial for the two countries to establish a strong bilateral trade relationship which would be in the interest of millions of young Indians and Chinese as well as future generations. And this time, we feel, China is serious about enhancing mutual trade and saying goodbye to incursions which is clear from Li’s statement that “the world looks to Asia to be the engine driving the global economy.”


Overall growth

The Himachal Government must set its priorities right. It should try to fulfill all promises made in the election manifesto instead of diverting people’s attention towards inquiries and shuffling of employees. The younger generation needs good education facilities and employment opportunities, which are possible if we eradicate corruption from the system.  Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh should initiate steps to create more jobs to make youth self-reliant.

Surprisingly, the state is groaning under a heavy debt burden and its revenue deficit is mounting. The horticulture sector has done the state proud by improving its per capita income, but fruit-growing belts are in utter neglect. They lack good roads and a better transport system to carry the produce to the market.

 Roads are in a deplorable condition and hence frequent fatal accidents. Similarly, the education sector is crumbling. All government schools are devoid of basic amenities such as toilets, drinking water and roof over heads. Teaching staff is more often than not remains absent from duties or are on other assignments.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is a popular leader and according to his own admission, it is his last term. It is high time he concentrated on boosting the state’s economic development which will be his best parting gift to the people of the state.                                                                              

RM RAMAUL, Paonta Sahib

Angelina Jolie

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie’s mother died of cancer at 56. Because of the family history, Angelina chose to voluntarily undergo a genetic test and found that she had inherited a risky mutation in her BRCA 1 gene. This meant that she had the risk of breast tissue being removed from both her breasts. By undergoing a double mastectomy, she has not only removed the risk of breast cancer but also encouraged other women to shun inhibitions making their doubts regarding the fatal disease known to at least doctors. The government should hold health awareness camps for women from time to time for the early detection of breast and cervical cancers. It should ensure that all such patients are given free and timely treatment.


Forest fires

In summers, forest fires are a common occurrence in Himachal Pradesh. Also, it is a great nuisance for officials of the Fire and Forest Departments who have to tackle with these. It is strange that our firefighting equipments are old and unable to control a major fire in forests. As a result, the state has to face the loss of trees, animals and sometimes even human lives. The state government would do well to modernise all fire offices and provide new firefighting equipments.


Eliminate TB

Apropos of the editorial ‘Drug-resistant TB strain’ (May 23), it is shocking to learn that even after 65 years of Independence, India still has over 2 millions of TB patients, while US has totally eliminated this dreaded disease. 

According to the editorial, out of estimated over two million TB patients, 1,660 were notified and only 1,136 patients received complete treatments. This is a horrible performance. Besides, this is a reflection of successive governments’ apathy and lack of concern towards the well-being of countrymen. The best way to eliminate TB in India is to outsource this job to an American healthcare company. 


Unhappy with judiciary

There is no denying the fact that the common man is increasingly getting disillusioned with the judiciary. In fact, for the common man, the judiciary stands for delays and prohibitive expenses.

However, to my mind, the judiciary still remains the best hope for the nation at large. But for the judiciary, especially at the higher rungs, the country’s cherished democratic tripod would have collapsed long ago. Let us hope that those manning the temples of justice would spare no pains to keep the flag of judiciary flying high.

TARA CHAND, Ambota (Una)

Announce summer vacations

In most of the places in Punjab, the day temperature ranges between 43 and 46 degrees Celsius. The plight of students of primary and upper primary classes returning from schools around 2 pm can be imagined. They are mostly sweating.

The students may be in school buses or private transport arranged by parents and even returning home on foot, the situation is no different. In such circumstances, the Punjab Government should announce the summer vacations without delay to save children from the scorching sun. School timings should be changed 7 am to 12 noon.

The Government of Punjab, I hope, will take immediate steps to save students from the biting heat.

PN GUPTA, Sangrur



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