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There to stay

The article “US visa fee may price Indians out” (Sunday Tribune, June 30) is creating FEAR (false evidences appearing real). We need to analyse and interpret cooperation as a better option than competitiveness. It is a matter of honour that the US leadership recognises the contribution of Indian-Americans who are just 1 per cent of the population, but create 8 per cent of all technology and engineering start-ups. It can be inferred that Indians can never be out.

Dr MM Goel, Kurukshetra

Reach out

Apropos the article “Next big challenge” by SMA Kazmi (Sunday Tribune, June 30), poignant stories of those who lost their loved ones are heartrending. Rehabilitation must be taken up on priority. The district collectors must rise to the occasion and ensure that the amelioration of suffering of every individual in their area is their responsibility. It is a Herculean task, and will test the expertise of the local administration. Reconstruction must be undertaken with due respect to ecology.

SC Vaid, Greater Noida

Hundred salutes

With the civil administration almost dysfunctional, the brave hearts from the Indian Army, Air Force, ITBP and the National Disaster Relief Force risked their lives in the harsh weather conditions and inhospitable terrain to carry out gigantic rescue and relief operations (“In grief, let’s not forget the heroes that did us proud”; Ground Zero, June 30). A grateful nation salutes these heroes. Instead of indulging in a blame game, political parties should take a cue from Japan and prepare for such disasters in the future.

DS Kang, Hoshiarpur

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We must be grateful to those who undertook rescue operations. The article is an eye opener, especially for those who criticise everything. We must appreciate the contribution of soldiers and encourage those who serve mankind else we will fail in our duty.

PK Singh, Longowal

No lessons learnt

Time and again we have been caught ill-prepared whenever any natural disaster strikes the country (“It is not nature, but our disrespect to it that kills us”; Sunday Tribune, June 30). Flash floods and incessant rains wreak havoc every year. Deforestation and haphazard development are causing irrevocable damage to forests and soil stability. Just like we protect our borders against enemies, we must plan against natural disasters.

Dr Sanjiv Gupta, Australia

Way forward

The National Innovation Foundation (NIF), Ahmedabad, is doing a yeoman’s service by organising an annual national science competition in search of innovative and creative ideas (“Whizzkids”, Spectrum, June 30). Appalled at the administrative failure, these youngsters plan to address the prevalent societal issues, particularly safety of women. Once their concepts are given a practical shape, these are sure to benefit society. With support from the government, corporate houses and NGOs, these young minds are poised to do the country proud.

Harmohit Singh, Mahilpur



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