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Uncle Sam must apologise

This refers to the editorial "Immunity & entitlement: Now let the diplomats sort it out", (December 20). It is unfortunate that such a humiliating episode of arresting and "strip-searching" of a female Indian diplomat took place in the US. The way Indian Deputy Council General Devyani Khobragade was treated by the US marshals is shameful. It defies all niceties of manners and diplomatic decency. Whatever the reasons or actions of Khobragade that went against the US laws should have been politely brought to her notice and a remedy sought. Arresting a diplomat, in front of her children, while she was dropping them at the school, is certainly a condemnable act.

As the mistake has been accepted and the episode regretted by US Secretary of State John Kerry, it should be put behind as a "bad dream". Both sides should ensure such incidents are not repeated. Cordial relations between India and the US must be maintained.

The US must apologise for the ill treatment meted out to Devyani Khobragade.

RK KAPOOR, Chandigarh

Extend Shatabdi

This is apropos the news report that the third Shatabdi between New Delhi and Chandigarh is not running to its full capacity and the Railways is contemplating early departure from New Delhi. At present, it departs from New Delhi at 7.15 pm. The railway officials should understand that this schedule suits those working in Gurgaon, Noida, New Delhi, etc. To run this train to its full capacity, it could be extended up to Ludhiana. This way, Ludhiana will get one more Shatabdi departing late evening from New Delhi. This has been persistently demanded by Ludhiana citizens. With this, Chandigarh will also get connected to Ludhiana through the Shatabdi. This will also enhance the utilisation of the Shatabdi rake which remains idle for more than 12 hours at the Chandigarh rail terminal.

MP SINGH, Mohali

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Will files move now?

The Lokpal Bill has finally become an Act. Files in government offices do not move without the greasing of the palms of staff. The success of the Lokpal Act will depend on its implementation. Does the Act ensure speedy movement of files without corruption? Will the officials be held responsible for the delay beyond a reasonable time? Are all citizens ready to not pay bribes for the quick disposal of their files? Will government officials stop seeking bribes by resorting to delaying tactics or putting unreasonable objections on files to prevent their clearance? We need to have CCTV cameras in offices and video-recording of conversations. Is our government ready for it?

Mahesh Kumar, via email

Credit for Lokpal

Apropos the editorial "Credit goes to Delhi voters" (December 19), it is right that the pressure of the Aam Aadmi Party has contributed much towards the clearance of the Lokpal Bill. Undoubtedly, Anna and teammates, including the present members of the AAP, deserve appreciation for fighting against corruption.

Now the credit is being taken by others, who have failed to do anything to end corruption for the welfare of the common lot. I agree with the comment Sitaram Yechury of the CPM in the Rajya Sabha that the supply for corruption, i.e., the collection of unnamed and black money by political parties for the elections, should be stopped to end corruption. The Lokpal lacks the power to take this basic step.

Mohan Shahi, Khanna

Lokpal impact

After a torturous journey of over four decades, the Lokpal Bill has been finaly passed. Praise is due to the Congress, BJP as well as Anna Hazare for facilitating the legislation which is an important step in the fight against corruption in public life. However, problems often donít end with legislation. History has seen many laws grand in ambition but with little impact on society . I hope the Lokpal Act makes a real impact in fighting corruption and other issues concerning our nation.

Navneeet, via email



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