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Duckworth Lews & T20

In the first semi-final played between West Indies and Sri Lanka on April 3, the West Indies team lost the match because of inclement weather which is gross injustice with the team. Due to the Duckworth Lews system, the West Indies team became the proverbial sacrificial goat. T-20 should be excluded from the Duckworth Lewis system since one or two overs in the end can change the complexion of the match. The weather should not be allowed to play spoilsport. The West Indies team should have been permitted to re-play the first semi-final. Reserve day should be for semi-final also.

K.L.SETHI, Panchkula

Well done, Lanka

The cricket world is pleased that Mahela Jayewardene and Kumar Sangakara are leaving their farewell T-20 cricket on a winning note. It was some swansong for Sri Lanka, when at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday, Sri Lanka won the ICC World Twenty20, edging India by six wickets. Better luck for the Dhoni brigade the next time!

Bidyut K Chatterjee, Faridabad

Put leaders on contract

The reason for corruption is that politicians with criminal background and no proper qualifications are eating into the country. The election commissioner should look into this matter seriously. Politicians should be put on a contract for 11 months to show their worth.

Their performance should be decided by the people of the area concerned which should be criterion for him/her getting the ticket the next time. The country cannot progress till the rotten eggs are thrown out.


Clean candidates needed

What if none of the candidates is worth voting for? Many candidates of almost all political parties in fray have criminal records. And many people vote merely to exercise their right to franchise even though they may not like any candidate. It is important that we vote for the right candidate.

The Election Commission should have powers to debar such people from the contest.

M. Kumar, via email

Environment forgotten

Political leaders are making promises to make India corruption-free, tame price rise, provide electricity, increase employment etc. But the issue of environment has been ignored because we do not seem to love mother nature. Pollution is enfeebling our  environment.

Simerpreet Kaur, Khanna

Autism awareness

World Autism Awareness Day was observed by various hospitals and NGOs on April 2. There is a shortfall in public service in health, education, specialised speech therapy and occupational therapy. Programmes need to be developed and implemented in hospitals and schools to train parents, teachers and other staff members so that they are enabled to work effectively and in accordance with the behavioural intervention needs of the children. The issue will remain dormant unless knowledge and competency services are provided to parents and professionals working with children with autism or other pervasive developmental disorders.

Param Saini, Ludhiana

Khushwant a great writer

It is sad that Khushwant Singh, a prolific writer, is no more. He was a tremendously disciplined man who spared no one in his writings. The void created by his death may never be filled. A story written by Khushwant Singh, prescribed for the final year students of the undergraduate course of Kuruskshetra University, depicts the harsh reality of the life of an ordinary man. He will be remembered for his wit and sense of humour. His columns will be missed. Undoubtedly, India has lost a great author.

Kapil Sharma, Kaithal

Master of wit

Khushwant Singh’s wit and terse style would forever remain in the minds of his admirers. The writer served as press attache in the High Commission and he had strained relations with Krishna Menon, the then High Commissioner. In his autobiography “Truth, Love and a Little Malice”, the witty writer castigated Menon with his unsavoury words: “Menon was a bachelor, same as his father.” The satirist scoffed at his adversary with this slanderous remark.

Ravi Datta, Jwalamukhi

Mistake in JEE B. Arch

I appeared for the JEE B.Arch. on April 6. I would like to bring to the notice of the CBSE about a blunder in the question paper. My test booklet code was M. In question number 80, the English and Hindi versions of the question were totally opposite and created confusions. Their answers couldn't have been the same.

This mistake cannot be ignored as a single mark can cost a student his career.

Surbhi Sood, Jalandhar

Nothing wrong

There’s nothing wrong in writing about the good work done by the Badals in textbooks. If questions related to central government schemes and achievements of various leaders can be asked in exams such as the UPSC, what’s wrong in writing state-sponsored schemes in booklets?

Jatin Batra, Patran (Patiala)

Preserve HP sanctity

Tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh are losing their sanctity. The inflow of tourists should not be allowed to affect the cultural sanctity of the religious destinations. Promoting tourism at any cost is a bad policy. Some tourist destinations have become increasingly notorious for all sorts of vices.

Tara Chand, Ambota (Una)

Editorial omission

The article “’62 war and India’s China policy” by Gen V. P. Malik (retd) (April 1) gives new insight into the issue, but is marred by editorial omissions. The writer starts with names such as Katju, Kaul, Chaudhary, Thimaya, Shrinagesh without caring to give their full names or designations in some cases. The editor should have firmed it up to editorial standards. Such mistakes lower the prestige of the Edit Page. The General may have wielded the sword, but nobody is above the blue pencil.

Pradeep R., Noida

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