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Stop whining, Zira

Let me see. This man is an MLA. His son is the managing director of the Punjab Cooperative Bank and his daughter-in-law is a member of the SGPC. What else does he want? I don't know anything about him, his or his family’s educational qualifications, his assets or how they were acquired. But certainly, it seems like this man and his family are very rich and his grandchildren must be waiting to get into their shoes.

Get yourself a headshake, Mr Zira, and stop whining. You already have more than enough. This is apropos “ Fresh Cabinet inductions trigger trouble in Akali Dal; Senior vice-president Hari Singh Zira quits party post” (June 10).

STS Dhillon, via email

Saga of gallantry

“Saga of grit, guts and valour at Gallipoli” by Maj-Gen Kulwant Singh (retd) (June 3) is a wonderful article on the story of 14 Sikhs during World War-I at Gallipoli. Such gallantry episodes should be regularly published to highlight the sacrifices and bravery of the Indian Army.

Capt Murari Ram, Narnaul

Check child trafficking

This refers to the editorial “Forced to beg” (May 26). It is disheartening to know that over 3 lakh children are beggars in India. Shockingly, begging has become a business, being run by criminals in which kidnapped children are forced to beg. It pains me to think the kind of life these children must be leading, far away from their parents. The government should rescue and rehabilitate them.

Rakesh Narula, Bathinda

Follow traffic rules

Heavy traffic on roads and streets is a common sight everywhere in the country. Most of the roads and lanes in many cities and towns on which all kinds of vehicles ply are narrow. Adding to the woes, some drivers drive rashly or under the influence of liquor, posing threat to their and others’ lives.

The people should be aware of traffic rules. One-way traffic should be implemented on certain roads, which are not wide. The authorities should adopt strict measures to check reckless driving. Also, the quality of roads should be improved.

Dharminder Shahid, Khanna

Be professional

This is in reference to Dr Ajay Gupta’s letter “Scary mobocracy” (May 30) wherein he shows concern about the incident of a mob vandalising a doctor’s clinic over his alleged negligence. As a result, he has been compelled to rethink about leading his son into the medical profession. The concern shown by Dr Gupta is genuine from a parent’s point of view. But such incidents are the result of two main reasons.

The first is greed and unprofessional behaviour of many members of the fraternity who care less for the treatment of the patient and more about profits. The second is engaging the services of less qualified or unqualified compounders and nurses who are unable to extend the required services, especially during emergencies.

This is a hard fact of the medical services, which are nowadays defined more on business terms than professional. Therefore, the dreams woven by Dr Gupta and his son should not be allowed to shatter only for this reason. In fact, more importantly, Dr Gupta should teach his son to be a true professional.

OP Billu, Bathinda

Inspiring merit

It was good to see a success story relating to the Class XII exam results of children from low-income families. It will inspire children with similar backgrounds and at the same time appreciate the work by the Education Department. Also, it communicates a message that that education system in India is on merit.

Rahul, via email

Give teachers jobs

The government has set new parameters to recruit teachers by conducting the Teacher Eligibility Test to bring quality education in government institutes. It seemed that candidates qualifying the test would get jobs soon. But the government is playing with the future of teachers by delaying the recruitment process. The future builders’ future is not secure.

What is the impact of it on society? Brain drain, crime and drug addiction are byproducts of unemployment. Highly educated teachers have to work in private institutes on meagre salaries and pass through exploitation. The government should pull up its socks in this regard.


Mobiles hurt health

Excessive use of smartphones increases health problems, like neck pain. Too much chatting requires us to keep our heads down which puts a lot of stress on the tissues on the neck and upper spine.

Another drawback is that we are making our brain dumb since we seek immediate answers. And, we are not pushing our brain to think which decreases its capability. Do not totally depend on the smartphones.

Kulratan Singh, Kapurthala

Online revolution

From baby items to old-age necessities, all are available and bought online. The online guys are doing a great job and are providing quality services. Who wants to step out when you can get everything at the click of your mouse at your doorstep itself.

Puneet Pal Singh, Amritsar

Football needs push

Football is known as the world's most beautiful game. The 20th FIFA World Cup, a $14 billion extragavanza, is to take place in Brazil with a round-robin competition between 32 nations from June 12 to July 13. But India stands nowhere in the rankings.

Though India is hosting the next under-17 World Cup, how its team fares, only time will tell. The All-India Football Federation, with the support of sports lovers, media and government, should take strong measures to improve the standard of the game in the country.

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, Faridabad 



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