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IT exemption limit up

It is a good news that the government is extending the income tax exemption limit to Rs 5 lakh (I-T xemption limit set to be Rs 5 lakh, June 14). It will surely benefit the salaried and middle classes. Salaries should be such that an employee is able to run his family, make a house and save something for his old age.

Dalip Singh Wasan, Patiala

New train, please

The major demand of the people of Majha and Doaba is a new train from Amritsar to Mumbai and back, keeping in view the increase in the number of passengers. No new train has been started for a long time. The Golden Temple Express is running between Amritsar and Mumbai since 1928, the Amritsar Express from Lokmanya Tilak Terminal (Mumbai) to Amritsar began six decades ago and the Amritsar-Bandra Paschim Express in 1956. The superfast Swaraj Express between Jammu Tawi and Mumbai was introduced four days a week in 1976. Holiday special trains that run in the peak season between Mumbai and Amritsar/Jammu Tawi and a weekly train between Amritsar and Mumbai were also started. But for more than six decades, no new daily train from Amritsar to Mumbai has been introduced.

Also, some mail/superfast trains should be extended from Chandigarh to Amritsar via Ludhiana and Jalandhar.

Rajat Kumar Mohindru, Jalandhar

Stop gimmicks, AAP

This is apropos the article “AAP’s false dawn” by S. Nihal Singh (May 31). Led by an unpredictable leader, AAP has dug its own grave. Arvind Kejriwal and his bunch of ‘wise men' are solely responsible for AAP’s early demise. Their list of follies is endless.

As the Delhi CM, sitting on a dharna on a petty issue while ignoring the sanctity of the Republic Day was an irresponsible act. Kejriwal should have followed the procedure to introduce the Lokpal Bill. Resigning on the issue, apparently in search of a bigger pie, was a wrong step.

Lately, he refused to give a bail bond, alleging that the court order was erroneous and went to jail presumably to gain sympathy. But his gimmick misfired. When ticked off by the high court, he had to tender the bail bond.

AAP leaders seem to have learnt no lessons. People had pinned high hopes on AAP, but it has betrayed their trust. It can perhaps retrieve the lost ground if its leaders focus on issues instead of indulging in gimmicks.


Hike sugar quota

Consumption of sugar by people in hill states is more than that in the plains. The hills also have long and harsh winters. To keep themselves warm, people drink tea regularly. The present subsidised quota of 600 grams of sugar per head per month given by the government is not sufficient. It should be increased.

Rikhi Dass Thakur, Hamirpur

Conflict useless

Controversy leads to nothing. Everyone has a right to express his feelings and thoughts. Some time back, a discussion started on “Nitnem Gurbani” which is recited in the morning. Some people believe in reciting three ‘Banis’and others five. This difference, at times, leads to controversy among the followers of Guru Granth Sahib. When I told my father about this, he gave me a wonderful answer: “All these issues are controversial. The person who recites five ‘Banis’will be definitely blessed and the person who recites three will also be definitely blessed. But the person who argues and insists on the right and wrong of the issue will never be blessed.”

This answer changed my concept of thinking. One should not bother about what others are saying or doing. One should work with honesty and if everyone follow this rule, there will be no conflict. Live and let live.


Wake up, save youth

That drugs are destroying the youth in Punjab is no secret. The government should check smuggling, peddling, distribution and consumption of drugs in the state. Political leaders and bureaucrats must rise to save the youth from this deadly disease before things go out of hand.

SC Vaid, Greater Noida

Strike by chemists

The strike by chemists is justified to the extent that there should not be any interference of the police in the working of chemists because the police department is itself allegedly involved in the drug trade in Punjab. However, the chemists must admit that they are selling habit-forming drugs without the prescription of a doctor.

The major threat is from synthetic drugs in the form of capsules/tablets and injections and not from afeem and bhuki.

Dr daler singh multani, Lalru

Club kids & elderly

The article on children’s home (June 12) rightly says that bringing up children is the joint responsibility of families and communities. Some children are deprived of parental love and to add to their woes, protection homes are vulnerable places for sexual abuse. The innocent ones go through agony first at the hands of the culprits and later during police verification and the medical examination.

I wish the old age homes were clubbed with children’s homes. This will give a motive to senior citizens and love and protection to the children and they will find an 
environment of a home.

Neelam, Chandigarh

Ship a renovated junk

There is a lot of hangama about the initiation of 'Vikramaditya', India's biggest ship. What about it? It is not nuclear powered. It is a renovated old Russian junk bought at a huge cost. Is it equipped with the latest technology gadgets? It would have been a matter of pride if India had made a ship indigenously, though smaller. We have spent millions on our space programmess.What we require is a strong fleet of warships and frigates and some state-of-the-art nuclear subs.

JS Dugal, Chandigarh



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