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Food for passengers

Apropos the article “The five-rupee challange”' by Pushpesh Pant in the ‘Food Talk’ column (September 28), I would request the Railways catering service to read the write-up and note down the recipe and replicate such feats in the pantries of train coaches. The food that the Railways catering service offers to the passengers is not only notorious for its unhygienic state but also for its poor taste and high cost. The Railway Minister should hire the services of professionals to train cooks and improve the quality of food served to passengers.

Er LR Sharma, Sundernagar

Graft in Railways

In the article “Restructuring the Raiways to no end” (October 5), RC Acharya has raised a valid point revealing the Railway Minister's nexus with postings and purchases when he says that “the latest fiasco of ‘cash for post’ during Pawan Kumar Bansal's tenure was one such example of a vendor trying to influence not only the outcome of a tender, but also slotting a key purchaser who would be favourable to their overtures.” The inadequacy of investigation is revealed in this case wherein the CBI has filed a chargesheet against Bansal’s nephew for allegedly accepting bribe from a top railway officer for getting him the plum post of member (electrical) which has enormous opportunities for creating and distributing spoils. A thorough probe is required.

Nisha Chabba, Panchkula

Pathankot-Leh line

The news item “Pathankot-Leh line project gets nod” (September 18) is welcome as it would usher in an era of prosperity in hills and strengthen the country’s security.

The Railways has not progressed an inch in the hills post Independence. This project should be implemented with modern technology, including flyovers and tunnels, with minimum damage to ecology. The Pathankot-Joginder Nagar train, a poor cousin of the Kalka-Shimla train, also needs the government's attention. It will benefit the residents of the area.

Dr RS Kishtwaria, Palampur

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NH21 choked

Apropos the news item “Trucks parked on both sides of the road choke NH22” (October 10), NH-21 has also been choked due to the parking of condemned vehicles and running of workshops by motor mechanics on both sides of the road. From Mandi to Sundernagar, hundreds of such vehicles and workshops can be seen, leading to traffic snarls and crashes.

The authorities have failed to curb this illegal practice that endangers the lives of commuters.

BR Kaundal, Mandi

Dangerous parking

Apropos the news item “Trucks parked on both sides of road choke NH 22” (October 10), traffic jams along highways have become a nuisance, leading to frequent accidents. There are provisions in the Motor Vehicles Act to put a curb on such practices if the administration and politicians are really interested in regulating them. In foreign countries, such laxities are never allowed and the violaters are dealt with strictly.

Dr K D Lakhanpal, Bilaspur

Kiratpur road bad

The Chandigarh-Mandi road via Swarghat, especially after Kiratpur in HP, is in a bad state. The poor and middle class people have no choice but to travel on this road which is full of potholes and traffic jams are a routine there.

The other day when I was travelling in a bus, I saw a taxi carrying a sick man to the PGI, Chandigarh. But because of the traffic jam, the driver could not negotiate his way out and the poor patient’s condition deteriorated. This stretch of road must be urgently repaired.

Devinder Gupta, via email

Animal sacrifice

Since the primitive era, humans have hunted animals for supper and, later, in the name of their deity. Today, animals have got a life saving order from the Himachal Pradesh High Court which has banned animal sacrifice.

Vedhant Ranta, Solan

Monkey menace

There is need to check the monkey menace in Himachal Pradesh. According to a state government survey of counting simians in 2004 had put the number of monkeys in the state at 3.14 lakh and langurs at over 50,000. The state government had pleaded with the central government to declare monkeys as vermin to check their prolific growth.

Residents and tourists are often attacked by monkeys and many visitors vow not to revisit HP.

Many small farmers have abandoned their agricultural activities as monkeys devour everything — from roots, leaves, sprouts, flowers, grains and fruits. One day while passing by a middle school, I found that it was invaded by a swarm of monkeys. A lone female teacher was huddled with about 50 children in a classroom with the door bolted from inside, due to fear of attack by them.

When asked, she said, it was a daily affair and they waited for the parents to come and form a defence line around children to take them away from here.

Tek Chand, Una

Hockey tips

Congratulations to our hockey players and their coach as well. I think a few tips will stand them in good stead: 1. Encourage cooperative approach. 2 Make the left wing more energetic. 3 Be as cool as Balbir Singh senior when in the opponent's D. And be as strong as Pirthipal Singh. 4 When the need arises, one player must be on the watch in the opponent’s D. 5 Ensure penalty-corner score. 6 Get ready for the rebound instantly. 7 Short and correct passes pay ultimately. 8 Do not leave sides. 9 Do not lose patience when the chance comes. 10 Practice hard.

MS Sodhi, Mohali

Muslims patriotic

Prime Minister Modi’s recent praise of Muslims and calling them patriots is nothing but doublespeak as he does not have a word of condemnation against the inflammatory  anti-Muslim speeches of his party leaders.

Sacrificies of Muslims in the  freedom struggle is proof of their patriotim.

Dr M. Hashim Kidwai, Delhi



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