Monday, February 20, 2017
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Bill on costly marriages
Dear Editor, It refers to welcome ‘The Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of wasteful Expenditure) Bill 2016’ presented in the Lok Sabha by Ranjeeta ranjan (Congress) requiring compulsory registration of marriages within two months apart from putting an effective check on super-costly marriage-celebrations by imposing a tax of ten-percent on those exhibiting show of wealth by spending above rupees five lakhs with a provision to utilise the revenue so earned for helping marriages of poor girls belonging to families Below-Poverty-Line (BPL). Austerity should be induced by allowing only beverages, soft drinks and snacks in marriage-related functions. Cash-envelopes and gift-platters should be compulsorily replaced by crossed cheques. Gift-cheques with a validity-period can be...
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Merger of associated banks
Dear Editor, It refers to welcome announcement about merger of remaining five associate banks of State Bank of India (SBI) namely State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Patiala and State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur into one entity SBI. State Bank of Indore has already been merged with SBI. Merger will result in reduction of overheads enabling closure of nearing bank-branches thus further saving money because now Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in August 2015 gave liberty to banks for merger, shifting or closure of their branches in urban areas without seeking prior RBI permission. Reducing overheads by merger of SBI-subsidiaries in SBI will increase profitability of oldest and largest public-sector bank thereby contributing more for national resou...
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High Courts still named after old city-names?
Dear Editor, There was a move from Central government sometime in January 2015 for renaming Bombay High Court and Madras High Court after long years of renaming these cities as Mumbai and Chennai. But till now change is not affected. Even Calcutta High Court is to be renamed as Kolkatta High Court. It is significant that except for these three High Courts at Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata respectively, all other High Courts are named after states of their jurisdiction. An RTI response had revealed that while all the High Courts constituted after independence were named after respective main states of jurisdiction, these three High Courts constituted by British regime in pre-independence era continue to be named as per British legacy on basis of cities of their existence even after 70 long ...
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SC decision on liquor ban
Dear Editor, SC has already passed its decision to ban States and Union Territories from granting licences for the sale of liquor along National and State highways across the country, noting that drunken driving was the main culprit behind a large number of road accidents in the country. If we go through the statistics of road accident data 2015 reveals that around 1,374 accidents and 400 deaths take place every day on Indian roads, resulting in 57 accidents and loss of 17 lives on an average every hour. SC has also expressed its concern at the high number of road accident fatalities – 1.5 lakh – every year in India, indicating that it was in favour of a ban on liquor vends along highways. Though the Supreme Court has ban many wine contractors who are running liquor along national and ...
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Judicial-Accountability Bill
Dear Editor, It refers to response from sitting Kolkata High Court Justice CS Karnan to Supreme Court, requiring his case to be sent to the Parliament after an unprecedented contempt-notice was issued to him by Supreme Court. It is indeed a peculiar situation because a sitting judge of higher courts including of High Court can only be removed through impeachment motion passed against the concerned judge by both Houses of Parliament. It may be recalled that first ever such impeachment motion could not be passed in Lok Sabha because the House was politically divided. Same situation may now repeat because no political party is likely to take any political risk of opposing Justice CS Karnan because he has now alleged of being victimised because of his being ‘Dalit’. It is time that Legisla...
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Plying of out-dated matadors
Dear Editor, Seeing the steep hilly roads of district Doda, i.e. the Chinab region of the state, the second largest region, after Ladakh and plying of out-dated vehicles on such roads, one shivers to ones backspin, along these very accident prone areas. The practice is going on incessantly, without any check, under the very nose of the authorities. Already we have lost many precious lives on these roads, including the life-long crippling of a few, say teachers of high caliber of Doda. The withdrawal of such out-dated vehicles and left fresh vehicles ply looks like a distant dream. This involves the licensing of ill-trained drivers. Added to this, the main brunt is borne mostly by the labour-class commuters, also the middle class commuters, as they can’t afford private and personal vehicl...
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SC should intervene to make it applicable in Delhi too
Dear Editor, It refers to welcome decision by Division Bench of Bombay High Court comprising of Justices Vidyasagar Kanade and P R Bora backing of rights of pedestrians over that of hawkers encroaching footpaths and compulsory open spaces while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on behalf of residents on Irla Society Road (Vile Parle W) with several petitions filed by hawkers' union, claiming the right to business on the basis of certain rights, which are allegedly created in their favour by the Street Vendors' Act, 2014. High Court’s rap resulted BMC withdraw its statement in its affidavit that said it was a “commercial practice” for shopkeepers and vendors to display some goods in front of shops to attract customers. Notably illegal extensions by shops and restaurants and how i...
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Bank staff suicide row
Dear Editor, Recently a bank employee Rajat Chawdhury in West Bengal’s Howrah district has committed suicide for being wrongly accused in a case of exchanging of currency notes and someone in the bank had forced him to sign a blank document. It is true that there are some black sheep among the bank employees and officers but just because that one cannot paint all of the bank employees and officers with one tainted brush that results a bank employee to take such a harsh step to end his life. Like Rajat Chowdhury there are many who have worked honestly during the recent crisis after demonetisation. While the culprits deserve severe punishment those who have worked hard should be compensated. No one talks about the unlucky bank officers who have lost their lives due to stress and strain ...
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‘Paytm’ TV-Advt
Dear Editor, It refers to ‘paytm’ TV-advertisement showing a child getting cash-gift through ‘paytm’ on his mobile-phone from his aunt despite specific directions from his mother for not accepting any such cash-gift from the aunt. This advertisement while portraying the child as a greedy nephew, also wrongly educates a child to disobey his mother behind her back even after assuring his mother about obeying her. Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, The Advertising Standards Council of India, Union Ministry for Child Development and National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) should take necessary steps to stop airing the said TV advertisement. —Subhash Chandra Agrawal, 1775 Kucha Lattushah Dariba, Chandni Chowk Delhi....
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Memories of Valentine Day
Dear Editor, For many Valentine’s Day is one day of the year where couples really want to have a great date and show their partner how much they love them and care about. It is one of the hottest occasions of the year, even it is celebrated in winter. Flowers have a way of creating strong and lasting memories. I would only say that flowers may fade; but the memories and the emotions never vanish. I remember the first flower I ever received from my wife on my first Valentine’s Day. I will always remember the comfort those flowers gave my family. Her beauty and energetic personality are forever linked to the purity and splendor of white flowers. There are so many ways to describe that intense emotion call love. Everybody has their own idea and explanation for love, like: - Love is a symbo...
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Revise PIN code system
Dear Editor, Present Postal-Index-Number (PIN) code system in Delhi-New Delhi adopted many decades back needs to be reallocated with large-scale changes in PIN code boundaries where areas covered by some PIN codes have much less population/area/received postal articles while many others are comparatively too big. New PIN codes should equally divide the area covered, and PIN codes of neighbouring areas should be in serial order. Major roads, river or railway-lines should divide new PIN code zones. Rather such revised PIN code numbers can then be made base for delimitation to fix boundaries of constituencies for Municipal Corporation, Vidhaan Sabha and Lok Sabha. Department of Posts should also communicate with all offices (private or government) situated at Sansad-Marg (New Delhi) to use...
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Brand-name of ‘Ambassador’ cars
Dear Editor, It refers to CK Birla group owning Hindustan Motors manufacturing iconic ‘Ambassador’ cars in India for more than half-a-century has sold the brand-name to French carmaker Peugeot on 03.02.2017 for just rupees 80 crores, after Indian company stopped manufacturing the cars in its Uttarpara (West Bengal) in the year 2014. It is noteworthy that Uttarpara plant set up in the year 1942 happened to be the second oldest car-plant in Asia with the oldest one set up by Toyota in Japan. It would have better if Indian government could buy old plant of ‘Ambassador’ cars from Hindustan Motors Limited at scrap-price for re-starting limited-edition ‘Ambassador’ cars as pride of India. But since Indian government has not done so, Peugeot should start manufacturing ‘Ambassador’ cars in Indi...
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Jammu-Srinagar Railway link
Dear Editor, Jammu-Srinagar railway link is an urgent component of the development of the subcontinent on the whole. If needs an expedient completion to render the all weather Jammu-Srinagar railway link so as to avoid the many risks involved with the present road link. In this advanced age of science and technology when government are doing their utmost to digitalize the world and render it a global digital villages, our J&K is still lagging behind in many spheres including the provision of railway link which is presently under construction. The delay in the construction is adding to the plight of the passengers who get stranded on way to Srinagar & voice-versa during the heavy snow-fall. The link is of national importance and demands an early completion so as to mitigate the problems...
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