Ahmednagar, a trendsetter
Make hay when the sun shines is coming true in politics as well. In the context of ensuring elections, there are more BJP nominees becoming Mayor and Deputy Mayor in the recent Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation elections in Maharashtra. As BJP was increasing its member base after the 2014 elections, it is now working hard to make more leaders take up the responsibility during the ensuing elections. In this Municipal election, BJP meets the eye most and work hard to provide winning candidate in the hope of resurrecting his stature as a national party. In the poll results, Shiv Sena had emerged as the single largest party winning 24 seats in the 68 seats civic body followed by the BJP with 14 seats. But in the end game for picking up the Mayor, the Sena Corporator had boycotted the poll. The NCP corporators fall in line with BJP instead of going alongside Congress and that helped out the cause of BJP winning mayoral post comfortably. Ahmednagar has become a trendsetter for the elections to follow.
Nikhil S. Maniam
No lessons learnt yet from Kamala Mills tragedy
Sadhana Mills compound fire is one more case of negligence causing insult to the injury of firemen.
Exactly after one year of the tragic Kamala Mills fire, the BMC and the Mumbai Fire Brigade are yet to even initiate their lofty fire compliance goals. On an average, 400 fire calls are received every month and the security and preventive measures are taken are not satisfactory. Their lofty aims are nowhere near attainment because there has been no recruitment to the 34 special fire fighting cells despite Dec 29 blaze last year. We hope that in the New Year it was expected that officials from the special cells would crackdown against establishments and residents that had failed to implement fire safety measure. It is of utmost importance to have a closer look at fire accidents and make necessary arrangement and provide maximum security measures to reduce the number of fire mishaps in the New Year.
Calicut Krishnan Kundur
BEST bus strike is posing a problem and there is no end to commuters’ discomfort. With the result, they will have to travel by auto rickshaw, taxis or take out their two-wheeler or cars. Such strikes threaten safe to travel on the roads of Mumbai. Another alternative is to travel by the crowded local trains and that is quite impossible for senior citizens and school going children. BEST employees are protesting for some time and it is a cause of great concern for the state government as BEST buses are the lifeline of Mumbai after local trains. The better council should prevail to end the strike and the demands of the employees to bring out a settlement without dragging the matter for a long time.
Preserve these animals
The population of both Tiger and Leopard is on the decline and we have to find out the exact reason and arrest the rate of these endangered animals. Electrocution, accident while crossing roads, drowning in wells and old age are the four primary reasons as per available sources. The leopard is a territorial animal and survives by hunting small animals like hare, deer, goat, and sheep. Increasing human intervention in the fringes of forests has affected the prey base. This, in turn, has forced them to move towards towns and human. Leopard deaths in the district were highway accidents take place regularly. A request was placed to the National Highways Authority of India to consider the construction of speed breakers, but the proposal was shot down citing lack of statutory provisions. It is time to preserve these animals.
NCW rightly issued a notice to Congress President
National Commission for Women (NCW) rightly took sue-motto cognizance by sending notice to President of largest opposition-party for his unthoughtful remarks towards Indian Defence Minister just for her being a lady. Union Defence Minister is duty-bound to put before Parliament stand of government on matters relating to her ministry.
Unfortunately, such childish remarks are coming from a person whom his party-men dream for being next Prime Minister of India. It is noteworthy that not even a single person from his party came forward either to support or oppose him for such remarks which rather should have been condemned by Chairperson of UPA alliance who also happens to be his mother.
India is proud for having a powerful woman as Prime Minister of the country who was no one other than grand-mother of Congress President. Indira Gandhi was admired as Durga by the then Opposition Leader on her leading nation for a historic win over Pakistan in 1971 Indo-Pak war. Politics and controversies apart, Nirmala Sitharaman is also exhibiting her boldness and talent for being Defence Minister of the country.