1) A proud moment for India
It is a very proud moment for every Indian that Indian athletes whether girls or boys are clinching medals constantly in Asian games and making our country proud. One more India athlete Manjit Singh stole the limelight by winning the gold in men’s 800 meters event while Jinson Johnson clinched the silver medal in men’s 800 meters. With these two medals, Indian’s medal tally now stands at 50 with 9 gold, 19 silver and 22 bronze. Really, these wonderful people are leading our country to the top of the world. I join millions of people to extend my heartiest congratulations to all of them. I am sure they will make India proud in future too by their hardworking dedication and determination.
– Mohd Usmani
2) Govt must provide more facilities to athletes
It is a very proud moment for the country of India that Indian girls constantly are grabbing gold medals in Asian games. Rahi Sarnobat made the country proud to become the first Indian female shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian games. Achieving the rare feat by holding her nerve in a gripping 25m air pistol final which was decided by two shoot-offs. I congratulate her and I hope a bright future for her and I request Indian government to respect all winner’s talents providing them more facilities to enhance their skills because they have proved that India is growing in every field.
– MF Qasmi
3) Who will fix potholes?
Corporators across party lines came down on the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) administration over a large number of potholes on city roads. They alleged a large-scale corruption in roadworks, and asked who authorised the use of cold mix technology to fill potholes and on what basis? This monsoon has once again washed away crores of rupees spent by the civic body on pre-monsoon road repairs. It is filling contractors’ coffers while Mumbaikars are facing hardships on roads. This is a loot of the taxpayers’ money. BMC’s poor preparations for the monsoon dominated the discussion at the general assembly. Every new IAS officer experiments with ideas on Mumbai. We allow them hoping that the next new idea will work. Now, the buzzword is the cold mix. Pothole horror is giving sleepless nights to the road users in Mumbai. Even appropriate illustration by media is of no use. People are in a total fix as BMC failed to address the problem amicably.
– Saishree Priya
4) Golden gate open
By achieving first gold in wrestling, Wrestler Bajrang Punia has given the country its first coveted yellow medal and it is a flying start in the Asian Games in Jakarta. Thus, he became the first person to clinch a gold on the ring. Punia played to a plan and came out trumps with a podium finish. The coach deserves all praise for the super finish.
However, Sushil Kumar, the sure medal winner lost in the qualification round in the men’s freestyle wrestling and bowed out of the Asian games.
– Nickil Maniam
5) Rahul Gandhi is on the test now
The most popular Indian right-wing, Hindu nationalist, paramilitary volunteer organisation RSS is considering inviting Rahul Gandhi to a lecture series at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi. It is time to test Rahul Gandhi’s diplomacy because the RSS is considered as his harshest critic. Now, the question is that will Rahul Gandhi prove to practice what he preaches. However, in my opinion, Rahul Gandhi should go in the RSS campaign to a lecture because without approaching them how can he tell them his ideology and points of view.
– Mohd Faheem
6) Deduct salaries of Parliamentarians
It is quite a usual practice amongst the Parliamentarians that they make multiple priority reservations in the First-Class Air-Conditioned coaches of railways in different trains for a single journey to get the benefit of the last moment change in the travel programmes, but evidently, they should use maximum one reservation in a single train. This is because all railway bills for multiple reservations made are paid by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats irrespective of journeys made or not made by the Parliamentarians. Such a practice results in depicting full-reservation to normal commuters desiring to travel in the First-Class Air-Conditioned class of trains. It also tends to result in corruption where rail-staff unauthorisedly allows travel persons bribing train staff to use the luxury of First-Class travel in air-conditioned coaches.
A system should be formulated whereby Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Secretariats must pay for rail travel of the Parliamentarians only on their getting signed and rubber-stamped forms issued by Train Ticket Examiners (TTEs) for their actually travelling utilised reserved accommodation. Cost of rail reservation paid by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Secretariats for unutilised train reservation may be deducted from salaries or pension of the Parliamentarians.
– Madhu Agrawal
7) One-time toll-tax on purchase of new vehicles
There was a time when vehicle owners had to pay road tax for vehicles annually or quarterly with long queues to deposit road tax at transport-registries. But it was replaced by one-time road tax payable at time of purchase of new vehicles, which was welcomed by all concerned including vehicle-owners and transport-authorities abolishing collection-cost of road tax.
The Central government should likewise adopt a system of one-time payment of toll-tax at the time of purchase of new vehicles. The amount collected can then be utilised for developing and maintaining highways without necessitating toll-plazas as big hurdles causing queues at toll-plazas. One-time toll-tax can be fixed according to the ex-showroom price of new vehicles so that people having costly cars may have to contribute more than those purchasing economy cars. People paying extra clubbed with the cost of the new vehicle will never mind because of the facility of toll-free movement in future.
Likewise, there should be an option for one-time payment of insurance-premium in different categories like third-party or comprehensive insurance at least in cities like Delhi where the life of vehicles is now fixed as 15 years for petrol-driven and 10 years for diesel driven cars. Rather since having third-party insurance is compulsory under Motor Vehicle Act, a one-time payment of third-party insurance can even be made compulsory in cities like Delhi for auto-compliance of Motor Vehicle Act.
– Subhash Chandra Agrawal
8) Pak’s overwhelming wishes for Kerala
I really want to extend my heartiest gratitude to Imran Khan for paying condolence with flood-ravaged Kerala. He sent best wishes to those affected by the devastating deluge. His promise for humanitarian assistance whether orally, means a lot. I’m sure that it will be helpful for strengthening the relationship between two nations and for spreading peace not only between India and Pakistan rather in all the subcontinents and Asia.
– Ismail Ansari
9) Shame on people
In India, parents are considered as next to gods. People respect their parents much heartily, they consider to disobey them as sin. But there are also some people who are on the contrary. Who send their parents to an Old Age Home, while Indian parents expect their children to look after them in the old age. Days before, a heart-wrenching incident happened with a schoolgirl who made a visit tour to an Old Age Home organised by school and found her grandmother there. When she would ask her parents about grandma. She was simply answered that she has gone to visit relatives. This is the society, we are creating. Where the humanity is! Why do some of us leave parents in an Old Age Home who gave them birth, then breastfed till years and brought them up despite having lots of socio-economic challenges? They never left you alone in your childhood. Sending parents during their old age is the inhuman act you are doing. If you don’t care about them, wait until your children grow, because they might know the value of them than you ever known. So, we ought to fulfil our duty towards our parents whenever they need our physical and emotional support during their old age. We must support them.
– Adil haneef
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)