1) One more great batsman India found
It is a proud moment that India got one more great batsman Prithvi Shaw. It shows that Indian land is very fertile for the cricket talents. I extend my deepest congratulations to him to become the youngest Indian to score 134 on Test debut. Really, how incredibly he played! Making the most of the docile track, and a bowling attack that lacked sting, Shaw played his repertoire of stocks cutting through point, hammering the ball through covers. It was too joyful to watch him hitting 19 boundaries in his first match against the West Indies. I wish heartily that he will continue to play in the same way until he will reach at the culmination of success soon.
– Mohd Usmani
2) A welcoming step of BJP government
It is a welcoming step of the Centre government that it decided to cut the prices of petrol and diesel by Rs 2.50 per litre. It will be a great relief for the common people and they may heave a sigh of contentment. This decision of reduction by the Centre and states ruled by BJP shows the party’s sensitivity and commitment to the people’s welfare. Now the non-BJP ruled states whose leaders were only tweeting and indulging in lip sympathy should also take the same step to cut VAT on both fuels so that the consumers get a bigger relief. They should come forward to prove their claims reducing fuel prices in their states too, or it was only rhetoric against BJP to increase the number of their vote bank.
3) Proud of India
Russian President Vladimir Putin was warmly welcomed in India. It is a very proud moment to see our country growing as one of the most powerful countries in the globe. Indian’s foreign relations also are increasing better with most of the powerful countries. It shows that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constant travel towards more than 85 countries was not a mere wastage of time as the oppositions always claim. His tireless efforts are bringing fruitful results to India. Putin’s visit to India will enhance a better relation between both the countries and bring them closer.
– Mohd Rahmani
4) Desperate action
In a desperate action amid signs of gloom, the Centre cuts duty on Petrol by Rs 1.50, oil firms by Re 1 and thereby, the BJP ruled states matched cut and hence fuel prices come down by Rs 5. There is a little economic logic evident by incurring the prices at the petrol pump. If it was, then the government should have done it a long time ago and come out boldly with a scheme that budgeted for the cut and planned the numbers accordingly. This is essentially a cut inspired by political considerations. It is an attempt not to push down the prices of petrol but to shore up the sinking popularity of the government.
– Nikhil Krishnan
5) Chanda Kochhar should have stood her ground if she was innocent!
Chanda Kochhar ‘s resignation as MD & CEO of ICICI Bank seems like a backdoor exit for a lady whose rise and fall both have been dramatic at an institution that has been in the news recently for all the wrong reason. There cannot be smoke without fire and it is pretty much clear that she was involved in the wrongdoings which is the reason for her exit. I believe that she should have stood her ground to clear her name if she indeed was honest.
Her exit should in no way halt criminal proceedings if there was criminality and the money syphoned out of the system should be brought back. But I guess these are complex issues where even the politicians and bureaucrats are involved which is the reason why such things are buried under the carpet. One hopes there would be a fair investigation in the books of ICICI Bank and the truth would be revealed in the days to come!
6) “Criminal Neta Case” or “criminalisation of politics”
According to me, it would be a big step towards decriminalisation of politics and to clean the Indian Parliament by issuing a ban on the criminal persons for contesting the election. The political system can be clean only by the way of compulsorily banning those politicians who have criminal charges. For free and fair election ban is a must. It starts affecting the democracy. For the democracy to survive, it is essential that the best available men should be chosen as the people‘s representatives. We have a legitimate expectation to be governed by proper constitutional governance.
– Divyesh Chovatiya
7) Voluntary surrender should not be expected on LPG subsidy
LPG Subsidy is for families having a combined income of Rs 10 lakhs per annum with the central government appealing those above the stipulated income limit to voluntarily surrender subsidy. But instead of expecting voluntary surrender, the Union Petroleum Ministry should ask to submit affidavits regarding the total family income to avail subsidy. This will drastically reduce LPG subsidy burden on the exchequer because those not having voluntarily surrendered subsidy will then avoid filing wrong affidavits to get the subsidy.
Net payable price including of all the central and local taxes should be rounded in multiples of Rs 10 or Rs 50, because delivery persons never return balance money. The system will further reduce the financial burden on the exchequer because of the LPG subsidy. At least LPG, if not petrol and diesel, can be brought under GST network for the uniformity of prices throughout the country.
New look translucent LPG cylinders made of fibreglass ensuring tamperproof full load supply of LPG gas per cylinders should replace old iron cylinders with iron cylinders discontinued to be manufactured in the future.
– Madhu Agrawal
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)