1) The biggest win over Pakistan
It was a very pleasant day to watch India winning against Pakistan second time in the Asia Cup. Really, the Indian player scripted history to clinch their biggest win over Pakistan. My deepest congratulations to the Indian team and all its players. It was memorable to watch Rohit and Dhawan’s partnership, undoubtedly, their performances were astonishing over beyond the imaginations. This historical victory over Pak was the best gift for the Indian cricket fans. The constant admirable performances of the Indian players show that there is none other than India to claim as the winner of Asia cup in 2018. I wish India will secure this title and make us proud once again.
2) Rafale deal was not a scam
Prime Minister Narendra Modi always says that he is the Chokidar(guard) of the country and not a bhagidar (partner). But now he’s honestly in the whirlpool of questions after the former French president Francois Hollande claimed that the Indian government suggested industrialist Anil Ambani’s company as the offset partner for the €7.87 billion deal to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets. I don’t say that he made any fraud or scam in this dealing, but he should give answers to the people for their questions. Hollande’s statement left the BJP in great troubles, because it makes the party mistrustful and doubting. PM Modi earlier also was accused due to having relations with Ambani and this claim of Hollande stamps to the assumption of people. So honourable PM Modi must clarify all this happening around the country.
– Mohd Rahmani
3) Bank consolidation is need of the hour!
Vijaya and Dena Bank finally gets a suitor in the form of BOB and this merger if sailed through smoothly mean more PSU banks would come together which would mean new lease of life to loss making banks on verge of bankruptcy. Every marriage has its initial hiccups and more so, if there are two brides but such mergers would cut duplication of costs, reduce branches thus, reducing expenses drastically which would be reflected positively in P & L statements thus, increasing deposits that earn profits for banks.
The merger ratio may prove to be negative for the stronger bank as its books would get diluted in the short term but long term benefits of a larger customer base would be a big advantage. Fewer banks in the future would mean less competition to take advantage in the financial business that is good for growing economy in India. Consolidation of loss making banks was the need of the hour and citizens too benefit as their savings as well as deposits are transferred to a merged entity giving them security and safety!
4) Negligence may result into disaster
Over 30 passengers of a Jet Airways flight suffered bleeding from their nose and ears after the cabin crew failed to maintain cabin pressure on Thursday morning. Really, the negligence of crew could have resulted into a disaster, as it happened more than 13 years ago when a Boeing aircraft crashed in a hilly terrain in Greece suffering out 121 lives due to a similar situation. Jet Airways authorities must investigate it seriously and should take some stick steps against all those who are responsible for this situation. A little mistake especially, in the flight may harm passengers severely and put them in great troubles. I wish all the injured passengers to be cured as soon as much.
– Mohd Usmani
5) Caste discrimination must be eradicated
The recent cases of murder on the basis of caste in Miryalaguda and Hyderabad clearly show that despite laws to protect people from caste-based discrimination, people are being killed for marrying outside of their cast. It is totally surprising that in this modern world of science and technology, people are fighting each other, killing each other, because of caste discrimination. Though we follow a system in India, which gives equality to all caste without any discrimination, but in real, all these systems are falsified by such cases in the country. I request the government to put some strong steps in place to eradicate this ideology of discrimination and make a strict law for such culprits. All human beings must be considered equal and they must be treated equally, it will enhance moral values in our multi-caste society.
– MF Qasmi
6) Triple talaq ordinance better for politics
There is a fundamental weakness in the ordinance that could manifest when matters come to the court and the wife must prove that talaq has been said to her, in the absence of witnesses or documentary evidence. It becomes a case of one person’s word against another’s rendering criminal trials inconclusive, often with the victim securing no redress. Activists have suggested that the triple talaq should be treated on par with domestic violence attracting the provisions of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA), which primarily offers civil recourse and constant monitoring by the state.
– Divyesh Chovatiya
7) Dictatorial attitude of government
Criminalising instant triple talaq after the Supreme Court declared the practices unlawful counterproductive. It is impossible for the affected couple to live together happily when the man will hold his wife responsible for his imprisonment. Also, it will affect severely the woman and the couple’s children especially, in the case where the man is the sole breadwinner of the family. No doubt about it that the triple talaq must be an offence but not the criminal one, rather it should be a civil offence. Moreover, this move of the government by hook and crook, shows its dictatorial attitude which is not suitable for the very democratic country.
8) Provide ease to senior citizens
The government of India has raised interest rates for different government saving schemes, subsequent to a sharp decline in small savings in the first eight months of the financial year 2017-18 when small savings schemes amounted to just Rs 40,429 crore, a seven-fold dip from Rs 2,75,682 crore in the corresponding period of previous year. It is time that the government may introduce all the saving schemes presently available in the post offices through all branches of various public sector banks. The interest rate on RBI bonds should also be restored back to 8 per cent.
There are two different saving schemes attracting 8 per cent simple interest with a capping of Rs 15 lakh on each of the scheme for an individual, namely Senior Citizen Saving Scheme in post offices, and Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Scheme through LIC of India. The central government should club both these schemes into a new one with a total capping of Rs 30 lakhs through all branches of various public sector banks. It will be better if this combined capping may be increased to Rs 50 lakh per senior citizen.
– Madhu Agrawal
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)