Today's letters

Bad leadership responsible for RCB's loss

The Bangalore side with its amazing line up of top talent, loosing is a huge disappointment. But then, when the late night parties and other shenanigans are considered, with the players not even having the time to shave, it's easy to understand how things can go horribly wrong. The owner, liquor baron will do well to draw lessons from big sports in the US and the west. Coaches there impose strict discipline limiting partying and drinking. Clearly fans will miss Gayle, Kohli, de Villiers and the young, brilliant youngsters in the RCB squad for no fault of theirs but bad leadership, and poor role models at the top.

Boranna J.P and Kulkarni G.B.
Hubli


Catch Mahantesh's killers

Mahantesh the honest and bold KAS cadre officer and also a whistle blower has succumbed to injuries inflicted on him by a rowdy gang upset with his exposing irregularities in the allotment of land by some co-op societies. Shockingly the killers have not yet been apprehended by the police. We salute the departed for his honesty and boldness.

A. Srikantaiah
Bangalore


More historical research needed on
Bangalore

"Lore of the bean town" by Poornima Dasharathi is an in depth historical study of Bangalore. The author has dug deep into the real history of Bangalore and has put an end to the 'Cock and bull stories'. But I don't know how many are ready to accept it. But none can reject the historical references she has quoted to prove her point. But it is unfortunate that Bangalore has not gone beyond Kempe Gowda's time and has remained the same old congested place. The present politicians play only politics rather than truly working for the welfare of the people and the state.

T.G.Sathyanarayana
Bangalore


Bangalore’s security situation alarming

The daring day light robbery which involved loss of more than a crore of a Bank's ATM money speaks

volumes of Bangalore's security situation. Police seem to be lacking in their capacity and preparedness to totally eliminate crime. Long term solutions alone can eliminate such evils. Will all concerned wake up and do something worthwhile instead of blaming others and advancing reasons for their failure in this regard.

V.S.Ganeshan
Bangalore


Rethink on sun control films

Sir,

With one stroke the Supreme Court has left the country sweating!  The central motor vehicle rules 1989 stipulates as below: “The glass of the windscreen and rear window of every motor vehicle shall be such
and shall be maintained in such a condition that the visual transmission of light is not less than 70 per cent. The glasses used for side windows are such and shall be maintained in such condition that the visual transmission of light is not less than 50 per cent, and shall confirm to Indian Standards 193[IS: 2553— Part 2—1992]”.

The visual light transmission in a plain automotive safety glass is about 88 per cent, there are sun control films offering 70 per cent visual light transmission, while the heat rejected can be anywhere between 25 per cent to as much as 50%.  When such a film is pasted on a plain glass the visual light transmission will still be above 50 per cent i.e, about 58 per cent. One can conveniently use sun control films well within specifications of the rules one the side windows, this can provide a great relief to the vehicle users. Additionally, these films cut UV radiation by 98 per cent, which is potentially cancer causing.

By banning additional film of any sort, the Supreme Court has over ruled the CMVR 1989 and is causing great distress to millions of people. People intent upon committing crimes will still use temporary screens, a fine of Rs 100 or 300 will not be a great deterrent to them, how much the crime rate will reduce after implementation of this ruling remains to be seen.

S.Sharada Prasad,
Bangalore



Retrospective law is bad
 
Sir,
 
The Lok Sabha has passed Finance Bill without any change or modification on Retrospective effect (on Vodafone case). The Parliament has powers to supercede the decision of Supreme Court, but such a law though legal, is bad in principle.

The image of country is at stake in the international financial market especially when more of foreign direct investment (FDI) is needed in the country. The Finance Minister (FM) says if foreign countries wish to invest in India they must pay taxes. Who is denying it? But retrospectively one should not ask to pay tax for past transactions when there was no tax liability on such transactions.

If our FM claims India is not tax haven for avoidance of tax, he may be right in his own way. But remember taxation principles are clear that tax evasion is illegal and not tax avoidance-planning within framework of laws to reduce tax liabilities.

 
Yours faithfully,
Mahesh Kapasi
New Delhi

 

Lalu’s objection preposterous

Lalu Prasad Yadav’s objection to Nitish Kumar for shaking hands with Narendra Modi is utterly preposterous. During the last couple of years on a number of occasions, the Union ministers at the Centre have shook hands with Modi. These were also photographed by various newspapers. Can Lalu call all these personalities as “communal”?


Jorhat Singh
Mumbai

Nuclear shutdown foolish

I refer to the article “Nuclear shutdown makes Japan leaders fret”. To write off nuclear power is foolish. The effects of radiation from the Fukushima reactor are serious but far much less so according to experts. It was hit by a powerful tsunami and could still withstand the shock of nature’s fury. Releasing enormous quantities of radioactive water into the sea may sound scary, but scientists opine that a member of the public would have to eat seaweed for a year to receive a mild adverse reaction. The alternative to nuclear energy is to depend on dirty fossil fuels, especially coal. Those discussing the future of nuclear power also do not consider the changes in technology that has taken place. Fast-breeders reactors can cleanly burn the existing stockpiles of nuclear waste. India needs power to sustain its growth and nuclear energy with the modern reactors is the answer if we have to sustain this growth. Renewable energy options like solar and wind are still nascent and we need to develop them further.

H.N.Ramakrishna
Bangalore

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