Terrorism: A threat to existence

Sir,
The suicide bombing at the Wagah border in Pakistan, in which nearly 55 people were killed and 200 injured, is another grim reminder of the increasing terror threats to the international community.

Unfortunately, Pakistan, which has been often quoted as the breeding-ground of terrorism, is yet to learn lessons on terrorism despite the fact that numerous innocent people have fallen prey to the terror menace on Pakistani soil.
There have been many terror attacks across the world –  such as the Bombay blasts and the New York terror attacks. The list of such attacks is endless.

Furthermore, no one can deny the fact that the growing terror threats are posing grave danger not only to the people but also to the overall growth of the international community.

Definitely, it is the responsibility of all the countries across the world to take serious action in matters of tackling the terror threats head-on.

P. Senthil Saravana Duai
Mumbai

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Maharashtra Govt. fails to woo voters

Sir,
The Maharashtra government has a tough challenge ahead of them. Apparently, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is quite stubborn over his demands. He won’t adjust or make any compromises as  he is not practical like his father, late Balasaheb Thackeray.

Of late, people have started to believe that he is interested in acquiring power and not in serving the  people.
On the other hand, at present, NCP will extend support to the BJP-led government discreetly. Later on, the party will have some problems regarding ‘unforeseen’ conditions and it will withdraw its support.

Finally, the government will collapse and there will be re-elections. During re-elections, Shiv Sena will lose due to its stubbornness in the past.

Hansraj Bhat  
Mumbai  
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Hike in water, sanitary tariff fair

Sir, the latest hike in water and sanitary tariff by about 20 per cent by the BWSSB is fair as the last revision was done in 2005.

The worth of water is known only when there is a water shortage or when one has to pay more for using water.
This is the time to conserve this precious resource which is no longer abundant and free. However, efforts to harvest rainwater, which is free, must be undertaken by one and all so that BWSSB need not impose more tariff for its usage.

Wastage of water should be avoided. Even the BWSSB too should take care of it by repairing the leakages in pipes and taps.

More efforts are required to recycle urban waste water that could be used for non-potable purposes by industries, offices and individual consumers.
Regular checking and replacement of water meters must be done by BWSSB or its authorized agencies.

D B N Murthy
Bangalore

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