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1.You are Radha/Raghu, C-15, MayurVihar, Delhi. Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper on the consequences of climatic changes due to various man-made reasons. Take ideas from the notes given below:
* Deforestation * Pollution * Unlimited needs and limited means
* Encroachments * Unplanned urbanization * industrialization
Ans. C-15, Mayur Vihar
March 2, 2020
The Hindustan Times
Sub: Consequences of climatic changes
Through the column of your esteemed newspaper, I want to express my deep concern and anxiety about the climatic changes due to various man-made reasons.
Man is responsible for all the degradation of the environment. It started with the indiscriminate felling of trees. Deforestation has led to innumerable harms to the environment and ecology. Trees provide oxygen and absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. The clearing of forests led to droughts and dry spells. This has resulted in global warming and sudden climatic changes.
Pollution of air, water, and the land is making our living quite miserable. Our seas, rivers, and lakes are also polluted. They have become dumping grounds for human and industrial wastes. Glaciers are melting. So are the ice volumes of the Poles. Man’s unlimited needs and limited natural resources are further aggravating the problem. Unplanned urbanization and industrialization have adversely affected the landscape and climate. Let us check the degradation of the environment and make this planet a pleasant place for human habitation.
2. Read the two graphs given below. Graph ‘A’ shows the increase in the carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere and Graph ‘B’ shows its effect on the temperature that has led to global warming. As Nalin, write a letter to the editor of ‘The Times of India’, showing concern over the matter. Give reasons for the increase in global warming and global temperature and suggest means to curb it.
Ans. 12, Kasim Manzil, Main Market
March 02, 2020
The Times of India
Sub: CO2 and Global Warming
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I want to highlight the increase in the carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere. This has resulted in global warming and the rise in global temperature. We are condemned to pay a very high price of development and progress. Over the last decade, our environment and atmosphere have suffered severe degradation. The content of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been steadily but surely on the rise.
In 1991, its level in the atmosphere was near 855. In ten years, it has gone up to 870. Similarly, global warming has resulted in a steep rise in temperature. The larger the content of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the greater is the global warming. Nothing has caused so much havoc as the deforestation done on a very large scale. Trees are the main source of oxygen. The burning of firewood, coal, and LPG increases the CO2 level in the atmosphere. Vehicular smoke is another cause of enh ancing the CO2 level. If effective and prompt steps are not taken to minimize the CO2 level, the whole atmosphere will turn into a gas chamber.
We have to strike a balance between progress and survival. All factories, vehicles, and devices that produce more than the required level of CO2, must be banned. Reforestation must be launched on a big scale to counter the rise of CO2 in the atmosphere. Save the atmosphere. Otherwise, our survival itself is in danger.
3. As an aware citizen of the country, you are concerned about the increase in road accidents in India. Interpret the graph given alongside and using your own ideas, write a letter to the editor of the newspaper ‘The Chronicle’. You are Arun/Anita.
Ans. 12, Patliputra Colony
March 02, 2020
The Chronicle Patna
Sub: Increase in road accidents in metros
Through the column of your esteemed newspaper, kindly allow me to express my great concern and anxiety at the increase in road accidents in the metropolitan cities of India.
It is quite disturbing that over the last few years there has been a steady increase in the number of people killed in road accidents in our country. In the year 2013, 2014 and 2015, 137,000, 139,671 and 146,000 people died respectively in road accidents in India. Most of these accidents were caused by rash and negligent driving. Drinking and driving have become quite a common feature.
The rules of road safety and caution are thrown to the winds. The concerned authorities must give exemplary punishments to the rash and negligent drivers. Drinking and driving can’t go together. The defaulters must be heavily fined or punished. The traffic police must enforce the rules and culture of the road very strictly. Only then our roads will be safe and secure.
4. Taking help from the information given below, write a letter to the editor of a national daily complaining to him about the lawlessness and chaos prevailing in your area.
Hints: * Many incidents of thefts and robberies * Chain snatchings and eve-teasing * Criminals having free time * Police patrolling inadequate * Law and order must be maintained.
Ans. 12, Civil Lines
February 29, 2020
The Tribune Chandigarh
Sub: Lawlessness and crimes in Civil Lines, Amritsar
Through the column of your prestigious daily, I want to highlight the lawlessness and chaos prevailing in Civil Lines, Amritsar. Amritsar has witnessed some unholy activities like thefts, dacoities, robberies, and even murders in recent months. This has made life quite unsafe and miserable in the city.
I am a resident of Civil Lines. It is an area inhabited by important government officials, rich and powerful citizens. However, of late it has earned the notoriety of being the most criminal-prone area in the city. Every day we hear thefts and robberies committed in one part of the locality or the other. The murder of a senior citizen last month has resulted in the total loss of faith in the local police. Cases of chain snatching have become a common feature of life in the area. Women rarely move out of their houses after dark.
We suggest some immediate and effective measures to restore law and order in the area. There should be extensive police patrolling after sunset to ensure safety for young girls and women. Exemplary punishment should be given to the lawbreakers and criminals. I hope the local police will take immediate and effective steps to restore peace, law, and order in the area. The earlier, the better.
5. You are disturbed at seeing many unfortunate homeless orphans spending their night in the open on chilly wintry nights. Using the information given below to write a letter to the editor of a national daily urging the state administration to provide free night shelters to the needy and homeless poor.
* Thousands of poor people are homeless
* Many suffer; some deaths reported
* Spend chilly nights on pavements and in the open
*Need for ‘night shelters’ or ‘Rayan Baseras’ for the homeless
Ans. 12, Nai Wala Gali, Karol Bagh
March 02, 2020
The Hindustan Times
Sub: Night shelters for homeless poor
Through the column of your prestigious national daily, I want to highlight the urgent need for providing night shelter for homeless people.
I am a resident of 12, Nai Wala Gali, Karol Bagh, New Delhi. India excels in contrast. One of the major economies of the world has the maximum number of homeless poor people in the world. Millions of people in India spend their nights under the starry or cloudy skies. Many unfortunate persons fight for a little space on the pavements. Long winters become unbearable for these homeless orphans. They try to find out some shelters under the bridges, at railway stations or in public buildings. But they are hounded out from there by the police. Last month five people lost their lives due to extreme cold conditions.
The administration must show its human face. The state government must open adequate night shelters and provide free lodging for such persons. It will save hundreds of unfortunate homeless people from dying in cold or chilly nights.
6. Taking help from the information given below, write a letter to the editor of a national daily expressing your concern at the nuisance caused by the stray cattle on the roads of your city.
* Stray cattle on roads and in lanes * Traffic jams and accidents
* Squat in the middle causing chaos * Govt. must take immediate steps
Ans. 12, Temple Road
March 02, 2020
The Odisha Times
Sub: Nuisance caused by stray cattle
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I want to express my anguish and concern at the nuisance caused by the stray cattle in the city.
Of late the city has witnessed many accidents due to the nuisance caused by stray cattle. Only a few days ago a biker was killed when a running cow hit him in the middle of the road. We can’t imagine cattle strolling leisurely on the roads of New York, London, or Sydney. But India presents a totally different scene. You can find cows walking with leisurely steps on the highways or in the lanes of any city. Puri is a temple town. To make things still worse, people throw food in the middle of the roads for the animals. The roads become feeding centers of cows, bulls, horses, donkeys, and dogs.
There is no arrangement for capturing such stray cattle and sending them to the special pens run by the corporation. There should be a special squad. It should have fixed responsibilities of clearing away the roads from the unwanted and stray cattle.
7. You were one among a group of students who represented your state in a national youth exchange programme. It was an eye-opener which made you realise the spirit of unity in diversity. Taking ideas from the MCB unit on National Integration along with your own ideas, write a letter to the editor of a newspaper in 100-120 words on the importance of National Integration. You are Maya/Mohan, 4 Rampur Road, Bareilly.
Hints: * Represented Uttar Pradesh
* a national youth exchange programme
* an eye-opener
* students from the North East
* realised the concept of ‘Incredible India’
* show of unity in diversity
* lives like a family.
Ans. 4 Rampur Road
March 02, 2020
The Times of India
Sub: Importance of National Integration
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the kind attention of the concerned authorities and common masses towards the Importance of National Integration. I hope these lines find some space in your prestigious newspaper. I was one among a group of students who represented my state Uttar Pradesh in a national youth exchange programme in New Delhi.
It was really an eye-opener. It made me realize how great India is in its plurality. The spirit of unity in diversity is really amazing. What a wonder is a country called India! Students from Mizoram, Meghalaya, Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, and Tripura presented a different world of the North-East that is fascinating as well as thrilling. Kashmiri, Dogri, Himachali students presented the splendours of a culture that throbs the valleys and foothills of the Himalayas. Only there, I realized the concept of ‘Incredible India’.
It was a novel experience to see how students of different religious, regional, cultural, and linguistic groups mingled together like one big family. It was a study in contrasts. Their complexions, traits, dresses, food-habits, and ways of life reflected a rich variety. But an underlying unity and national unity echoes in this seeming diversity. India is really incredible. Our diversity is also the strength of our unity. This spirit of national integration must be encouraged and promoted in every walk of life. We should learn to live like a family of 1.25 billion people transcending our regional, cultural, religious, and linguistic diversities.
8. You are Sameer/Sapna. You are a regular visitor to the Prasad Nagar Lake. Of late residents of the colony have been disturbed by the constant flow of foul-smelling water in the lake garden and generally falling cleanliness standards. Taking hints given in the input below, along with your own details, write a letter to the Editor of a local daily emphasizing the urgent need to improve the hygienic conditions of the park.
* Repeated bursting of a sewer line running next to the lake garden.
* Accumulation and stagnation of foul-smelling water in the lake.
*Heavy presence of algae in the lake.
* Boating facilities that are provided are hampered.
* Fish farming hampered.
Ans. 12, Swami Nagar, Prasad Nagar
February 29, 2020
The Deccan Herald
Sub: Unhygienic conditions of Prasad Nagar Lake and its surroundings
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I express my anguish at the deterioration of Prasad Nagar Lake and its surroundings.
There was a time when Prasad Nagar Lake and its surroundings were considered to be the most beautiful spot in the area. It is a pity that within a decade everything has reached a stage of decay and deterioration. I am a regular visitor to the lake. Of late residents of the colony have been disturbed by the constant flow of foul-smelling water into the lake garden. This has been caused due to the repeated bursting of a sewer line running next to the lake garden. The foul-smelling water accumulates and stagnates in the lake. This has resulted in the heavy presence of algae in the lake. It has hampered the boating facilities provided here by the authorities. The state of fish farming is quite deplorable.
I hope this letter will arouse the concerned authorities out of their hibernation. They must take immediate and effective steps to bring the lake and its surroundings back to its former grandeur and glory.
9. As an enlightened citizen of the country, you are concerned about the problems faced by the residents of Kanpur. Using the information given in the input below along with your own details, write a letter to the editor ‘The Herald’ expressing your views on the subject.
Hints: * must have basic infrastructure
* civic amenities
* unplanned urbanization
* illegal constructions
* violation of laws
* urgent need
* basic needs
* clean water
* good transport
* medical facilities.
Ans. 22, Dalton Ganj
March 02, 2020
The Herald Kanpur
Sub: Problems faced by a city like Kanpur
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I want to highlight the problems faced by our city, Kanpur.
The city has to cater to the demands and civic amenities of millions of people. It must have basic infrastructure and civic facilities. Good transport facilities, mass housing projects, a scientific sewage system and good drainage are some of the basic requirements of the residents. Another important issue is to provide pure and clean water for drinking to the general public. A network of good roads helps in streamlining the transport system and the traffic. The medical services should be readily available at reasonable rates in government hospitals. Unfortunately, all these infrastructures and facilities are conspicuous by their absence in Kanpur city. Unplanned urbanization, encroachments, illegal constructions and frequent violations of the law have made Kanpur a huge slum not suitable for human
While preparing any blueprint of a modem city the emphasis must be laid on the superstructure and the infrastructure. Only by updating and upgrading the sewage, drainage, transport, water and electric conveniences and medical facilities we can make Kanpur a pleasant place to live in.
10. Given below is an extract from an article in ‘Newsweek’: `For years, I ate fast food because it was efficient and cheap. I had no idea I could be damaging my health,’ says Caesar Barbar, 56, a maintenance worker with heart disease. Write a letter to the editor of a daily newspaper on the health hazards caused by junk food using your own ideas and ideas given in the input.
Hints: * Globalization
* even globalized food habits
* fast foods tasty but bad for health
* junk food causes obesity and indigestion
*good for junkies only.
Ans. 12, Police Bazar, Shillong
February 27, 2020
The Meghalaya Times
Sub: Health hazards caused by junk food
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I want to highlight the health hazards being caused by eating the so-called ‘fast or junk food’.
Globalization is not confined to the economy only. Even our food habits have been globalized. The craze for fast foods like burgers, pietas, and pasta has increased in recent years. The youth have developed a special liking for them. McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Huts are leading multinationals who promote junk foods.
The junk food, no doubt, tingles our taste buds. But it has little or no nutritional value. The general public, particularly, the youth must know the health hazards caused by the regular eating of junk food. It causes obesity. Habitual eaters suffer from many other diseases of liver, digestion, and kidneys. Let us remember that fresh food cooked in our kitchen with liberal use of vegetables and fruits are really tasty as well as nutritious. Junk food is good only for ‘junkies’.
11. You are Revathy. You happened to see the following news item in the newspaper about the popularity of Indian Handicrafts abroad. But you are unhappy about the lack of recognition given to the artisans by the Government. Using the information given below and your own ideas, write a letter to the editor of a newspaper about the difficulties they face and the steps to be taken to solve their problems.
Indian Handicrafts sought after
New Delhi: Indian Handicrafts are in great demand in the US, Europe and the Gulf countries. The artisans feel their products are not given the required publicity. Further, the products are bought from them at very low prices by the middlemen and sold later at high prices abroad. They hope that the Government would do something in this regard.
Ans. 12, Ansari Road, Daryaganj
February 28, 2020
The Times of India New Delhi
Sub: Promotion of Indian handicrafts
Through the column of your esteemed newspaper, I want to highlight the difficulties and plight of the artisans who make the design of Indian handicrafts.
Indian handicrafts have earned quite a name and fame abroad. Indian handicrafts are in great demand in the US, Europe, and the Gulf countries. The businessmen and their agents mint money at the cost of the artisans. They exploit them. The Government is indifferent to their problems. The poor artisans and craftsmen never get the raw material at reasonable rates. Then comes the problem of selling their finished products. The touts and middlemen decide their fate and rates.
It is shocking that most of these artisans live in perpetual poverty, want, and neglect. The Government must come out with a blueprint that may lead to the promotion of Indian handicrafts and the protection of the artisans. Co-operatives must be encouraged. The artisans and craftsmen must be provided easy loans to buy the raw products. The middlemen and crafty businessmen should not be allowed to fleece them. Only such positive steps can promote Indian handicrafts abroad and save the exploitation of the native artisans.
12. The odd-even formula in Delhi has been a good initiative to control pollution in Delhi. Write a letter to the Editor of the Hindustan Times expressing your views and poll more of such efforts to keep the environment fresh. You are Vimal/Vidushi of 52, New Colony, Kailash Vihar, New Delhi,
Ans. 52, New Colony
New Delhi 1100XX
20 January 20XX
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi 1100XX
Subject: Odd-even formula — an effective initiative
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I would like to draw your attention to the initiative by Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal to control pollution in Delhi in the form of the odd-even formula for road transport. This has restricted the plying of cars on the road on the basis of odd and even numbers.
Although the initiative did cause some inconvenience to the public yet for a safe environment and to breathe fresh air such initiatives are a must. In fact, we are the ones who are polluting our mother earth, so we should be the one who should take care of it and ensure a pollution-free environment and be ready to make any sacrifices for the same.