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1.You are Amit/Asha living in Delhi. Apart from environmental pollution, you feel concerned and disturbed at the rise in noise pollution. Write a letter to the Editor, The Hindustan Times’ on the basis of the points given below in 120 words:
• moving vehicles all the time create noise
• number of vehicles has increased manifold
• pressure horns, used by motorists
• use of loudspeakers in functions
• high pitch sound of music systems
• causing deafness, mental tension
• disturbance, lack of peace
• mental and psychologic problems
• need to create awareness
• need to make a law to control it
Ans:- 15 Hardev Nagar
March 6, 20…….
The Hindustan Times
Subject: Noise pollution
Let me voice my concern about the rise of noise pollution in our city through the columns of your esteemed newspaper.
The number of vehicles moving on the roads of the city has increased considerably causing a lot of deafening noise at all hours. The motorists use pressure horns indiscriminately, and this adds to the already polluted environment, greatly hazardous to the health of the people. Moreover, the use of loudspeakers, especially for religious purposes, goes on till the dead of night. The high pitched sound of music systems, DJs or orchestras, etc. causes mental tension and disturbs sleep at night. One keeps on tossing the whole night and longs for calm and quiet. Students and the sick are the worst hit. Moreover, noise pollution is sure to create many mental and psychological problems.
The police and the administration should create awareness among the people against the use of pressure horns and loudspeakers. The lawbreakers should be severely punished.
2. Write a letter to the editor of The Times of India expressing your views on The food habits of teenagers. You are Gaurav/Meena of 110-E, Indirapuram, Bangalore.
June 8, 20…
The Hindustan Times
Subject: The Food Habits of Teenagers
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the kind attention of the concerned authorities and common masses towards the food habits of teenagers of today.
It is a matter of concern that youngsters have developed bad food habits these days. Most of them do not like simple, home-made food which is hygienic and nutritious. They are fond of only spicy fast food which includes burgers, pizzas, noodles, samosas, so on and so forth. The problem with such food is that it is harmful to health. It is junk food, full of ample calories. The teenagers in our schools must be taught what to eat and what to avoid. It is the duty of both parents and teachers to tell them to eat lots of fruit, green vegetables, rice, etc. and take milk products liberally. They should also go in for regular exercise. Only then can they be physically healthy and mentally alert.
3. Taking help from the information given below, write a letter to the editor of a national daily showing your concern at the rising number of vehicles and cars on the roads of big cities in India. This causes not only a great inconvenience to the people but also has become a great health hazard for others. Give your suggestions for checking the number of vehicles on roads and promoting of a cheap and affordable public transport.
* Growing number of vehicles and cars
* Emit carbon monoxide and other harmful gases
* Pollution of the air and noise pollution
* Health hazards
* Affordable public transport only solution
Ans. 12, Napoleon Sea Road
February 12, 2020
The Times of India Mumbai
Sub: Limiting the number of vehicles and cars
Through the column of your esteemed newspaper, I want to highlight the damaging effect of the growing vehicles and cars on the environment and the general health of the masses.
The advent of `Maruti’ brought a revolution in the road culture of India. With the liberalization of our economy, many Korean, Japanese, American, and European companies started producing lakhs of vehicles, trucks, and cars every year. Within the last two decades, the number of vehicles has reached an unmanageable limit. The growing prosperity of the middle classes has added to the craze of owning new Fords, Hyundais, Mercedes, BMWs, and Hondas. This has led to disastrous results. The smoke these guzzlers emit pollutes the air making it unsafe for human use. Respiratory diseases and asthma have shown a marked rise in recent years.
I suggest that the Government must limit the number of vehicles on the roads. Only one car be allowed to one family. Those who own bigger cars using more petrol or diesel must be taxed. The government must promote a cheap and comfortable public transport system. The number of buses and metro-trains should be increased. I hope all these measures will bring order and peace on the roads of India.
4. Taking help from the information given below, write a letter to the editor of a national daily showing your concern at the outdated education system which has not helped in creating more jobs in India. Also, suggest some measures to make it more meaningful and job-oriented.
* Colonial influence * Not job oriented
* Job-oriented * More academic than practical
* Vocational training compulsory
Ans. 12, Albany Cottage
The Hindustan Times
Sub: Job-oriented education
Through the column of your prestigious newspaper, I want to highlight that the education system in India needs a new definition and direction.
Our present education system is merely a continuation of the Macaulian system of the colonial era. It is highly loaded in favour of academics. The old practices and traditions continue. School education provides little or no vocational and technical training. The results are quite unproductive. Our educated young men and women don’t get meaningful employment. Their frustration finds outlets in crimes and violence. It doesn’t augur well for the nation and its youths. The government and the concerned educationists must take stock of the education system from new and meaningful angles. First of all, vocational and technical education and training should be made an essential part of high-school education. Every student must be asked to choose or select his trade or vocation. Adequate coaching and vocational training must be provided at the school level itself.
I hope the government and the educationists will rise up to the occasion and give a new definition and direction to our outdated education system.
5. You are Ram/Rehana. You genuinely feel that despite the ban on tobacco-related advertisements and the law against smoking in public places, the consumption of tobacco and its products is on the rise in India. You are of the opinion that banning such adds will not serve the purpose. The government should come out with a blanket ban on the use of tobacco and the closure of the tobacco industry. Only such drastic measures will eliminate this evil. Write a letter to the editor of a national daily expressing your views and suggestions.
Hints: * Smoking in public * law not effective * consumption of tobacco and its product * alarming rise in cases of oral and lung cancer * blanket ban must * closure of tobacco industry * drastic measures and exemplary punishments * awareness among the public.
Ans. 12, M.G. Road, Imphal
October 10, 2020
The Statesman Kolkata
Sub: Ban on tobacco and closure of the tobacco industry
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I want to highlight that the steps taken by the government against smoking have proved quite inadequate and ineffective. Only a blanket ban on the use of tobacco and the closure of the tobacco industry will root this evil out of the country. No doubt, the government has made tobacco-related advertisements mandatory.
It has also passed a law against smoking in public places. But these steps have not produced the desired results. The consumption of tobacco and tobacco products is growing steadily in India. About nine lakh people die of tobacco-related diseases every year. Deadly diseases like cancer have shown a steady rise. Addiction to tobacco, the silent killer, is increasing, particularly among the youths and students. The government must eliminate the root cause of this evil. No doubt, tobacco is a great source of revenue for the government.
But millions of lives are more precious than earning this revenue. The only way to resolve this problem is the closure of the tobacco industry and a complete ban on smoking and the consumption of tobacco. The earlier, the better.
6. You are Arashi/Aman. You genuinely feel that ‘Capital Punishment’ in no way takes justice to its logical end. Using the information given below, along with your own views, write a letter to the editor of a national daily advocating for the Abolishment of Capital Punishment in India and abroad. Give at least three reasons to prove your point.
Hints: * Legal system * still colonial * practices of blood for blood continue * capital punishment barbaric * state can’t take away the life * aim of punishment reformative * can’t take away the right of redemption * life must be saved at all costs.
Ans. 20, Khwaja was
Bari Dargah Road, Ajmer
June 5, 2020
The Times of India
Sub: Abolishing capital punishment
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the kind attention of the concerned authorities and common masses towards Abolishing capital punishment.The world has made big strides in science and technology. The legal system in India has its roots still in the colonial penal codes. Unfortunately, the barbaric practices of ‘blood for blood’ still continues m the form of capital punishment. We still have not come out of the middle ages. Hence, the barbaric practice of awarding the capital punishment still continues in India and some other countries of the world.
If the state can’t grant life to anyone, how can it take away the life of a person? Natural law doesn’t approve of such barbaric and inhuman practices. Secondly, the aim of punishing a person for the crime he has committed is reformative. Capital punishment doesn’t leave any scope for reformative chances. Thirdly, birth and death are natural processes and can’t be terminated by the arbitrary will of the state. The state should not take away the right of redemption of an individual by sealing his fate forever. A civilised and human society must have civilised and human laws. There should be no place for any traces of barbaric practices of the middle ages in the modern world.
I hope this message will touch the conscience of thousands through the column of your esteemed daily.
7. You are Manish/Maya, a resident of Gumla, Jharkhand. Your area faces the frequent breakdown of electricity. Even the voltage is so low that it causes extensive damage to the electronic devices and appliances. You are a student and face a lot of inconveniences due to this frequent breakdown. Using all these hints together with your own ideas on the issue, write a letter to the editor of a national daily showing your anxiety and deep concern at the erratic supply of electricity. Also, suggest some ways and means ease this critical situation.
Ans. 12, Civil Lines
February 20, 20XX
The Times of India
Sub: Low voltage and frequent breakdown of electricity
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I want to highlight the problem of low voltage and frequent breakdown of electricity in Civil Lines, Gumla.
I am a resident of Civil Lines, Gumla. I want to express my resentment and deep concern at the frequent breakdown of electricity in our area. This part of Gumla gives the impression that we have not yet come out of the ‘dark’ ages. The residents of the area face a lot of inconvenience due to this erratic supply of electric power. The situation in the summer months becomes quite unbearable. The residents have to spend sleepless nights without fans, coolers and air conditioners. Even the voltage remains very low. The fluctuations of voltage play havoc with electronic devices and appliances.
Students are the worst sufferers. Long power cuts affect their studies. During the examination, the situation becomes really pathetic. The Electricity Board must install new and powerful transformers in the area. The supply of power must be streamlined. All necessary steps should be taken earnestly and promptly to give relief to the residents of the area.
8. Write a letter to the Editor of a newspaper complaining against the poor supply of water in your locality.
Ans:- Patiala Chowk,
July 15, 2019
Sub: Complaining against the Poor Supply of Water in your Locality
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the kind attention of the concerned authorities and common masses towards problem of supply of water in the Patiala Chowk area, the condition of the water supply is far from satisfactory.
The water supply is given only for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening. There is no water supply in the afternoon, Even during this time of supply, the pressure is so low that the water does not reach the first floor. The residents of this colony face a lot of difficulty due to the poor water supply.
I appeal to the authorities to look into the matter and improve the water supply to .our locality.
9. You are Mohan/Meera studying at Bharat School, Lucknow. The road leading to your school is very congested and full of potholes. Students and parents are often caught in a traffic jam. In spite of several representations, the Govt. has not done anything to improve the condition of the road. Write a letter to the Editor of ‘The Times of India’ drawing the attention of the Govt. to this problem.
Bharat School, Lucknow
May 7, 20…
The Times of India
Sub:- Drawing the Attention of the Govt. towards Traffic Jam
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I wish to draw the attention of Uttar Pradesh Government towards a big problem of the public.
Sir, the road leading to our school is very congested and full of potholes. At some places is fully damaged. It is full of pits. Due to these pits, heavy vehicles get imbalanced and overturn. Students and parents are often caught in a traffic jam.
We get late for daily. In spite of several representations, the Govt has not done anything to improve the condition of the road. We wish that this road must be of four lanes. There is enough open space on both sides of the road. If the road is widened it will be a boon for the students.
10. You are a resident of House No 35, Block M/P, Ashok Nagar, Patna. The weekly bazaar held on the road dividing MP and NP blocks has become a nuisance. Insanitary condition prevails there. Vendors throw garbage indiscriminately. Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper drawing the attention of the authorities towards it.
Ans. 35, MP Block,
Ashok Nagar, Patna
August 10, 20xx
The Times of India
Subject: Concern over unsanitary conditions created by the weekly bazaar
Through the columns of your widely circulated newspaper, I would like to bring to the notice of the civic authorities the unsanitary conditions created by the weekly ‘Tuesday’ markets. The vendors throw garbage indiscriminately in our well-maintained area.
The weekly bazaar is held on the road dividing MP and NP blocks. It goes without saying that this bazaar is good for middle and lower-middle-class buyers but it is a nuisance for the area residents. Right from the evening till midnight we have to undergo noise, security risk and traffic jams. But Wednesday is hellish for us. The road remains littered with vegetable and fruit discards, leaf plates with stinking leftover food. Polythene and paper wrappers remain floating on the road. Cattle roam around the road to eat that litter. They add to the dirt and filth. It takes the road a few days to dry up but Tuesday again arrives.
It is hoped that the concerned authorities would take strict steps. Cleaning the area must be made mandatory for the vendors and the stall owners. Dustbins in different places must be placed. The vendors should be fined heavily if they fail to keep the road clean.
11. Lavishly decorated banquet halls, tastefully erected pandals and lavish spending on marriages are in vogue. Competition in spending is held in season and out of season. This show-off of wealth breeds the germs of many social evils. Write a letter to the editor criticising lavish spending on marriages.
Ans. 46, Surya Nagar
March 5, 20xx
The Hindustan Times
Subject: Concern over the lavish show of wealth in marriages
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I would like to express my concern over lavish spending on marriages. Lavish spending on marriages is in vogue these days. Lavishly decorated Banquet Halls, tastefully erected marriage pandals are a testimony to this lavish spending. This is nothing but a vulgar show of wealth. A lot of money goes waste in erecting these “pandals”.
Lavish spending on marriages gives birth to many social evils. First, it creates unnecessary competition and heart burning amongst the members of society. Second, parents take heavy loans just to be on par with their neighbours. This way they come under the clutches of the bankers and have to carry the burden of the repayment of loan till their death. Third, for a day’s show, life-long sufferings are invited. Money is spent beyond capacity and this makes many parents bankrupt. Fourth, seeing lavish spending on the reception the parents of the groom think that the bride’s parents have lots of money. Here starts greed and this inculcates the demand for dowry. And when dowry demand is not fulfilled quarrels start and culminate into divorce or bride-burning.
Hard-earned money can never be spent lavishly. It is the black money that is the culprit. Income Tax department should take necessary steps to book the people who spend lavishly on marriages. Those who show off must be socially boycotted. Media should raise its voice against this evil. Youngsters must register resentment and protest against this evil practice. Would—be–couples should take a pledge not to be a part of this criminal spending. I hope my views would set at least a few people thinking and that would serve my purpose. It is high time that people started thinking in this direction.