The photograph of the barbet published on the cover page of today's edition ( 16 March 2018) of the The Sentinel has been wrongly identified as 'Coppersmith Barbet'. As per the attached pages from the book "Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Grimmett and Inskipp", it should be "Blue Throated Barbet".
Correction regarding Identification
Nowadays I generally avoid driving. I guess most of the Guwahatians avoid driving. Reasons are well known. Traffic jam, parking problem, gridlock, bike stunt etc. Recently I witnessed an activity done by a woman. I was waiting near Baisitha Chariali to get the green sigl to move. As usual, many bikers were riding their bikes using the footpath to overtake the traffic jam. Suddenly one woman came riding her scooty on the footpath on the wrong side. An accident was about to happen. Somehow the biker on the opposite side maged to stop and both were safe. It is very common. We face such incidents daily in our city. But till when? Is there any solution ?
We observe road safety week every year. But how many of us follow the road safety rules? Can’t we do something to minimize road accidents? We always blame each other or the government for any type of problem that we face in and around us. While travelling on road we must be conscious about the problems that may arise due to the negligence of our social responsibility. Parking our car or two-wheeler in a busy area may even cause a death of a patient coming in an ambulance. We generally cannot feel the anxiety and emergency of a common person who is stuck in a traffic jam due to our non-cooperation with the traffic rules. We must stop blaming others and start reforming our attitude.
I want to request all the bikers not to ride on footpaths as these footpaths are already occupied by vegetable, fish and poultry markets by the blessings of few corrupted employees of the municipality corporation. If it continues, there will be no delay of run-over cases in our city in the near future. The district administration also must take strict action against such activities to clear and clean the footpaths for pedestrians so that common people, especially children who wait for their school buses, senior citizens and ladies can walk and wait freely on these footpaths.
It is highly deplorable that Guwahati Municipality has started the cleaning work of drains in this month spending crores of rupees of public money. But all the filth removed from the drains has been left on the roads, and it gets spilled all over after a few showers. Commoners have to walk on these filthy roads, and vehicles further spill this sludge over the footpaths.
This work of cleaning the drains, if at all necessary, should have been done in December or January. All this filth taken out from the drains and lying on roads all over the city will flow back into the drains after a little more shower, and the whole exercise will be futile.