Student Concession on Air India
Air is always preferred as the most travelling medium by North-East people, being the fastest and most convenient way to connect vital locations of the country. Air tickets to and from NE states (Guwahati in particular; being the gateway of North East) have been excessively higher over months, although various airlines have extended their routes to different NE states, Air India is also among them. Air India has been providing a unique special concession for the students, under their concessionary rules, a 50% concession on the actual rates (on some routes). In addition, it offers an additional 10 kg luggage facility than other airlines. Undoubtedly, the fares of Air India are comparatively higher than that of other airlines. However, just a few months back it rolled out its 50% student concession to 25%, which has been disappointing for many. As Air India fares are much higher (for NE), the students would be more benefitted if the fare concessions are extended to 50% (for limited seats) and continued with its previous concessionary rules, provided a greater chunk of students prefer Air India for its added services. Therefore, through this letter, I would urge the authorities to look into this.
Irula tribe doing wonders
Vadivel Gopal and Masi Sadaiyan- the two snake catchers from the Irula tribe in Tamil Nadu, drew big attention through the Surya starrer, Jai Bhim; have been conferred with Padma Shri awards. Both have pushed their boundaries and proved that their work in the woods has drawn national attention to the extent of winning the fourth-highest civilian award. Despite their lack of formal education, for years the duo has been travelling around the world to catch snakes and teach finer techniques and subtleties of this dangerous art. The skills of the Irula tribes, passed from generation to generation, are critical for the production of antitoxin in a country which has the highest number of deaths from snakebites. Small wonder, the Irula Snake Catchers' Industrial Cooperative Society, located on the outskirts of Chennai, has revolutionized the treatment of snakebites in India. Significantly, these two snake catchers have been trained by the celebrated American-Indian herpetologist Romulus Whitaker. By winning the Padma awards, the two snake-catching experts have created 'hiss'tory, pun intended.
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Respect the National Flag
Republic Day is a special day for India as it is celebrated annually as a national festival all over India to honour the day when the Constitution of India came into force on January 26, 1950. Our National flag is a symbol of the nation's pride and respect. There is liberal use of the flag on Independence Day and Republic Day. There is a new trend of selling flags made of paper and plastic, which is incorrect. With a sense of national pride, people enthusiastically buy such flags but the very next day, we find them being trampled upon on roads and thrown into dustbins. By allowing this to happen, people forget that they are insulting the flag. Often, these flags are burnt along with the garbage. It is the duty of every individual to maintain proper respect towards their National Flag. We also commonly see people waving the National Flag proudly during national, cultural and sporting events, however, once the programme gets over, we see the flags strewn all over the place. This disrespect towards our flag must be stopped.
Even when the national anthem is being played on the radio or on television, people don't stand still and sing the song. They are busy cooking in the kitchen or are busy talking on their mobile phones. As Indians, we should respect our country's National Flag, national anthem and national song.