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Reform exam system

Sir, — Yet another team to investigate the Karnataka gazetted probationers' examination scandal has been formed. This follows investigations by different agencies and dillydallying by the Government in taking action against the culprits. It took shelter under the Lokayukta, which snubbed the Government by saying that yet another investigation would be futile if it was not keen on seeing the obvious.

Ignoring propriety, the accused officials were reinstated with promotion. The affected candidates have lost their endurance. The present system of holding essay-type examinations followed by interview gives scope for malpractice. A system that reduces the human element should be introduced for all competitive examinations conducted by the Government.

Sharad M. Tanga,

Gulbarga.

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Sacred duty

Sir, — The President called upon the people to exercise their franchise on the eve of the first phase of polling. But many voters who had voter identity cards were not able to vote as their names were missing in the electoral rolls. Another unfortunate issue is that 80 per cent of the polling staff do not vote. Statistics reveal that thousands of polling staff have never voted in any election. It is time this anomaly was rectified and voting made a duty.

S. Ayyanagoud,

Gangavathi.

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Recycling of waste

Sir, — Millions of tonnes of waste being thrown into dumps or used as landfills contaminates groundwater. Already this is felt with water turning brackish and groundwater getting depleted. Another major threat is electronic waste.

Computers, televisions, keyboards and other plastics pose a major challenge. Whatever be the challenge, recycling of these items has to be taken up. A market has to be found for recycled goods.

There is nothing that cannot be reused. There is money in garbage. Useful material are being manufactured from discarded milk cans abroad. Cardboard can be recycled seven times before its fibre becomes weak. Aluminium cans may be recycled at a fraction of the cost involved in producing the metal. Sewage can be recycle to 95 per cent purity and can be used to raise fish, in gardening, and even in generating thermal power. Recycling generates wealth and employment and protects the environment.

C.E. Gopalakrishna,

Bangalore.

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BMTC clarifies

Sir, — In response to a letter by Dundappa S. Mogale, published in these columns on April 12, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has clarified that running bus services (route nos. 276, 276-A, 266-A, B and C) via M.S. Palya is not possible as this will result in increase in the fare for other commuters in view of the increased operational distance. "This will lead to more complaints," the BMTC has said.

Public Relations Officer,

BMTC, Bangalore.

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