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No ink, names

Sir, — At a polling booth at Karisalkulam, where I voted, the indelible ink was not available for a few hours after the polling began. Polling officials were unaware of it. The aged and physically challenged voters had to return home without exercising their franchise.

The names of many villagers were left out of the electoral rolls. Some claimed that while the names of the children of some families were included in the list, those of their parents were deleted.

Unless we put in place a foolproof voting system, the total participation of the people in the electoral process will remain a utopian dream.

A. Thirumalai Prakash,

Madurai

An amusing sight

Sir, — Some personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force deployed for election duty at Periyakulam were seen going from one petty shop to another. The owners feared that the personnel were coming to search their shops for the banned tobacco products. In fact, the personnel, most of them being North Indians, were badly in need of `pan parag'. It was amusing to note that they did not know that the product was banned in the State.

Cowndinyan,

Periyakulam.

Water scarcity

Sir, — Residents of Sivakasi are suffering from want of drinking water. The municipal chairman has been making efforts for bringing water to the town from the Seevala Peri river. To raise the groundwater table, all irrigation tanks in the Vaippar basin are being desilted. May the Public Works Department do the needful?

T. Nagarajan,

Sivakasi.

English medium

Sir, — Of late, parents send their wards to government schools, where English medium has been reintroduced. Many parents feel the pinch of exorbitant tuition fees collected by private matriculation schools. These schools only hire inexperienced teachers. But the government schools employ seasoned teachers. Hence, English medium should be reintroduced in more government schools.

M.S. Sankaran,

Palani.

Question-paper leak

Sir, — The first-ever leak of question papers occurred in 1947, when I studied in the American College, and it has become frequent now. The question papers of all examinations — both academic and professional — are leaked by those who are greedy. It is surprising that even the investigating officers get bribes. Unless men of integrity are put in charge of the judiciary and the police, nothing can change the country's image.

J.G. Kanagaraj,

Madurai.

Professional courses admission

Sir, — The setting up of a committee under Justice Mohan to conduct an `A' common entrance test for admissions to professional courses for the management quota for 2004-2005 should be hailed.

Mr. Justice Mohan's announcement that the test will be conducted in all States and the question papers kept in bank lockers to avoid leak and sent to the centres only 30 minutes before the commencement of examinations is significant.

Juxtapose this with the despatch of question papers of some undergraduate courses 10 days before the start of the examinations to the centres by the Madurai Kamaraj University, and their leak last month.

We hope that the university will put in place a foolproof mechanism to avoid such a faux pas.

V. Krishnamoorthy,

Madurai.

Quality faculty

Sir, — The Anna University Vice-Chancellor, Balagurusamy, has asked students aspiring to pursue engineering education to be cautious in selecting colleges. He asked them to look for infrastructure and quality of faculty. The Vice-Chancellor should take steps to allow colleges with good faculty and infrastructure to function.

A. Vivekanantham,

Madurai.

Ban on smoking

Sir, — Apropos the report, `Railways bans smoking' ( The Hindu , May 1), a good deal of action is being taken to root out noise pollution and public smoking, which afflict the health of people. The Environment Protection and Improvement Council (EPIC), which started a campaign against the menace long ago, thanks the authorities for the ban.

The ban on cone speakers and public smoking, if enforced strictly, will alleviate the misery of the people.

Y.S. Kadakshamani,

president, Environment Protection and Improvement Council,

Madurai.

Slushy roads

Sir, — The recent rain resulted in water-logging in many areas of Madurai, especially in the northern and western parts. At K. K. Nagar and Anna Nagar, the roads turned slushy. One cannot imagine how rainwater could stagnate. The sewage and drainage systems were recently re-laid according to the gradation of the localities. The work on relaying pipes was not done perfectly. The Corporation will do well to take remedial measures.

M. Ratnasabapathi,

Madurai.

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