STU­DENTS GET­TING LURED BY E-CIG­A­RETTES ALARM­ING

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO -

It is alarm­ing that new ver­sions of to­bacco are avail­able to stu­dents in the mar­ket (’E-cig­a­rettes within civic school stu­dents’ reach, re­veals sur­vey’, Fe­bru­ary 10). It is shock­ing that even af­ter know­ing the ill ef­fects of to­bacco, stu­dents are get­ting lured by it. I be­lieve such things hap­pen due to the ab­sence of bond­ing be­tween par­ents and chil­dren, and chil­dren not in­dulging in ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

MAYA HEMANT BHATKAR

MNS IN STATE OF CON­FU­SION

With the gen­eral elec­tions barely three months away, the MNS is in­creas­ingly ap­pear­ing like a rud­der­less ship, with its rank and file left in a state of ut­ter con­fu­sion (’Con­fu­sion reigns at MNS with Lok Sabha, state polls near­ing’, Fe­bru­ary 10). Hav­ing al­ready alien­ated the sym­pa­thies of the BJP lead­er­ship by its vir­u­lent at­tacks on the saf­fron party’s top brass, it has been left with only two op­tions if it wants to en­sure its po­lit­i­cal sur­vival — ei­ther go solo or ac­cept what­ever crumbs the “sec­u­lar” NCP throws at it.

ARUN MALANKAR

GLAD THAT ARUN JAIT­LEY HAS RE­TURNED

Happy to learn that Arun Jait­ley is back from the United States af­ter med­i­cal treat­ment (‘Jait­ley re­turns from the US af­ter med­i­cal treat­ment’, Fe­bru­ary 10). The job of fi­nance min­is­ter is ex­tremely stren­u­ous and PM Modi should re­lieve Jait­ley of such a re­spon­si­bil­ity and make Piyush Goyal, who was hold­ing the port­fo­lio in his ab­sence, the FM of the coun­try. Goyal’s in­terim bud­get was ap­plauded by all and the char­tered ac­coun­tant by pro­fes­sion is bet­ter suited for this job.

SN KABRA

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