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This year too the world will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ though not many really bother to find out why we do so.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
December 23, 2009 6:22:45 am

Why we celebrate Christmas
This year too the world will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ though not many really bother to find out why we do so. At the birth of Jesus Christ,an Angel appeared to the shepherds,2009 years ago,and declared: Do not be afraid! I bring you the good news of,great joy,which is for all people. This day a saviour is born to you. He is Christ the lord. [Luke: 2: 10,11.

Adam was made in God’s own likeness but he sinned and turned mankind into sinners. God,out of mercy and love,decided to save this fallen lot. So he visited this earth as a man in the form of Jesus Christ,to seek and to save that was lost. But mankind did not recognise him. They despised him,rejected him,afflicted him,oppressed him,and crucified him on the cross.

He went through a great deal of pain. He shed his blood and died. He was buried. Jesus descended into hell,destroyed all the works of the devil and rendered him completely powerless. He rose from the dead victoriously on the third day,and ascended to heaven. He is now seated on the throne high and exalted.

Thus God himself paid a ransom,by His death,burial,resurrection; He purchased all mankind and redeemed them from sin sickness,disease,poverty,and death once and for all. The story of Christmas does not end with the birth of Christ,but it is merely the beginning. This is the greatest reward and great joy of Christmas.

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Lt Col (Retd) V Alankamani

Old Sanghvi

Illegal constructions in Karve Nagar
I AM a 63-year-old retired colonel. This to highlight the problems citizens are facing due to unauthorised constructions,some of which are still under progress.

I have lost my faith in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) staff. Two years ago,I had a problem with the drainage system and nobody from the PMC did anything to solve it. The unauthorised constructions are a major issue in Karvenagar,especially in the Shahu Colony,Vedant Nagari,Krushkunj Society (Lane 2). Nobody from the PMC is bothering to do anything about these constructions,which points to rampant corruption. I have highlighted some points below:

1) Around 80 per cent of the constructions in Shahu Colony are illegal and the construction is still going on. PMC should check each lane and find whether permission for the buildings has been obtained. It will be found that less than 30 per cent buildings have been completed as per the PMC rules.

2) People staying in this area think that unauthorised constructions can be legalised by paying a penalty,which is why they are relentlessly constructing more buildings.

3) Vedanti Nagar is a green-belt zone. Regardless of this,construction still goes on.

4) In Krushkunj Society (Lane 2),a few buildings have constructed a second floor.

5) Hotels are built even though they have no legal permission.

6) New migrants stay in the buildings without bothering to inform the police. Hence in case any untoward incident occurs,they will be difficult to trace.

A citizen Karve Nagar

‘Business’ of education
Pune,known as the ‘Oxford of the East’,has become a trading centre of education. The mushrooming private colleges,business schools and deemed universities in the city,may not have financial or structural crisis,but they are often faced with the problem of ‘recognition’ of their degrees and courses by the relevant authorities. Thousands of students,after having spent time,money and efforts,are miserably struggling in the job market as their qualification does not match the qualitative requirement of a desired assignment. The quality of education is rationally possible only if these educational institutions are clear about the end product. In the existing milieu of social flux due to the impact of information technology,none of these institutions have a clear idea of whether they want mere literacy or education. And in education,whether they want character building,relevant education or limited education – that barely makes students fit enough to get into the money making system. Clueless on what kind of end product is required,many educational institutions are struggling in vain to achieve a balance. In an assessment of the continuing gaps in the focus,our education system should identify the three pillars of learning,that is learning to know,learning to do and learning to live in a society. Drawing upon this,our educational institutions should be able to provide quality education which can transform an ordinary person to think logically,analytically,critically and laterally. Besides getting a job for honorable living,one should have the potential for self-development. It is high time for the government to take into consideration the growing number of educational institutions and to introduce a foolproof educational act which can ensure that every institution provides quality education to its students.

Major (Retd) Mathew Oommen
Allot bus for commuters
After a lot of follow-up with the then PMT,in 2007,a new route was sanctioned to link Aundh Gaon,through Spicer College oad,Khadki to the city. However,that time due to shortage of conductors and also with the formation of the new PMPML pending for a final decision,implementation of the sanction was postponed. Unfortunately,afterwards,when the bus route was sanctioned starting from Medipoint Hospital,in the beginning of 2008,the route was changed to University Road. The authorities may appreciate the plight of passengers of Aundh RoadBhau Patil road in Khadki and allot a bus,when the new fleet of buses is pressed into service.

PKK Menon
Aundh Road

Civic sense lacking
Recently,while returning from Pune Railway station around around 6.45 pm,I saw branches of a tree lying on the road and footpath in front on Sassoon Road,which is a busy road with two-way vehicular traffic and pedestrians. I am not aware by whom the branches were cut. The branches should not have been left on the road in such a haphazard manner but should and could have been removed. This shows an utter lack of civic sense

R Nambiar

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First published on: 23-12-2009 at 06:22:45 am

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