Unjustified Increase In Bus Fares
Recently, CNG stations across the city were closed for a day. I found it extremely difficult to travel on the day as there was acute shortage of public transport. Buses were either not plying or over-crowded. A lot of people were seen waiting at bus stops, and many were forced to adopt other means of transportation and pay more fare than usual to reach their destinations. I do not understand what the buses have to do with the unavailability of the CNG. They are expected to run on diesel as whenever the price of petroleum products rises, transporters call for increasing their fares as well. If the buses use CNG as their fuel then the increase in transport fares is unjustified. This matter should be taken seriously.
Unhygienic Drinking Water
I would like to draw the attention of concerned authorities towards the unhygienic modes of water consumption on the streets. Water is sold there for as low as two or three rupees per glass. It is observed that the water is mostly drunk by the bus drivers. This water is kept in filthy drums, and a very few glasses are used throughout the day. Water-borne diseases are common in our society and exposing oneself to such a risk of drinking impure water is not a commendable job. To avoid any untoward situation, there is also a need to install more water plants from where filtered water can be obtained.
It is a blessing that we get to experience all four seasons in Pakistan. But it is very unfortunate that pandemic diseases come with every season. Outbreak of dengue and common cold are just a few examples. Neither the government and the NGOs alone can prevent the spread of these diseases, nor will they be eliminated on their own. Honorary degrees in health and medical sector should be provided to fight the sudden break-outs of prevalent diseases. I request the HEC to facilitate the interested citizens through both the government and the private institutes. This initiative will also help in minimising the rate of chronic diseases.
Population Increase & Global Peace
According to a recent UN report, the population of the world is expected to hit the seven-billion mark soon. These ever-increasing figures are constantly bothering the policymakers across the globe as there come many problems with the rise in population. Out of them, one is the sharing of earth's land and resources. As a natural phenomenon, population will continue to grow, which is a threat to the world peace. It is expected that different countries will try to dominate each other seeking control of the planet's resources. Since population control is impossible, I request everyone to please live their lives peacefully, and equally divide the available resources rather than wanting to have a lion's share.
Plea To State Bank Of Pakistan
I am really grateful to the team MAG for giving us a complete package of an up-to-date lifestyle magazine. I would especially appreciate the Art Team for designing the new, pleasing and eye catching layout. While the editorial team continues to give us the best content to cater ourselves, I would like to voice a demand of many working men and women. These days it's very hard to take out time for oneself. Although we manage to go to salons or spas to relax a little, the importance of exercise is ignored. Therefore I request you to publish an article in order to help us maintain an exercise routine.
While we see bombardment of advertisements on every single channel repeatedly, the public-service-messages are not given their due share. People should have been informed about the elimination of the old 500-rupee note through the advertisements as well. Any of the commercial banks could have done it, but emphasis was not placed on the matter. Some people were unaware, while many were left confused about whether 30th September was the last date to get the notes changed or to use them. I, on behalf of everyone, request not only to extend the date, but also to publicly and clearly announce the details through advertisements on television channels.