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15 Mar 2018 06:49am IST
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15 Mar 2018 06:49am IST

Upsetting physics paper

We all know about the noise and commotion about the Physics Paper of Std XII being difficult, tricky and indirect. When I sat to answer the paper I noticed "NEW PATTERN" written on the paper, which some students maybe totally unaware of. The "New Pattern" had several questions which were unclear and unexpected and a few were fine. According to the Board Rule, the difficulty level should be 20% but it was more than that and totally out of the NCERT syllabus. 

At first, I thought it was just me and after I got out of my block I noticed students with sad and weeping faces and some even venting out their anger. Students have spent every day and also nights studying, expecting a tough but good paper but it was not so. The one setting the paper did not take into consideration the level of understanding of every student. 

Some students and parents have sent complaints to the Board Department, but unfortunately according to them they have not received any of it. As a result students have started an online petition trying to draw the attention of the board and will soon be presented. As we fear the overall result/percentage will be affected thereby hindering the chances to get into professional colleges.

Xena Monteiro, by email

2018 Physics paper of STD XII

The Physics paper for 2018 was very difficult. Out of syllabus portion was included this time. We are pleading the board to take up serious measure to look into and resolve the problem.

Most of the students are worried about the overall percentage. The board must have remembered that the paper is being set for NCERT students and not for an entrance test.

Cassius Luis, by email

Private clinics and govt doctors

Private clinics that are set up in every nook and corner should be regulated by the authorities concerned in an effective manner. Many private doctors charge high fee from their clients, making it impossible for the poor and the middle-class to get treatment at affordable rates. Many doctors that are appointed at government hospitals also run private clinics after their duty hours. These doctors refer patients who come to government hospitals to their clinics in an attempt to make extra money.

This is an unethical practice which should be stopped on an urgent basis. Provision of healthcare is the basic duty of the government. However, when the authorities fail to provide relief to the people, profiteers make the most out of the situation. It is hoped that the authorities will look into the matter and take relevant steps to put an end to the exploitation of the people in hands of a few profiteers.

Md Rustam Parwez, Hyderabad

Why change name?

It was indeed shocking for the people of Goa and Margao in particular, to know that the road from Margao’s Old Market Traffic Circle to the road leading to Ravindra Bhavan, which was named after Bishop Francisco Xavier da Piedade Rebelo, four decades ago, is to be renamed as ‘Opinion Poll Square;’ with the approval from the Margao Municipal Council. As Goa was liberated on December 19, 1961, the last Catholic Bishop from Portugal was Rev. Jose De Vieira Alvernaz. Thereafter, the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman had been governed by the Goan apostolic administrators.

The first Indian and Goan Bishop appointed to head the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman was Rev Fr Francisco Xavier da Piedade Rebelo from Margao. Till date there is no genuine explanation given by the Margao Municipal Council about their intention to rename the existing road.

Is this Goem, Goenkar, Goenkarponn at heart? Such fancy slogan can only fool the people for some time, but surely not all the time. Only time will show in which direction the wind will be blowing?

Melson F.M. Louis, Margao

DGCA has rightly cracked the whip

What was once only a distant dream for many middle-class Indians, flying high became a distinct reality in 1991. Quick and cheap travel is one thing anybody would "die" for, but not in the true sense of the word. As more and more people chose air over rail, the dangerous tendency to compromise on safety appears to have crept into the psyche of airline operators.

The grounding of eleven aeroplanes of two reputed airliners has taken the frequent flyers by storm. The step of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has won all round applause. The grounded aircrafts' are A320neo types with Pratt and Whitney (PW) 1100 turbofan manufactured by a European company and powered by PW. Frequent scary incidents of flights returning back after mid air, thrice in two weeks, after engine failure was too much for the DGCA.

The DGCA rightly went with its decision though aircrafts can fly with one engine if there is no extended flying over water. In prolonged flight over sea, quick spotting of diversionary airports in emergencies could be a problem. The state-run Air India also possesses A320neo planes in its fleet but its engines are manufactured by a different company. The PW engines is said to be hampered by bearing of the knife edged seal plate and combustion chamber distress both of which could be disastrous.

Shut down of in-flight engine and rejected take offs were serious issues associated with the technical flaws. Only certain subpopulation of engines up to a particular serial number were affected which, the PW said, would be rectified by July and, therefore, the two airliners could fly till then on one engine. But the DGCA would have none of it. Meanwhile, DGCA should ensure fliers are not inconvenienced by so many flight cancellations.

Ganapathi Bhat, 


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