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High Electricity Rates
The high electricity tariff is badly affecting the general public, agricultural and industrial sectors alike which demand an immediate need to bring the tariff down. This time round the KESC has increased the rates by a shocking 20 percent, further adding to the misery of the general public. However, this recent rise in electricity rates is baffling the consumers who are already suffering from the woes of load-shedding. Unfortunately, the poor cannot afford to pay for UPS and generators The government should facilitate the people by bringing down the rates to a reasonable level.
Sana Yasir,
Lahore

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Noise Pollution
The problem of noise pollution is aggravating day by day in the metropolis. As the population of the city is increasing rapidly, the traffic on roads has multiplied, resulting in extreme noise pollution. In the inter-city traffic areas, noise pollution is the highest as compared to the other parts of the city. High noise levels can give rise to high stress levels, hypertension, tinnitus, which is a very harmful disease causing deafness. I request the concerned authorities to pay immediate attention to this problem and take counter measures to bring down the noise pollution levels for the betterment of the citizens of the metropolis.
Raheel Anwer,
Karachi

Gender Discrimination In Education
Gender discrimination in educational institutions is a very common problem in our society. However, victims of this discrimination seldom speak up about the unfair treatment they are receiving, hence it prevails. Teachers are often unaware about it and this gender biasness is found dominant in their teaching practices too. Due to this girls do not get necessary attention from their teachers like the boys do. I request our educators to make amendments in their teaching methods and give equal attention to boys and girls both.
Rida Ali,
Rawalpindi

International Day For Street Children
The international day for street children was celebrated on April 12, 2012. The day is celebrated across the globe in more than 30 countries, giving a louder voice to millions of street children worldwide. In Pakistan too, street children are often ignored and stigmatised. They have absolutely no support, no family, healthcare and they face the perils of violence and hunger on daily basis. Moreover, they are often subjected to physical and psychological abuse. Street children must have their voices heard and should have equal opportunities like other children. It is our responsibility to raise awareness and work with the government to make an impact upon the lives of these ill-fated children.
Jibran Haris,
Sialkot

A Salute To Our Heroes
On 7th of April, 2012 between 3 am - 4 am an avalanche hit 135 individuals including 124 soldiers and 11 civilians at Gayari sector near Siachen glacier. This unfortunate incident was not properly highlighted by the media. The reason being our media was perhaps more interested in what was going on in the IPL and the President's visit to Ajmer Sharif. I believe this grave incident deserved proper media coverage that only surfaced later. I would like to salute our brave soldiers who are working tirelessly in rescue operations and to those who sacrificed themselves in this unfortunate incident.
Aasima Ahmed,
Bahawalpur

Cheap Publicity
The recently concluded fashion show ended on a controversial note. The controversy involved none other than an infamous TV host, who is known for her bold feats every now and then. However, this time round she committed a fashion faux pas while walking on the ramp. Whether it was an unfortunate mishap or a deliberate act, it was all in bad taste. I believe such vulgar acts should not be tolerated at any cost because they compromise our cultural norms.
Maria Rehman,
Karachi

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