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Pedestrian Bridges
The perilous condition of the various pedestrian bridges in Karachi is a cause of great concern for the citizens. Except for some, most of the bridges are in very poor condition, one can hear them creaking while crossing the road. Besides this, pedestrian bridges are also a safe haven for drug addicts and criminals. This is also one of the major reasons why most of the general public prefers not to use them. Each pedestrian bridge costs around 20 million rupees to construct, but due to various reasons only 25 per cent of the people use them. Although, these bridges were built by the City Government for the convenience of the people however, it is observed that people often resort to shortcuts rather than using the bridges.
Rabia Batool,
Karachi


Get Well Soon Yuvraj Singh
Indian cricket player Yuvraj Singh has been diagnosed with cancer. Undoubtedly, he is a great sportsman. Undergoing chemotherapy, he is now fighting the battle against cancer in USA. The doctors told him that he is showing good recovery and can resume playing cricket and training this year by May. He has been an inspiration for many cricket lovers for a long time. But after his diagnosis he will be an inspiration for other young cancer patients as well. We hope that he gets well soon and starts living his Pedestrian Bridgeslife again.
Umar Asad,
Karachi

Severe Malnutrition In Flood Victims
Scarcity in international aid has left millions of flood-victims at the risk of malnutrition. Moreover, the enormity of the situation can be judged from the fact that at the moment, around 2.5 million people are without food, shelter, sanitation and healthcare. Furthermore, the rates of malnutrition in women and children in the affected areas are at alarming levels. The floods have devastated hundreds of thousands of farmers who after so much time are still struggling to recover from huge losses. The government is in a dire need to accelerate its rehabilitation reforms and should further strengthen its disaster management institution in order to cope up with situations like these.
Shakeel Qureshi,
Larkana

Whitney Houston – A Music Legend
The recent death of Whitney Houston has left millions mourning and brought back fond memories of her amazing voice. The 48-year-old singer had a successful singing career, hence her untimely death is just too soon to bid her farewell. With a phenomenally prevailing voice and a great range to match Houston was widely known as "The Queen of Pop". Throughout her life, she struggled with substance abuse which ultimately took her life. It is depressing to see such a great legend get wasted like this, but it is true that celebrities often find themselves lonely and therefore take refuge in various drugs.
Ali Altamash,
Lahore

Karachi Literature Festival – A Breath Of Fresh Air
The third Karachi Literature Festival was a massive success and around 15000 people attended the two-day event. The line-up was quite impressive and attracted several reputed personalities like William Dalrymple, Vikram Seth, Shobha De, Hanif Qurehi, Anatol Lieven, Kamila Shamsie and Mohammad Hanif. The organisers must be lauded for putting together such a brilliant show where people got a chance to meet with their favourite authors, enjoy panel discussions and check out different cultural performances. The artistic influence which such festivals provide will help in resuming the lost interest in reading. Government should support authors and endorse literary festivals like these so that the literary culture is promoted more in our country.
Sana Inaam,
Karachi

Revival Of Sports
Our nation badly needs to revive sports. I was watching a documentary about the last Olympics in China and it was heartening to see how they put their children into sports and athletics from a very early age. This practice is very beneficial for children as it boosts their growth, tones their body and maintains their build. Moreover, it prevents obesity and chronic diseases. It also helps with mind stimulation. Our problem is we don't encourage this trend in our children. It is the duty of educational institutes, but instead of training from the grass root level, they pick and choose the already trained athletes. This blocks children's interest in sports. Pakistan really needs to take inspiration from China in this regard.
Khadija Ahmed,
Islamabad

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