Sports fans want action against spot-fixers on the spot
With reference to the editorial In a real fix now (The Pundit, August 31), the spot-fixing scandal raises questions about the integrity of both Pakistani cricketers and the Pakistan Cricket Board. To make a quick buck, the seven accused players did not hesitate to flout rules. The International Cricket Council should investigate the episode and punish the guilty. Such scams are disheartening for sports fans who expect their favourite players to go by the book and preserve the sanctity of the game.
R. Girish, Botswana
The PMO trips up ministers
With reference to the report PMO curbs ministers' private jaunts abroad (August 31), the prime minister's decision to enforce stricter rules for politicians' foreign trips is good news. The Prime Minister's Office has rightly directed all Cabinet ministers to fly out of the country only when it's unavoidable and not allow other officials from the ministries or their personal staff to accompany them. The Opposition's criticism of some Cabinet ministers' frequent foreign jaunts, the expense of which is borne by taxpayers, is justified.
M.C. Joshi, Lucknow
The code for economic reforms
This refers to the editorial Old wine in an old bottle (Our Take, September 1). The Direct Tax Code Bill is a positive step towards reforming the economy. By decreasing income tax and corporate tax rates, the government is trying to encourage people to pay taxes, which will help in nation-building. It will also help to reduce the difference between the tax slabs for public sector and private sector employees. But there are some downsides to the new tax code, like an absence of incentives on savings. Until some years ago, up to R12,000 of profit earned on bank deposits was exempted from tax. This should be revived.
Devendra Kaushik, Delhi