Stricter action to be imposed
Why should this be any surprise (“Massive traffic jams around UAE as schools re-open”, Gulf News, September 10)? People here drive as if they are the only ones on the road. People should plan their journey before they drive. If everyone was disciplined, there would be less congestion on the roads, with less chances of accidents. It is time for the police to be stricter with the citizens, meaning stricter fines. People should have to earn points for good driving too. A new driver with four points will be more cautious and respectful on the road, compared to someone with 24 to play with. It should also be harder for new drivers to get a license. For those who continually get fines, they should be made to go back to traffic school.
From Mr Patrick Dunster
With schools resuming this week, the traffic snarls on the roads are also back. Traffic on the roads is at a standstill from Sharjah to Dubai, as people struggle to get to work on time. School buses try to pave their way through the heavy jam, while some parents who are dropping their children to school are desperately trying to make it a less stressful experience for their children. Either offices or schools should change their timings so that there is less congestion and manageable traffic. Sadly, there are more vehicles than people on the roads which is putting a strain on the infrastructure and causing delays. It is about time that the authorities reviewed the number of new licenses and limit them.
From Ms Fatima Suhail
We welcome these openings to help parents bring down their cost index (“More Dubai schools offering discounts and scholarships”, Gulf News, September 8). Authorities need to encourage students who perform extraordinarily well, by awarding them. Full scholarship opportunities should be given to high achievers in all categories, like in the case of Emirati Students. Children who excel in their studies need to be recognised by the class teachers and school authorities. There may be many associations, foundations and philanthropists who want to offer educational grants, but the problem might be reach out without an agent. Awareness to avail educational grants can make all the deference’s to the desiring students.
From Mr M.K. Gunaseelan
Impose stricter laws
It’s alarming to know that 17 people die in road accidents every hour in India (“17 die in road accidents every hour in India, report says”, Gulf News September 7). Exceeding the speed limit, overtaking, driving under the influence of alcohol and using mobile phones are the major reasons for accidents. The number of fast vehicles have increased and roads have been widened, without proper sign boards installed. The number of motorcycle divers without a helmet has also increased and is causing major deaths on Indian roads. Licenses should be revoked and strict laws should be formulated to save lives.
From Mr Eappen Elias
It’s happened before
Gauri Lankesh was not the first to die in this manner (“‘Fearless’ Indian journalist shot dead”, Gulf News, September 5). It seems whoever is against the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) ideology, is being killed. I believe right-wing groups have killed most of the senior writers and columnists who have exposed their fascist ideology, and this is ruining communal harmony among the people in India. They brainwash some people to assassinate those who stand against them. There is no hope left.
From Mr Salman Attarwala
Princess and paparazzi
The fact of the matter is that those pictures were not edited, they were real (“Kate topless photos: How judgement was delivered”, Gulf News, September 7). If anyone should be blamed, it should be the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, themselves. They should have realised that the media follows them everywhere they go.
From Mr Absar Godil
Despite being in the spotlight, I think all celebrities need to relax and unwind. The media needs to respect the privacy of celebrities. The Duchess of Cambridge has always carried herself with grace and poise. Publishing such pictures tarnishes her reputation. It’s not like she was walking around in public like this. I’m happy she won the case.
From Ms Isobel Radley
This needs to stop
I’ve been watching the news and reading articles about the vulnerable state of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar (“Rohingya militants declare one-month ceasefire: Twitter statement”, Gulf News, September 10). I fail to understand why the world is incapable of doing something for them? Do you know how it feels to be ousted from your own country? Or to witnessing the slaughter of your own family? The Rohingya Muslims are facing far worse. We are losing more and more of Rohingya Muslims every day, under the pretext of ‘ethnic cleansing’. Every day, humanity bows down in shame. This needs to stop as soon as possible.
From Ms Shereen Mir
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