The dawn of urban aerial mobility
Dubai is known for adopting the latest technological innovations and successful implementation of the same, in everyday life. The latest examples include the airport smart gates, Salik toll gates, driverless Metros, the initiation of the Hyperloop Project and many more. This is the reason Dubai is leading the world when it comes to tourist attractions and innovations. Recently I read about driverless aerial taxis making their first successful test run. It fascinated me, as I had seen such things happening only in Hollywood movies. Secondly, I was a bit worried. Is this technology practically feasible in day to day commercial operations or not? The reason for my apprehension is the fact that driverless taxis have not been very successful in other countries. Hence, time will tell, how far this technology replaces the actual road taxis in Dubai. Right now, we welcome the move.
From Mr Khaja Mohtesham Al Deen
Dr Google is better
I have had a bitter experience of misdiagnosis by a doctor as well, costing me not only a fortune but also lots of side effects (“See a doctor, not Google,” Gulf News, October 3). In my opinion Google helps and relieves us from unnecessary medication. Having said that, you should know where to draw the line.
From Ms Sameena Sayed
What really matters?
It is a matter of great shame that educational institutions have merely become money-making businesses (“In Palestine, forced school donations spark outcry”, Gulf News, October 3). Does this mean that education has now become a luxury and children of the poor have no right to it? It is sad that these pupils were expelled from school just because their parents could not afford to pay donations. It is disappointing that the school is more concerned about its profits than the future of these children
From Ms Fatima Suhail
Avoid reckless driving
Reckless driving is characterised as driving with no respect for anyone’s security, including your own (“Report minor accidents via Dubai Police app in just three minutes”, Gulf News, October 3). Reckless drivers don’t make safety a priority and do not consider the results or consequences of their actions. Negligence accounts for a huge number of accidents, injuries, and fatalities every year. The physical results are extreme, as well as the lawful outcomes. For example, passing a vehicle on a two-lane road when there is limited visibility ahead, any type of speeding and driving above the speed limit should not be allowed. The concern with reckless driving is that it represents a huge hazard to the people around the area, in addition to the driver. Reckless driving could kill youngsters, animals and even pedestrians. Thus, it’s a given that negligence while driving is an open security issue that needs to be properly addressed.
Ms Manasvi Madhumohan
Too many casualties
The recent increase in the number of casualties from the Indian valley of Kashmir by stone pelters is not only condemned but is also unacceptable (“Amend statute to fully integrate Kashmir with Bharat — RSS chief”, Gulf News, October 1). Most of the stone pelters are illiterate and it is sad that some students also get involved in this. Army men and, border security forces who are protecting the people, usually are targeted. In recent months the incidents are increasing and the bodies of many martyrs have been brought back to their families, and this was painful. Army men joined the country’s forces with the intention of serving the people. Being hit by stone pelters is highly unacceptable. The Indian government should implement strict law to tackle this problem to protect the army men as well innocent civilians who are also affected in clashes. No sympathy should be shown for stone pelters as their act is not correct. They should behave properly and help the forces in a situation of crisis or terror attacks. It is high time the Indian government took some strategy to save, not only the army, but also the innocent civilians. Safety and security is more important for people who are living close to the border. The army should be free to act upon stone pelters in order to protect themselves and the people.
From Mr K Ragavan
Habits don’t die
Many people around the world have a habit of biting their nails, which they have practised since their childhood. If you have started some habits when you were a child, you will never forget them as long as you live. Usually, small babies suck their fingers before they start sleeping. Many mothers try to prevent nail biting in their children and they used to apply a bitter tasting medicine to get them out of the habit. Once you apply this medicine, babies will never put their fingers in their mouth. But grownups also have bad habits. If they sit at the workplace or in an exam while thinking, they bite their fingers. They cannot get away from this bad habit because it has become a practice in their life. Parents cannot advise them as they have already grown up. I too had this habit during my childhood. Now I always go for a nail cutter instead of my teeth.
From Mr Thottikamath Balaraman
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