Working towards peace and security
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, arrived in the US for a two-day visit (‘Mohammad Bin Zayed at the White House’, Gulf News, May 16). The Crown Prince discussed the bilateral relationship between the two countries, and sought joint cooperation on extremism, violence and terrorism for peace and security in the region. The UAE leader’s visit shows how the country is keen on fostering international relationships, to ensure peace and safety for citizens and residents.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Abandoned in a divorce
The case of the 12-year-old boy who was abandoned by his parents when they got divorced, is tragic (‘Wudeema law helps in four child neglect indictments in Sharjah’, Gulf News, May 6). It brought tears to my eyes when I read the narrative of Ahmad Al Tartoor of the Sharjah Social Services Department. The poor little boy had to go through all this suffering and humiliation for absolutely no fault of his. He didn’t ask his parents to bring him into this world.
Children are God’s greatest gift. Ask anyone who does not or cannot have children. We, as parents, have a moral responsibility to take care of every need of our offspring, be it physical, psychological, emotional or social. Couples should understand the enormity of the task they are going to undertake once and when they decide to have children. They should realise that a precious life is going to be completely dependent on them, and their priorities must change the moment the child enters their lives. They cannot make the child a victim to their whims and fancies.
From Ms Sajida Kamal
Supporting the Year of Giving
It is an experience to leaf through Gulf News (‘Shah Rukh Khan visits children hospital in Dubai’, Gulf News, May 9). The report on Shah Rukh Khan’s visit to Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital in Dubai made me so happy. Khan is not only a silver screen hero, but also a hero in real life. Supporting the UAE’s Year of giving, he visited the paediatric hospital and enquired into the children’s well-being. He seemed to be so fascinated by the visit to the hospital.
From Mr Sunny Joseph
If only people understood the uses of cow dung and the effectiveness of recycling this resource (‘Rajasthan dairy farmers selling cow dung cakes on Amazon’, Gulf News, May 8). Set aside any religious purposes, its uses are extremely beneficial.
From Mr Abhini Vinay
Cow dung is used in many countries for different purposes. The reason why it is used in architecture, is because poor people don’t have money to build concrete houses. If you visit poor villages, you will find its many uses.
From Mr Laxmi Patel
Including more teams
After the International Cricket Council (ICC) Indian Premiere League’s (IPL) 10-league phase, the final line up for play-offs has been drawn (‘Sharma unfazed by great expectations’, Gulf News, May 16). Though the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was the favourite team to lift the trophy this season, they had to settle for a wooden spoon. The surprise team to reach the play-offs was the Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), who will now be taking on the most successful team in the first play-off. Out of the four teams, except for the RPS, all of them have won the title twice. Hence, despite the absence of Ben Stokes, I feel it is RPS who will lift the trophy this year. If they win the trophy, it would be a grave injustice on the part of the IPL committee to leave them in Season 11. I feel the committee could consider increasing the teams to 12, because the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the Rajasthan Royals (RR), RPS, Gujarat Lions (GL) and the Kerala Tuskers should be added to the list with another new team. These 12 teams should be divided into two groups of six teams to play against each other: The top three or four in each group to play in the next round and the top four teams to qualify for the play-off. Such a move would not only give ample opportunities for budding cricketers to brush with international players, but could also benefit the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to increase their revenue.
From Mr N. Mahadevan
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