Can you manage your finances?
Expatriates not being able to meet their financial goals is about how you manage your resources (‘Many UAE expats fail to achieve financial goals’, Gulf News, April 20). I myself am not very good at this. Yes, I’m sending money for my family back home, but I also spend more than I should on things for myself – this is to keep my sanity. And so, I don’t have so much in savings, which is very important.
But, let us always be thankful for the land that shares their blessings with us. Try to look at things positively. It may be really tough for some of us. Don’t worry, we will get through all of these hurdles. Be thankful always.
From Mr Pakundo Jnobleza
Stress to earn more
No gain without pain. If we have to stay in Dubai, we have to be very competitive, emotionally very strong to face stressful situations in the workplace, be well-groomed and professional. It will always be a more comfortable environment professionally in our native countries, but for less desires and a peaceful life. The choice is ours: Seek more and persevere or manage with less and just be.
From Ms Heena Chander Hariramani
Income gap is high
It’s 100 per cent true that life can be difficult for those working in services that are at private companies. Some people are earning Dh500 per month while others are earning up to Dh100,000. Both of whom are working in the same city under residence visas.
From Mr Mahi Hussain
Stop spending, stop whining!
People tend to complain when they do nothing to improve their situation. If you don’t like your salary, leave and find another job. If you don’t want to be an employee, then start your own business. If you don’t have savings, then stop buying unnecessary things and just focus on your needs and start saving the rest. If rent is too high, send your family back home where they don’t need to pay rent and you rent a bed-space where you can save. It’s amazing how people can complain before checking the root cause of whatever they complain about. It is time to stop biting a chunk that you cannot chew. If you want to see improvements in your situation, then start improving your mentality and everything else will follow.
From Ms Shaikha Ariana Soriano
Money doesn’t grow on trees
Many assume that when they arrive in in the UAE that their pockets will be well-stocked. They aren’t realising how hard it can be to find a job. Just like anywhere else, you have to prove your ability and dedication, you can’t go to the UAE and expect money to fall into your lap.
From Ms Toba Toblerona
People don’t know structural damage!
This is a fantastic move by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) (‘Vehicle testing to be a must post-accidents’, Gulf News, April 20). Many drivers or vehicle owners don’t have in-depth knowledge of a vehicle’s structural damages after an accident. This move will help them to have their vehicle repaired as per the standards to ensure road safety.
From Mr Mohammad Ali
Safety technology should be mandatory
The authorities should make it mandatory to have latest safety technology and airbags included as a standard in all ranges of vehicles. This should not be a factor to increase the price of the vehicles. This can reduce chances of accidents and loss of lives.
From Ms Mal
How to enjoy favouritism
People joined the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) in the past 30 years after it came into power in West Bengal with some personal and material interests only (‘Yechury calls to fight twin threats of communalism, neoliberalism’, Gulf News, April 20). In this system, it is always profitable to be close to power. In the past 10 years, many of them understood that the situation is going to change and they jumped the boat to continue enjoying favouritism.
From Mr Anjan Ganguly
Dissatisfaction raises other parties
The CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury will be the new face of the party to give a new dimension for the organisation. Yechury has been chosen as the fifth General Secretary of the party and he has a lot of challenges and issues waiting ahead of him.
The West Bengal one-time stronghold for the party is nowhere in the picture. The main issue is to fight the communal forces in the country as well as to counter the policies of the Congress party as usual. The Communist Party should take up issues like the land bill, rising prices and recent reports indicating that more than 600 farmers have committed suicide in the state of Maharashtra. The increasing presence of Maoists in the state of Bihar and Jharkhand should be addressed and so far the Communist Party failed to gain popularity except in the state of Kerala and Tripura. They should address the issues of the common man, farmers and fishermen, and the labour class.
From Mr Eappen Elias
These days’ consumers are more aware and concerned about the quality of products they buy and when it comes to produce or fruits, they talk about organic, freshness, local, carbon content and x-ray. But nobody is talking about wax content on the surfaces of fruits, especially on apples. The producers adopt this technique to keep their produce fresh for a longer time.
Apple skin is rich in nutritional value with the concentration of aromatics and fibre. Simply washing cannot remove the wax coating on its surface. I think supermarkets should abstain from marketing these potentially harmful fruits. Unscrupulous elements must be strictly dealt with.
From Mr Girish R. Edathitta
Unknown presence of Daesh
The massacre by a suicide bomber in Jalalabad, Afghanistan has sent shock waves across the world (‘Suicide bomber kills 33 in Afghanistan bank’, Gulf News, April 19). According to the Afghanistan officials, at least 33 people were killed and 100 were wounded. Daesh has claimed responsibility for this attack.
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has called it as a cowardly act of terror by terrorists targeting innocent civilians. He has repeatedly raised the ominous prospect of Daesh making inroads into Afghanistan, though the group that has captured swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq has never formally acknowledged having a presence in Afghanistan. But, some independent political analysts say the Daesh presence has never been confidently confirmed despite claims made in the name Daesh. Whoever it may be behind the curtain pulling the strings of these attacks, the innocent civilians are the ultimate sufferers. Wherever the calamities occur, whether it is manmade or by Nature, the lives of the women, children, aged and sick are jeopardised.
From Mr Sunny Joseph
No regard for charities
I can attest to charity boxes being filled with garbage because I have witnessed it in my residential area when I am donating something (‘Charity boxes stuffed with litter in Sharjah’, Gulf News, April 19). People have squeezed cans and trash inside the metal box, and I find it very sad. I think people who do this do not care for any charity or have any good manners. There should be fines for such people.
From Mr Nadeem
Something wrong here!
This is really an obscene amount of money for a boxing match (‘The staggering financial breakdown’, Gulf News, April 19). For a fight that will last under one hour, each fighter gets $150 million ? What kind of payment is that? I think it only shows the pathetic state of human priorities in the form of demand. As a result, the rich are always getting richer.
From Mr Vivek
The basic factor of every living human being to remain happy and joyous is satisfaction. To achieve satisfaction we struggle and do everything to smooth our feelings. A satisfied person is the winner of his emotions. He respects, loves and adores other living human beings. A person with negative feelings towards people and society simply lives a sedentary life since they have developed an attitude to avoid and hate.
This sort of nature leads to the materialistic world where thoughts of buying expensive things will bring the attention of others and it may bring satisfaction. But, alas, this waste of money attitude hurts. You call it nature or coincidence that these people find who have similar habits and thoughts to what they were looking for, not knowing the person himself is detached from society and people like him.
They spend hours and hours creating more and more irregular habits like late-night outings, avoiding going home or even having food at the right time. In this process, they forget that the real satisfaction lies at home once you are with your family members.
These anti-social elements grow gradually. He who is unable to find his way or who is not shown a way to correct himself at an early stage will face negative consequences, eventually. It is the hardest job, but one has to take responsibility and help these young people become aware of the beauty of life and the togetherness in society. It is a duty for parents, teachers and the elderly experienced people who could be the saviours of society to keep peace and love in the air and in their lives, too.
From Mr Narendra Sadhwani
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