Doesn’t make sense
It is a bad decision to prohibit Non Resident Indians (NRIs) from carrying Indian rupees (‘Indian expats in UAE warned about taking rupees home,’ Gulf News, March 6). The Indian government must allow a small sum at least, maybe just Rs2,000 to Rs3,000 (Dh130-Dh200). I think there is a lot of confusion because many people think that NRIs are allowed to carry up to Rs7,500 (Dh499). To clarify, and reiterate what is mentioned in the report - only Indian citizens residing there (not NRIs) can carry that sum. It would be much better for the NRIs if this rule is changed. This is just promoting the business of money exchanges outside the airports in India. I don’t understand if someone wants to get a cup of coffee or take a taxi after they land, how would they do so? The authorities need to rethink the issue.
From Mr Girish
Rethink the new law
I am a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) and I usually carry Rs2,000 to Rs3,000 (Dh130 to Dh200) while travelling to and from India. I need to have some funds in hand to use for refreshments and transportation. I have some credit cards but they don’t always work everywhere. However, I agree that large sums of money - maybe over a Rs100,000 (Dh6,700) - should be confiscated at airports, but a few thousands should not be a problem.
From Mr Syed J. Huq
Do the Indian authorities expect us to convert the foreign currency at the airports at a very high rate? This is absurd.
From Mr Nevin
When I travel to India, I usually fly to one of the major cities and buy the domestic airline tickets at the airport. I cannot book domestic airlines online with a UAE-issued credit cards. This leaves me with the only option of paying cash and buying the ticket. This new law is not required and will create further issues.
From Mr Syed
Change your priorities
I think we can bring down the casualties by giving priority to the pedestrians on roads rather than cars (‘Major initiatives to improve pedestrian safety,’ Gulf News, March 5). This will also help cars drive slower than usual. But, of course additional zebra crossings are required and pedestrians must cross the roads at designated spots only.
From Mr Na’im
Lack of zebra crossings
I kindly request the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to focus on pedestrian bridges and zebra crossings in Karama, Dubai. Al Kuwait Street is one of the areas that must have a safe crossing alternative for pedestrians. In this area, people who need to cross the road just wait for traffic to slow down and then run to the other side because they have no other option. This is a busy commercial area with many residential buildings in the neighbourhood, so people do need to cross roads frequently. I hope the authorities make provisions for these people as soon as possible.
From Mr Vipin
Follow road rules
The authorities need to do something about the pedestrian crossings from Emirates Tower Metro Station to Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Despite having pedestrian crossings, people cross the busy roads from anywhere and everywhere. I have also noticed that cars do not slow down or stop at zebra crossings, even if people are waiting to cross over. Both these situations are very dangerous, and something needs to be done.
From A Reader
This is all because in general, the teaching staff has a very high work load and is not paid enough (‘School told to pay up for not educating properly,’ Gulf News, March 5). Even though they are teachers, they are not respected enough by the schools. This results in lack of seriousness among the teachers. Many schools ask their teaching staff to work on weekends without paying them the overtime salary they deserve. This is also a violation of labour law. I request the concerned authorities to immediately look into this matter. Most schools increase fees every year but they do not increase the pay of teachers.
From A Reader
Parents are responsible
Although this service sounds impressive, it is never a good idea to leave children unaccompanied or unsupervised with a taxi driver or any stranger for that matter (‘Daily facebook discussion: Dubai Taxi offers a service where children above the age of 5 years old can take a taxi to school - unaccompanied by an adult. Have you ever used this service?’ Gulf News, March 5). Only parents or guardians can provide the best care for their children. I personally would not approve of sending young children to school unaccompanied, regardless of how safe and good the service is.
From Ms Fatima Suhail
It’s not safe
People above the age of 20 don’t often feel safe in some taxis because of the possibility of crimes such as robberies and molestation. Then how should parents let their children travel unaccompanied?
From Mr Chris Joseph
Be more cautious
I had also come across a similar scam where I could have lost a large sum of money (‘Dubai businessman loses Dh360,000 to email hacker,’ Gulf News, March 5). We have already taken up this issue with our banks. Businessmen should be more cautious of the system they use for payments. They should not only depend on email accounts. In another instance, I was about to transfer a few thousand dollars to my client through an exchange house, as he emailed me that he needed the money urgently. In the email, he also mentioned a different name that I should transfer the money to, as he would not be able to go to the exchange centre personally. Luckily, just when I was heading to the exchange house, the same client called me for a different reason. When I told him that the money would be with him shortly, he was shocked. He told me that he had never asked for that money.
From Mr Nazeer
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