The more important person
The media, including television channels, newspapers and radio stations, are busy reporting the sensational news of Jagathy Sreekumar’s health (‘Jagathy Sreekumar still in a critical condition’, Gulf News, March 12). Many were shocked about what happened and some saw doomsday for the film industry. Doctors were in attendance — having heated discussions and board meetings to talk about the situation and Sreekumar’s health improvements. Reports were even made about the family visiting the celebrity. I would like to mention that there were two passengers in the car — Sreekumar and his driver. Only a few words were there to report on the state of the driver — that he had serious injuries and a fractured leg — that is all. Nothing else is mentioned, as it seems that he is a nobody according to the media. What harm will it cause to report about the complete incident? Where are the genuine journalists and the honest and compassionate media? This happens everywhere and every time something similar happens. The unsung heroes are buried in the abysmal depth of oblivion.
From Mr Gopakumar
Out with the old
According to me, French President Nicolas Sarkozy is the worst leader France has had in a generation (“Sarkozy has done France proud”, Gulf News, March 12). The Libyan intervention has been a total disaster, with the country sliding into anarchy, and losing all its former wealth. I would not be surprised if more people were killed as a result of “humanitarian” intervention than from former Libya leader Muammar Gaddafi’s rule, and there is no end in sight. Moreover, the crisis created a diaspora of refugees, most of whom land in Lampedusa and Malta, which Sarkozy has done nothing to mitigate. France has a long and proud history, amazing culture and countless contributions to the world. It does not need to pander to the US’ special interests to regain its influence in the world. If anything, it loses significant influence when it does so. We can only hope the French people vote him out. Socialist presidential frontrunner Francois Hollande may not be better, but Sarkozy is truly awful.
From Mr Robert
Let the world know
Facebook, twitter and YouTube are often criticised for their negative impact on the vulnerable minds of today’s youth. I am a student and I am pleasantly surprised at the growing awareness of Ugandan warlord and leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army Joseph Kony on the web. Kony 2012 — a campaign that was initiated to target the youth and create awareness about this criminal in all parts of the world — is the latest sensation. This campaign has sparked our interest and thus I request Gulf News to create awareness so that non-Facebook members are also aware of Kony’s crimes.
From Ms Nikhita C.
A safety precaution
Most cyclists do not use sidewalks or bicycle ways (“Bicycle master plan to help prevent deaths on Dubai roads”, Gulf News, March 13). They ride on public roads without wearing helmets or reflective jackets. Also, many bicycles do not have reflectors or headlights. As a road safety expert I think cyclists should not be allowed to use or cross any road that has a speed limit of 40km/h or higher.
From Mr K. T.
What’s the catch?
It is a great idea for the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to introduce lanes only for cyclists. However, will it come with a catch? Will the RTA ask us to register the bicycle with them and renew it annually for a fee? Perhaps, ask us to buy a helmet and reflective gear?
From Mr Shabir Zain Al Deen
Not just the players
We should all boycott watching cricket for some time to teach these crooks a lesson (‘Bollywood actress linked to new fixing allegations’, Gulf News, March 12). I believe that it’s not just the players that are involved, but also some cricket boards. What is the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption unit doing? If this is a place that someone can just get a pay for doing nothing then I’m also interested in that post.
From Mr Dileeban
I have lost interest in cricket and feel that every match is fixed. Players involved must be punished severely.
From Mr Adnan
We all know that corruption in cricket is not something new and that almost all teams are involved. However, only the helpless Pakistan team became victims of these allegations. It was good though. But the ICC must extend the boundaries of investigations to those who are influential.
From Mr Faisal Mabood