Protective measures of seat belts

Wearing a seat belt is ideally the most effective practice we can do to save our lives and avoid getting serious injuries in the event of an accident (“Top 10 excuses why UAE drivers don’t buckle up”, Gulf News, March 29). It can have a strong impact on life and death situation for your family members and you. Seat belts are important personal protection equipment. Like hard hats, safety glasses and steel-toed boots, seat belts help decrease the severity of accidental injury when crashes occur. Remember, anyone might get involved in any road accident, so do not take chances on your safety as well as that of your fellow travelers’. Wearing a seat belt is not just sensible, it is the law and it can save you. Why put your life at risk when you can buckle up only in seconds?

From Ms Megna Rajagopal


Protect yourself from fraud

In a digital world, it is almost impossible to not have online payment systems (“Gang behind Dh1m in credit card thefts busted”, Gulf News, March 29). Although banks play a major role in monitoring this, we also need laws that would protect consumers.

From Ms Daniella How


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Blame game

Customers who do not understand that this kind of crime exists will keep on blaming their banks.

From Mr Saidi Salim


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Course of action

God bless Canada and keep its people safe from any kind of terrorism (“‘Radicalised’ Canada airport staff spark concerns”, Gulf News, March 30).

From Mr Sheraz Khan


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The salient point

A battery that does not heat up, overheat and explode is all we need (“Galaxy S8: Features you should know”, Gulf News, March 29). A durable battery would be Samsung’s best upgraded feature.

From Mr Rasef Mohammad


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Lack of affordable housing

Majority of the rent of properties in Dubai has not always been justified against what it has to offer (“Rent declines ‘not enough’ to make Dubai housing affordable to everyone”, Gulf News, March 30). You pay more for the strategic location of a property over its living space.

From Mr Imran Mohammad


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Don’t ignore the signs

Having worked as a safety inspector on a road project, I can tell you my firsthand observation, that is, people do not take heed of the warning signs when they are driving through construction areas (“Road worker dies on spot after being hit by car”, Gulf News, March 29).

From Mr Lee Fall Guy Majors

Ras Al Khaimah

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How safe is Aadhaar?

Nobody is against procuring any proof of identity but the manner in which personal data is collected, processed and stored and the mandate that an ID is implemented are debatable. (“Why Indian expats should worry about Aadhaar ID card”, Gulf News, March 28).

India’s Supreme Court announces the compulsory need of Aadhaar to its people. However, Indians are not yet convinced about it because of several security concerns, like the tweet expressed by the incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he was the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) prime ministerial nominee.

“On Aadhaar, neither the team that I met nor the Prime Minister could answer my questions on security threat it can pose. There is no vision, only political gimmick.”— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 8, 2014.

Though the Supreme Court restrains the government on several occasions from linking Aadhaar to welfare schemes, the government went to the extent of distributing midday meals on the basis of Aadhaar card. Apparently, there could be leaks through data hacking in this. Indian citizens’ biometric and demographic data are collected in an unsecured way and the Indian government is not transparent in ensuring the privacy of data. Why is much importance given to this identification card?

From Mr Girish R. Edathitta


Parents in a frenzy for Aadhaar

This news report is sensational and shocking until now. All Non-Resident Indians (NRI) have been urged to get their Aadhaar done for the mandatory official identification and usage purposes.

One concrete example is the students’ need of this card for the forthcoming National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET). A number of parents had to travel back to their home state in India for the sake of obtaining an Aadhaar card for their children in order to qualify for the exam. They were clearly informed that if their children do not have an Aadhaar card, they will not be eligible to take the NEET. They were told to register in the NRI category, which was prominently highlighted for them to adhere to. However, it does not end there. What about the other important activities like applying for mobile subscriptions, handling transactions at local registration offices, etc. Indian authorities urge the public to obtain their Aadhaar card, where details on their biometric and demographic data are compulsory information including their thumb impression.

From Ms Ramesh Menon


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Where is the spirit of the game?

Without a doubt, the recently-concluded cricket series between Australia vs India were so intense that it required a lot of nerves for India’s Captain Virat Kohli and his team to bounce back after their loss at Pune (“The competitive spirit in the series is a good thing for cricket”, Gulf News, March 30). Though the umpires, match referees and even the International Cricket Council (ICC) have made a bungle of the case, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) too proved to be spineless. In the case of Cricket Australia (CA), who fully supported the sledging of Australia’s national cricket captain Steve Smith, the BCCI, instead of supporting Kohli, went for a patch-up with CA and the International Cricket Council (ICC). Another notable ineffectual act, where the BCCI has full control of, was not taking action against the commentators. There was nothing wrong with the Aussie commentators supporting their players. Unfortunately, none of our commentators defended our players. They were just mere spectators of Michael Clarke, who kept on raising his index finger when giving marching orders to our batsmen in the second innings at Dharamsala. There was no one to condemn such act by Clarke. Of course, we too have our own commentators, but are biased towards the players who are coming from their state. I feel that it is high time for the BCCI to wake up and stop giving contracts to biased commentators!

From Mr N. V. Krishnan

Chennai, India

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