x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Indian building collapses too common

A reader says this week's incident in Mumbai could have been avoided with stricter laws. Other topics: cricket, Turkey and traffic.

A reader blames poor construction standards for this week's Mumbai building collapse. Vivek Prakash / Reuters
A reader blames poor construction standards for this week's Mumbai building collapse. Vivek Prakash / Reuters

Referendum will not solve issues faced by Turkey

The solution mentioned in Erdogan offers referendum solution (June 13) is just a ploy.

This is an abuse of the Turkish democracy that brought the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to power in the first place.

How can anyone expect a referendum to deliver a healthy result in a country where much of the mainstream media is under the influence of the government?

The correct action in my opinion should be to form an independent committee of urban planning experts, architects and environmental scientists - no politicians, please - to review the existing proposal together with some alternatives, and then report on their findings and recommendations.

After that, a fair and transparent process of consultation with the public would be essential.

Finally, the committee members should vote to select the most favoured option.

This particular case should be treated as a special one and kept outside the pre-existing municipal procedures that obviously failed to deliver a satisfactory outcome to date.

Beyond the particular issue of Gezi Park, the Turkish government should seriously review its stance on personal freedoms and democracy.

Name withheld by request

Driver confused by traffic rules

I refer to Driver racks up Dh200,000 in traffic fines in five months (June 6), which says that 44 drivers in Dubai owe a total of Dh1,326,750 in fines so far this year.

This is ridiculous.

I would have thought there'd be some kind of system to alert drivers immediately after they have committed a traffic offence.

To have accumulated Dh100,000 or more in fines is unbelievable.

Perhaps these people get as confused driving in the UAE as I do.

I can never work out when the "plus 20 kph" rule applies.

For example, in the Sheikh Zayed Tunnel in Abu Dhabi the signage says 80, but I don't know if the limit is 60 kph plus 20, making it 80 kph, or 80 kph plus 20, making it 100 kph.

The limit on the sign should be the maximum allowable speed.

C Murray, Abu Dhabi

Creative take on cricket's quirks

I thoroughly enjoyed Ajay Jacob's blog post, Cricket - is it for real or is it just theatre? (June 5).

I especially liked the line: "With each ball that disappeared the cheques got bigger."

The post is very lively and exciting to read - it's also factual and honest and yet doesn't slip into negativity.

The humour and the creative narrative style are maintained throughout.

Abhijeet, Dubai

This post echoed what every Indian heart feels. It was a great write-up. Manish Motwani, Dubai


Building collapses all too common

It was sad to read 10 killed in Mumbai building collapse (June 12).

These incidents happen too often in Mumbai due to poor construction methods and the use of substandard materials.

The Indian authorities should monitor new constructions, to avoid such incidents in the future.

They should also heavily punish anybody who is found guilty in the present collapse.

K Ragavan, India

Maids' treatment is beyond belief

Maid died 'after being starved and beaten' (June 11) is such a sad story.

Shame on the couple who allegedly mistreated both their servants. How these poor maids could have been treated so harshly is beyond me.

M Mahoud, Dubai

Points to ponder on Arabic literacy

It seems some points have been missed in Poor literacy in Arabic is 'the new disability' (June 12).

These include:

1. Some teachers are told they must pass students.

2. Very little is spent on training teachers.

3. Traditionally, Arabic has been taught in mosques not schools. Fewer children than previously now go to mosques and even fewer attend private Arabic lessons.

4. Children often learn the language of their housemaids, and maids seldom speak Arabic.

5. Most advertising is not in Arabic.

6. Schools have little autonomy and small budgets.

G Robertson, Dubai