Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 25 August 2019

Condolences for the bereaved families in Sri Lanka

Our readers have their say on terrorism, bees, autonomous vehicles and Egypt

People take shelter as the military try to defuse a suspected van before in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters
People take shelter as the military try to defuse a suspected van before in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters

I write in reference to your lead news item on the widespread terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka. It is horrible to read that so many people have become victims of such senseless violence.

What did these innocent worshippers, tourists, ordinary citizens and police officials do to deserve such a grim and violent end? My sincere condolences go out to all the bereaved ­families following this gruesome tragedy.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Your article on the Sunday bombings in Sri Lankan churches and hotels was ­extremely painful to read. In addition to Sri Lankan nationals, these callous and bloodthirsty attacks also killed a number of foreign nationals, chiefly tourists. The entire world is now united behind Sri Lanka, following its deadliest terrorist incident in years.

Sri Lanka is known for its beautiful landscapes, hills, temples, monuments and famous tourist destinations. Today, it is a country in mourning. Causalities are still rising and many people are fighting for their lives in overburdened hospitals. It is high time the international community woke up and joined together to eradicate the menace of terrorism.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

The human brain must remain at the heart of AI

I refer to your article Driverless cars: have the wheels come off autonomous ­technology? (April 21). No artificial ­intelligence so far can match the sophistication of the human brain. These vehicles can be fooled in much the same way as radar. We must ensure the human brain continues to command artificial intelligence or we may have to contend, in real life, with the “the rise of the machines”.

Name withheld by request

Egypt is a treasure trove of historical significance

I refer to your article Egypt unveils unusually large ancient tomb on Luxor’s west bank (April 20). Egypt is a land where every grain of sand has history behind it. Many items of immense historical importance are known to the local people, many of whom keep them a secret, as your report noted. In reality, southern Egypt is a treasure trove of history. It can only hold its tradition if not destroyed by international tourism.

Name withheld by request

Spread the message – bees are integral to our survival

I refer to your online article The Bee Bus: The UAE’s travelling classroom drives important message of sustainability (April 22). I applaud this initiative. Bees are integral to our survival and I am glad someone has taken the initiative to share that information widely.

Tanushri R Chaubey, India

Updated: April 22, 2019 06:00 PM

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