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Resources in danger Dear Sir, The earth's natural resources are finite and if our excessive use of them continues, the future of the earth and mankind will be at stake. It is said, "we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children". Parents work day and night to give their children "the very best" but how would it be possible with the natural resources all gone or severely depleted? Schoolchildren are instructed to utilise the natural resources wisely, but once they are out of the campus they forget about it. Oil resources, it is said, may exhaust by the year 2040. Sustainable energy like solar power is still prohibitively expensive. India's Mahatma Gandhi once said that "earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed". In fact the nature has provided us enough to lead a happy life but we take undue advantage of it. If we keep on using the precious resources at the present rate, it will have its repercussions in future. Azra Khatoon, PO Box 6094, Doha Speed of life and light Dear Sir, I would like to inquire as to what exactly Ooredoo means by its "speed of life" advertising campaign. Ooredoo claims to offer mobile Internet and 4G services at the "speed of life". I think they had meant to say "speed of light", which everyone knows is 299,792,458 m/s. There is no formulaic derivation for something as abstract as the "speed of life" and if there were, I am sure readers will agree that it would be relative to the life in question. No one person or creature's life goes at the same speed, not even on a day-to-day basis. Moreover, there is an implicit assumption here, since Ooredoo is trying to draw attention to its lightning-fast Internet, that a fast-paced life is more desirable. Is it trying to say that our lives, ideally, should be going at breakneck speed? M K Mahesh Khanna, PO Box 24084, Doha Dangerous practice Dear Sir, Seventeen pupils lost their lives after a gas cylinder explosion in their bus in Pakistan the other day. Recently, a gas cylinder of another bus exploded in Karachi, killing several people. Because of the steep increase in diesel prices, people in Pakistan are increasingly using CNG as an alternative fuel to run vehicles. But most cylinders are not fit for vehicle use. As they are highly combustible, it is extremely dangerous to use them. According to government safety regulations, people must check the condition of cylinders periodically but few follow the instructions. A second-hand CNG cylidner costs Rs15,000 in Pakistan and they are easily available in market. Only days ago, Egypt's transport minister resigned after the death of several schoolchildren when a train crushed their bus but unfortunately in Pakistan, the accountability culture doesn't exist. Khawaja Umer Farooq, Please send us your letters: By e-mail Fax 44350474 All letters, which are subject to editing, should have the name of the writer, address and phone number. The writer's name and address may be withheld by request.

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Date:May 26, 2013
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