Letters to the Editor.
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
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