Month: June 2012
Indians in UAE can’t fly home
Travel to India this summer is simply not affordable for ordinary salaried Indians in the UAE. The low-salaried shouldn’t even think about it. (Air India remains in holding pattern, June 22).
Almost no seats are available this weekend from Dubai or Abu Dhabi to anywhere in India, and the seats on offer seem to be priced starting at Dh3,200, or Dh2,500 one way.
With Air India’s labour unrest and other problems, travel back home has become a nightmare, especially for emergencies.
Helpless as ever, we non-resident Indians can only convey our wishes to India’s civil aviation authorities.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
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Vice-President urges public to take part in UAE National Logo selection
Dubai State Security also warned against sending money or private information in response to BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) pings from unknown sources.
The same advice applies to instant messaging applications, such as WhatsApp, that work on other smartphones.
“Bogus job advertisements for government and private companies have been circulated as well as humanitarian relief calls, without stating any official source or entity,” State Security said.
Several complaints have been received on the crime hotline, Al Ameen, that BBM technology was being misused by criminals to lure victims.
“We have found that these delinquents present their personal email addresses on the messages to get to know women and exploit their need for work or humanitarian help,” State Security said.
Users collect CVs and private details of individuals mainly to harass and sexually assault women. Khalid Al Ali received messages on BBM related to blood donations for accident victims.
“With such things I usually try to verify the information and call the sender. At other times you see messages and know they are baseless.”
Mr Al Ali said messages campaigning against products and items were often based on unverified information, such as an incident last year when a BBM message that did the rounds said Mars bars contained pork fat.
“There was a BBC report that claimed Mars bars had animal fats, which was later recanted, and I started receiving BlackBerry broadcasts about these things months later from people.
Nobody verified this information and people tend to believe such things,” he said. Sham messages have been increasing over the years, according to Dushi Mahesh, from Sri Lanka. “I have been a BlackBerry user for almost four years now and have seen the number of bogus broadcasts increasing,” he said. “I think the people sending these messages are gullible and do not know that they are potentially endangering their security and that of others.”
The Al Ameen hotline was launched in September 2003 to provide a platform for communication between community members and the state security administration within Dubai Police. The public is urged to report any unsolicited messages received via BBM (or through other instant messaging platforms) that ask for personal details or donations. Such incidents can be reported anonymously to Al Ameen on 800 4888 or by SMS to 4444.
Source/credits and thanks to : THE NATIONAL/Awad Mustafa
For readers from India:
Taking serious cognizance of past accidents of children falling into borewells, Government has issued guidelines for its construction.
“The guidelines are issued after the Supreme Court’s directives in the backdrop of number of cases in which children had been trapped and fallen into borewells, tubewells and abandoned wells,” an official from Water Supply Department said.
As per the guidelines, it would be mandatory that a person must inform in writing at least 15 days in advance to the authorities concerned in the area about construction of the borewell.
The drilling agency should be registered and a sign board to be put up near construction of the well displaying address of drilling agency and owner of the well, it said.
During the construction, the well should be surrounded by barriers or fencing, it added.
The tube should be covered and abandoned wells should be filled up with clay, boulders and pebbles.
You may please share this with your friends as a reminder, in case such an activity is planned at their premises.
Uncomfortable seating causes public bus users discomfort
No air conditioning a turn-off for bus users during cross-emirate trips
By Ramesh Menon, Gulf News reader, Published: June 24, 2012
>Image Credit: Gulf News archive
Menon’s trip back to Abu Dhabi was a lot less comfortable as the older bus’ air conditioning and seating were not up to par.
However, on my return trip, upon reaching the Bur Dubai bus station, I found the queue for the bus comparatively large. I found the ticket station and collected my ticket, but realised it was neither the same type of bus nor the same ticket price.
The reader is a technical officer based in Abu Dhabi.
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