Month: July 2016

Investor visa is a future option

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Although a quick look of the heading may give a negative outlook to the whole scenario, this phenomenon is productive and positive for the continued growth of the country. Expatriates who have been in this country for a long time consider it as their own home, with family and children willing to settle here. They are ready to invest their life time savings here. More than everything, all without fail regard UAE as a safe country to live and work. Then, why not, if they have valuable expertise to pass on to the next generation and finances to contribute to the growth of the country. This is the case with most of the developed countries as they too encourage investor visas.

Letters to the Editor/The National:

Expats using business loophole to stay in UAE after retirement

Petrol prices should flow

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Petrol prices should flow

I am very happy that fuel prices will be reduced by 15 fils per litre in August (UAE petrol prices to fall for first time in five months, July 28).

As a consumer, it is refreshing to note that this critical item will be cheaper, especially at a time that many daily consumables are becoming more expensive.

My hope is that this discount is reflected in the cost of other products. Lower prices would be a great relief to many in society.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

Letters to the Editor/The National :

UAE petrol prices to fall for first time in five months

Mind Speaks: E-volution to excessiveness

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E-volution to excessiveness

It was lying idle for quite some time. To be fair to that time limit, it has remained not in use for more than 5 years now.  During its days, it was a king on its own merit.

You must be wondering, what I am talking about?

It is nothing but a 1 GB Desktop, I assembled and used for a long time. It had some of the best features handpicked and assembled including the high end hard disk, memory cards, a good resolution graphic card and monitor.

Today, I thought, I find time to re-assemble it once again. It used to be a hobby once upon a time to assemble PCs of choice.

Dissecting it into pieces brought again lot of memories.

What significantly stood out was the floppy disk option it had.

Suddenly, I thought about the 1980s, when all the computing work was done using an 8 inch floppy diskette. It was big and fragile and could handle about 500 KB of data. Imagine those days the accounting activities were more manual and some used Lotus 123. Both sides of the floppy diskettes were used and it writes data into the diskette with a loud noise! Those were also the days the data was stored only in floppy disks.

Years passed and then the 5 1/4 inch floppy diskettes arrive with more data space, at times up to 1200 KB (1.2 MB).

Then the 3½ inch compact floppy disks with 1.44 MB space arrived.

There has been no dearth in terms of storage options with hard disks coming out with bigger in terms of storage space and smaller in terms of physical size.

Now USB storage disks come in small size with 2 TB size even.

Life goes on and what used to be once an integral part of my professional and personal computing activities have now become redundant and retired.

What next? Everything is in unclear and remains suspense as in the cloud!

Remain Green.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

30th July 2016

#SafeCycling #InAbuDhabi

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Abu Dhabi is beautiful to explore in the morning. Try it out. If it on a cycle, nothing better than that!.
‪#‎Safecycling‬ ‪#‎inAbuDhabi‬
There has been mixed reaction to an earlier post of mine on cycling and hence attaching a cycling route map for those interested. This route is expanding.
Always be cautious for self and those others on your path.

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#PassionatePhotographers

Moral education will help nation

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Moral education will help nation

I applaud the decision described in Pupils to be given moral education (July 28).

This is a great move. Children who are taught the essential values of life – including ethics, personal and community growth, culture and heritage, civic education, and rights and responsibilities – from a young age will become engaged and involved with the realities of daily life.

A sense of attachment and belonging will grow in them as these values are instilled and as they learn more about them on a regular basis.

I suggest that they also include an element of health, safety and environment education into the curriculum.

Discipline in these three areas will help produce a committed generation who will be a source of pride for their nation and make their leaders’ vision a reality.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

Letters on @TheNationalUAE :

Moral education to be introduced to UAE school curriculums

Solar Impulse flight was a big achievement

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The touchdown of Solar Impulse 2 was a proud moment for Abu Dhabi, the UAE and the energy industry worldwide (Solar Impulse 2 lands in Abu Dhabi, completing first zero-fuel flight around the world, July 25).

Congratulations to Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg and the entire team for the success of this amazing journey of 40,000 kilometres without fuel.

The world has changed vastly since the beginning of this journey, in terms of energy outlook and utilisation.

Even if one takes a UAE-only perspective, there has been a lot of change. We have new ministries and departments to harmonise energy production and produce better outcomes. The UAE is setting a trend.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

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Solar Impulse 2 lands in Abu Dhabi completing first zero-fuel flight around the world