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Irinjalakuda Railway station – the need for basic facilities!

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ഒരു ടോർച്ചു കിട്ടിയിരുന്നെങ്കിൽ….

ഈ സ്ഥലം പലർക്കും പെട്ടെന്ന് മനസ്സിലാവും എന്ന് വിചാരിക്കുന്നു. ഈയിടെ നമ്മൾ ഇവിടെ ഒരു സമരം ഒക്കെ നടത്തിയിരുന്നു. അത് പകൽ. പക്ഷെ രാത്രി നമ്മുടെ ഷൊർണുർ പാസ്സന്ജറില് ഒന്ന് വന്നു നോക്കൂ. അപ്പോൾ അറിയാം നമ്മുടെ ഇരിങ്ങാലക്കുട റെയിൽവേ സ്റ്റേഷൻ എന്താണ് എന്ന്. തനിച്ചു ആ സമയത്തു വരുന്ന സ്ത്രീകളുടെയും വയസ്സായവരുടെയും കാര്യം കഷ്ടം തന്നെ. നമ്മുടെ നാട്ടിൽ എന്തൊക്കെ കാര്യങ്ങൾ ഉണ്ടാവണം എന്ന് നമ്മൾ ആഗ്രഹിക്കുന്നു. സമയം എവിടെ. വേറെ പല പ്രശ്നങ്ങൾ ഗുരുതരമായിട്ടുള്ളത് കൊണ്ട്.. ഇതൊക്കെ ഇങ്ങനെ തന്നെ പോകും. ഇത്രയും കാലമായി മാറ്റം ഒന്നും ഇല്ലാതെ ഈ വണ്ടികളൊക്കെ ഇവിടെ നിർത്തുകയോ, നിർത്താതെയോ ഈ റെയിലിൽ കൂടി ഓടി… പിന്നെ ഇനി ഇപ്പോൾ ഒരു ലൈറ്റ്. ഹേയ്. വേണ്ടേ വേണ്ട..

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A system that helps save water

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Reader came across a school project that reuses water in the flushing system

Published: 15:40 April 9, 2017Gulf News

By Ramesh MenonGulf News reader

A few days ago, after a hectic schedule at the office, I decided to visit a friend and spend some quality time relaxing. During our conversations, I could hear some sounds from the washroom. I was curious to know what was happening and came to know that my friend’s son and his classmates were working on a water conservation project for their school.

It is always amazing to see projects on water and energy conservation. The children were fixing a self-made wash basin, connected to the toilet’s flushing system. When the flushing mechanism fills the tank, a pipe channels extra water to the basin, dedicated to washing one’s hands.

I was amazed by the concept. There were a few young boys working on it and the tools they used were all simple. The basin was a simple ice cream tub and two pipes were connected to it as an inlet and outlet.

In this newly created flush system, when you flush, water from the storage tank moves to the toilet and fresh water fills the tank for the next flush. While filling the tank, some water is redirected to this wash basin. This water supply lasts for about a minute, or until the tank fills up. The water collected in the basin then goes to the tank for the flush. It saves a large volume of water!

One of the students told me: “Normally, we need 20 seconds to scrub our hands with soap and then wash up, but this process consumes a lot of water. This model will save this resource.”

In a day, a person washes his or her hands seven times on average, as stated by WaterWatch, a US-based non-governmental organisation. During hand wash, up to 14 litres of water can be consumed by just one person. But, by using the device created by these students, only 5.6 litres of water would be consumed by one individual in a day. In a family of four, that saves up to 33 litres of water per day. And the best part is, all this water is then reused, to flush the toilet.

I later found that the students had implemented the idea in different places, and thousands of litres of water were being saved in their school and in the homes of some of the students. This idea is the brainchild of Keerthi Kumar Jagannath, an administrative staff member at the Abu Dhabi Indian School, Al Wathba. He deserves great appreciation and honour for initiating, motivating and encouraging students to take up such projects.

He has a target of equipping 1,000 washrooms with this set-up. When I spoke with him, I found it was his passion to invent, demonstrate and inspire others with such innovative ideas.

Such efforts should be endorsed, in order to foster improved environments. The power to save the planet rests with us. I hope more schools, malls and corporations adopt this simple method in their flushing system so we can save a huge volume of water every day.

— The reader is based in Abu Dhabi.

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To read it in original visit Gulf News Dated 10 April 2017.

Parents in a frenzy for Aadhaar

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This news report is sensational and shocking until now. All Non-Resident Indians (NRI) have been urged to get their Aadhaar done for the mandatory official identification and usage purposes.

One concrete example is the students’ need of this card for the forthcoming National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET). A number of parents had to travel back to their home state in India for the sake of obtaining an Aadhaar card for their children in order to qualify for the exam. They were clearly informed that if their children do not have an Aadhaar card, they will not be eligible to take the NEET. They were told to register in the NRI category, which was prominently highlighted for them to adhere to. However, it does not end there. What about the other important activities like applying for mobile subscriptions, handling transactions at local registration offices, etc. Indian authorities urge the public to obtain their Aadhaar card, where details on their biometric and demographic data are compulsory information including their thumb impression.

From Ms Ramesh Menon

UAE

Read the corresponding news to this letter:

Indian expats ‘not eligible for Aadhaar IDs’

 

 

‘Instant fame’ is not worth endangering yourself

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Readers write to Gulf News about issues affecting them and their community

‘Instant fame’ is not worth endangering yourself

Readers write to Gulf News about issues affecting them and their community

Published: 14:02 March 25, 2017Gulf News

‘Instant fame’ is not worth endangering yourself

This is an extremely important move from Dubai’s Environment, Health and Safety Control Authority (“Local order against daredevil selfie takers”, Gulf News, March 21). They are curbing the recent craze of ‘selfie-adventurists’ doing dangerous stunts on top of high-rise structures. Not only is this a death-defying act, but also creates negative motivation for others to follow and receive ‘instant fame’ on social media.

In fact, people don’t just perform these kinds of stunts in Dubai alone – it happens everywhere. In one of my trips to Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah, I witnessed a family encouraging children to jump repeatedly from the guard rails for a picture-perfect opportunity, while someone else kept clicking pictures on their camera. This happy excursion could have become tragic any time one of them fell down the side of a steep slope. I hope there will be more awareness programs to constantly alert and remind people of any imminent danger. Safety should be our priority at all times.

From Mr Ramesh Menon

UAE

Queuing system a must at bus and taxi stands

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Abu Dhabi city is looking much more beautiful these days with more cycle tracks, walkways, places to sit and relax as well as children’s play areas. What we need now is a queuing system for bus and taxi passengers at every station. I routinely see passengers fighting among themselves to board the bus or taxi first.

There should be proper signs, instructions and marks that will compel people to honour the queuing system.

It’s not that these people are not educated. But they disregard the system in the absence of any guidelines or mechanism.

Abu Dhabi Mall Cooperative taxi stand is an example of an efficient system. This should happen across the city.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

To read it in original, visit, The National online. {Photo courtesy The National}

Fine ambulance chasers!

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I was travelling towards Dubai from Abu Dhabi on Shaikh Zayed Road, almost near the World Trade Centre when I noticed an ambulance trying to make way through the heavy traffic. Its driver was finally able to get to the emergency lane and was trying to gain speed to reach its destination. I was alarmed to notice that two bikers, one a delivery guy and another a normal rider were trying to follow it bumper to bumper.

This is an extremely dangerous driving habit and those found using emergency lanes and following speeding ambulances should be reprimanded and heavily fined. They are not thinking of the danger when or if the ambulance driver has to suddenly apply the brakes!

Let us think about road safety at all times. It is our responsibility to remain safe.

From Mr Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

Dt 28 January 2017

To read it in original, please visit GULF NEWS online