Trolleys are not carrier bags!
I have often come across an unacceptable behaviour by some customers of the Al Meera Giant Supermarket in the Mansoura area. I have seen shoppers taking the supermarket’s trolleys apparently to their houses in areas nearby. After taking their things out of the trolleys, they dump the carts close to waste bins or on the roadsides.
This is quite irresponsible on the part of the customers. They should know that trolleys are not disposable carry-bags and they are the supermarket’s property. They have to be returned after use.
I would like to urge customers of all shopping centres in Qatar to act responsibly and not to misuse trolleys. We should safeguard not only our own properties but also of others, both of corporates and individuals.
Khadar Hanan, [email protected]
GCC and India need to work together
I have read with interest the report “India urges Gulf states to hike wages of workers” (Gulf Times, November 18). But the idea proposed in the report is like a double-edged weapon.
If the Gulf states agree to a reasonable hike, it will be a great boost to the Indian workforce. The Indian government will also stand to gain from a likely rise in workers’ remittances. On the other hand, if the Gulf states opt to hire cheaper workforce from other countries, it will be a blow to India.
Because of this, the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in New Delhi should tread carefully, working in close co-ordination with the Gulf states, to achieve its objective.
India and the GCC countries, having excellent bilateral relations, should adopt mutually-acceptable and beneficial terms.
V Kalyanaraman, (e-mail address supplied)
Interesting times for Lanka politics
These are interesting times for Sri Lankan politics.
The defection by Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena to the main opposition United National Party (UNP) appears to have taken President Mahinda Rajapakse by surprise and represents a major challenge to the authority of the region’s longest-serving ruler ahead of the presidential election in January.
Underlining the scale of the threat facing Rajapakse, Sirisena has won the support from former president Chandrika Kumaratunga who also said she was leaving the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).
While Rajapakse remains generally popular with majority Sinhalese voters after overseeing the end of a 37-year war against Tamil separatists in 2009, critics say he has become increasingly authoritarian.
C Robinson, [email protected]
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