|Celebrating A Killing|
|MAN is shot in the head, and
joyous celebrations break
out 7,000 miles A away.
Although Americans are in
full agreement that the
demise of Osama bin Laden is a good
thing, many are disturbed by the revelry.
We should seek justice, not
vengeance, they urge. Doesn´t this lower
us to "their" level? Didn´t the Rev Dr
Martin Luther King Jr say, "I will
mourn the loss of thousands of precious
lives, but I will not rejoice in the death
of one, not even an enemy"? (No, he did
not, but the Twitter users who popularised
that misattributed quotation last
week found it inspiring nonetheless.)
Why are so many Americans...|
|THE FORCE OF
|WATCHING the talk
shows, thinking about
the tumultuous last
reflecting on the death
of Osama bin Laden, I feel grateful
for many things but not least this:
the invisibility of the heroes.
For once it is the deed itself that
speaks. The deed, so often lost in
this age of celebrities and reality
shows and Donald Trump´s monumental
ego, stands unadorned. In
its daring, its professionalism and
its effectiveness, the deed is there,
making words look cheap.
The deed was that of the 79 US
commandos, who have met with
President Obama, and who are
known to one another, but are
unknown to us. For secrecy is their
Dispatched from Jalalabad,
Driving licence rules to be eased
THERE is some good news for people seeking driving licence in Qatar.
The Traffic Department at the Ministry of Interior (MoI) is likely to relax the rules currently needed to apply for a driving licence.
At present, people seeking a driving licence need to go through a lengthy process.
They are required to provide a letter from the employer and a copy of sponsor’s Company Registration, among other documents, to their respective driving centres to apply for a licence.
However, the new rules would require the individual to furnish only the personal ID card and an eye-test certificate.
The Traffic Department is likely to announce the relaxation of rule this month.
According to a high-ranking official at Mowasalat’s Karwa Transportation Training & Development Centre (KTTDC), a large number of people have started enrolling their names in anticipation to the relaxation of the licence rule.
“The new regulation to apply for a driving licence will be announced shortly.
Anyone carrying a resident permit in the country will be allowed to enroll in the driving schools to learn driving,” he said.
“Earlier, one had to furnish documents such as letter from employer, copy of sponsor’s Company Registration (RC), along with other personal IDs to apply for a driving licence.
If the new rule comes into effect, it will become much easier for people who have difficulty in getting documents from their sponsors.
We are now waiting for a final confirmation from the MoI,” the source added.
Welcoming the possible change in rules, Rafeekh Ahamed, an Indian expatriate said, “Getting documents from employers, which is required to apply for a driving licence, is not easy at all.” Meanwhile, some people have already received messages from driving schools like AlKebra DS on the new application rule.
The message read, “No need of sponsor’s letter for driving licence.
Enroll your name with ID card, eye-test certificate and five photographs.” A Mowasalat official said that over 250 people had approached KTTDC on Wednesday to enroll their names.