Akshay Kumar and Soonam Kapoor in Pad Man. Courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment, India
Akshay Kumar with Soonam Kapoor in 'Pad Man'. Courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment, India

Who needs Clooney when you can have Akshay?

I write in reference to your article Two of Bollywood's leading men make the Forbes list of highest-paid actors (August 24): Felicity Campbell's article was nice to read.

The recent revelation that the popular Forbes magazine's list of highest-earning actors is topped by two Bollywood actors, Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan – who are followed by Hollywood actor George Clooney – is an illustration of their talent as well their immense popularity among their fans.

Both movie stars are extremely versatile and have shown their mettle in the many films in which they have starred. This is good news for their fans.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Congratulations to our pupils for their excellent results

Al Ain English Speaking School is proud to celebrate yet again another set of fantastic results in its recent examination series.

Last week we celebrated a 99 per cent pass rate at A level with 21 per cent of students achieving a grade of A* or A. And now we are celebrating a fantastic set of GCSE results.

Our congratulations specifically go to Ghayth Aldirbashi for achieving seven A* grades and Sameer Shaik for achieving six A* grades and an AS in mathematics, sitting it one year early.

We are also delighted to see 38 per cent of students achieving an A* or A grade in their subjects.

The wonderful results are not surprising considering the dedication of our staff and the hard work and effort that our students have shown this year.

Indeed, I will not be surprised if, like last year, some of our students achieved the very top scores among their peers in particular subjects.

Andrew Thomas, principal, Al Ain English Speaking School

Where will the antics of Tesla’s Elon Musk end?

I write in reference to your online article Musk makes U-turn and decides to keep Tesla public (August 25): it is only a matter of time until Elon Musk builds himself an underwater lair and disappears from public life.

Name withheld by request

Imran Khan is right to lead by example and cut expenses

In reference to your article The austerity prime minister leads by example (August 21), Imran Khan is wise to slash the expenditure of the prime minister's office and residence. This is the way leaders should behave in developing nations, where every cent counts.

Luxurious living in colonial splendour should be a thing of the past in places where people are suffering and the divide between rich and poor is widening. It shatters the economy and forces countries to ask for loans.

Name withheld by request

Company Profile

Company name: Cargoz
Date started: January 2022
Founders: Premlal Pullisserry and Lijo Antony
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 30
Investment stage: Seed

If you go

There are regular flights from Dubai to Kathmandu. Fares with Air Arabia and flydubai start at Dh1,265.
In Kathmandu, rooms at the Oasis Kathmandu Hotel start at Dh195 and Dh120 at Hotel Ganesh Himal.
Third Rock Adventures offers professionally run group and individual treks and tours using highly experienced guides throughout Nepal, Bhutan and other parts of the Himalayas.

Company Profile

Company name: Hoopla
Date started: March 2023
Founder: Jacqueline Perrottet
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 10
Investment stage: Pre-seed
Investment required: $500,000

'Munich: The Edge of War'

Director: Christian Schwochow

Starring: George MacKay, Jannis Niewohner, Jeremy Irons

Rating: 3/5


Mar 10: Norwich(A)

Mar 13: Newcastle(H)

Mar 16: Lille(A)

Mar 19: Middlesbrough(A)

Apr 2: Brentford(H)


Author: Zeina Hashem Beck
Pages: 112
Publisher: Penguin Books
Available: Now

Company Profile

Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
Number of employees: 8

India team for Sri Lanka series

Test squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Priyank Panchal, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Shubhman Gill, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharath (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Sourabh Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

T20 squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Surya Kumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Deepak Hooda, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Avesh Khan

The story in numbers


This is how many recognised sects Lebanon is home to, along with about four million citizens


More than this many Palestinian refugees are registered with UNRWA in Lebanon, with about 45 per cent of them living in the country’s 12 refugee camps

1.5 million

There are just under 1 million Syrian refugees registered with the UN, although the government puts the figure upwards of 1.5m


The percentage of stateless people in Lebanon, who are not of Palestinian origin, born to a Lebanese mother, according to a 2012-2013 study by human rights organisation Frontiers Ruwad Association


The number of marriages recorded between Lebanese women and foreigners between the years 1995 and 2008, according to a 2009 study backed by the UN Development Programme


The number of people believed to be affected by the current nationality law, according to the 2009 UN study


This is how many Lebanese-Palestinian households there were in Lebanon in 2016, according to a census by the Lebanese-Palestinian dialogue committee

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