It’s time for the Indian cricket team to review its performance, a reader says. Charlie Crowhurst / Getty Images
It’s time for the Indian cricket team to review its performance, a reader says. Charlie Crowhurst / Getty Images

Time for Indian team to review its performance

Paul Radley is right that Virat Kohli has been gracious in defeat (Champions Trophy team of the tournament, June 20). However, this is the time for the Indian players to perform some introspection and review why one of the finest batting teams in the world collapsed completely. Indian fans are very upset with the performance of their team in the ICC final.

Many viewers switched off their televisions as soon as MS Dhoni exited the field.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Some clerics are harming Islam

In response to the letters Qatar will have to mend ways (June 18), it's funny how the most staunch promoters of suicide bombing, including Yousef Al Qaradawi, have never given it a go themselves.

Name withheld by request

Yousef Al Qaradawi does not follow Islam. He loves terrorism that is destroying Islam.

Asyah Elisabeth Meel, Abu Dhabi

People like Al Qaradawi do more harm to Muslims.

David Mooney, Dubai

A view on the Qatar problem

Alongside the list of individual offenders facilitated by Qatar, it’s important to note the list of organisations and some states that are surfacing to defend and support Qatar.

They may not be on the list of offenders, but they reveal themselves as a part of the problem and not the solution.

Andy Preston, Abu Dhabi

UK attack was a hate crime

In the article on the Finsbury Mosque atrocity (At least one dead after van rams worshippers leaving London mosque, June 20) you used the word "attackers", but it has already been established that there was only one attacker. You also use the word "terrorism" to describe this murderous action.

It surely does not serve the interests of the already beleaguered Muslim community in Britain to patronise them with descriptions of false equivalence.

This was clearly a hate crime and while hate-filled actions create terror, there is no link to an organisation or religious ideology with an agenda that would justify calling it terrorism, such that it equates to the current wave of political Islamist atrocities.

Despite numerous terrorist attacks that have taken place in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe, the singularity of this crime against Muslims and its attribution to one deranged person surely demonstrates how untypical such actions are of British culture.

We all want terrorism to cease, but this was a hate crime, not terrorism, and should be clearly described as such.

Andy Preston, Abu Dhabi

Lack of safety in UK buildings

German building regulations prohibit the use of flammable cladding on buildings higher than 22 metres and require segregated fire-stairs, plus firefighting lifts for use by firefighters and those disabled or injured. Other criticisms include amazement at the lack of sprinkler systems, external and internal alarms and at least one-hour fire resistance to structural walls.

Nearly one week after the catastrophic fire at the 1974-built Grenfell Tower that caused at least 79 deaths, the government of Theresa May has apparently taken no action whatsoever to safeguard the lives of residents of the thousands of thermoplastic panel-clad tower blocks, now known to be similarly at risk in various parts of the UK.

It’s time for a paradigm shift.

Anthonyb Bellchambers, UK

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The low down

Producers: Uniglobe Entertainment & Vision Films

Director: Namrata Singh Gujral

Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Nargis Fakhri, Bo Derek, Candy Clark

Rating: 2/5

About Krews

Founder: Ahmed Al Qubaisi

Based: Abu Dhabi

Founded: January 2019

Number of employees: 10

Sector: Technology/Social media 

Funding to date: Estimated $300,000 from Hub71 in-kind support



Started: 2018

Founders: Eslam Hussein and Pulkit Ganjoo

Based: Dubai

Sector: Transport

Size: 9 employees

Investment: $1,275,000

Investors: Class 5 Global, Equitrust, Gulf Islamic Investments, Kairos K50 and William Zeqiri


Founders: Sebastian Stefan, Sebastian Morar and Claudia Pacurar

Based: Dubai, UAE

Founded: 2014

Number of employees: 36

Sector: Logistics

Raised: $2.5 million

Investors: DP World, Prime Venture Partners and family offices in Saudi Arabia and the UAE

'The Batman'

Stars:Robert Pattinson

Director:Matt Reeves

Rating: 5/5


Deadpool 2

Dir: David Leitch

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Justin Dennison, Zazie Beetz

Four stars

Jurassic Park

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough
Rating: 5/5

Points about the fast fashion industry Celine Hajjar wants everyone to know
  • Fast fashion is responsible for up to 10 per cent of global carbon emissions
  • Fast fashion is responsible for 24 per cent of the world's insecticides
  • Synthetic fibres that make up the average garment can take hundreds of years to biodegrade
  • Fast fashion labour workers make 80 per cent less than the required salary to live
  • 27 million fast fashion workers worldwide suffer from work-related illnesses and diseases
  • Hundreds of thousands of fast fashion labourers work without rights or protection and 80 per cent of them are women

Company: Eco Way
Started: December 2023
Founder: Ivan Kroshnyi
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: Electric vehicles
Investors: Bootstrapped with undisclosed funding. Looking to raise funds from outside

The burning issue

The internal combustion engine is facing a watershed moment – major manufacturer Volvo is to stop producing petroleum-powered vehicles by 2021 and countries in Europe, including the UK, have vowed to ban their sale before 2040. The National takes a look at the story of one of the most successful technologies of the last 100 years and how it has impacted life in the UAE.

Read part three: the age of the electric vehicle begins

Read part two: how climate change drove the race for an alternative 

Read part one: how cars came to the UAE