Valuable service by Indian school

Updated 04 December 2012
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Valuable service by Indian school

This refers to Siraj Wahab's report, "IISD celebrates 30th Foundation Day." (Dec. 3)
It is inspiring to learn that The International Indian School in Dammam (IISD) celebrated the 30th year of its foundation with a series of cultural programs.
Presence of Indian Ambassador Hamid Rao, along with a number of dignitaries including representatives from the Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia, indicates the importance of the event.
The IISD is indeed imparting valuable services to educate the children of the Indian expatriates in this far off country. The school's growth is excellent as it began with just 250 students in 1982 and now has the strength of 16,000 with more than 850 teachers.
It is commendable to learn the management's resolve to take IISD to newer heights as was declared by Committee Chairman Thirunavukkarassu. Education surely plays a pivotal role to bring up country's development in a productive way. Present Indian economy is galloping owing to its splendid infrastructure both for the children and adults. I congratulate the school management, its teaching staff, and the students and their parents for celebrating the 30th Foundation Day of the IISD. — Anees Lokhande, Al-Khobar


Syrian civil war

Updated 18 April 2017
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Syrian civil war

Since it broke out six years ago, the disastrous war in Syria has claimed about 400,000 lives, with the victims being more civilians than fighters. Of the civilians, the most affected are women and children. Peace is shattered in and around Syria only to safeguard the most selfish monster in the world: Bashar Assad.
According to a UNICEF report, grave violations against Syrian children during the war have been recorded. The children in Syria are not only maimed and killed as a result of bombings but also forcefully recruited to be part of the conflict. Children as young as 7 years old are pushed into the front line as fighters, suicide bombers and executioners! The actual figures of those injured, dead and forcefully-recruited children are far higher than in the UNICEF report.
The innocent children “used” in the conflict have had the right to blossom, the right to enjoy life and the right to be on a play-ground torn from them. They have been deprived of the right to education and, according to UNICEF, nearly two million children have been forced to stop their education with one-third of school buildings rendered inoperative due to destruction.
With their often physically crippled parents, the children have to be the sole bread-winners in nearly 75 percent of Syrian households. Unwillingly, the children are forced to serve as garbage collectors, hairdressers and cleaners. Keeping aside what Assad gets out of this war, the beneficiaries of the war are weapon manufacturers who may well be dubbed parasites living on the blood of innocents.
Assad, the inhuman butcher of humanity, does not care what the world says, opines, suggests and warns about the catastrophic war in Syria. More than the ruinous acts of Assad, Russia and Iran, it shocks, grieves and pains to see that the world and the Muslim world has done nothing to stop the butcher of this century from his brutal and barbaric destruction of his own nation and his own people.