In the current situation different castes and groups are raising their voices for identity. All these groups provide their matter of concern and agendas to Nepal Government and Nepali political leaders, but they never listen to these until the start of vandalism. The credit for the vandalism cultures goes to unprofessional Nepali political parties and leaders. They never address the demands timely. Nepali political parties never think about these matters of national and social issues. They only think selfishly about themselves. These days we are facing the bandhas and hadtal as usual. These kinds of activities are now part of the culture of our nation. But no political leaders address the situation and request stopping such activities.
Our nation is losing hundreds of rupees every day due to bandhs. .This image of the nation around the world is now worsening. We have no far sighted political Nepali leaders here to lead the nation. So all citizen must be aware on time and never run after the
fraudulent leaders. We have no hope from them. We have seen all their activities over the years. If we run after these fake leaders our nation will not progress. So it is time all Nepalis united and became aware about them.
New Baneshwor, Kathmandu.
It refers to your news report “Bhattarai visits fire victims in Siraha” (THT, May 17, Page 6). Fire has been taking many lives, gutting villages and houses as well as charring huge amount of valuables every year during the hot, dry season; which renders a large number of people home-less and property-less. Fire related incidents have ever been increasing in Nepal. Sadly, fire fighters in Nepal are not in adequate numbers nor are they well trained to fight fire.
Further, most of the municipalities do not have modern fire-fighting equipment. Some of them do not have even a functioning fire truck. In such case, the government and authorities
concerned, by taking into account the tale of woes of fire victims and loss of huge properties, must increase the number of fire trucks both big small, increase the number of fire-fighters, train them properly and arrange for necessary and modern fire-fighting equipment. They must also install hydrants at certain points in Kathmandu and other towns of the country. All offices, banks, schools/colleges, hotels/restaurants, factories, etc, must have fire extinguishers, hydrants, alarm bells of their own and a rendezvous to assemble for a fire occurrence.
Every household of fire-prone villages (villages of thatched houses) must keep all the time at least a few buckets of water, a few buckets of sand, khukuries, broomsticks, etc, that can be useful in dousing a fire. They can install an alarm bell and fix a rendezvous for themselves to assemble to douse a sudden fire occurrence. Above all, VDCs should run awareness campaigns regarding how to safely handle fires-especially candles, kerosene lamps, fireplaces and butts. In villages, fire incidents often occur mainly owing to sheer ignorance of fire safety.
Mrs Homa Limbu, via e-mail