Harness water resources

A survey undertaken by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific has found that world’s inflation rate would be 6.2 per cent in 2005 whereas it was 7.2 in 2004. One reason for this is rise of the petroleum prices in 2004. This year China’s economic growth would be more than previous years, but its GDP would decrease from 9 to 8 per cent because China consumes more petroleum products. This indicates that under-utilisation of resources mean less GDP growth. Luckily the GDP growth in Nepal increased from 3.7 per cent in 2004 to 4 per cent in 2005 owing to stronger growth in agriculture and services

sector. But agriculture is dependant on favourable monsoon. Nepal is rich in water resources but is unable to harness it properly without which the GDP growth has further suffered. So all the concerned people should strive to create conducive atmosphere for harnessing the nation’s water resources.

Ramesh Neupane, Mahankal


This is in response to the letter “Harmful” published in THT on April 25. It is good to learn that Mosleh Uddin Shamim, a Bangladeshi national, has shown his concern for Nepal.

However, I do not know how he can claim that Nepal has not heeded to its “neighbour’s and international community’s concern”?

Though I agree that there are neighbours who seriously think about Nepal’s problems, I’d like to bring to his attention that most of them are guided by their own national interests. It is therefore unfair on the writer’s part to perceive that Nepal has not heeded to the call of its neighbours and that of the international community.

Mikesh Raj Shivakoti, Kalanki


The Nepali people are being killed mercilessly and are being deprived of their basic right to food, shelter and clothing. Has any political party rallied for their cause? The political leaders do nothing except talk about regression. These days the favourite slogan of the agitating parties is “government without parliament is the root cause of regression.” It is actually the past governments with their corrupt, inept and self-centred politicians that have led the country to the present crisis.

Shishir Nepali, via e-mail


The Midway article “My emotion quotient” by Tara Bhatta published in THT on April 15 was an admirable write-up. It influenced me and compelled me to have a new vision in life. It must be taken as a lesson by everybody that one cannot imagine a meaningful life without

dealing with things emotionally. However smart one may be at doing things, the emotional

aspect of it cannot be disregarded. It was praiseworthy of the writer to give a convincing explanation about how emotions must be valued more than intelligence.

Smriti Sharma, via e-mail

Women’s rights

Regardless of the rapid advancement of ideas and knowledge in every sector, women’s rights still linger in the whirlwind of absolute disparity. It is for the women themselves to negotiate the age-old norms and find a way to the forefront. In this context, I agree with the views of the Midway article “Another Sita” published in THT on April 11. The condition of those women who are compelled to sell their body in order to support their families is unfortunate. It is high time next Sita surfaced, the one who would vibrantly fight for the rightful place for women.

Nibha Vaidya, via e-mail