LETTERS

Crime and punishment

Crime is increasing alarmingly. If punishment can deter criminals from committing more crimes, the increasing crime rate clearly indicates otherwise.

I would like to opine that the government needs to work out a concept that can

transform criminals into good human beings. The laws pertaining to crime have to be radically changed. All criminals must be rounded up and confined to prison-villages that work as economically self-sustaining communes. While sentencing the criminals to such communes, their property should also be confiscated. This would be a great revolutionary change towards the creation of a New Nepal.

Rabi Manandhar,

via e-mail

High charge

When the Koshi River was flooded, boats transported people across the river for Rs. 50 per person. But, nowadays, the level of water in the river has fallen and it is difficult to run boats in many places. So the local people have constructed a bamboo bridge to make it convenient to cross the river. But, they charge more to cross the 800-metre-long bridge. Why have the

authorities turned a blind eye to such unscrupulous practices?

Prajwal Rijal, Birat

Campus, Biratnagar

Garbage

The streets of Kathmandu Valley are all covered with garbage. This has marred the beauty of the historical town. However, the authorities concerned seem to take no notice of it. This is utter irresponsibility. The government should mediate and facilitate the resolution of prolonged dispute between the local people and the authorities. It is ridiculous that the

government issues a strong decree to collect taxes but fails to address the plight of the taxpayers. The ugly, dirty and garbage- strewn streets put a question mark over the integrity of the government.

Suresh Adhikari,

Arjai-1, Gulmi

Beware!

I went to the post office last week to collect two parcels sent from Austria. But, out of the 17kg that I was supposed to receive, I was only handed out 8 kg. The most annoying thing was that there was a pair of shoes inside the parcel, which did not belong to me. Furious, I talked to the administration. I got a simple answer that it often happened, and complaints were filed. I was happy to hear that. But, they said they had hundreds of such

complaints which had gathered dust over the years. So, beware the next time you send parcels through the post office.

Chetana Bhandari,

via e-mail

Embarrassing

I recently returned to Nepal. It was very disappointing to see the immigration office barely lit. It was not a welcome sight.

Moreover, airport officials are not courteous towards our foreign visitors. Besides, the

immigration office is not equipped with the mechanism to process credit cards. One of the visitors was asked to pay US$40 as visa fee. He handed his credit card, as he had no cash. He was told credit cards were not accepted. It was very embarrassing to learn that the major entry point for visitors to Nepal is not equipped with credit card machines.

Tsering Lama (Shyangdan), Budhanilkantha,

Kathmandu