LETTERS: NA forgot its protocol

Apropos of the news story “NA told to explain officers’ presence in TIA to welcome stars’’ (THT, May 17, Page 1), it is indeed wrong practice to welcome Bollywood actresses by senior Nepali Army staff including Brig Gen Samir Shahi.

As the event Amarpanchhi was organized by Nepali Army Wives Association the actresses should have been welcomed by the NAWA chairperson and their office bearers instead of NA officials.

The top brass of the national security force should be at least aware of the protocol that they should follow especially for anything that is done in Nepali Army uniform.

The event, Amarpanchhi, has no direct association with the NA but it could have provided moral support to the event for making it a success as it was a charity show for the quake victims.

An artiste can generate a lot of money through charity for a noble cause but s/he should not get more importance than s/he deserves.

Does it necessarily mean that an artiste is above the prestigious Nepal Army’s protocol? Do Nepali artistes get the same accolade when they visit the country from where the said performers arrived?

Bhuvan Dharel, Kathmandu

Visa process

This has reference to the news story “US eases visa process for tourists, students” (THT, May 18, Page 2).

In Nepal, abroad studies have been increasing rapidly. Every year students try to go to foreign countries for higher studies to secure their future.

Among of them the American degrees are the top priorities of Nepali students due to their worldwide recognition as they enable the students to sell their skills in international job markets.

However most of the educational consultancies give false promises of obtaining visa and charge exorbitant amount for the preparation of bank statement, land titles and many others, not required by the concerned embassy.

The US Embassy has cleared the matter by issuing a statement that will be helpful to the aspiring students who do not need to produce such papers during interviews.

The statement will discourage the so-called educational consultancies that collect hefty amounts of money for the unnecessary job.

Saroj Wagle, Bara

Punish them

Apropos of the news report “Philippines’ Duterte vows hangings in war on crime” (THT, May 17, Page 7), President-elect Duterte’s prescription may be the only antidote when corruption and crime become a daily ritual either because of the ineptitude of the government or tacit support or even overt complicity of those in the corridors of power.

For, as Duterte knows, crime and corruption cannot flourish without active political patronage. Duterte would no doubt ferret out supporters of crime and corruption in his own government members and officials and mete out the same punishment as he would do to their criminal godsons.

It is important to nip crime in the bud. Politics, democracy and human rights must not be allowed to be used as excuses to let the criminals off the hook and walk away scot-free.

In our own backyard we have noticed proliferation in daily and hourly corruption and crime in the last few years than in the past thousands of years.

Duterte will have his name etched in golden letters in his country’s history if he can make crime and corruption history.

Manohar Shrestha, Kathmandu