Looming danger

Apropos of the news report “Mysterious disease claims over 150 cattle” (THT, Dec 18), it comes as a bolt from the blue to the animal husbandry department, which has remained a mute spectator even as an endemic is likely to spread across the country.

This has not only put the animal husbandry industry at great risk but has also added to the

financial burden of the farmers, who are already battered by the current recession. The animal husbandry department must send their expert teams to affected places

immediately so as to contain the spread of the disease.

Dr. Sital Kaji Shrestha, India


It is as if a tussle is taking place between the transport ministry and the transport entrepreneurs. The ministry has gone on record saying twice that it has made cuts in fares as per the decrease in the price of petroleum prices, but the commuters have not been able to get the benefits as the operators of commercial vehicles have refused to comply. This is quite strange and ridiculous. When the petrol and diesel prices are raised, the public vehicles hike the fares without seeking any directive from the government.

It seems they are only after fleecing the commuters who have nothing much to do except complain.

This is a puzzling situation where the ministry concerned is not able to enforce its decisions despite the fact that the government has the option of enforcing the law and punishing the guilty. This clearly shows the failure of the government to provide the necessary relief to the people by making the transport owners follow its decisions. As a person regularly commuting to my office from Bouddha, I am paying more than what I should pay according to the rules. I hope the transport ministry does something urgently to help the people being overcharged.

Manit Deokota, via e-mail


It was interesting to learn that the irate Barhabise locals kept the NEA officials in captivity for eight hours in order to put pressure on the authorities to cut down load shedding ours “Locals

detain NEA officials” (THT, Dec 17).

The incident should be an eye-opener to NEA authorities as people across the country may

resort to similar steps if NEA fails to ensure 24-hour power supply immediately. On the other hand, while the common people are forced to live in darkness, there are no power cuts in areas where VIPs live. There should be no discrimination between common people and VIPs.

Rai Biren Bangdel,

Maharajgunj, Kathmandu

Top agenda

Ex-attorney general Badri Bahadur Karki, during a recent radio interview, stated that there were two main challenges in writing the new constitution. Firstly, the Maoists’ desire to force

a totalitarian constitution versus the bottom-line of the advocates of democratic

liberalism. Secondly, the issue of physical demarcation of the states of the Federal Republic still remains a bone of contention.

Defence Minister Badal’s vision of the states with right to self-determination is likened by some as sowing the seeds of disintegration. I believe that guaranteeing employment to the people should be the top agenda of the government.

D B Sayami, Kathmandu