The editorial “Back to the school “(THT, July 14) was relevant and timely.
Expression of sexuality is discouraged and sex education considered a taboo in Nepali society. It is for these reasons that hundreds of children and women are silently undergoing sexual abuse. Ironically, the same society does not tire of blaming the younger generation of sexual unconformity and unhealthy sexual behaviour. On the other hand, suppression of sexual
inclinations earns the respect of the same society. It is high time Nepalis abandoned this narrow mindset.
Badri Pokharel, via e-mail
This is in reference to the news report “Pokharelis to pay for garbage clearance” (THT, July 16). The initiative of Pokhara sub-metropolis to charge Pokhara residents for clearance of garbage deserves appreciation. Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and making it garbage-free would help send a positive message to foreign tourists.
Sukriti Sharma, New Baneshwor, Kathmandu
This refers to the news report “Cabbies tampering with meters, fleecing people” (THT, July 16). Whenever there is a hike in the price of petroleum products, transport entrepreneurs increase their fares unreasonably.
However, it is the cabbies in the capital who take the most unfair advantage of the hikes by tampering with meters in order to fleece the passengers. Though the Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology has time and again asked the government to provide it with sufficient manpower and resources to check this malpractice, its voice seems to have fallen on deaf ears. The government needs to devise an effective mechanism to curb this
malpractice and punish the unscrupulous cabbies.
Chiranjivi Lamichane, Khairepati, Bhaktapur
Apropos of the news report “Call for young teachers in TU” (THT, July 17), I believe that Tribhuvan University should bring an end to the dominance of old and unproductive teachers in higher education. Instead the university should hire young and meritorious candidates through free competition. The premier university of Nepal has undergone many positive changes in the past few decades, but the most important indicator of any education institute, the quality of education, has been stagnant. TU administration should stop hiring teachers arbitrarily and provide opportunity to deserving candidates instead.
Rekha Karki, Ratopul, Kathmandu
Three months after the successful completion of the CA election, Nepali politics is yet to make any headway. The major parties, CPN-Maoist, NC, and CPN-UML, have not been able to reach a consensus on the issue of electing the president. Sadly, it seems that each party is interested to have its own candidate as the head of the state. Similar haggling can be expected during the formation of new government, when each party would want to see its candidates bag important portfolios. Nepalis have had enough of this game of cat and mouse.
Ganesh Niraula, Birganj