Koirala is a no-no
After the CPN-Maoist gave up its claim on the presidency, Girija Prasad Koirala seems eager to capture the top post. The choice for the first president of republican Nepal should be unanimous. Also, an able-bodied person should lead the country at this critical juncture. Koiralaâ€™s health is deteriorating by the day; therefore, the time is ripe for him to quit politics. The present Prime Minister himself hinted at the possibility of retirement after the Constituent
Assembly polls. But heâ€™s still clinging to the seat of power. The political climate of the country will get worse if Koirala gets the presidency.
Who should be the president, then? The person should not come from a high caste. Rather, he or she should belong to Dalit, Janajati or any other marginalised community. Handing over the post of president to someone who cannot even stand on his own feet would be a foolish act and make a mockery of the concept of inclusive and vibrant new Nepal.
I hope that the fuel crisis in Nepal is resolved soon. Here in Spain, we have the same problem, with most of the petrol stations closed down because of the shortage of fuel. The world needs to invest more in alternative energy. But a good thing about the shortage is that there are fewer vehicles on the roads, which makes it great for people who like to walk. Here is wishing for the best in Nepal from this monk in southern Spain.
Luz Futten, Spain
The main pollutant of the rivers in Kathmandu Valley is human excrement.
Untreated sewage is emptied into rivers while the same waste can be utilised as a perennial source of biogas for cooking and for running vehicles. Construction of a big dam at the Chovar gorge and smaller dams at appropriate points of the river system would also solve the scarcity of water and the depletion of the underground water in the Valley. While the river system could be used to collect and retain rainwater for drinking purposes, underground
water could be used as an emergency reserve source.
The Green House Effect might make the Melamchi River a less reliable source
of water and any misunderstanding between the proposed Tamsaling state and the Newa state might have an unforeseen effect on the Melemchi Plan.
A big earthquake could also damage the 26 km long tunnel at any time. The Valleyâ€™s river
system would be a more reliable and comparatively less expensive source of
water for Kathmandu residents. Biotechnologically cleaned water would bring it to the drinking water standard recommended by the World Health Organisation.
R Manandhar, Kathmandu
Football fever has gripped the nation with the kick-off of Euro 2008. With 16 of the best teams in the world competing, the tournament has become the most-talked about topic, besides the turbulent Nepali politics. A couple of shock results in the first round have only added to its allure.
In this regard, I want to thank THT for its comprehensive coverage of the participating teams, players and other side stories surrounding the event.