Apropos of the news report “NAC in red over Boeing repair” (THT, Nov. 22), I don’t know why the Nepal Airlines Corporation is still in operation. What can justify spending taxpayers’ money (NAC is now to dole out as much as $320 million for spare parts alone!) in what is probably the most inefficient enterprise in the country?
Those in authority are squeezing out every bit of personal benefit from the shady deals involving the two aging Boeings in Nepal Airlines Corporation fleet. In any other country, there would have been in-depth investigation into such things and those responsible would have been duly punished, even put behind bars. But not in Nepal. Instead, NAC officials enjoy political patronage and might get away with murder, as in the past.
Sujit Sapkota, via e-mail
There is little doubt that Nepal will be declared a republic after the constituent assembly polls. However, it will not only be against the established democratic norms but also unacceptable to Nepalis if the parliament declares the country a republic prior to the polls.
There is no justification for CA election if such important decisions are to be made by the
interim parliament that does not enjoy the people’s mandate. The political parties cannot arbitrarily make such important decisions. The media should impress this on the current political leadership, especially the Maoists.
Thousands of people were killed and displaced and property amounting to billions of rupees was lost during the decade-long insurgency. But even now, violence continues unabated across the country. In such a scenario, economic activities have come to a standstill pushing the country towards anarchy. The administration has been unable to curb violence, while the incidents of abductions, extortions and murder have become an everyday reality.
On the other hand, the politicians, who not very long ago promised Nepalis a peaceful and prosperous Nepal, are busy squabbling for power . Nepalis have suffered long enough. It
appears as if they were mistaken to trust the politicians who seem to have little respect for their aspirations.
The country, unfortunately, seems to be heading nowhere. If the politicians fail to keep their promises, it would not be long before external forces start meddling in Nepal’s
Traffic jams have been one of the perennial problems in Kathmandu, especially during rush hours. Among other things, narrow roads, negligence of traffic rules and increasing number of vehicles have been the major causes of jams.
However, the authorities seem to have turned a blind eye to the problem which is getting worse everyday.
They should implement traffic regulations, widen the narrow roads and regularly conduct awareness programmes so that traffic congestion in the capital can be minimised.
Furthermore, violators of traffic rules should be strictly punished.
Prem Pathak, via e-mail