Not all green abroad
Though Nepalis back home look for greener pastures abroad, I, as a Nepali student in Australia, have seen that it is not all hunky-dory here. Most Nepali students who come to Australia for higher studies are employed as part-time workers.
However, there are few job opportunities for Nepali students in Australia.
The condition of the students who get no financial help from their families in Nepal is even worse. They live in small, crammed apartments and have to share every room from kitchen to bathroom. Students fall into this trap since the most of them do not even take the trouble of learning about the places they are going to. In fact, most of my friends have returned to Nepal after failing to get a job which could generate sufficient income to cover their
financial needs. I would therefore like to advise all Nepali students aspiring to study abroad to collect sufficient information before heading for ‘greener pastures’ abroad.
Shiva Neupane, Melbourne, Australia
This is in reference to the news report “NRN global meet begins today” (THT, Oct. 15). I agree with Dr Upendra Mahato that the government should formulate regulations in
order to get the NRNs Association registered within this year.
Furthermore, the NRN Act must be amended to clarify the provisions on exemption of tax on
NRN investment, their ownership of property in Nepal and provision of dual citizenship so that NRNs can cast their ballots in the upcoming elections.
It is surprising that the seven party alliance government, formed to hold the constituent assembly elections, appears to be on the brink of breaking down without achieving its
objective. While the Maoists prefer to stay out of the government though still in the alliance, five of the ministries are without ministers. Instead of finding a solution to the crisis, the leaders are busy blaming each other. The present political crisis has made it clear that there is considerable international meddling.
If the leaders do not stand together, it is not unlikely that the country may face unpleasant consequences.
This refers to the front page advertisement that claims “More and more urban youths prefer Jolly Shandy to soft drinks” (THT, Oct. 15). Though there isn’t any legal restriction on the
consumption of alcohol in Nepal, it may not have been a good idea to quote Miss Teen Nepal, who is perhaps a minor, to promote alcohol. Appealing to the younger generation
is fine but the use of some other celebrity would have not triggered questions of propriety. Maybe the ‘low 0.5 alcohol content’ and vitamin C are supposed to make up for this error in judgement.
Advertisers would do well to keep in mind questions like this while promoting their products. After all, what is important for the advertisers is promotion. But they could adopt a more
suitable strategy to achieve the same results.
Taka, via e-mail