The news report “No business, no issue. Visa for the asking!” (THT, June 10) has attracted our attention. The report is completely baseless and written with an ill-intention. The reporter should have investigated the case thoroughly before deciding to write about it. Here are a few of the inaccuracies.
First, the report mentions that “Nepal Wildlife Development Company” is a firm. Doesn’t the reporter even know the difference between a company and a firm? NWDC was established and is operating under the country’s company law.
Secondly, the accusation that NWDC chairman Kent Bruce Crane is using two different passports is totally false. Crane obtained a new passport (with a new number) after his old one was completely filled up. This is a common practice and it is surprising that the reporter is unaware of this basic fact.
NWDC welcomes any mediaperson who wants to investigate into our past record with an open mind. Our records are there before everyone to see. NWDC expected help from the Nepali media, but in vain. This kind of unprofessional conduct of the media will ruin the prospects of Nepal attracting foreign investment.
Daal Kumar Khadka, Legal advisor, NWDL
It has been two and a half months since the Maoists joined the government. And yet, they seem to be happy going their own way. It’s a matter of shame to read news reports like “YCL men vandalise, torch vehicles” (THT, June 11). And this is not a one-off incident.
Wasn’t the holding of free and fair Constituent Assembly (CA) polls in a peaceful environment
the sole purpose of the CPN-Maoist joining the government ? Where has that commitment gone?
The YCL’s violent activities are only making the lives of common Nepalis more difficult. Yes, the YCL has done some laudable deeds like helping nab the corrupt and criminals. But they
cannot take the law into their hands. Innocent Nepalis should not be made targets in their quest to achieve political ends.
Saroj Sapkota, Kalanki, Kathmandu
I agree with United States ambassador James F Moriarty that there has been no improvement in the conduct of the Maoists after they joined the government, “Maoists get an earful from Martin:
Moriarty,” (THT, June 13). Despite what the Maoist supremo Prachanda says — and he is reported to have told Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala that the Young Communist League (YCL) had no hand in stoning Moriarty’s car at Damak — it was indeed the YCL cadres who pelted stones at the US envoy’s car. And YCL doesn’t exactly have a glorious track record to
defend itself against such allegations. The YCL probably doesn’t understand that action speaks louder than words.
Ian Martin too hits the bull’s eye when he says that former Maoist fighters have infiltrated the YCL. The YCL acts as if it is still fighting the state even while its parent party is a part of the
government. It is not surprising then that the United Nations is concerned more than ever before about the swelling size of the YCL, which is expected to reach five lakh soon. If it gets even bigger, there is no telling what havoc it will cause.
Sirish Amatya, Janata Chowk, Biratnagar