Lack of coordination:

The report “Bhattarai hits out at govt for publicising pact” (THT, Nov. 14), has again brought to light the lack of coordination between the government and the Maoists regarding the draft of the “wider national peace accord”. When both the sides should be trying to settle their differences, they are instead engaging in the blame game, which surely will not help solve any issue. They should try to foster amicability instead of seeing the other side as a rival.

Rajesh KC, via e-mail

At it again :

Sher Bahadur Deuba seems to be eyeing the top post yet again (“No accord on PM: Deuba”, Briefs, THT, Nov. 14). Even as the two NCs are on the verge of uniting, Deuba’s reluctance to see G P Koirala at the helm during the interim phase may reflect his personal ambition rather than his party line. The CPN-UML too seems to be against choosing Koirala as the PM. All the parties should understand that selection of a new PM is not the main issue, but the holding of free and fair Constituent Assembly elections is. It really doesn’t make much difference whoever leads the interim government.

Jenish Subba, Ratopul

Mental health:

An estimated 30 per cent of Nepalis suffer from some form of mental disorder, but the country suffers from an acute shortage of medical manpower, particularly psychiatrists and psychologists, to deal with the problem. More facilities for treating mental disorders and training skilled hands should be created.

Sanjita Aryal, via e-mail


Judges are supposed to be moral bridges between right and wrong. They should ensure that truth always prevails. I see no reason why they should raise their voice against the Public Accounts Committee’s recommendation to the parliament for the impeachment of certain judges. If the judiciary wants to earn public respect, it needs to act boldly and responsibly. If any judge is not guilty, he will get a clean chit as he is given a reasonable opportunity to defend himself under the 1990 Constitution.

Ramesh B Shrestha, via e-mail

Traffic jams:

Traffic jams in the capital are a common sight. But Narayan Gopal Chowk at Chakrapath deserves urgent attention of the authorities as one of the sights with the worst traffic jams in the City. The authorities should find a way of relieving the congestion there, as well as at such other points, to give some relief to the Kathmanduites.

Roshan Rijal, Malpi Institute

Get serious:

The government should come up with a realistic programme of rescuing street children from the squalor and poverty they are living in to give them a purpose in life. Most of them are seen begging in every nook and cranny of the city. Some NGOs have made sporadic efforts to take these children off the streets, but in vain. It is reported that many street urchins are not interested in attending schools. This calls for serious, not half-hearted efforts, if they are to be shown the right path.

Anita Gurung, via e-mail