This is in reference to the news report “Few transporters abiding by new fares” (THT, March 18). Though scientific transport fares have been fixed, transport entrepreneurs have not paid heed to the government decision. The public would be highly relieved if the government inspection team tracked and punished such offenders.
Cool Cristofer, via e-mail
A fresh disagreement has surfaced pertaining to the extension of service of some high-ranking army officers in the Nepal Army. It seems that the proliferation of lethal arms and the
existence of different armies under different commands can seriously hinder the peace process. Deepening disagreements between the Nepal Army and the Ministry of Defence has further complicated the burning pivotal issue of peace in the country. India has agreed to revise the 1950 Nepal-India Treaty, and China has proposed a revision of the 1960 Nepal-China treaty. Nepal, India and China should sign a tripartite treaty that guarantees Nepal as an indivisible buffer nation without any army. The army in the country does not seem to have any function. Such a tripartite treaty would also serve the long term interests of our country as well as our neighbours.
V P Sayami, Kathmandu
This refers to the news report “NTA lobbies for scrapping of education tax” (THT, March 14). The finance minister has clearly stated that the tax will be imposed on private schools. However, the private schools instead of paying the taxes dutifully have warned
closing down their institutions if the government didn’t revoke its decision. Moreover, some of the schools have even added five per cent to the students’ fees. The education tax is to be paid by the private schools and not by the guardians. The private schools are burdening
the students with unnecessary charges.
S Shrestha, via e-mail
We need to give credit to the Nepal Police for nabbing a French pedophile in Kathmandu. It is well known that many wealthy western pedophiles come to Nepal because of its lax law
enforcement, and because they can get away with anything and easily lure children with their money. Many such pedophiles even stay in Nepal for a long period of time as teachers in schools (often in religious schools supposedly meant to serve poor children), and as tourists who often buy expensive gifts for street children. A serious investigation must be
carried out so that such criminals are brought to book. This would bring great relief to the innocent children who have been robbed of their innocence, and protect other children in the future.
Gayatri Pradhan, Naxal, Kathmandu
It came as a pleasant surprise, and it has to be admitted that Nepal does deserve to be on the list of adventure destinations, as National Geographic recently recognised. It will definitely be a boost to the tourism industry. But it ought to be noted that the tourists should be properly treated to meet their expectations when they visit our country.
Rhea Gurung, Shital Marg, Maharajgung, Kathmandu