According to the news “Irate students lock up TU journalism dept” (THT, May 15), the Master’s level students of Journalism and Mass Communication Department of Tribhuvan University, Ratna Rajya Campus unit, have locked the department office and are demanding the resignation of its chief for not working “as per the aspirations of the students.” It is true that TU has been a victim of irregularities and many deserving candidates have lost out due to the teachers’ negligence. It is, therefore, the students’ right to demand re-checking of their answer sheets.
However, seeking justice is one thing but humiliating the teachers is quite another.
Violent activities like burning and locking of offices is common in TU. This is not a good trend
because issues can be easily solved in a more civilised manner. The students should also consider their own mistakes before roundly blaming the TU authorities.
Eak Prasad Duwadi,
I am a retired soldier with 26 years of untarnished service to the Brigade of Gurkhas. However, after having retired in the late 1976, I have received only 24 years of
service pension till date. As per the procedure of the Brigade of Gurkhas, it is mandatory for the commanding officer of a regiment to give audience to all the outgoing soldiers to settle their queries or grievances. Unfortunately, I was given no such opportunity.
I have appealed to the authorities of the British Gurkhas in Nepal and the UK several times but they have flatly refused to support my case by calling it unreasonable. I have no option but to seek justice through the media. My case is a pure instance of discrimination. Hope the authorities are listening?
Dalbir Limbu, Ex-British Gurkha
I would like to draw the cabinet’s attention towards the plight of the Bhutanese refugees, especially the young girls who are reportedly forced into prostitution in the camps. The aid agencies have cut down the supply of ration and other necessities. The crime rate has gone up due to rampant robbery, burglary and smuggling.
Several rounds of ministerial level talks have failed and the repatriation process lingers in
uncertainty. Nothing has been decided about the 10,000 refugees who have been verified for
repatriation. It seems that even the international community has turned a deaf ear to the refugees’ call. The refugees are thus suffering due to false assurances given to them by the parties concerned. The new government should pay serious attention to the deteriorating situation in the camps. The repatriation process must begin as early as possible.
David Bista, Pokhara
Why don’t the NGOs and social workers unite to rehabilitate the street children? We often find kids smoking, begging and teasing the pedestrians. The drug traffickers and local thieves exploit them. The NGOs should reach out to them in a more effective manner by providing them food, shelter, and education before it is too late. Or else, the country would have to deal with a whole lot of criminals.
Pradip Bhandari, Bagdol