Cleaning up the mess:

This refers to Antoaneta Bezlova’s article “China goes for ‘green GDP’ published in THT on November 7. Indeed, China’s economy has been shooting up at an astounding 9 per cent per annum for much of the last two decades. While its productive capacity has gone up, the country has taken few measures to safeguard the environment against the threats posed by rapid urbanisation and massive increase in fossil fuel consumption. By the mid-21st century, China is expected to surpass the US in carbon emission, the chief gas responsible for global warming. It is good to know that China is finally waking up to the serious threats posed by environmental degradation (research links the rise in massive flooding across China to global warming) and contemplating a ‘green GDP.’ Hence, while measures like controlling river pollution are always welcome, much more needs to be done to save the pollution of China’s and the world’s environment. As the article points out, one of the major causes of pollution is the hike in the number of fossil fuel-powered vehicles. With its economic boom, China cannot do much to control the number of cars. But what it can do is to spend some of its resources on the development of hybrid cars that run with alternative and clean sources of energy. If not, it should facilitate the import of environment-friendly cars and other products by lowering import duties. But China cannot be expected to act alone to clean up the world environment. Each country that contributes significantly to polluting the global environment must also contribute to cleaning up the mess.

Suman Dahal, via e-mail


THT, in its Nov. 2 news coverage and photo, describes Nepal Sambat as a Newari new year. The whole country uses this calendar to know about religious dates and occasions. Moreover, most of the Newars do not feel that this calendar belongs solely to them. When it has been stressed time and again that there is a need to officially accept this home-grown calendar, your daily’s description is wrong?

K R Shrestha, Tahachal


I am sceptical about your report “Tourist-mugging on rise in Pokhara” published recently as I have lived in Harlem for 20 years. The opening lines said, “Pokhara seems to be fast turning into Harlem of New York...” I would like to clarify that crime in Harlem has gone down by 25 per cent and it is becoming one of the crime-free communities in the New York City. I suggest that you do research first and do not use sound bites to please the readers.

Daniel B Tisdale, publisher Harlem World magazine

Be serious:

Many Nepali boys and girls seem to give more priority to fashion than think about their nation and their own contribution. I am surprised to see that they are happy wearing fine dresses and singing hip-hop songs. Most of the youngsters do not know how much the country is deteriorating as development is sluggish in every sector. About 10 per cent of the students worry about their careers while the rest just want to have fun and waste their parents’ money. This is really going to harm the nation. It is time they thought about their personal contribution to the country’s development.

Ishwor Singh, via e-mail