Bailing out NOC:
The price of oil is cheaper in Nepal than in the international market, but NOC is still facing difficulties surviving. It has to repay billions of rupees in loans taken from Nepali financial institutions to pay the dues to the Indian Oil Corporation. Why has NOC become bankrupt very time NOC raises the petroleum prices, it says that it does not have enough money to repay the debts and purchase further oil from IOC. Who is responsible for this state of affairs? We all know that our economy is sluggish: the population growth rate is higher than the GDP growth rate; the unemployment rate is rising; and there is little FDI coming into the country. Some people put the blame on corruption, lack of good governance, lack of a good policy, including some control over prices. Who should be blamed for all this— the government, NOC, intermediaries, the public or the suppliers? How can NOC repay its huge debts?Competent people should be hired to run NOC and bring it back to health.
Deepak Luitel, New Baneswor
This is in response to Prem Sarkee’s letter “Politics sans ethics” published in THT on October 27. I agree with his views on national pride and defence of the country’s sovereignty. It is a shame for all conscious Nepalis — whether supporters or critics of the government — to remain passive spectators to the disturbing comments on Nepal’s internal affairs being made by the ambassadors of the so-called civilised Western countries. Sarkee is right to advise the
government to show them their right place.
Kripa Basnet, via email
Alankar Khanal’s Midway piece “By Swamiji’s grace” (THT, October 27) was good. The writer was able to highlight the element of hope and desire to live in human beings, as is shown by the popularity of Swami Ram Dev. But is pranayam a panacea for all deadly diseases? I doubt it. It is belief and trust in oneself, and mostly the willingness to live, that actually help us to fight the lethal diseases. Miracles do happen, but we should not rely on them. My neighbour is suffering from brain cancer, and even the doctors had declared a certain period beyond which he would not live. But after several months he is getting better and can even walk. This is not because of any miracle or pranayam but of his trust and willingness to live on.
Shreejana Rayamajhi, via e-mail
This refers to Tika R Pradhan’s report “Ratoghar presence delaying Ratna Park overbridge construction” published in THT on October 27. I think the concept of overbridge construction is illogical. The stairs of the bridge have been built so long that when they are brought into operation, I feel no one will have the courage and time to climb so high and then come down.
The elderly will find it particularly difficult to walk up such long stairs and my grandfather has already started complaining. The bridge will also be a hindrance while pulling Seto Machhindranath’s chariot during the jatra. I think it would be best to construct a subway.
Sugat Tuladhar, via e-mail