Create job opportunities

Recently there was a report that one person among every eleven Nepalis is a Lahure and there exists a widespread trend among the youth to go out of the country in search of jobs. The government seems to be happy with this since the country’s economy is heavily dependent on the remittances from Nepali workers employed abroad. But this is not really good for a developing country like ours where the only reliable path to economic development is through modernisation of agriculture.

Nepal cannot be self-sufficient unless it focuses on development of agriculture since 80 per cent of the population still depend on it. If the country invests properly in education, skilled manpower can be produced which will be advantageous to the country in the long run.

Given the slow pace of economic development, there is the need for building a sound physical infrastructure. Likewise, the development of hydro-electricity and small-scale industries should be accorded priority. The government should come up with plans to create more jobs at home so that the youth are not compelled to head for foreign lands.

Rupesh Raj Khanal, TU

Health first

The Midway article “Skinny matter” by Richa Sharma, published in THT on June 28, was timely. Dieting has become quite popular among teenagers, especially the girls. They want a slim body by eating less.

Though it is good not to be overweight, by going for crash diets the girls will have to live unhealthy lives in the future. Health is everything in life and one should not starve for fear of gaining weight. Unhealthy lives mean unsuccessful lives too. Instead of dieting, the girls should exercise in order to remain fit. For the physical as well as mental development, we must have a balanced diet every day.

Deepesh Raj Rimal,

Old Baneshwor

Do not block

The US embassy has closed a portion of the footpath on Kantipath for a long time forcing the pedestrians to use the busy roads. This increases the risk of accidents. The case is the same at Panipokhari in front of the embassy building.

Now the embassy is constructing a big building at Maharajgunj and the completion of the building may take two to three years. It has invaded the footpath again. During busy hours, it is impossible to walk on the busy streets. How can the municipality allow this sort of invasion on the footpath built for the convenience of the public? The embassy must understand the pedestrians’ problems and think of other ways instead of blocking the footpath.

K B Shah, via e-mail


The articles in the THT’s “Wheels,” started recently, have been helping me a lot. They have helped people to recognise good brands and car management. I want to thank THT for this new idea.

However, it would be better if you could publish more information about two wheelers as well. Why only four wheelers? This is important also because in Nepal majority of the drivers have two wheelers.

Motorbikes are more famous among the youth. Hope you will consider this suggestion.

Choying, Pokhara