LETTERS: Children’s tragedy

This is with reference to the news story “Minors injured in accident seek parents” (THT, March 15, Page 6). It was indeed a very tragic story to read that the four minions undergoing medical treatment in Nepalgunj Medical College after they met with a bus accident in Bohara Village in Jajarkot on March 9 were crying looking for their parents who were killed in the fatal accident.

Altogether, 26 people were killed in that fateful bus accident. Nobody has dared tell the children about the tragic fact that their mothers or fathers were no more. The million dollar question right now is who is going to take care of them who are just little more than one-and-a-half years old or two.

Whenever there is a plane crash, the government immediately forms an inquiry panel to find out the cause of air-crash. Will the government take care of these hapless children whose future is hanging in the balance?

What I urge the government is that it must provide support to these children for their well-being, education and health until they are able to earn on their own.

The government-run Bal Mandir or childcare centre must take care of them until they are fully grown up. Sad to say is that they have lost their childhood after they lost their parents in the accident which could have been avoided had the driver been a bit careful while driving the bus in hilly areas.

Dikshant Bhattarai, Kathmandu

Paper pledge

Apropos of the wish list “Transforming FDI” (THT, March 15, Page 8), translating verbal pledges into concrete reality is not going to be as easy as we think. If the federal democratic republic cannot resolve a trademark dispute, handling more intricate complexities of FDI will be beyond its capacity.

Trademark is not just a logo or an identity or a simple sign as our people will imagine, it is a vital brand image of a company.

No wonder Kansai Paint is pondering over pulling out of this Republic over trademark “Weak IPR laws bane for foreign investment” (THT, March 14, Page 10). Our people will never understand the importance of trademark and would be wondering why Kansai may pull out over such a trifle matter.

Although our politicians will not be able to do so much as touch TeliaSonera’s shadows, but raking up issues after companies have left the country would diminish FDI’s confidence in the country.

Even an elementary school student would vouch that the company, which does not seem to have good international reputation (that explains why they came to Nepal in the first place), must pay Rs. 33 billion as capital gain tax, but BRB’s late response would not help resolve it now.

What he can do is to open the file and punish the locals who illegally benefited from writing off CGT when he becomes prime minister again. For now he can join the chorus and declare no CGT will be applicable on FDI of US$ 13.51 billion in order to encourage paper pledge into hard cash.

Manohar Shrestha, Kathmandu