LETTERS: We deserve leadership

Apropos of the news story “Ill-maintained TIA runway taking toll on Nepal Airlines aircraft” (THT, September 16, Page 1), TIA and NAC are made for each other.

Their’s is a perfect marriage. In fact, the Nepali politicians and the people are also made for each other. We deserve only what we are worth. Foreigners know this perfectly well that Nepali people can be bought.

That is how Telia, which is facing US$1.4 billion in corruption fines, made deep financial and physical inroads into Nepal and Nepali homes. They could not make similar impact in the world’s largest democracy.

Corrupt companies and corrupt people go hand in hand. A car making company is facing a lawsuit in the US and it is liable to pay a fine of US$17 billion in punitive damages.

In Nepal nobody is worried about that issue that has earned them fines elsewhere.The US should take leaf out of the Nepali ‘ain’, which states that bribe givers and takers are both guilty.

Manohar Shrestha, Kathmandu


In the final of this year’s final Grand Slam i.e. US Open, Stanlislas Wawrinka once again made Switzerland feel proud.

He went to shine in the last match of the tournament in order to down Serbian player Novak Djokovic. During the path of his victory, he stunned Djokovic who is also known as Serbinator by a margin of 6-7 (1/7), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.

This is the second time the Swiss went on to register a nearly hard-fought victory against the Serb. The first time he downed Djokovic was in the final of last year’s Roland Garros, the Grand Slam which has always eluded the former.

During the course of his victory, Wawrinka also became the oldest male tennis player in the history of the US Open. Besides he has also won an Australian Open title.

Now he will also start his preparations to win Wimbledon, the most famous extravaganza of the sport. Let’s hope even the Nepalese lawn tennis players learn a good lesson from Wawrinka to win trophies beyond South Asia.

Pratik Shrestha, Baneshwor


After a long time I happened to visit Kathmandu city. The scenario was very depressing.

As I waited next to Bir Hospital for a friend I was ashamed of seeing the road condition of the capital city. It was a horrible scene of human faeces here and there and over flowing, stinking potholes at the footpath in front of the oldest hospital.

Garbage strewn around also added to the eyesore.

Widening of the roads is the reason of mismanagement in city area without traffic light on major intersections that cause prolonged vehicular jam during rush hours.

Alina Sunuwar, Kathmandu