I strongly support the compensation claim of Nepal to the Canadian government, “Nepal to seek compensation from the Canadian government” (THT, June 24, Page 1) for the loss of precious Nepali lives while on duty to protect Canadians in Afghanistan. The great loss of lives that Nepal witnessed through the macabre incident in Afghanistan cannot be repaid either in cash or kind; however, it is important that the bereaved families get some financial support to continue their normal lives in spite of the great tragedy and sacrifices they had to make for earning a living. However, unless a previously written agreement is available regarding compensation in their job descriptions this compensation may not be that easy to get from Canadian Government for Nepali guards’ service in another country. The failure of the Nepal Government in making any resolution and progress with respect to several political crises within the nation as well as in helping unfortunate quake victims in spite of receiving millions of dollars as foreign aid has seriously tarnished its image globally. Inapt diplomatic blunders by high offices in Nepal over the past few months have reduced the credibility of the Government; and hence I doubt how genuinely Nepal’s compensation claim will be received by the Canadian Government. Through your esteemed newspaper, I humbly beg the Canadian government to financially support the families of the victims on purely humanitarian grounds if compensation claims have complicated legal bearings. Saikat Kumar Basu, Canada

Post-SLC Most of the students do not choose science as their choice. It is taken up mostly due to family influence. Students scoring good grades in SLC are expected to automatically study science by their family members. If they choose other subjects, they are looked down upon and even scolded. It is like that if you get an A or A+ in SLC; you are supposed to study science and later become a doctor or an engineer. It should not be so. Not every student is meant for studying science and low grades in SLC should not determine whether a student is capable of studying the most difficult subject in HSEB board (as thought by people). This is why the marks-graph of science students goes down with their +2 marks dropping significantly as compared to their SLC. If a child does not wish to study a subject or is simply incapable of meeting the rigorous demands of the theory and practical aspects of it then how can s/he perform well in it? So, parents need to pay heed to the children’s wish and ability more than their SLC grades. As this is a burning issue in most of the households, the parents must listen to their children about their choice and interest. If they do not fare well in HSEB exams they will be disoriented and they will not have bright prospects. Ashma Adhikari, Lalitpur