LETTERS: Handle with care

Apropos to the news story “Leopard rescued unharmed from New Baneshwar” (THT, Jan. 10, Page 2), the editorial staff must be congratulated and appreciated for their efforts in making it a front page image feature as well as the news coverage. Wildlife conservation efforts are always sidelined beside more important political and economic news item. THT must be congratulated for their dedication and commitment towards ecological and environmental news coverage. However, it is important to mention that there is a serious need of training of the personnel in proper handling of the wildlife to prevent them from getting injured/infected; and also to protect the wildlife personnel working with wildlife from any kind of viral or other microbial contaminations. The accompanying front page image showed that they were wearing little protective gears and they were handling the wild cat carelessly. This should not be done in any way. Furthermore, indiscriminate release of animals to different locations may be detrimental to the conservation efforts. If the female leopard is either pregnant or if lactating may have cubs hidden somewhere. Relocating the animal without proper observation, health inspection and justification may cause death of her cubs. Furthermore, radio collaring the captured animal would help tracking her range and may provide important insight into her habit, habitat, behavior and distribution. Such important data could prove to be extremely useful for any future conservation program.

Saikat Kumar Basu, Canada

Probe into it

Apropos of the news story “ADB loan for air safety blown on family junkets” (THT, Jan. 10, Page 1) the surname of one of the holiday makers’ says it all: Bhochhibhoya, Dhruba Das Bhochhibhoya. In Newari, bhochhi means whole or entire family and bhoya means grand feast which could be on the occasion of annual funeral rites of a deceased or rice-feeding ceremony of a new born or coming of age for male child or puberty for girl child or marriage. When the‘bhochhi’ appears on the envelop, always addressed to the head of a family, joint or nuclear, usually a granny or grandfather or the next senior surviving member, the entire descendants from the sons’ sides are invited irrespective of whether they are living together or not.

With a surname like that, it is not surprising that the CAAN senior employees and their families decided to give themselves a ‘really unforgettable week-long holiday trip to Europe’ with the ADB funds. It was, however, thoughtful of the two project directors to make the trip more inclusive by bribing lavish trips to two union leaders to buy their

silence and support. I have been religiously following all your exposes on CAAN misdemeanor, dereliction of duty, mismanagement of equipment like radar and sensitive computers, and plain intrinsic corruption involving donor-funded programmes.

Manohar Shrestha, Kathmandu