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  • Letter to the Editor

Nov 27, 2016-

Social media have become an integral part of our lives, but they can have adverse effects on our daily activities (‘Side effects of social media’, November 22, Page 7). We waste a lot of our valuable time online instead of concentrating on our career goals.

The continuous urge to check social networking sites may distract people numerous times in the day, making them waste a lot of valuable time which could have been put to better use. Smart use of social media is a challenging task since many people get addicted to them for obvious reasons. Excessive use of social media has affected the people of the current generation to the detriment of their career. It is not that we need to totally abandon social media as it might isolate us from the digital network and deprive of us valuable opportunities, but using them for hours every day can be dangerous. Smart and sensible use of social media can improve our lives.

- Sanjog Karki, Palpa



Nepal’s poor performance in development can largely be attributed to the poor quality of teaching faculties in the country (‘Wanted good managers’, November 22, Page 6). One of the problems that the country faces currently is lack of human resource. The question is: who is responsible for this?

The government, education institutions and students are all responsible to varying degrees. But it is the government that is primarily responsible when it comes to producing skilled human resource for the country.

Therefore, it is imperative that the government adopt a modern and practical education system replacing the traditional one. It will not be an exaggeration to say that our education system is totally outdated—one that hinders our march towards economic prosperity. 

The upcoming generation should not face the same kind of problems that the previous generations had to. This is the age of science and technology. Today’s generation will influence the direction of the country in terms of trade, development, diplomacy, security, etc. It is sad that the government talks a lot about improving the quality of education, but the age-old problems in the 

education system remain. 

- Saroj Wagle, Bara


Violence against women is very real indeed in Nepal (‘A burning issue’, November 25, Editorial). Talking about it at the symposiums or media monitoring it or walking in protest against it on the streets will definitely raise awareness about it. But in order to nip it in the bud, we need strong legal teeth. Are we serious about ending all forms of violence against women? Without strong unbending laws, we can talk and talk, or monitor and monitor as much as we like without so much as a scratch to VAW criminals. Up the legal punishment and VAW will go down sharply. Introduce the American or better still the Indonesian system of instant and deterrent justice against rapes and murders and the potential perpetrators will stay miles away from girls and women. The fear of suspension, dismissal or incarceration will stop even the state servants from so much as touching let alone beating women. Increasing women in media or forming women-only cabinet or judiciary or legislature or banks or hotels or schools will not dampen the confidence of perpetrators in carrying out attacks against women by men or women or even by LGBT. What will bring down VAW is radically strong laws.

- Manohar Shrestha, via email

Published: 27-11-2016 08:38

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