Jun 18, 2017-
As a student, I experience different hardships throughout my journey. Some difficulties we students face are physical while others are mental (‘Ensure healthy lives, promote well-being’, May 16, Page 7). Our society, parents and teachers tend to think that proper lodging, food and clothing lead to happiness, but in reality, this is not the case. Due to the lack of proper psycho-social counselling, many children and youths are frustrated and depressed and have become victims of mental illness. This is directly and indirectly affecting the nation’s development. Every child should be taught to be good rather than great. Our children shouldn’t be obliged to engage in an activity if they do not have any interest in. For sound learning, a sound mind is needed. Sound minds can be maintained through psychological counselling. This is what my experience taught me.- Shobha Adhikari, via email
It was encouraging to read that the Minister for Home Affairs Janardan Sharma is going to end political interference in security forces (‘Will end political interference in security bodies: Sharma’, June 16, Page 2). He earned a lot of credibility for ending load shedding in the Kathmandu Valley while he was the Minister for Energy and Water Resources. Now, he has another opportunity to fulfil his promise by discouraging and ending political interference in the security agencies within the next seven months.
In the past, ministers for home affairs misused their authority and demoralised security forces. It was sad to see high ranking police personnel filing petitions in the Supreme Court against the high handedness of political leaders. Sharma says that promotions will be based on performance; officials will not be promoted on the basis of pressure from politicians. He has also instructed police officials not to visit politicians for promotions and transfers. Uplifting the status of constables, head-constables and junior police officials with the intention of boosting their morale will be his prime goal, among others. One of the challenging tasks for him will be to arrest Balkrishna Dhungel, who was convicted by the SC about six months ago, and put him behind bars. Dismantling institutionalised corruption in the security agencies will be another challenge.
- Rai Biren Bangdel, Maharajgunj
Our weathermen seem gravely lacking in vision for scientific predictions of monsoon (‘Monsoon, or later’, June 14, Editorial). How do they forecast weather? Do they depend on paranormal prowess like that of a seer like Ramdev or scientific equipment? Or like an illiterate farmer, do they squint into the sky and predict rains? Else, how can they come up with oscillating predictions of a layman? First, they claimed monsoon before ‘normal’ time, then on the ‘normal’ day, they said it would be late. In India, any gap in prediction and arrival of monsoon can cause fireworks in their parliament. Their weathermen also have to answer for their wrong prediction. At a time when science can precisely predict day, time and location of landfall of storms like Hudhud, our weathermen’s wrong forecast is an indication that they are not up to the job. Maybe in the future, they should just report afterwards rather than forecast the weather. This will save them from media criticism.
- Manohar Shrestha, via email
Published: 18-06-2017 08:11