MONEY WELL SPENT

  • Voice Of The People

Aug 29, 2017-

We all know the importance of building bridges to improve infrastructure in our country. Bridges play a major role uniting communities and enhancing everyday lives. There are bridges in the world that cost billions to make and are kilometres long. But in the village of Jyamire, my home town, a bridge spanning just 100 metres long is urgently needed. The bridge would be vital in connecting Okhaldhunga with Khotang district. It is very easy to build the bridge, provided the government puts in a bit of effort and a small budget. A budget of Rs100 million is being allocated to the monthly cost of newly inducted state ministers (‘Quantity over quality’, August 25, Page 6). It is a well-known fact that the state ministers make no contribution towards governance. They have been inducted to maintain the balance of power within the coalition. If the money allocated to them would be diverted to constructing bridges, 12 bridges can be built in different parts of the country, including over the Dudhakoshi River near my village.

- Prakash Adhikari, Jyamire

 

REGIONAL STABILITY

India’s importance in the international arena is steadily growing, as the US under the Trump administration views it as an important strategic partner to reduce regional destabilisation. Nepal has growing significance in this diplomatic dimension to assume a more proactive role to promote a convergence, such as promoting economic-growth oriented relations with both India and China. Both countries share an open border and have always 

been involved in the exchange of trustworthy dialogue. India and China have their own place in Nepali peoples’ hearts, and we wish that both these powerful nuclear countries work closely to promote Asia-Pacific peace and security, particularly in the reduction of tensions in the Korean Peninsula. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba did a commendable job in India; Prime Minister Narendra Modi from India, too has great feelings for Nepal’s progress and all round prosperity (‘Modi seeks to better ties with Nepal’, August 24, Page 1).

- Surya B Prasai, Washington DC

Published: 29-08-2017 07:33

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