RUINS NO MORE
- Letter to the Editor
Apr 8, 2018-
It is very encouraging to note that the concrete materials that were used in the reconstruction of Ranipokhari has finally been removed from the site (‘Concrete materials to be removed from Ranipokhari’, April 6, Page 2). I think that it was deplorable that the Kathmandu Metropolitan City began to construct the quake-damaged Ranipokhari with the use of concrete materials. They should have demonstrated respect for one of the most famous heritages in the Capital city and tried to reconstruct the structure via traditional methods that keep intact its archaeological importance and beauty. However, it seems that they have learnt from their mistakes, and that the mass public outcry that arose as a result of their actions have had some effect. Kathmandu is known as the city of Gods, and for good reason. We were bestowed with archaeological structure of great value and meaning, and we have to strive to protect our heritage. Of course, we must make room for urbanisation and development, without which we can have no progress, but this should be done in such a way that ensures that our heritage is not negatively affected. I hope now that the KMC continues with their reconstruction work in Ranipokhari, and that this great structure does not lie in ruins for much longer.
At the beginning of the English Premier League (EPL) and Europe’s football season in August last year, almost every pundit the world over was against the notion that Liverpool would have a ‘decent’ season. For one, they had missed out on their main transfer target, Virgil Van Djik. Second, they refused to sign a replacement defender after the Van Djik transfer fell apart. Third, their best footballer in Phil Coutinho wanted to leave for greener pastures in the Catalan stronghold of Barcelona. Fourth, their biggest signings were divided between an Egyptian winger who had failed to set the EPL alight with Chelsea previously and a young Guinean, Naby Keita, who won’t join up with the team until this coming summer. To top it all off, Adam Lallana, arguably the workhorse behind Jurgen Klopp’s gegenpress since the German arrived at Anfield was destined to be injured for a long time (he still hasn’t recovered fully to date). Fast forward to now, and Liverpool sit at third in the league table and have been the only team all season to defeat runaway EPL leaders Manchester City. And they did so twice, the most recent one occurring this past Thursday in a memorable Champions League (CL) quarter-final match (‘Liverpool hurt City again, take big stride towards semis’, April 5, Page 12). And what a season it has been. In hindsight, Liverpool was right to hold out for Van Djik-he’s been a leader at the back since joining in January. And Coutinho has not been missed at all. In fact, the team performing even better without, most fans say good riddance and thank you very much. Even Klopp was surprised that Liverpool have been fantastic even without a player like Lallana in the first eleven. Most of all, Mohammad Salah, the Egyptian winger everyone said was too expensive of a signing, now has scored 38 goals in all this season, with 28 of them coming in the EPL. As Liverpool move even further towards securing top four in the EPL while reaching the CL semi-final, no one can say that their season has been anything but decent.
Published: 08-04-2018 08:56