Let normalcy return to Iran
After years of isolation Iran is finally ready to fully integrate with rest of the
world. International community led by America and European Union today lifted years
of punishing sanction against Iran. Nuclear-related sanctions on Iran were lifted
in Vienna, after UN inspectors said the Islamic republic had met commitments given
under a deal last July to scale back its atomic programme. The global community,
barring Israel, has welcomed US and EU's lifting of sanctions. Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani hailed the lifting of international sanctions on his country following
the entry into force of last July's momentous nuclear deal with major powers.
The United Nations first imposed economic sanctions in 2006 after Iran was suspected
of trying to develop an atomic bomb under the guise of civilian energy production,
something it has always denied. Not only did sanctions bar many companies it also
stifled those who did business from operating freely. In 2012, the United States
and the European Union ratcheted up the pressure, slapping punitive measures on Iran's
energy and banking sectors. The lifting of sanction by US and EU will pave way for
Iran to get much needed cash which was earlier frozen due to sanctions. There is
lot of hope among people of Iran that lifting of sanctions will greatly improve the
country’s economy. Sanctions have virtually crippled Iran’s economy and have also
isolated the country from rest of the world. At a time when middle-east is facing
difficult time a stable Iran offers ray of hope for the international community.
On their part Iran has been honest and have met all the condition put forwarded
by UN. Now international community should welcome back Iran with open embrace and
let normalcy return to the Islamic republic.
Emergency bells are ringing
Through your esteemed daily, I wish to express the sentiments of young people of
The recent political drama in the state has made the youth to wonder where our state
is moving towards. Our beloved political leaders have shown their true colour. Leaders
who have been elected to serve the people are living luxurious life without any concern
for the people. Anger and frustration of the youth are boiling like a hot water insider
a pressure cooker and is about to burst out.
When the whole world is moving ahead with new ideas and innovations, our leaders
are busy in inciting the young people to fight against each other for their personal
benefits. Today, our degrees just remain as a piece of paper without the political
power and money. Everyone from peon to the Director of every Department requires
money even for a signature on piece of paper. Corruption has become a part and parcel
of our society and system.
The political leaders, Engineers and Officers are constructing buildings of world
class infrastructure but the Govt. Hospitals and schools are in dilapidated condition.
Around 80% of the job vacancies are not advertised and are filled up by the relatives
of the powerful leaders. Adding fuel to the fire is the poor condition of roads with
potholes after every minutes of travel and poor law and order in the state.
Do our political leaders who are fighting against each other for personal benefits
know what’s going on inside the minds of the youth of this state? Do they know that
the time has changed and they can’t fool the youth anymore? Also I would like to
clear the doubt that the few selfish and greedy youth who claims to be the voice
of the youths and are conniving with the political parties no more represent the
voice of youths of this state.
I think the emergency bells are ringing and it would be better for our beloved political
leaders, if they can understand it as soon as possible. If they continue with this
policy of undermine the youth power then time is not far away when the youth will
undermine their power.
Way forward for Nepal and India
The strong ties between Nepal and India have existed for many centuries. Both nations
have gone through periods of love-hate relationship including the current one. I
have also noticed overwhelming coverage on Nepal’s crisis and the strong empathy
for Nepal in Indian media too. Nepalese PM’s decision of visiting India should be
welcomed and could be looked upon as significant step in trying to bridge strained
relationship and normalizing situation. No matter what, the neighboring nation will
continue to exist side by side and in spite of challenges of relationship it has
to be worked diplomatically to resolve crisis and there is no problem that could
not be resolved if both parties involved sincerely attempt to do so.
There is a strong support for Nepal in India and an overwhelming pressure on the
Federal Government to extend support to Nepal and resolve crisis through dialogue.
However, India and her general population have strong resentments towards Pakistan
and China from their mutual historic standoffs on several issues. So Nepal must be
cautious that it should not strengthen hardliners in India by playing a China card
to threaten India and diplomatically avoid childish, jingoistic statements released
by irresponsible politicians like Pushpa Kumar Dahal. Mr Dahal popularly referred
to as ‘Prochanda’ is commonly viewed as one of the greatest anti-Indian force within
Nepal and known for his anti-Indian hate speeches. His irresponsible statements can
make the strong existing support of common Indians for Nepal vaporize and politically
strengthen hardliners on either side of the border. The national interest of Nepal
is more important than his personal likes and dislikes. When the two nations are
looking positively for engaging in resolving conflicts such hate mongers on either
side of the border should restrain from making irresponsible statements for further
After over 100 days of conflicts in the Terai, the government has failed to bring
any comfort to the ordinary people of the nation, could not bring any resolution
to end crisis and the grandeur promise of flowing Nepal with milk and honey from
China seems to be a distant dream. Other than some minor carefully worded sympathy
statements by UN, no major nation has come to support or help Nepal during this crisis;
including the most powerful in the west fearing antagonizing relations with a mighty
India with huge market. Hence, the Government of Nepal must realize that there is
only one nation that can help Nepal to overcome this crisis; and this is the crude
reality of the world. The only solution is to accept sharing political power with
Terai, redrawing boundaries for proportional representation and initiate positive
engagement with the mighty southern neighbor. The common people across the border
are linked through centuries of close bond that cannot be blemished by hardliners
and hate mongers and few jingoist nationalists.
I sincerely believe the oncoming visit by PM Oli to India will once again strengthen
the strained the relationship between these two century old friendly nations in spite
of sincere saboteur attempts by some so called irresponsible politicians in both
countries. Life is matter of looking forward and accepting reality; looking back
and throwing mud at one another cannot resolve or achieve anything for both India
Saikat Kumar Basu
Extend time and age limit
Through your esteemed daily, I want to draw the attention of the Director, Secondary
Education regarding the age limit of TGT Music. 28 years is the age limit for TGT
music where as other TGT group is given up to 33 years. The age limit of TGT, Music
should be at par with other TGTs.
Moreover, the last date of submission of form should be extended for at least one
or two days because due to sudden advancement of last date as well as continues holidays,
candidates living in far flung areas could not submit the forms on time.