Home / Editorial (page 14)

Editorial

Our development conundrum

We call ourselves an agrarian society. Agriculture is our mainstay still and the sector employs more than half of our population. The truth is, though, we have not heretofore been able to exploit the goodness and the true power of the sector. Somehow our planners shifted their focus on other …

Read More »

Our children, our responsibility

It has been an ominous year for children in Bhutan. Perhaps it always was but 2018 stands out as the year of exploitation. The election period exploited everything the Bhutanese hold dear and sacred. Communities were fragmented and regions divided along party lines. While the country was caught up in …

Read More »

A resolve for change must now be made in earnest

For indeed the proof of the pudding is in the eating. The idea of central schools was good, of course. The implementation of it was not. Far from it. It would inevitably have been brought to the table. And here it is. The government has said that central school system …

Read More »

Narrowing the gaps

The government’s decision to form the pay commission at the earliest has come as good news for the civil servants. With the last pay revision leaving many disgruntled, the government’s decision has revived the hope that may be this time the revision would be real for the civil servants and …

Read More »

Beyond 50 years of Bhutan-India relations

Of the many events organised so far to celebrate the 50th year of Bhutan-India diplomatic relations, both in the country and abroad, the one that happened at Madarihaat, India recently was by far the most meaningful and heart-warming.   It was meaningful and heart-warming because the celebration involved the peoples …

Read More »

The transition period

Since the government assumed office two weeks ago, it has been engaged in a marathon of orientation programmes and courtesy call on meetings. This is a good practice to orient the cabinet ministers and the members of parliament on the issues of governance. A priority for the government is the …

Read More »

Weighty issue of school bags?

Our children are carrying heavy bags to school and back. This is despite Royal Education Council’s (REC) recommendation to the dzongkhag and thromde schools to put in place appropriate strategies to reduce the weight of bags that students carry to school. REC’s findings were based on a survey conducted for …

Read More »

How are we answering nature’s call?

Although we have made significant progress in little more than a decade’s time, sanitation and hygiene is still a problem in this country. Today, 80 gewogs in 10 dzongkhags today have a flush toilet. The World Toilet Day in Tsirang yesterday gave us some picture of where we are and …

Read More »

Newborn mortality and care

According to health experts, 15.4 percent of all under-five deaths occur due to preterm birth-related complications, making it the leading cause of under-five mortality. However, in Bhutan, we do not even have a reliable preterm birth rate or data concerning outcome of preterm babies. Morbidity and mortality patterns of preterm babies have …

Read More »

Community vitality disappearing?

Far away in Shah Alam, Malaysia, an international conference on Gross National Happiness is going on. Community vitality, one of the nine domains of GNH, is the theme of the conference. From the GNH perspective, it is one theme that we should be looking deeper even at home. This is …

Read More »

Considering happiness

What is Gross National Happiness? If we asked this question to our own people here at home, likely no straight answers would be forthcoming. And this development philosophy is travelling the world. The development philosophy in itself is not wrong. It is indeed very beautiful. We have been fortunate that …

Read More »

Prioritising special education needs

Education ministry has started a special education needs (SEN) programme in Damphu Lower Secondary School in Tsirang. According to a recent disability prevalence report, Tsirang has the highest stage II disability at 33 percent in children between 2 and 9 years of age. What SEN programme promises is empowerment of …

Read More »

Thoughts on our future

With the kind of Internet services available in the country, for Bhutan to be top Internet addicted country among Southeast Asian nations is amazing. According to a study conducted by a team of doctors, at least four out of 10 adolescents are addicted to Internet in Bhutan. What does it …

Read More »