Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 - 3:56 PM
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Cleaning the mine and its image

As a nation that fervently considers the conservation of the environment as a national policy, the mining industry is always projected as a bad industry. The mere mention of mining or quarries, sand or stone, conjures up an image of huge machineries scarring the green hillsides or polluting the air or damaging crops.  There is already a conclusion that mining is bad and that only a handful are benefitting or becoming rich at the cost of the environment.

Win-win BBIN

That Bhutan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal have signed an important agreement on motor vehicle movement in the region comes as good news for the member countries. Bhutanese can now take truckloads of goods all the way to Dhaka, without having to transship to Bangladeshi or Indian trucks, and bring back goods from Dhaka.  Such a hassle had been an impediment in the export and import business for many decades.

Let’s celebrate the game

We have a tendency to go wild and turn ourselves into animals whenever we have big games and competitions. Let it not be this day. At 6pm today, we face a formidable foe. Our national football team will play China at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu. Road to Russia will not be easy for us. We knew that from the beginning.

Safety first

Consumers of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) are facing some problem, following the trade department’s letter to the Indian Oil corporation ltd. to not refill expired LPG cylinders.

Child labour in the local context

Agencies involved in childcare and protection yesterday came to a more logical conclusion – to define child labour in the Bhutanese context. Every year, we join the world in observing the international day against child labour.  Meetings are held, workshops are conducted and not much achieved once the day is done.

In the wake of a rout

With one game and seven goals down, is Bhutan’s Cinderella World Cup story coming to an end? Ranked above Hong Kong, which humbled the national team last evening, there was optimism in the air of beating the island nation.  Call it mind games, both coaches believed in beating each other.  The Hong Kong coach said his team was too strong for Bhutan.  He was right at least in the first leg.  Hong Kong outshone Bhutan in every department.

Pemagatshel – the odd man out

The last thing the people of Pemagatshel would want to hear is that they are without either a dzongkhag or a yenlag thromde. If the proposed thromdes are a harbinger of development, Pemagatshel should be the first to have one, even more than prescribed by law, as it is one of the least developed dzongkhags in the country.

No more monopoly

The department of trade has come with an important decision that will go down well with the public.  It has now announced that any Bhutanese wanting to buy vehicles can do so from dealers other than Bhutanese dealers.

The battle of the budget

Having gone through only two chapters in a day, the National Assembly’s discussions on the budget are moving at a snail’s pace.  At this rate, they will take at least a week to pass the budget. This was because discussions went haywire.  Although related to the task on the table, assembly members almost engaged in a finger-pointing spree as the discussion on debt ensued.  The government blamed the previous government, members of the previous government jumped to the defence and even had to plead not [... Read More]

A timely reminder

Last week some Indian media and online sites picked up a story from a two-day workshop on cross border cooperation to prevent human trafficking.  The story labelled Bhutan as a fast emerging centre for human trafficking. Such stories can leave a negative impression on the image of the country.  With most foreign media focused on the gross national happiness and the last Shangri-La tag when covering Bhutan, anything that suggests against such idealism sells.   Quite often, the media is tempted to write the other [... Read More]

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