Friday, April 18th, 2014 - 11:34 AM

Discourse is essential

At the meet the press session yesterday, the members of the Cabinet, four of them to be precise that forms the executive arm of the government were of the view the Pay Commission’s report was best left veiled.

Away from the media’s glare, they said the contents of the report would be unsullied from the subsequent media analysis, followed by disparate points of views that emerged from the public that eventually led to unnecessary speculations.

It was [... Read More]

Justice must be seen to be done

The issues gewog administration officers from various parts of the country raised in relation to judicial cases and their perceived notions of injustices therein points up a shortcoming in the judiciary.

Perhaps, that is also the reason they thought and tacitly insinuated that Anti-Corruption Commission look into issues of miscarriages of justice.

What the changing times call for, as evidenced in how people look at this important arm of the government, is for change in conduct of [... Read More]

Women deserve better

Women in our country are far better off than those in the region, not just in terms of equal status, if not more than men, they share in the society, but in every way.

It is only a matter of time when they will assume greater responsibilities and positions in the society and they should if the country ought to progress.

In fact they have already left a mark in the society and they continue to in [... Read More]

A bold decision

The labour minister has committed to bring down the rate of youth unemployment to 5 percent by next July. This is a brave decision and we should laud the ministry and the minister for making such a bold decision.

Unemployment has become a familiar term with Bhutanese now. It has been repeatedly discussed over the past many years with a concern that it will have implications in the future.

The future is already here.

Although Bhutan has a [... Read More]

Mean business

A tour operator was fined and his licence cancelled for forging visa for his two clients who had already boarded the flight to the country.

Other tour operators thought the penalty of a mere fine and cancellation of licence too mild for a crime they said could pose threat to the country’s security.

Tourism council officials had already endorsed the tour operator’s visa application, which the immigration officials denied because they learnt the visitors had already boarded [... Read More]

Going back to the fields

A lot of ideas and concepts were explored at the recently concluded three-day Business Summit in the capital.

A familiar idea among them was the discussions on the “Back to the fields for agri business.” This is a not a new idea and our policy makers will agree that a lot had been said and written about it.

The idea of returning to the field was explored in the past, although not for business intentions or to [... Read More]

What now?

What Next? A plausible question that crops up after the end of a summit like the one on better business that ended yesterday.

This will certainly be the question on minds of most businessmen who desperately wish to spring up from the stunning blow the persisting problem of Rupee shortage continues to render.

After all, much of the ideas and solutions that were discussed during the two-day seminar, like one panelist pointed out, was something the country [... Read More]

Leave no room for complacency

We are a nation of brazenly self-approving people. We delight in our successes as we must, but we refuse to see our failures and make better of them. And that does not serve us any good. In the fast-pased world of rapidly changing technology where information and service delivery systems dictate feats and wrecks like never before, we can ill afford to continue resting on our laurels.

Bhutan is no longer that little country at peace [... Read More]

An achievement

The World Health Day on April 7, 1995, focused on eradication of polio, especially in the least developed countries. Bhutan joined the international community in celebrating the day.

By then, however, Bhutan had already eradicated poliomyelitis, a serious disease that crippled the life of the affected person. Bhutan has not had a report of polio since 1986.

Almost three decades later, a delegation led by the health minister is in New Delhi to attend the South-East Asia [... Read More]

Let’s eat our own

Agriculture is Bhutan’s mainstay. And this requires the country to give it a boost, not just in terms of policies and dreams, but in shape and weight that is real.

We are an agricultural country with over 79 percent of population involved in the sector. Yet the irony is that we do not produce enough to feed ourselves. This must necessitate us to think, earnestly and in good faith.

Not being able to produce our own and [... Read More]

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