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Management by compact

The government will be signing compacts under its performance management system initiative to boost the outcome of work and better manage government performance. It will start with signing compacts between the lyonchhoen and the ministers, dzongdas and various agencies this year, followed by gups next year.  By signing compacts, ministers, secretaries and dzongdas will be bound by agreements, which will come with targets to fulfill. The initiative sounds familiar. The previous government also tried a similar strategy to improve service delivery and achieve set targets [... Read More]

The burglary plague

The  recent spate of burglaries has forced many to change their perspective on crimes committed in the capital – a fairly safe city until recently. Speak about an apartment or an office being broken into, and there will follow numerous stories of theft, both petty and serious to recount.  These include both cases reported to police and those that go unreported or unknown. Burglary is becoming common by the year among urban dwellers.  Nothing is spared, and we have reports of government and private offices, [... Read More]

To allow e-cars to roll

Steeper price compared with regular cars and unsuited for the Bhutanese topography, besides lack of adequate facilities for electric cars seems to be the initial qualms. The other way of putting it, for the car to gain Bhutanese approval, is like proposing for change in the topography the country is characterised with and clearing new roads suited for such cars. That is almost like asking the government to provide these wheels for free. To bring into perspective, the government’s initial proposal was to replace the [... Read More]

Bringing the bone-setter on board

By profession, Ap Jagey is a cattle herder.  In his twilight years, the 69-year-old spends his days running after the 12 heads of cattle at Namseling, on the outskirts of the capital city. But quite often he gets visitors, who come looking for him in the empty fields, in the forest above his village, and on the banks of the Thimpchu, where he normally takes his cattle to graze. Ap Jagey can fix fractures and dislocated joints of both humans and animals.   With a [... Read More]

To treat TB twice

Perhaps there is a need for creation of more and stronger awareness among the Bhutanese people on tuberculosis (TB). This is felt particularly in the light of the sudden spike in the number of people requiring another treatment of the disease they thought they were cured of. Public health officials’ recent findings show the growth of such patients more than doubled in 2013 compared with the year before. Comprising mostly of school and college students, civil servants and the armed force personnel, who were considered [... Read More]

In the interest of the nation

It is not uncommon for a newspaper to be told how to do its job based on its stories interpreted in more ways than one, suiting each individual reader. It is also natural when the government expresses dissatisfaction over a newspaper being too critical of it and just like so for the opposition to be dissatisfied about it going too soft on the government. The government wants certain issues projected in a manner that favours their whims, while the opposition wishes for more spice in [... Read More]

Going electric

The Nissan Leaf electric car launched recently in the country is still making headlines around the world. The idea appeals to the global media and audience as Bhutan has a strict environment conservation policy, and that it gels with the country’s development philosophy of Gross National Happiness.  At a time when an increasing number of cars is interpreted as progress, the government’s initiative to go electric has caught the world’s fancy.  Particularly, when a “tiny” country like ours take the lead. To the world, by [... Read More]

Get serious about forest fires

It is more or less taken as a given to have a few forest fires every dry season, including major ones. Similarly, to hear of officials reiterating every year of the lack of proper fire fighting equipment to better fight forest fires and gears for fire fighters is just as established. That reason has existed for as long as the forest fires that it has become a cliché today. Every year forest officials and other volunteers are seen trying to painfully contain forest fires using [... Read More]

Selling tradition short

On any given day, it is common to see tourists, both foreign and those from the region, taking pictures of the one-storied traditional house on Norzin lam, opposite the clock tower square in the capital. The little building, although sandwiched between two concrete structures, catches tourist attention because it is one of the few remaining traditional buildings on the city’s main thoroughfare.  Others were dismantled years ago and replaced by tall concrete buildings.  The capital’s residents hardly notice it.  The few who do think it’s [... Read More]

The lay of the land

The government has made its stand clear on the Education City project. The best way out of the project that is being questioned about its legality, which the previous government started, was to close it down and not be a part of it, since land issues are involved that contravene the provision of the Land Act. By washing off their hands off the project, which is mired in controversy, it is the best decision the government could have taken.  Land is scarce and a sensitive [... Read More]

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