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Need for policy or policing?

In the age of new media that we live in, we are experiencing exciting and revolutionary evolution of cultures.  The Internet has made the way we share information by far easier and more accessible to a wider audience.  Social media, websites and computer programmes that enable people to share information and to communicate using the Internet, is changing the way we think, work and share knowledge. Because we can now transfer data and communication in real time, we no longer have to wait for days, [... Read More]

Exit teacher

Every so often, we are rudely reminded of teacher shortage in our schools.  The problem is not new; we never had enough teachers.  But when increasing number of our teachers are leaving their job every year, it is indicative of something seriously rotten in the system. For the education ministry, the biggest ministry going by the number of institutions and people under it, the challenge is huge, of course.  And it has been regularly trying different measures to rectify matters.  There has been some success, [... Read More]

A reality check

The country’s dream of harnessing 10,000 megawatt (MW) of hydropower by 2020 seems to be fading.  In the next five years and three months, we will have to construct hydropower projects that will generate 8512MW if we are to meet the ambitious target. In other words, the 2,640MW Kuri-Gongri, the 2,560MW Sankosh and the 540MW Amochu projects should start in the immediate years, given that it is not easy to built mega projects, and delays are a part of building them.  In addition, there should [... Read More]

A good time to reflect

The season of festivals is come. This is the time of year that traditionally marks the end of toil and deprivation. This, the tenth month of the Gregorian calendar, is the time when we celebrate and welcome new beginning with hopes, prayers and good wishes. Perhaps, this holiday season is also time for us to look back on the journeys we made together as a nation through the many difficulties along the way.  However, a new mood of optimism seems to have awakened, and we [... Read More]

Court case coverage

A highlight of the response of the lawyer representing former royal advisory councillor, Chang Ugyen, to the prosecutor’s (OAG) rebuttal yesterday, was not to allow media in the courtroom, and thereby stop coverage of the trial. The idea is clear. They feel that with media  covering the proceedings of the case, two trails are being conducted simultaneously – one by the court and the other by the media.  They also expressed concerns that media coverage could influence judgment of the case, which the public is [... Read More]

Apportioning the tourism pie

It’s been over a decade since the tourism sector felt the need to diversify products to cash in on the country’s second highest hard currency earner. The need, however, has not translated into reality, and there are many factors that impede product diversification. In the past 20 years, since the tourism sector grew with increasing number of visitors each year, the concentration of arrivals has been during the peak seasons. Meanwhile, the peak seasons, which are spring and fall, during which the Paro and Thimphu [... Read More]

Defanging the national game

There is simply no reason why our national sport, archery, should be dangerous.  This our cherished national pastime, the game that is an integral part of our culture, however, is increasingly becoming a fatal diversion. In ancient times, after our ancestors had come some way from dwelling in caves and using crude stone tools, the use of bows and arrows to hunt for food and to defend themselves signified a leap ahead in the history of human evolution.  As our society gradually became more cohesive, [... Read More]

A vice that won’t go away

The small hospital in Trashigang revealed a big problem that is eating into the health and wealth of the dzongkhag. The dzongkhag, going by records with the hospital, is replete with problems related to alcohol.  If the government and civil societies have been carrying out awareness campaigns related to alcohol, they have not helped or been effective.  The hospital recorded 310 cases in 2013, of which 15 died, averaging more than one a month.  Most who died were in the age group between 20 and [... Read More]

What Make in India can mean to Bhutan

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday launched an ambitious initiative called the “Make in India”.  The launch in India was attended by the who’s who of Indian business.  Hundreds of top business representatives also attended the live telecast in more than a dozen countries, indicating the impact of the initiative. The move is to make India a global manufacturing hub.  And by evening the initiative was receiving good reviews with huge expectations that it will transform the Indian economy, the 10th largest in the world. [... Read More]

The onus is on us

Bhutan will start financing the purchase of pentavalent vaccines from 2016.  It will be done through the Bhutan Health Trust Fund, as the co-financer, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), is withdrawing its support. It will be a huge burden to the fund, which is entrusted to sustain and promote primary health system through the ensured supply of critical vaccines and essential drugs.  The trust fund had been financing the purchase of essential drugs from this fiscal year.  An additional Nu 7.5M will be [... Read More]

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