Thursday, November 27th, 2014 - 6:02 AM
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(De) valuing local festivals

There were not many locals at the Paro dzong courtyard yesterday where the annual tsechu is going on. Like one Thimphu resident who returned after the first day said, there were just as many locals as there were tourists. This is not a trend isolated to Paro alone, but one that has been noticed in many other festivals across the country, more so in dzongkhags surrounding the capital city. Local festivals, especially tsechus, besides being a religious event to feel blessed and cleansed of sins, [... Read More]

Where are we on anti-corruption drive?

Much has been achieved in the country’s efforts towards fighting corruption, yet much remains to be done. In less than a decade since the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) was established, many incidents of dishonest and fraudulent conducts, especially in terms of misuse of public money, by those in power including their subordinates, were exposed, charged and taken to task. The embarrassment that brought those involved in corrupt practices, to an extent, acted as a deterrent initially, so much so that the mere mention of ACC or [... Read More]

ESP should not stall the economy

The thrills and spills of economy is now upon us as the government injects 2.1 billion into the financial institutions to stimulate the country’s economy that’s not at all in a good shape. Even as the country’s economy slowed down to the extent that tough measures had to be taken, like stopping the housing loan to reduce Rupee outflow, our banks have excess money – Nu 13 billion altogether. That’s the total money our banks have in excess and is lying idle, and the government [... Read More]

Public confidence shaken?

With misappropriation, embezzlement and corruption cases frequently making headlines, our society may not be shocked nor are they disturbed when misappropriation of government funds are reported. But when government officials are involved in robbing the public that they are supposed to help, it is disturbing. And it can be more disturbing when people in distress are robbed of what they are entitled to recover from disasters. The Anti-Corruption Commission is on a case where dzongkhag and local government officials had allegedly misappropriated about Nu 590,000 [... Read More]

The illegal rupee trade

There are eyebrows raised even as the Office of the Attorney General prosecute the 13 people, which include bank officials, alleged for illegally repatriating Indian Rupee to the tune of millions. Scandals always excite the public, but when it involves bank or bank officials, there are reasons to worry. The case was detected recently and by the time the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) who stumbled upon it while investigating an immigration case, about INR 70M was already repatriated. What is more worrying is the ACC [... Read More]

Teacher shortage must be addressed

The news from Gaselo Higher Secondary School in Wangdue is no good news. The report puts the education sector on the limelight yet again. Schools, not just in the rural areas but also in the urban centres, are calling urgently for attention. Education being one of the biggest sectors, the education ministry has had always to face shortage of teachers against rising number of schools and students. We need only to hark back to the times when we had to recruit teachers from abroad to [... Read More]

Feeling aggrieved

With the Mongar district court asking about a dozen building owners in Gyalpoizhing to forfeit their buildings, the owners are feeling aggrieved. The building owners will appeal, some say they are already planning to. We can understand their grievances- not because forfeiting property to the state is painful and embarrassing, but because of reasons leading to the forfeiture, if ever they do. They claim that they are bearing the brunt of a mistake, which was not theirs. They claim that as far as they were [... Read More]

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 felt that would make decision making on the [... 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 business. An adage our judges, lawyers and legal [... 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 areas of business, governance and similarly in politics. [... Read More]

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