Thursday, April 24th, 2014 - 9:12 PM

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]

Mining loopholes

Villagers of Khariphu in Thimphu are at loggerheads with a mining company over the renewal of the lease they granted years ago to mine limestone above the village.

The proprietor wants to renew the licence. He had done it for the last 10 years. But villagers have changed their mind and are not willing to sign documents that would allow him to continue mining.

Villagers say that mining activities are affecting health of the village people and [... Read More]

Managing water

Bhutan joined the international community to observe the World Water Day on Saturday.

Besides the songs, dances and skits schools performed to observe the Day, the focus this year was on a rural community in Mongar. About 157 households of remote Kengkhar and Jurmey received water filters as a solution to their water shortage problem.

Depending on rain for drinking water, the community will, as long as the filters last, have safe drinking water. Jurmey and Kengkhar [... Read More]

Putting the brake on electric cars

There is a twist in the electric car story with the central bank directing banks not to sanction loans to buy electric or utility cars.

A ban on vehicle loan already stands and the central bank decision has come as a disappointment to those waiting to drive a new car, electric or motor driven.

But more than to individuals, it comes as a slap to the government’s policy of switching to electric cars. The government is promoting [... Read More]

Unsustainable consumption?

A highlight of the discussion yesterday at the Imagine Change local forum in Thimphu was on a concept called sustainable consumption, that is “largely unexplored” in the country.

Although only a handful of local participants attended, hopefully not an indication of lack of interest in the concept, it should be explored even as we discuss the New Development Paradigm.

The first question that springs is should Bhutanese be concerned about sustainable or unsustainable consumption? Are we consuming [... Read More]

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