Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 - 6:31 AM
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With respect to city buses

One of government’s pledges to be fulfilled within 100 days of its taking office and one that was realised yesterday designating seats in city buses for the elderly, pregnant women and people with special needs. This might seem like a little initiative, but it is a start to many such socially responsible and important initiatives that will reflect what the Bhutanese society has always been known for. Courteous was what most Bhutanese were considered, but over the years, save for its façade that is reserved [... Read More]

Safety compromised?

In 1987, a ‘concerned citizen’ wrote to Kuensel’s Letter to the Editor page, questioning the safety of those visiting the Mebartsho.  That was following a death of a schoolboy who fell into the holy lake. One week later, another letter suggested restoring the footpath and making a platform for visitors.  By then, four lives were lost, according to the letter.  After the unfortunate incident on October 30, where an Indian couple drowned after falling into the lake, many are questioning the safety standards at the [... Read More]

An infusion of financial life

The receipt of the first billion Rupees on Tuesday as grant from India towards the government’s economic stimulus plan should raise hopes for businesses that have stagnated in the absence of credit to fuel growth. As it is, the media these days carry quite a few stories as well as notifications, complete with image, of people who have taken loans and missed paying installments for several months. In a number of cases, businesses are defaulting because they have not been paid for work done for [... Read More]

Of govt.’s first 100 days pledges

The government’s claim that it was able to achieve some of its pledges it promised to fulfill within the first 100 days of taking office sounds reassuring. Yes, within that 100 days it was able to fulfill a third of the 34 pledges, but what matters to the people is that it did try to pursue them and the 11 pledges it realised is testimony of that effort. In other words, it is at least serious about the commitments it made during the election, of [... Read More]

Few takers yet

As the prime minister expressed, during his lecture at the RIGSS last Friday, nothing would be like it if Bhutanese chose to commute in environmentally friendly electric powered vehicles. Electricity is an abundant resource that could cheaply power electric cars a Bhutanese entrepreneur has tested and built to suit the Bhutanese hilly terrain. The best part of it all is Bhutan could reduce the growing dependence and addiction to fossil fuels, which, as the PM rightly mentioned, eats away almost everything earned through existing hydropower [... Read More]

Build but destroy

That the country’s capital city is still developing is evident from the flurry of activities going on, with or without loans.  And though core Thimphu city has not finished with building, it is now extended to the outlying areas. Even as we keep building the city, a lot of us have to negotiate with the unprecedented mess that is caused by the activity, especially from private house constructions.  As it is, we do not have the best infrastructure in the first place and, when it [... Read More]

The Aussie experience

The talk of the town for the past several weeks has been about the growing number of Bhutanese heading off to Australia to further their education. In day-to-day conversations, numbers are generally rattled off to indicate a sort of exodus. Examples are the long lines waiting to get medical clearances, people in all sectors resigning to do the paperwork and running around, half the Drukair flight to Bangkok full of people heading for Down Under. For Bhutanese, Australia has been a destination for higher studies [... Read More]

What the ketamine case says

The recent ketamine case with regards which officials of the attorney general’s office found no legal basis to prosecute suspects involved in smuggling the substance raises several issues. How is it that ketamine, an anesthetic substance, was not among the list of those controlled ones in the country? If that was the case, on what basis were the suspects, three of them arrested? While they may be released today, what happens to them should the substance be included among those controlled substance? Will the case [... Read More]

Letters from yesteryears

A volunteer with the college of natural resources in Lobesa recently discovered about 100 unsent letters and postcards in a letter box in Misina.  Some of the post cards, posted by tourists, were dated three years ago.  This astonished and prompted him to write the story of his discovery, which this paper published. There is every reason for him to be surprised at the state of the postal service, although officials rule it out as an isolated case, and the fate of the postcards addressed [... Read More]

Teacher trouble

Totaling close to 8,000 in number, teachers make up almost 35 percent of the civil servants employed by the government. And they are the most important segment of the civil service, with the noble mandate of laying the brick and mortar work for the nation’s future. Yet, if they hold such an important responsibility, why is it that the teaching profession is beleaguered with all kinds of issues, from low morale to low satisfaction?  There are obviously problems. The most recent education statistics indicate that, [... Read More]

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