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An enduring conflict

Human-wildlife conflict was prevalent in the past, is a major issue, at least for many in the rural areas today and will continue to persist even in future. The previous government was presented this growing, menacing problem, as were the assembly members that came before and they all left helpless to the desperate calls of the farmers. The problem, no doubt, is one the government today will be faced with and how they deal with it will probably define their tenure too. While the country [... Read More]

Balancing need with resource

Much to the relief of civil servants, the government yesterday announced that a pay commission has been formed to look into the salary and allowance revision of civil servants and local leaders. A salary raise is due, and the expectations were heightened when the government promised that civil servant pay would be raised within 100 days of its taking the reins of governance.  The last salary revision was in 2008, when the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa government took office. Whether it is a populist decision made [... Read More]

Violence against women

Home is supposed to be where people feel secure. But this is not necessarily so for many women, not just in the rural areas but even in urban towns of the country. This is what a recent study on violence against women in the country found. Home, in that case, is a place women should be wary about being in as much as they fell so about being outside. What does it tell of a society that is seen and often raved about by international [... Read More]

Medics in demand

As expected, the health ministry’s decision to announce vacancies for doctors, dental surgeons, dungtsos and graduate nurses on contracts, even before the civil service exams results, has raised some eyebrows. The ministry is recruiting medical professionals, even if they are “unsuccessful” in the civil service entry examinations. There will be questions asked, because landing a job straight after graduation is difficult.  The ratio of jobs and jobseekers are almost 1:10.  So, when there are opportunities for some without having to compete much, others may gripe. [... Read More]

Banks, businesses, share a fear

It  is quite a quandary the country’s financial institutions and private sector is caught up in. On the one hand, we have businesses, construction sector and industries that have, sort of, hit a wall. On the other hand, we have the financial institutions, which financed the establishment and construction of these very businesses and industries and today, fear that should their clients fall, god forbid, so would they. Some industries, it has been reported, have already closed and many are contemplating similar ends. Industrialists have [... Read More]

Urban blight

Cang Jalu residents, who woke up to the news of a murder, were not surprised.  They didn’t expect a body in their backyard, but they knew that safety was becoming an issue in the vicinity. It is not clear if the Indian national was stabbed to death at the site where his body was found yesterday morning.  But as police investigate the heinous crime, residents agree that the area is not safe.  Chang Jalu, few years ago, was a vast stretch of paddy fields.  The [... Read More]

Not so social media?

There are those who use the internet for the best of advantages it accords, like broadening perspectives, disseminating vital information and forging contacts. There are also those who like to post their feelings almost as frequently as it changes during the day on social networking sites like the Facebook and Tweeter. Amid them are a few who misuse the space under the veil of anonymity to hurl personal attacks at individuals and unproven accusations against organisations. Such unproven, malicious and defamatory remarks posted online in [... Read More]

One seat much to vie for

A by-election, it is believed, can be worth campaigning for if the ruling party had a small majority. For the minority party, to gain one more seat becomes crucial if it helped in balancing power at the Parliament. Apparently neither seems to be the case with regards the by-election in the offing for Nanong-Shumar constituency in Pemagatshel. Yet, not only candidates of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP), but senior members of the party are bestirring harder than the candidates themselves, to [... Read More]

Dungsam hope

The country’s largest cement manufacturing plant has begun production. Well that raises several hopes for the country and its people in terms of the income it would generate for the country that is treading a difficult financial path. Then there is this employment it would provide for many Bhutanese, including graduates that are scouring for jobs and above all to change the face of a place that has been deprived of its development potentials for decades for security reasons. Since works on it began, floods, [... Read More]

Food for thought

“Aloo (potato in Lhotshamkha) in the morning Aloo at noon time, and Aloo when the sun goes down!” Fed up with potatoes, this is a song composed by boarding students in the early 1980s.  Perhaps exaggerated, but it is evidence that the school feeding programme had long been skewed towards carbohydrates, and the nutrition problem in school meals is an old issue. We will know tomorrow whether the cabinet will approve the proposal to increase the stipend for school feeding programme from Nu 1,000 to [... Read More]

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