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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]

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]

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