The last day of the 2012 was business as usual for most people after all work must be done and a living must be made.
On the official calendar the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) observed for the first time its foundation day at its new headquarters in Jungshina, Thimphu.
His Majesty the King attending the function was a major morale booster for the employees of the fairly new constitutional body that has a challenging mandate to fulfill.
With [... Read More]
The most anticipated night of the year the world over is here.
New Year’s Eve, although not all that looked forward to in our society, is at least observed as the last day of the year, the day before ushering in the new one, according to the Gregorian calendar.
In the urban towns and centres, it is mostly marked by celebration of friends than with families, gathering around a public venue, usually in discotheques and bars, to [... Read More]
Reports from some parts of the interiors indicate that there is no frenzy yet, like there was six winters ago, in the run up to the first general elections in March 2008.
Compared to the winter of 2007, the winter of 2012 is quieter, and perhaps colder as well, because of the cold wave sweeping across parts of northern India.
But if one actually goes back to the run up to the 2008 elections, the electorate did [... Read More]
What could possibly be going through the minds of the people in Chali village in the eastern district of Mongar?
Definitely not very comforting thoughts, even though annual religious ceremonies and rituals are being performed for the coming year.
How could one have comforting thoughts, when important religious ceremonies for the family and the community have to be performed in a month that is considered danag or inauspicious?
Doing so would be considered taboo in the past, but [... Read More]
The next elected government will not have to worry about the economy’s growth, at least when measured in terms of GDP, even with the current liquidity and rupee crunch choking new initiatives and strangling existing ones.
With the pre-construction work of four joint venture hydropower projects to start in the middle of next year, just as the new government is formed, the 11th plan is going to be in many ways the hydropower development years.
With the [... Read More]
The centenary children’s park in Thimphu is a place where children go to play, walk and run around in a safe environment.
It is not a place where they go to die. But for the toddler, who was on the verge of turning two, that is what the park turned into.
The unsecured roller iron-gate at the entrance, which was accidentally pushed by some kids playing at the park, fell and fatally injured the toddler passing by [... Read More]
All this while, society looked askance at the ability of the Bhutanese to keep away from alcohol.
It was steeped in Bhutanese culture, from gatherings to official functions to festivals, so we would say.
A tradition it was, which began as an expression of jubilation, right from the birth of a child, that flowed through its life and followed it to the crematorium.
Bhutanese children are exposed to alcohol earlier on in life, the moment they enter a [... Read More]
Some of the reactions at home to the Endeavour scholarship results announced last week, which saw only one Bhutanese applicant go through, seemed to suggest that Australia owes us something.
This is utterly ridiculous and embarrassing, to say the least.
Hopes were high among applicants, who numbered around 2,000 by one estimate, considering the numbers that got scholarships last year. There were also rumours afloat that some scholarships slots for some other country had been allocated to [... Read More]
Some lower secondary students, seeking admission earlier this week in Mothithang higher secondary school for the 2013 academic session, have not yet gotten over the hard line the school authorities took.
They took the liberty to talk down and lecture both the students and some parents, who had come along, for the slightest of reasons, from long hair, to no admissions for tattoos, to only ‘satisfactory’ grades for character traits.
But it was clear to see where [... Read More]
It is the month for pilgrimage, this December.
Pilgrimage to the Indian state of Bihar, to Nepal and, this year, some long-drawn blessings (wang) within the country, began with the one in Phuentsholing some time in January.
A similar month-long ceremony recently concluded at Gelephu, before moving on to Punakha.
There is nothing like the sight of mingling of Bhutanese from various parts of the country, travelling for days to congregate at the wang venue.
Devoutly religious people all [... Read More]