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 [... Read More]
“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 [... Read More]
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 [... Read More]
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 [... Read More]
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 [... Read More]
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 [... Read More]
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, [... Read More]
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 [... Read More]
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 [... Read More]
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 [... Read More]