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From houses to homes

As did all the dzongkhags and communities in the country, Changjiji housing complex in Thimphu organised cultural programmes on Tuesday to celebrate the 59th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.  But the higher purpose of the celebration for the people of Changjiji was to bring together the fast disintegrating community.  What an auspicious occasion indeed! Modernity has given us an awful lot of good things.  Our health and education systems in particular stand testimony to that.  At the same time, we have helplessly lost [... Read More]

The perfect gift

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay’s address to the nation in Changlimethang ground yesterday, at the launch of the 60th birth anniversary, was packed with messages. The Prime Minister, in paying tribute on behalf of the people of Bhutan, touched every aspect of the enlightened leadership his Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo provided us in his 34 years of reign. The address spoke the minds of most Bhutanese in thanking the selfless leadership of His Majesty in steering the country to what it is now. Following the [... Read More]

A moment to pay tribute

As  the nation comes together to celebrate the 59th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, officially launching the onset of the 60th birth anniversary of the Druk Gyalpo next year, there is a big question ringing in many an ear.  What is the especial significance of 60? While everyone is trying to interpret their own take on the number 60, the importance of the day goes much beyond the birth anniversary celebrations.  We are honouring the service of a monarch, who best [... Read More]

Focus on education

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee identified education as one of the many areas as a vision for future cooperation before he landed in the country on his two-day state visit. On Saturday, the government of India handed over a cheque of Nu 1.3B, of which the highest chunk is for the School Reform Programme.  The government of India had committed Nu 3.5B in all towards this project.  The reform programme is initiated to improve the quality and efficiency of the education system.  One way to do [... Read More]

Ensuring security

As family members of the truck drivers still held in captive by kidnappers across the border in Gelephu remain in shock, and try to come to terms with what has happened to them, there is an air of optimism on security prospects along the southern border. A 30-kilometre wall is being planned to secure the border from Gelephu to Singye gewog.  The porous border and the thick jungle provided a safe haven for miscreants across the border to come and rob or kidnap innocent villagers.  [... Read More]

Visits that bind ties

Iis not often that a country gets to host a President and the Prime Minister of the same country in the same year.  Rare is it to receive them within months of each other.  The two-day state visit by the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, six months after India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, therefore makes it a special year. We need not doubt the reasons for top leaders from India visiting the country.  It signifies the importance the two nations attach to one other.  As [... Read More]

Compulsory contributions

Bhutanese are fairly generous when it comes to contributing to a good cause.  That’s why we have many coming forward, some even donating their entire month’s salary, to renovating monuments, or when disasters strike. Contributions are also made, big and small, during fund raising campaigns, like the now yearly Move for Health walk campaign.  When the walk was first initiated, there was widespread support for it.  The smallest local community got involved in one way or the other, even if they didn’t have cash to [... Read More]

More to the convenience of voters

Druk Nyamrup tshogpa is pointing out a pertinent issue on the minds of many Bhutanese.  The party has explicitly, backed by facts and figures, assessed the need for change in the election Act related to voting. The party is recommending absentee in person voting facility.  In other words, voting from the place of residence.  This issue came up several times, mostly after elections, but didn’t go beyond the discussions.  The party’s effort is laudable.  They have a comprehensive report that looks into almost every aspect [... Read More]

Reservations about reservation for women

The Assembly’s legislative committee will propose a minimum of 30 percent seat reservation by all political parties for women, when the election Act is put up for amendment. But even as we rationalise the clauses and sections to be amended, what would be a new clause, the 30 percent reservation, could be a bone of contention when it is deliberated in Parliament.  The debate is already starting, with some calling it a bold move and others, a big gamble. The intention – to improve women [... Read More]

Making civil service attractive

Some manner of glamour and security.  That’s about all our civil servants have had so far, even as their contribution to the making of the nation is immense.  They are paid by far less compared to professionals in the corporate and private sectors. This is one of the main reasons why some of the best and the brightest we have in the civil service are leaving today.  Time was when the government provided the best job opportunities.  The allure of the zhiyops is fast fading.  [... Read More]

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