Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - 11:52 PM
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Hollow signs of prosperity

Gone are the days, halcyon ones for building owners in the capital city, who could once lease out their apartments to people desperately looking for a place to live in for rents they charged at their whims. Today, there are more buildings than there are tenants to rent them. This rings quite akin to the other phrase we have grown used to hearing in recent years, of there being more graduates than there are jobs available in the market. In the last five years the [... Read More]

Crossing the land hurdle

Land has always been a thorny issue.  And going by recent trends in the capital city, the scramble for land is becoming a strong trend.  It will not stop here.  We will see it happen in many other towns. We can see it become only worse.  Therefore, it is all the more important to address it now, because of the diminishing spaces and soaring value of land, especially in urban Bhutan. The government, the Thimphu thromde, in particular, has been unable to implement its plans, [... Read More]

Signs of today, caution for tomorrow

The fear of vacant households (gungtong) in the villages, emanating from rural-urban migration, was one the country always had more than a decade ago. Balanced development, in that taking modern amenities that came with country’s progress was seen as a possible solution to this problem then, which in absence of any today, continues to be still. Today, many villages have been connected with farm roads, the lifeline, as villagers in the once remote parts of the country put it then. Other fruits of development barely [... Read More]

Lapses in implementation?

Anywhere in the world, immigration laws and laws regarding citizenship are stringent. Implementation of these laws is tougher and even tougher is penalties for violating them. The recent story of a mother, sentenced to six years in prison, for violating the country’s immigration law, but was released for a couple of months because she was pregnant, has many discussing the issue. Besides the one she just delivered at the national referral hospital, she had two other children to look after. The children’s father was also [... Read More]

Beyond spectator sportspersons

As  if for another sacred relic on display at the national stadium in Thimphu, thousands of football fans queued up in the freezing cold last evening. It was the football world’s nangten on show and many fans in the capital city got a rare opportunity to get up close with the FIFA World Cup trophy. Until 1999, Bhutan didn’t have television to watch live football’s most coveted price handed over to the winning team after the world cup finals.  Most saw the picture of the [... Read More]

A mirror on the media

Public trust in the media has declined over the years.  This is a damning report, one that should worry not just those in the media, but Bhutanese society as a whole. This is because the quality of media mirrors the values of our society.  If the findings of the study reflect Bhutanese society, there is every reason, like a media expert said, to be embarrassed. More worrisome was that the study perceived some of the local media as politicised and therefore carrying partisan views.  Media [... Read More]

Change we must

When His Majesty, in his National Day address said changing times brought with it new sets of problems, it meant we ought to change our ways of doing things too. That message was further elucidated in the later parts of the address when the King pointed out some perceptible flaws that afflicted the smooth delivery of public services. In deed, we have garnered much experience in crafting public plans and policies, many of which even some foreigners agree are sterling in nature, but when it [... Read More]

Civil service takes a bow

The 106th National Day recognised the importance of civil servants.  His Majesty the King awarded medals to thousands of civil servants across the country, including the National Order of Merit (Gold) to 261 civil servants, who retired between May 2011 and June 2013. The teaching faculty also saw 121 teachers receive the National Award of Merit for their exemplary service in the education sector. The awards have made civil servants and their families happy and should have lifted the spirits of those working in the [... Read More]

National Day

Today the nation celebrates its 106th National Day. What’s with the 106 and what’s so special about it to celebrate? So ask some of our youth along the streets of Norzin Lam. Much has changed in that many years. It is obviously easy to forget. Today, we live in a time where our young take so much interest in memorising lyrics of Justin Bieber or even of some Korean pop artists than the significance and symbolism of the day. It is not just with the [... Read More]

Preparing for the worst

Even before the people of Haa could recover from the damages inflicted by the 2011 earthquake, a windstorm has wrecked havoc in the dzongkhag yesterday morning damaging homes of hundreds of people. Among the affected ones were those, who had recently completed new construction or renovated their homes. The windstorm, which started early yesterday morning, also damaged schools, BHUs, lhakhangs and, across the country, with Haa, Paro and Punakha the worst affected. As the people are left amazed by the power of nature, nature has [... Read More]