24 June, 2010 – This week a member of the legislature was fatally injured when an arrow hit him on the head. The accident was extreme, but not new or surprising.A few months ago, doctors at the referral hospital in Thimphu removed a metal arrow from a boys head. In Paro, a man died on the spot after an arrow hit on his head, and a journalist narrowly escaped serious injury to the [... Read More]
23 June, 2010 – When it comes to the civil service bill, the most immediate expression that comes to mind would be confusion.People, who are following proceedings in parliament, are totally confused as to where it is going. Even the parliamentarians, who have discussed the bill again and again and again, are also confused.
The civil service bill was first heard of in 2007, when it was introduced in the then unicameral parliament to be [... Read More]
22 June, 2010 – Someone rightly pointed out that Bhutanese dont think all that far ahead, and that policies normally follow where implementations fail.The same could be said about the countrys bold move towards democratisation, which though it took off well is, midway through its first term, is troubled by the financing of political parties.
A democracy without political parties is no democracy at all, and our first democratically elected government discussed again in earnestness challenges [... Read More]
21 June, 2010 – Last Fridays public consultations on the power tariff revision proposal in Thimphu saw a number of people attending, but very few representing the general public.There were people from the Bhutan power corporation limited, the Druk Green power corporation, the Bhutan electricity authority, the royal audit authority, other related government organisations, the media and a sizeable group from the private sector, mainly the industrial houses, who are the major power consumers within [... Read More]
19 June, 2010 – It has been quite a while since our parliament has been discussing the civil service bill. There is no doubt that the bill has to be discussed to the bare bone, because it will govern more than 24,000 civil servants in the country. And it is only through discourse that we bring out the best.Civil servants are the backbone of the government machinery and there is a need for [... Read More]
18 June, 2010 – While many Bhutanese are caught up in the debate over the increased car tax and watch the World Cup in the comfort of their homes, two gewogs in Trashiyangtse are trying to get to the other side of the Kholongchu.On January 27, a huge falling boulder from the road construction above damaged the suspension bridge, making it unsafe for villagers to cross. The brave and the strong still use the [... Read More]
17 June, 2010 – Get ready to pay more for goods and services.
Word has been going around for sometime that plans are afoot to broaden the revenue base; and now it seems to be taking shape.There is already a proposal to raise electricity tariffs. Water supply and sewerage services in Thimphu city are also going to go up slightly, starting next month; and, from today, all vehicle imports entering the country will be [... Read More]
16 June, 2010 – Upholding law and order is not like it used to be, particularly after the transition to a democratic form of government two years ago.That is what police superintendents from all across the country who are gathered in Thimphu for a leadership workshop essentially had to say.
A more aware and informed public are increasingly challenging the role of the police in maintaining law and order, by demanding to exercise their fundamental rights.
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15 June, 2010 – The much awaited summer is here, but Thimphuites are not enjoying it. There is no rain to make the summer pleasant and everybody is feeling the heat.Many say that the last few days have been extraordinarily hot, but we heard them say the same thing last year, the year before and for many years in the past. Thimphus summer temperature has been averaging 28 to 29 degrees Celsius. [... Read More]
14 June, 2010 – Tshong machap, Tsi chap is an old Bhutanese expression that encapsulates a basic tenet that anyone venturing into business should follow.It means, Dont do business, do your accounts. This expression obviously took birth a long time ago, when business and trading for the Bhutanese trader was more of a barter system.
Of the many things, it also indicates that Bhutanese traders of the past knew what to watch when on business, [... Read More]