Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - 6:30 PM

Celebrating His Majesty’s birthday

As Bhutanese come together once again to celebrate His Majesty the King’s birthday today, and offer prayers for a long a healthy life to His Majesty the King, there is so much to celebrate.

Beyond the festivities, we are celebrating the Druk Gyalpo as the symbol of unity for the country and the population, even as we undergo unprecedented political transformation. We are also celebrating the wisdom of a King, who recognises the weakest and the [... Read More]

On Ed City again

There is a new twist in the so-called Education City story.

While the land on which the city will be built is embroiled in controversy with regard to its legality, an Indian business school, the International Institute of Knowledge Management, has expressed interest in starting a teacher training college at the complex.  IIKM is the first business to officially submit its letter of interest.

Going by what IIKM said, the Education City secretariat has acknowledged the interest [... Read More]

A win-win contract

The department of forest and park services’ policy of paying for environmental services, also called as paying for ecosystem in some countries, is a good policy that should be welcomed, if it can be translated into action.

If such a policy can help both reduce poverty and save natural resources, both priorities of the government for a long time, it deserves full support and top priority.  It is, like we often say, to kill two birds [... Read More]

What’s in a language?

There is a Bhutanese phrase that sums up quite well the issue of our school students, especially in the context of the recent class XII results, where performance in English language and literature had drastically dropped.

Well this comes at a time when Bhutanese school are already being criticised for performing poorly in Dzongkha, the national language.

The phrase goes so: “Know not the language of the other, lose that of one’s own”.

Most schools in the country [... Read More]

Bridging the gap between Act and actionable

The Speaker of the National Assembly summed up what should be done, when it came to amending the narcotics drugs and psychotropic substance Act.

Cutting short the deliberations on the amendment of the Act, the Speaker said the need is a “harsh but implementable” Act.

Drug is fast becoming a problem, and a harsh law will deter people from both peddling and abusing it.  At the same time, if the Act is not practical, it will remain [... Read More]

Goings on about town

The debate in the assembly on whether the country’s 20 dzongkhags should have a thromde (town) and a yenla thromde (satellite town) each, ran more along the veins of chicken and egg riddle.

Whether to wait for towns as they, in time, graduated into a full-fledged one, or create the instruments like elected thrompons (mayors) and representatives among others, so they would stimulate the growth of a town.

While some members of the Parliament said much before [... Read More]

Actions speak louder than plans

Those attending a talk on government performance and management system yesterday could not have agreed more with the speaker when he said the difference between developed and developing nation is the gap between rhetoric and action.

The speaker, Performance Management Division Secretary, Government of India, Dr Prajapati Trivedi, shared the Indian experience, but it was easier to relate to them.

The message was that implementation is the key to better performance, a familiar message we have been [... Read More]

The sum is always more

Recently assembly members discussed autonomy of the national referral hospital from civil service, yesterday it discussed that of the Anti-Corruption Commission’s.

Much before the elections, there were several other institutions that discussed and sought their independence from civil service.

There were talks of the Royal Institute of Management and National Statistical Bureau also looking to be de-linked from civil service.

It was a little different in the case of tourism council secretariat that was not very keen on [... Read More]

A little help, please?

The National Council’s call for intervention in the construction industry, especially in the housing sector, is timely if not late.

In fact, those in the industry had been requesting the government for some intervention, as escalating cost of materials, restrictions and high interest on loans has made the housing industry suffer in recent years.  The restriction, in the form of a ban on loans, aggravated the problem and house rents are spiraling.  This is happening everywhere [... Read More]

Autonomous public hospital, what it means

Medical professionals’ favouring national referral hospital’s autonomy conveys a subtle message.

Like institutions that have sought and gained autonomy from the civil service in the past, their wishes too are to break away from the bureaucratic complexities.

Apparently what doctors at the national referral hospital have indicated for insisting on such a move was because they believe, autonomy brought them freedom from the shackles of civil service rules and regulations.

The layers of processes civil service norms entailed, [... Read More]

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