Thursday, April 24th, 2014 - 7:09 AM

Going electric

The Nissan Leaf electric car launched recently in the country is still making headlines around the world.

The idea appeals to the global media and audience as Bhutan has a strict environment conservation policy, and that it gels with the country’s development philosophy of Gross National Happiness.  At a time when an increasing number of cars is interpreted as progress, the government’s initiative to go electric has caught the world’s fancy.  Particularly, when a “tiny” country [... Read More]

Get serious about forest fires

It is more or less taken as a given to have a few forest fires every dry season, including major ones.

Similarly, to hear of officials reiterating every year of the lack of proper fire fighting equipment to better fight forest fires and gears for fire fighters is just as established.

That reason has existed for as long as the forest fires that it has become a cliché today.

Every year forest officials and other volunteers are seen [... Read More]

Selling tradition short

On any given day, it is common to see tourists, both foreign and those from the region, taking pictures of the one-storied traditional house on Norzin lam, opposite the clock tower square in the capital.

The little building, although sandwiched between two concrete structures, catches tourist attention because it is one of the few remaining traditional buildings on the city’s main thoroughfare.  Others were dismantled years ago and replaced by tall concrete buildings.  The capital’s residents [... Read More]

The lay of the land

The government has made its stand clear on the Education City project.

The best way out of the project that is being questioned about its legality, which the previous government started, was to close it down and not be a part of it, since land issues are involved that contravene the provision of the Land Act.

By washing off their hands off the project, which is mired in controversy, it is the best decision the government could [... Read More]

Beyond the nyagoe competition

A highlight of His Majesty the King’s birthday celebration in the capital was the competition among the five nyagoes that enthralled spectators at Changlimethang and those watching at home on television.

Apart from a few sympathising with the five village strongmen battling it out in the hot sun, the general consensus was the idea of the competition went down well with the public.

The organisers and the home ministry should be commended for the entertaining programs they [... Read More]

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]

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