Friday, July 25th, 2014 - 7:33 AM

A continuous house anyway

The country witnessed the violation of a constitutional provision during the last National Council election as members resigned from office to contest for another term. That was following the apparent confusion with the interpretation of the council having to be a continuous house. The continuity of the house was compromised because it lacked a quorum to convene a sitting, just in case. The constitutional provision requires that council elections be held in a manner that it was reconstituted on the expiry of term of existing [... Read More]

Best of both worlds

In sharing their experiences following a brief stay in the capital city, without having to tell of their lifestyles back home, students from remote schools of Lhuentse left much for us urbanites to reflect on. They reminded us of what we were, not so long ago to what was becoming of us today. A platform from which to stop for a moment, our consumerism-fuelled revved up engines, and look back at the roots that dictates the country’s guiding philosophy, before we begin again this journey [... Read More]

What lies behind diplomatic ties

True that the sovereignty of the country, the course towards which, guided by our visionary monarchs and our forefathers, is secure today. As we see it today, there probably seems to be no threats to it. However, that sovereignty cannot be taken for granted. Various developments happening around the world are rather disturbing, particularly when it is about one powerful nation occupying a smaller one. It is true that various issues the country is faced with, the financial one being more pressing or important to [... Read More]

Wage on, not linger

More than any other vices that afflict the society, like alcohol and illegal drugs, our Parliament members are bent on discussing the already existing tobacco law. It seems as though the attempt is to try and amend the law until such a time the legislators feel satisfied with how the law reads, than working towards ensuring the existing law actually works as intended. Even the discussion in the hall has not changed one bit. It has become almost predictable of what the members are going [... Read More]

The cut and thrust of Question Hour

Call it a difference in interpretation or misinterpretation of National Assembly rules of procedures; the Assembly didn’t have their “Question Hour” session on Tuesday as planned. The question hour session, many say, is one of the interesting aspects of Parliament.  Not many follow the parliament session broadcast live, as they find it boring when members discuss legislation, and discussions are filled with legal jargon.  Unless the legislation being discussed is relevant to their agency or ministry, not many civil servants follow them. But the question [... Read More]

Secure the checkpoints

For what little gains, what big a stake our men at the gates in connivance with other players are risking, how can we not fathom? What the recent Anti-Corruption Commission investigations on the operation of labour recruitment agents, cabbies, immigration officials and police points out is a serious one, that of the country’s security. While the country was fortunate to not have faced any security threats so far because of such malpractices the commission pointed out in relation to people at the checkpoints, it would [... Read More]

Legislating a loophole?

The National Assembly, when discussing the Local Government Members’ Entitlement Bill 2014, resolved to allow members of local government, the tshogpa and thromde thuemis to engage in business, although they are elected officials. The Assembly is also discussing if the entitlement of the tshogpas and thuemis should be increased, with many already sharing that there was a need to raise benefits of elected representatives to local government. Local government is important, and it is good that lawmakers are recognising that.  Today, if there is a [... Read More]

Unexpected gifts of disasters

The country recently witnessed some of the worst disasters caused by fire, windstorms and the latest being the boat mishap in Zhemgang that grabbed most attention. Caught in the heat of such frenzied moments, we often miss out what emerges from these incidents. We have heard accounts of people going out of their way to help others, kindness of total strangers towards the affected to temper the blow of natural disasters. The word altruistic used to describe these unsung heroes falls far short, especially when [... Read More]

Reminding representatives of their responsibilities

There is an old Bhutanese saying which tells of how a King’s words of wisdom speaks of responsibility heavier than a hill, more precious than gold. There is no better place or appropriate time to reflect on this old adage than His Majesty the King’s address to the Parliament yesterday. Addressing the 72 elected representatives of the people, His Majesty reminded them of the nation’s priority. Among the many national goals, His Majesty singled out the importance of nurturing and strengthening democracy, the type that [... Read More]

For an informed local government

Concerns local leaders in the east have raised with respect to their being left out of trainings and workshops they deem important deserves some thought. They have pointed out tendencies among authorities to invite some gups and not the others. Probably like they said, if such gatherings are meant for the likes of them, everyone should be included. Why should some gups reap benefits, through what the trainings might teach them and in terms of occasional financial gains and not the others. It does not [... Read More]

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