South Asia, according to Reporters Without Borders, was not a safe place for journalists in 2013. A total of 22 journalists were killed in the line of duty, with most of the perpetrators enjoying impunity.
There is nothing for us to be alarmed at with the report. Bhutan may be clubbed in the group, but it is probably one of the safest places for journalists to practise their trade. Forget harassment or death threats, in fact, [... Read More]
How stringent is stringent, when it comes to laws to dissuade drug peddlers from bringing in psychotropic substances that find ready users in the country, mostly youth.
This was what a civil society organisation that initiated a campaign recently, rallying support from random individuals around the capital city and those residing in towns across the country, wanted.
It had prepared a petition demanding a legislation spelling out stiff penalties against drug peddlers.
Save for the element of such [... Read More]
Gauging from the Pay Commission’s initial findings vis-à-vis much awaited pay hike for civil servants and that of Parliament members including minister, prospects of a likely raise look rather bleak.
The government was under pressure to look into revising, in that raising civil servant’s pay package because they did not want to renege on their election promise.
Therefore, the Pay Commission was formed as the Constitution required for the purpose of revising salaries for public servants and [... Read More]
The road safety authority is coming down hard on those who have not changed ownership of second hand vehicles sold or bought. The announcement alarmed many.
If a quarter of the total vehicles in the country have changed hands, but not transferred the ownership, it is a lapse on the part of the authority. There is a standing rule saying ownerships should be changed within 15 days of the transaction. While there is no up to [... Read More]
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 [... Read More]
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 [... Read More]
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 [... Read More]
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 [... Read More]
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 [... Read More]
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 [... Read More]