Human-wildlife conflict is not new to Bhutan. Almost everyday, we hear of wild boars rampaging rice fields or predators maiming or killing livestock.
This time around, it is wasps that were in conflict with humans. It pains to learn that three people, including a nine-month old baby, died in the past week from wasp stings. The Zhemgang dzongkhag officials are trying find out why or what caused the wasp swarm to attack three people in a [... Read More]
The focus begins moving to Pemagatshel again for by-election that is scheduled for November 9.
The attraction is that the election will be held to replace the former prime minister, the dzongkhag’s champion, who chose to step down despite his stonking win during the general election.
The candidate to replace him being a woman makes the process all the more captivating.
Should she be elected, the candidate will make it among the already talked about poor women representation [... Read More]
The honeymoon period for most of the 2,400 university graduates is over, with the national graduates orientation programme coming to an end yesterday. Out of universities and colleges, and ready for the world of work, the NGOP, comes as a respite before they join the work force or, for some, the long queue for jobs.
Beginning today, some will retire to the corners of their rooms to gear up for the civil service entry exams, while [... Read More]
Unaware as they might have been, but much before the pilgrimage, the preparation for it has been one heck of a Buddhist teaching for most pilgrims bound for Singye Dzong.
Well the teaching began with spouses having to part with one another, parents reluctantly having to leave their children home, grandparents looking after their grandchildren having to painfully tear themselves away from them.
These are all a manifestation of the teachings of the Buddha himself, who in [... Read More]
In recent days, word is that the government is broke. Too broke to even pay salaries and travel claims of civil servants on official tours.
Fixed line telephones of some government agencies did play the familiar tune and voice when disconnected. This, for some, was proof that coffers were empty.
All this talk and speculation is linked to donor funds flowing into the country for the 11th Plan, particularly from India, Bhutan’s largest and most important development [... Read More]
It is a cold elbow nudge educationists are rendering the government’s consideration to allow class X and XII students another shot at the board examinations, should they fall through in their first attempt.
Some comments on online forums show disapproval for such a move that rests on the Cabinet table for passage through an executive order.
Studies to date, it remains uncertain if there are any conducted so far and at what scale, might show repeating as [... Read More]
There is reason to be happy in knowing that firewood or fuelwood consumption in Bhutan, which is one of the highest in the world, is decreasing.
Bhutan is known for its environment conservation policy, and it does not bode well when we are up there with countries without sound environment regulations as the highest firewood consumer. With an ambitious programme to electrify all households in the country by the end of this year, it will only [... Read More]
That Bhutan needs to diversify its economic base for a number of reasons has been a concern expressed for many years now.
With all the eggs in the hydropower basket policy, decision makers have long understood that, for a small landlocked import driven economy that is dependent on a single export commodity had all kinds of risks.
In recent years, investments in hydropower have increased and will continue in the years to come, with a ready market [... Read More]
A lot was said in so little a time.
Perhaps that is what could be said about the government’s first state of the nation report, which lasted slightly over an hour, unlike those of the previous government’s that exceeded more than three hours of detailed review of activities it undertook and plans and vision it held for the country.
There was not much undertakings to report about anyway of a government that took the helm just two [... Read More]
The rural poor have so much to look forward to from the government in the next five years.
Apart from promising power tillers and Boleros in chiwogs and gewogs, the government is now exploring the possibility of providing 100 units of electricity, free of cost, to the rural poor. They are also looking at providing a partial or full subsidy on electrical appliances used for cooking.
This is welcome news and a good initiative, as we have [... Read More]