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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]

Gold rush

With two more Indians caught at the Paro international airport yesterday, attempting to smuggle gold into the country, some of us are a little bit startled. There are enough reasons to be surprised. It was the third case in a row in three days, and the fourth in five months. It seems smugglers are becoming bolder because the news of the two arrests, the first one on Monday, appeared in the media, and the airline carrying copies of the newspaper didn’t deter them. Apart from [... Read More]

A stitch in time

Our health officials know lifestyle diseases leave a deep dent on the government’s coffers because in absence of expertise within the country, patients have to be referred abroad. Referrals have also increased over the years, an indication of more and more Bhutanese suffering from various lifestyle diseases. What development has brought with it is change in Bhutanese lifestyle, in that less manual work is required of them compared with what they were required to do some decades ago. What has not changed, however, is the [... Read More]

Better safe than sorry

Six people have lost their lives and another six are still missing in the tragic boat accident on Saturday in Panbang dungkhag. There is a sense of loss and helplessness as details of how the accident happened and the victims start to emerge, although it is not talked about as much as other accidents in recent months or years. The mishap happened in broad daylight when the rope that secured the boat and assisted it across the river snapped and the current washed the boat [... Read More]

Promoting local produce

The idea of selling local farm produce to local consumers, like schools and institutions was not new. It existed much before the previous government, triggered by the issue of Rupee shortage, began emphasising the need for locals to produce and consume locally. What that did was help people take the initial steps. Perhaps it is time the idea translate into, should we say, an all-out effort, especially with farmers having proved they can produce vegetables in quantities large enough to supply to schools and institutions [... Read More]

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