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A noble initiative, but …

There are more than a thousand jobs on offer from the labour ministry under its guaranteed employment programme.  Surprisingly, there are not many takers. This has lead to employment officials in the ministry feingel that jobseekers are not serious about employment.  They are right.  If there are serious jobseekers, affected by the rising unemployment problem, the ministry should be overwhelmed with applications. That is not happening.  Are our youth not desperate for jobs?  At least employment officials are starting to feel that.  The programme, initiated [... Read More]

The kidnapping racket

One thing is clear from the recent incidence of people from across the border kidnapping hapless Bhutanese citizens.  Security along the borders should be a priority for the government, both local and central, and with a red-flag urgency. As if to thumb their noses at our government and security forces, another two men were kidnapped even as the four Norbugang residents were returned.  The incident happened on the same day. This says a lot of things.  The miscreants were not deterred by the recent events, [... Read More]

Risks of home deliveries

One in every four women prefers to deliver at home. The numbers have been decreasing compared with the past.  In 2000 about 20 percent preferred to institutional deliveries. This increased to 74 percent in 2012. But these are numbers and somehow fail to relay the humane aspects related to complications that can be faced during and after delivery. Most recently, a woman almost lost her life, after she failed to deliver placenta which resulted into postpartum bleeding. What was supposed to be a few hours [... Read More]

What’s the big deal?

To the average Bhutanese, who has not been to any trade fair outside the country, the idea of one would be a shopping spree – at an inflated price. This is the image the ongoing trade fair can impose on visitors, as there is not much to be exposed to, or learn from, the fair.  It is no exaggeration to say that the trade fair organised every year in the country will be remembered for the bura kiras, statues, carpets, kitchen wares, toys and cane [... Read More]

A shot in the arm for Art

Voluntary Artists’ Studio of Thimphu (VAST) – Bhutan getting registered as a civil society organisation (CSO) is another feather in the cap worn by the art community. It should be so for the nation as well, for without art, what is life? This is not a random statement, for what truly is a society and its culture, tradition and values, if not for the creative processes and products to reflect, document and share it? For the art community, which extends beyond VAST, its studios, galleries [... Read More]

A second bash at building Bhutanese

A World Bank specialist, expressing his impression of Bhutan, wrote that Bhutanese are not valuing our traditional buildings.  That was quite a statement, but rightly so, if we look around, especially in Thimphu. Except for few buildings constructed with strict architectural conditions and with government or donor fund, there is not much to be proud of when we talk of traditional architecture in housing these days.  This is after decades of enjoying almost legendary fame of how we built our dzongs, lhakhangs and even houses. [... Read More]

The tricky business of official travel

Are our civil servants paid too little to travel around the country?  Rather, are they paid too much, beyond what they actually spend, while on tour? Civil servants in Zhemgang are not happy with the dzongda for doing away the pony charges, unless he approves their use while officials propose tours.  The civil service rule entitles an official both porter and pony charges while on tour to places without motorable roads. This rule is very clear.  If officials use porter or pony and pay them, [... Read More]

Bodybuilding makes it big

From just a hobby for a few fortunate ones, who had exposure and the infrastructure to work out in, bodybuilding has hit the Bhutanese sports arena as one of the most popular sports. Notwithstanding its late entry, the popularity and success has led to athletes representing the country at both regional and international tournaments.  Medals are now starting to accompany them home. The latest were two athletes, one a woman, who won bronze competing at the 48th Asian Bodybuilding, Fitness and Physique Sports championship held [... Read More]

Exploited labour exposure?

Labour officials in Samdrupjongkhar have taken a bold decision.  They have warned companies in Samdrupjongkhar and Pemagatshel for not regularising temporary workers, who had been working for more than six years. While we wait for the follow up actions, it would be interesting to know what will happen to the companies and the workers themselves.  The rule is clear.  Companies, which employ workers on a temporary basis, should regularise them after six months. This will have repercussions.  The worker would gain in many ways.  He [... Read More]

Tackling cyber crime

A midst a growing concern for cyber crime, the government has decided to clamp down hard on these new age criminals.  In the next few weeks or months, we will see some developments, be they in legislation or infrastructure set up, to tackle the growing problem. While cyber crime encompasses any criminal act, basically all crimes that are conducted online, what prompted the government to get tough, perhaps, was the recent incidents of distributing amateur pornography materials, mostly on the mobile network. Lyonchhoen has instructed [... Read More]

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