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Detest retest

The news of having to reappear an examination is the last thing any university graduate wants to hear.  Therefore, some graduates of the BB Pradhan Management College in Kalimpong frantically called the Kuensel reporter to stop carrying the story about the possibility of having to re-sit their final semester exam. They fear that they would be disallowed to sit for the civil service entry examination after completing the preliminary stage. Following some cheating case during the examinations, the Sikkim Manipal University, to which the college [... Read More]

The drug blight

The Royal Bhutan Police is appealing to the public and youth to refrain from abusing drugs and getting involved in illegal drug business.  Starting from the capital, they will travel across the country making the same appeal. This move speaks volumes of the problems of drugs and controlled substances in the country.  Records with police show that, in less than eight months, 562 people were arrested, either for possession or illegal transaction of banned substances.  What is more worrying is that more than half of [... Read More]

Chicken and egg situation

Once again the universal predicament of raising animals or fowl for meat has emerged, this time during the recent dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) in Trashiyangtse. It’s not an issue of vegetarianism versus non-vegetarianism.  It’s an issue of who kills what and where for meat.  The answers are not practical.  But one cannot ignore religious sentiments either.  It is ironic too, because the lunch served during the tshogdu was not vegetarian.  The topic of discussion – chicken – was served hot. The dzongkhag tshogdu slammed down the [... Read More]

Sarpang’s kidnap concerns

While the fate of four men, including two students, abducted on August 7 evening, is not known, it’s clear what the intention of the abductors from across the border in Sarpang was. The miscreants, about 30 of them, who strolled across the porous border, want to make quick money and are aware that kidnapping Bhutanese is a good way, as they make easy prey. In just one and a half years, victims of kidnapping in Sarpang and Gelephu have paid Nu 1.7M in ransom to [... Read More]

A case of a bad carpenter?

Local leaders in Mongar are proposing to do away with community forests in the dzongkhag.  This is a blow to policymakers, especially those engaged in forest management in the country. The community forest idea is a touted as a good initiative in forest management and land use as it involves, empowers and gives communities ownership in managing the forest resources for income generation, while also preserving the ecology and catchment areas.  So, when local leaders feel that the initiative is causing discord rather than harmony, [... Read More]

Compact and efficient

It’s official.  The size of the civil service will not get bigger. The organisational development (OD) exercise has been initiated, and all decentralised recruitment frozen. The latest development is the announcement of vacancies in the civil service, which has been reduced by 68 slots compared with last year.  Only 436 of the 3,254 graduates, who have registered for the preliminary examinations, will be taken in. These are bold actions and geared towards a compact and efficient civil service.  It is not a myth that the [... Read More]

Finding a solution

The recent blasting at Gedaphu mining area has exposed a lot of controversy, besides marble and stone, to be mined. Every blasting is followed by residents complaining to the department of geology and mines of the damages it is causing to their houses.  In recent times, it has become more severe, with residents even appealing to courts, apparently not happy with the investigations of the DGM. Mining in Gedaphu or Jemina has been dogged by controversy for many years now.  We had villagers appealing to [... Read More]

Forward to the past?

More than two years after the blanket restriction on loans, the government is, step by step, lifting the restrictions, which many claim has brought many businesses to a halt. First to go was the restriction on the import of furniture and alcohol.  By the end of next week, restrictions on housing and vehicle loans will be lifted too, undoing all the restrictions put in place by the former government. A blanket ban on loans is bad for the economy.  Much of our growth is boosted [... Read More]

Possibly public enemy no. 1

Junk food, it has been established, is not good for health.  What’s also established, and gaining increasing criticism, is the impact junk food, packaged ones especially, has on the environment. This is in relation with the large amount of packaged and processed food offered at the altar in temples and monasteries as tshok. Most schools in the capital disallow students from bringing packaged food, like chips, biscuits and juices.  It’s called junk because it isn’t the sustenance required for proper nutrition and growth.  Parents are [... Read More]

Brewing a new way

Pemagatshel dzongkhag tshogdu has made a most sensible decision.  In what may be an unpopular move among the villagers, the tshogdu banned serving alcohol during gatherings and selling home brewed alcohol. The decision should be appreciated, considering that alcohol is a problem in the dzongkhag.  In fact, alcohol is a problem in the country, but our policies are mostly business friendly. In those parts of the country, alcohol is a part of daily life.  Some villagers begin their day with alcohol and end with it [... Read More]

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