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Council clears resignation confusion at long last

The confusion that lingered for the last almost two years with respect to National Council members’ resignation, finally comes to a fitting end.

Yesterday council members decided they could, in future stay in office, profit their retirement benefits and still contest for another term.

That was in keeping with the Supreme Court’s interpretation of a provision that had many legislators, lawyers and legal experts puzzling over what it was.

The Constitution stipulated the council had to be a [... Read More]

Two steps back?

Two commodities the country today can do without are foreign alcohol and furniture.

This is because, even with the ban on import of alcohol, there is no dearth of alcohol, both local and imported.  The ban, although short, on furniture has, for the first time, led to a small but fast growing local furniture industry.

So, when the Cabinet announced that they have lifted the ban on import of alcohol and furniture, there were more questions than [... Read More]

Wanting of more debate?

It is said legislators are often valued for their intelligent debates based on which decisions are made and long after they leave, the difference it makes in a society in future.

Perhaps people following assembly discussions, especially on the issue of a member’s resignation, expected too much from the members that they felt deliberations did not live up to their expectations.

Or was it that the expectations were fair but the members failed to touch on issues, [... Read More]

Lost and found

Last week, police and vehicle owners managed to bring back four Bhutanese trucks that were operating in the neighbouring Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

The first question that springs to mind is: what were the Bhutanese trucks doing in Arunachal Pradesh?  While some were hired out to contractors in the Indian state, others were trucks that went missing after they were sent for repair or to fetch goods.

Bhutanese losing vehicles is not new.  We keep hearing [... Read More]

What of the Education City?

What is going to happen to the Education City project?

Is it ever coming through, or is it going to be dropped?

These are the two questions on the minds of many Bhutanese, who have heard of the project and especially in the light of recent issues cropping up in relation to the project.

When the previous government initially proposed and later initiated the project, save for a few newspapers, which expressed skepticisms on the viability of such [... Read More]

Giving local leaders their due

Call it the need of the hour or a populist decision; there is some progress in the proposed Local Government Entitlement Bill.

The bill was not even on the agenda, but the National Assembly will take it up this session, so it could be deliberated on in the next session, or perhaps enacted in the summer session.

Notwithstanding the reasons, an entitlement bill is long overdue, considering the importance of elected leaders at the local level.

The need [... Read More]

The ill within

For whatever reasons the nation-wide drug bust operations are being carried out, but it is something that should have been done much earlier.

Not that it is late, but simply the thought that we could have saved one more life, had the intervention come in a little earlier, cannot be waived.

Many parents have had to suffer the pangs of losing their children to drug abuse, or were fighting to lure them to depend on support the [... Read More]

Take care of our teachers

One subject that is being discussed over and over again is the teaching profession or teachers.  We should welcome it.  In fact, it deserves more discussion, because we are talking about a profession that is perceived as not receiving as much attention as merits its importance.

The latest study on teachers’ job satisfaction is not encouraging.  It found that young teachers in the mid and early stages of their career are dissatisfied with their job.  This [... Read More]

Lift ban, tax heavy?

There has been words the central bank officials have advised the government to lift the ban on vehicle import and construction loans.

Although just an exchange of words, the news will make happy many, who have been waiting for such a move.

Initially, the previous government when it imposed the ban, it had said the move was a temporary one, in response to growing Rupee shortage and pressure on existing infrastructure of roads among other reasons.

In the [... Read More]

Trash talk or Clean-up time

Clean Thimphu, Green Bhutan … sounds familiar!

Keeping the capital city green and clean, Thimphu thromde’s slogan, has been the biggest challenge.  This is evident from the clogged drains, overflowing trash bins, garbage strewn all over the place, and rivers being used as a dumpsite.

The irony is that the problem was identified decades ago, when it was manageable.  A lot has changed since then – population, settlement, and consumption pattern – except the garbage problem.  Not [... Read More]

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