As if for another sacred relic on display at the national stadium in Thimphu, thousands of football fans queued up in the freezing cold last evening.
It was the football world’s nangten on show and many fans in the capital city got a rare opportunity to get up close with the FIFA World Cup trophy.
Until 1999, Bhutan didn’t have television to watch live football’s most coveted price handed over to the winning team after the world [... Read More]
Public trust in the media has declined over the years. This is a damning report, one that should worry not just those in the media, but Bhutanese society as a whole.
This is because the quality of media mirrors the values of our society. If the findings of the study reflect Bhutanese society, there is every reason, like a media expert said, to be embarrassed.
More worrisome was that the study perceived some of the local media [... Read More]
When His Majesty, in his National Day address said changing times brought with it new sets of problems, it meant we ought to change our ways of doing things too.
That message was further elucidated in the later parts of the address when the King pointed out some perceptible flaws that afflicted the smooth delivery of public services.
In deed, we have garnered much experience in crafting public plans and policies, many of which even some foreigners [... Read More]
The 106th National Day recognised the importance of civil servants. His Majesty the King awarded medals to thousands of civil servants across the country, including the National Order of Merit (Gold) to 261 civil servants, who retired between May 2011 and June 2013.
The teaching faculty also saw 121 teachers receive the National Award of Merit for their exemplary service in the education sector.
The awards have made civil servants and their families happy and should have [... Read More]
Today the nation celebrates its 106th National Day.
What’s with the 106 and what’s so special about it to celebrate?
So ask some of our youth along the streets of Norzin Lam.
Much has changed in that many years. It is obviously easy to forget.
Today, we live in a time where our young take so much interest in memorising lyrics of Justin Bieber or even of some Korean pop artists than the significance and symbolism of the day.
It [... Read More]
Even before the people of Haa could recover from the damages inflicted by the 2011 earthquake, a windstorm has wrecked havoc in the dzongkhag yesterday morning damaging homes of hundreds of people.
Among the affected ones were those, who had recently completed new construction or renovated their homes. The windstorm, which started early yesterday morning, also damaged schools, BHUs, lhakhangs and, across the country, with Haa, Paro and Punakha the worst affected.
As the people are left [... Read More]
It was a hectic week, but a successful one in that a lot of things went well for Bhutan.
We had the 12th Round Table Meeting (RTM), whose outcome both our own officials and development partners applauded. Though donor countries are constrained for funds and having a relook at priority countries, Bhutan, even with a significant overall growth, received assured support of our development partners.
Besides the commitment, Bhutan is now eligible to borrow soft loans from [... Read More]
The 12th Round Table Meeting (RTM) concluded yesterday, with Bhutan’s development partners, both multilateral and bilateral, committing continued support, some even committing to triple their assistance in the 11th Plan.
For Bhutan, every RTM is important, because our five-year plans are discussed with donor countries to ensure better alignment of development assistance to national priorities. However, the 12th RTM is even more important, as Bhutan has reached an important transitional stage in the development process.
By the [... Read More]
Perhaps emanating from what the law requires of our public servants, there continues to be some misgivings about introduction of Right to Information legislation.
Officials representing agencies falling within the ambit of the law are quick to play up how information could be misused, or that they feared being overwhelmed by requests, or that enacting the law would incur heavy expenditure on the state.
If such feelings and inhibitions prey on the minds of some of our [... Read More]
Well the education ministry got more than what it bargained for.
On behalf of about 50,000 students studying in 87 schools across the country, education ministry had proposed the Cabinet to consider revising food stipend from Nu 1,000 today to Nu 1,300 a student a month.
What the Cabinet did was it denied the raise, but decided the government would bear the cost of transportation of ration to the respective schools.
So far, the transportation cost was settled [... Read More]