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Plugging the loopholes

In settling a long legal battle amongst four businessmen, the High Court has revealed several loopholes in the system of governance. They have found that the litigants had not paid income tax for years and expressed grave concerns of how businesses are getting away evading taxes. The High Court has also asked the department of revenue and customs to calculate and collect taxes based on income tax rules from the four businessmen. Going by the figures presented at the court, the amount not collected or [... Read More]

Fairly unfair

There will be no re-examination of the English paper II, says the Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) board. The board unanimously decided that the best option at the moment is to validate the results based on marks students obtained in the sister paper, English I. This means that if a student scored 70 in English I, it will be considered the same for English II. The board had, after much consultations and thought, decided that this is the best way forward in [... Read More]

Letting private sector grow

Bhutan’s private sector has come of age. At a time when the country is increasingly facing unemployment problem, youth unemployment in particular, the news that our private companies are now poised to taken on bigger projects like hydropower, is highly encouraging. This is a sign of economic growth that we have been able to achieve since we launched our first planned development programmes some 50 years ago. Economic growth is necessary in that our very sovereignty rests on it. But our economy should grow in [... Read More]

Rumour: what cost?

Where fear is, happiness is not, said one Roman stoic philosopher many, many moons ago. When terror is put on the people, either physically or psychologically, it is peace that takes to the corner rattling and sheds copious tears. This is happening to our country today. Our people are under siege. Rumourmongers are terrorising our people in the south. The nation is called to be on full alert. Kidnapping has happened in the south because of porous borders we share with our neighbours. Across the [... Read More]

Feeding students

The annual education conference is an important event for educationists. It is one event where educationists from different parts of the country come together once a year and engage in vigorous discussions on issues and policies that have bearing on thousands of students across the country. Apart from sharing of administrative problems, the conference also provides a platform to review and share feedback and experiences of decisions the ministry make. One important feedback was on the centralised procurement system to improve the school-feeding programme. Six [... Read More]

Indecision not helping

A week after the Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) confirmed that the English II question paper for Class XII’s board examination was leaked, there is no concrete decision if there would be a re-examination. This is worrying both students and parents. The paper evaluation team in Phuentsholing has kept the evaluation of the paper on hold, on the orders of the BCSEA, indicating that there is a possibility of students having to re-sit the exam. But the silence is not helping. Some [... Read More]

The due process

It is no exaggeration to say that of late, the phrase “due process” has become the buzzword. The High Court recently reinstated a civil servant as his parent ministry had not followed due process and compulsorily retired him. The three government secretaries that were surrendered to the Royal Civil Service Commission has not followed due process in making important decisions. The opposition party has accused the government of not following due process in surrendering the secretaries. The Cabinet responded that the same due process, which [... Read More]

On thromdes again

Public opinion on electing 20 thrompons and their team as early as 2016, it seems, is divided. But that is good. We need different opinions, if not debate on important issues, including the thromde issue. By 2016, there will be 20 thrompons, 140 thromde thuemis (representatives) and 20 yenlag throm thuemis. The law says it and we will have them under the recently amended Local Government Act. The Election Commission is of the view that it is now or never. This is good. If having [... Read More]

For a permanent solution

Assam is all geared for a highly charged operation against militant outfit following a mass killing of tribal women earlier this week. With troops from the Indian army pouring in to the strife-torn state for what is now known as operation “All Out,” it is going to be a tense situation along the border. This is unfortunate, not only for our neighbouring state, but also for us. The troublesome state with a history of more than three decades of insurgency since Bodos first started demanding [... Read More]

A fiery issue

Thimphu witnessed its first major forest fire yesterday when a fire that started opposite Bap lhakhang, on the outskirts of the city, spread over the Kuenselphodrang within hours. Fortunately, the fire fighting team brought it under control before it caused a massive damage and spread towards the city. Those of us watching the smoke engulf the city skyline got a fright. With the strong afternoon wind fanning it, the fire could have gone anywhere. It did spread towards and threatened the Buddha statue. The efforts [... Read More]

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