Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 - 2:39 AM
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Time to take to task

They came in droves, descended on the capital city equipped with sacks and sticks.  A few hours later, the result was a much cleaner town that was shorn of the usual litter, making some awkward with the change. The two thousand or so university graduates attending the orientation program cleaned the capital city yesterday.  A few days ago, a group of students cleared the drain below the Thimphu Memorial chorten. Every time students or some groups organise a cleaning campaign, the city looks cleaner.  We [... Read More]

Resources in the red

Mankind is in debt for the rest of the year. As of today, we have consumed the earth’s annual supply of renewable natural resources and carbon absorbing capacity.  What we consume from tomorrow is going to be borrowed from our children’s share of the nature’s wealth or resources. As we join the international community to mark the Earth Overshoot Day, also called ecological debt day, it is a timely reminder of the need to balance production and consumption.  The earth is fast losing its natural [... Read More]

BAFRA must not let us down

Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) will conduct tests on tea imported from India in the coming week. Tests must be conducted, repeatedly if necessary, and we hope that the authority will be sincere in their business and take to heart the lives of hundreds of thousands of people that is in danger. A report compiled by Greenpeace India, a non-government organisation that has been dealing with environmental issues since 2001, says that tests that it conducted on some 49 branded and packaged tea [... Read More]

Fair and square

That the National Land Commission is going to ensure landowners are adequately compensated or land substitute provided before their land is acquired comes as a huge relief to landowners. Land, to repeat the cliché again, is a sensitive issue in the country.  As it is scarce and dear, nobody wants to part with it, especially people whose holdings are limited.  With numerous projects in the pipeline, a lot of private land will have to be acquired in the broader interest of the nation. The priority [... Read More]

A national malady: at what cost?

A strange thing is brewing at the nation’s backyard. The thing, however, is that no one has the knowledge of what it is, wherefrom it is born, and what it all means to the life of the nation. This ignorance, willful or not, is dangerous. Our national wealth – young people – are increasingly losing hope and taking sad actions that could otherwise be easily prevented. Well, ours’ is a happy country, a welfare state that has gained international renown of being one of the [... Read More]

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]

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