Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 - 9:28 PM

Double standards?

Government and corporate bodies investing in constructing multi-storied office buildings had raised some eyebrows, especially of those in the construction business.  They have valid reasons.

Call it inconsistency in rules or flaws in implementing policy, about 14 buildings belonging to government or corporate bodies are either approved for construction or pending approval.  They will, as per engineer’s estimates, cost around Nu 3B.

But it is not so much about the cost, which the cash-strapped government or the [... Read More]

Feel for public properties, facilities

We care not, if we know not the value of a property or a facility, until we are charged certain fees for it.

This is true with most public facilities, be it a park, a playground or a public toilet and properties like government quarters, pool vehicles and office belongings.

When it comes to caring for public properties, the public is anybody but the individual himself or herself.

Until water metres were fixed, to turn a tap off [... Read More]

Indispensable yet underrated

Last week, a team of 25 people, while undergoing a hands-on maintenance and operation training, revived the defunct waste treatment plant at Gedu.  Long an eyesore of the town, the Gaeddu College and the town will now benefit from the plant.

But more than bringing the plant back to use, it is worth noting the initiative of training people to maintain and operate facilities in their locality.  The treatment plant was reportedly built at a huge [... Read More]

Towards better tourism

A foreigner who visited the country a decade or so ago asked a Bhutanese what else besides festivals the country had to offer if he was to visit another time.

Obviously, not much has changed in terms of tourism package the more than 1,300 tour operators the country has today offer.

Almost all of them have basically been marketing the same products and for decades on end.

Perhaps because of this established market, not many wish to venture [... Read More]

Besides sky and water

Recently a villager was seen holding a stillborn baby cradled in a carton box.

Besides the pain of losing a baby he so looked forward to jubilantly welcoming and sharing that emotion with his wife recuperating from post delivery pain, he had to worry about what to do with the lifeless one.

Cremating a baby as we do with rest of the dead in our culture is not what the Bhutanese customs and beliefs prescribe for children [... Read More]

The passing of a spiritual master

On an auspicious day (namgang) on January 1, Bhutan lost a great Buddhist master, when former Drabi Lopon Kinley Gyeltshen passed away peacefully at his residence in Semtokha.

The passing away of a great master is a loss not only for his former students, who travelled from various part of the country to be close to their teacher, but also for the country.  Lopon Kinley Gyeltshen is the epitome of a homegrown Buddhist master, who dedicated [... Read More]

With power comes responsibility

What some parliamentarians and practicing lawyers pointed out about the discretionary powers judges in the country were bestowed with raises concerns.

What they pointed out is not new though.

It was something many a mealy-mouthed, who faced the courts of law, including institutions, raised this even in the past.

They had pointed out how some courts and within courts, how different judges passed different verdicts.

People believed the judgments were representative of judges’ temperaments.

For a similar case, some judges [... Read More]

The nearer-to-home New Years

It  was a week of exchanging good wishes and celebrations, as we entered into the Gregorian New Year on Tuesday, and then nyilo today.

In the capital city and many urban towns, celebrations were largely centred around nightclubs and drayangs, where music, mostly western, and alcohol, even on a “dry day”, elevated the New Year spirit.

By late evening, Thimphu city wore a different look, as young and old thronged the streets, pubs and clubs in their [... Read More]

Exit 2013

Today we welcome 2014.

The world celebrated its eve yesterday and certain sections of the Bhutanese population joined the celebrations too.

The good thing about New Year’s Eves is the idea of observing an end and a start that is marked with commemoration and anticipation.

For some of us, the good thing about the eve is we forget how we celebrated the last one, or we mistake some other New Year’s Eve for the previous one.

Unable to really [... Read More]

Media under microscope

South Asia, according to Reporters Without Borders, was not a safe place for journalists in 2013.  A total of 22 journalists were killed in the line of duty, with most of the perpetrators enjoying impunity.

There is nothing for us to be alarmed at with the report.  Bhutan may be clubbed in the group, but it is probably one of the safest places for journalists to practise their trade.  Forget harassment or death threats, in fact, [... Read More]

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