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The late clarification slaughters the meaty debate

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Thanks to the question in the Parliament on the government’s livestock mega projects. It has helped extract the much-needed clarification. Let’s have a closer look at it. This article also revisits the debate, runs through an opportunity we have created through the debate, and enlists some quick thoughts for reflection. The clarification The Prime Minister “clarified” that the government doesn’t have any plans to build a slaughterhouse. But it was only a month and a half ago that its very own Department of Livestock (DOL), [... Read More]

How Inclusive is Bhutan’s Growth?

Part 1 of 2 1. ESCAP’s Inclusive Growth Index  In line with the ESCAP’s mandate to bring 743 millions of poor people in Asia and the Pacific region into the economic mainstream, ESCAP’s recently launched 2015 survey report creatively and innovatively proposes a composite index of 15 separate indicators to measure inclusive growth for sustainable development. This is the first time where inclusiveness has been defined technically and quantitatively.

Are we living the age of paradox?

DSC_0056Rush: Starting today sale of meat is banned for a month

After office hour on Friday, my 10th grade son comes home and says, “mama, did you hear the shocking news today? Bhutan is going to open a slaughterhouse. The news is splashed all over and everyone’s talking about it in school.” I visit a friend’s house and the first thing that I hear is, “Wai, did you hear the disturbing news that Bhutan is going to start a slaughterhouse.” At home, in the office, over lunch, we find ourselves anxiously talking about the subject. At [... Read More]

Earthquakes in Bhutan: past, present, future Part II

Present Fortunately, it is not necessary to “wait” for more large earthquakes to progress the study of seismicity in Bhutan. Rather, careful analysis of smaller earthquakes that occur much more frequently can reveal important characteristics of the tectonic structure and overall seismic behaviour.

The meaty debate

Where is my country heading? Dear Prime Minister, I write to you as a concerned Bhutanese on the issue of starting a meat-processing unit, in other words, slaughterhouse with the rationale to meet the growing demand while curtailing cash outflow to boost economy.

Being well-prepared is subjective and relative

Going through Kuensel’s article  “Is Bhutan ready for the big one?” and other opinions expressed, I could not help, but note some disturbing remarks made by the article, Disaster Department’s Director and an official from Department of Engineering Services, about “being not prepared in case of major earthquake in Bhutan.” Since, I was heading the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) from 2009 to 2013, my conscience will haunt me, if I do not clarify the issue on being “prepared” or “not prepared” and inform the [... Read More]

Earthquakes in Bhutan: past, present, future Part I

The intent of this article is to provide a brief introduction to the study of earthquakes, and then summarize our understanding of earthquakes in Bhutan; past, present and future. Studying a planet in motion Earthquakes are part of a natural process, the expression of enormous forces that are generated and released as a mosaic of distinct rock masses or “plates” float on our planet’s surface and grind against one another. Our understanding of these phenomena, known as “plate tectonics”, was born in the early 20th [... Read More]

Investing more in our teachers

Teaching may be the noblest profession of all, but it’s certainly not a piece of cake. It is not easy for a teacher to exercise patience when students cut classes despite repeated advices and counseling. It is not easy when parents, without hesitation, spout unwarranted vitriol conveniently imputing to the teachers their child’s carelessness and even behavior difficulties.

Creating shared values – doing more than just giving

Businesses are institutional members of society and have an obligation to help improve it. This obligation has long been known as the Corporate Social Responsibility, popularly abbreviated as CSR. The recently concluded Shared Value Forum 2015 in Melbourne, Australia on the theme “Act. Measure. Grow” saw yet another corporate strategy concept in the form of Creating Shared Value (CSV), a concept that was codified by competitive advantage and corporate strategy gurus Michael Potter and Mark Kramer of Harvard Business School. Although this is apparently being [... Read More]

What will it take to civilise us?

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A four-part tongue-in-cheek attempt to ferret out the distinctive features that validate an educated person Part IV A civic being has not an anti social bone in his/her body  PARDON the French but, if you’re at all au fait with my oeuvre, you’ll twig on double quick that what comes next is nothing but an old bête noir of mine. To whom it may concern, among you buildings dwellers, here’s my two-bit advice: stop both breaking bones and/or firewood on the premises. (The rhythmic one-two [... Read More]

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