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Time to Adapt to Climate Change in South Asia

Climate change will sow confusion and concern as it unfolds across South Asia in coming decades. Home to a quarter of the world’s population, this vast region will be hit harder than just about anywhere else. Sudden flooding, storms, droughts and other hazards will upend lives, livelihoods, and economies. As this grim future takes shape, the price of global inaction is rising each year. Up to 9% will have been stripped annually from South Asia’s economy on average by 2100 if no further action is [... Read More]

An Open letter to the Home Minister

Seeking common-sense archery regulation and its strict enforcement to prevent further archery-related tragedies Dear Lyonpo, There is considerable public disquiet about the serious safety risk our national sport poses today. Frustration is seething with no end in sight to the arrow menace. The concerns are valid and our people have long clamoured for a solution. I write to you since public safety falls under your care, and more importantly, because the issue deserves an objective assessment of the systemic factors that are causing it. Our [... Read More]

My green school: A manifesto for GNH education

Thakur S Powdyel, the author of My Green School: An Outline and more so of the awakened education system of Bhutan, waxes lyrical while sketching a neat manifesto for the ‘educating for the GNH initiative’ in the small big book. The book is small in size but is a compendium of the explications of the eight domains of ‘school greenery’ – Powdyel’s brain-child -, which when sincerely implemented, can usher in a “veritable paradise” in Bhutan. A visionary in education, T S Powdyel, on whom [... Read More]

Having a say in what our children speak

A predominance of cartoon channels in Hindi is not appropriate to their language skills In many households, particularly in urban areas, television has become the new babysitter.  Children sit for hours on end watching cartoons, which provide them with a distraction, while freeing up busy parents. A large body of child development research informs us that the foundations for children’s language learning, and other core cognitive skills, are established during the age (2-5 years), when many children sit transfixed in front of the TV enjoying [... Read More]

All About Animals

We came to Bhutan in 1997. We are devoted Buddhists and animal lovers, and started to rescue animals from the streets of Zhemgang 18 years ago. We could not remain inactive with so much suffering around us. The work we do is all about helping those animals in most need: treating them and for those who have no home, giving a temporary, safe and loving place to live. We have currently 201 dogs, 13 cats and 24 monkeys; all these animals were in such physical [... Read More]

The issues of being a report and a bill!

NC’s Views on Pay Revision Discourse The public discourse on pay revision has recently seen an enhanced debate in the media, both social and mainstream. In the crossfire of critical views, the silence of the National Council was loudly felt. The primary concern has been the need for NC to respond to questions asked about the legality of its decision to defer pay revision in the context of the passage and implementation of the Budget Act now. On 22nd June, NC conveyed to the government [... Read More]

One Year On: Reflections on PDP’s election win

It has been exactly one year since Bhutanese went to polls on July 13, 2013 for the second parliamentary elections.  Overall, the 2013 elections had been more exhilarating than the historic 2008 elections. As predicted, in the preliminary round of election in 2013, out of the total of 210,835 votes cast, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) won by securing 44.5%, followed by People’s Democratic party (PDP) with 32.5%, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) with 17.5%, and Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) with 5.9%. The international media had been [... Read More]

My impressions of Bhutan

Dr Haran reflects on her stay in Bhutan as she readies to bid farewell I woke up with a start as I heard somebody say: ‘Five-Alpha’ close to my ears. I realised I’d been daydreaming, while sitting on my rocker on a lazy weekend afternoon.  Seat no. 5 A on the Drukair flight from Delhi to Paro gives the most magnificent view of the Himalayas.  And for the last 20 months I had made numerous trips between Delhi and Paro occupying this seat. I had [... Read More]

Suicide trend in Bhutan from 2009 to 2013

Research by World Health Organisation shows that the problem of suicide has shifted from Western Europe to Eastern Europe and now it is shifting to Asia. For example, already, female suicide rate is highest in South Korea with 22.1 percent in 100,000 inhabitants. The rate of suicide for the whole world is 11.6 percent per 100,000 inhabitants. Using the record of suicide maintained by the Royal Bhutan Police from 2009 to 2013, the average annual growth rate of suicide in Bhutan is 9.4 percent and [... Read More]

Parliamentarians’ hefty salary hike – Reason unreasonable

Our legislators have literally patted themselves on the back for being the best of the best In the third session of the second parliament, which ended recently, the government gave the parliamentarians a huge hike in pay and perks.  This hefty hike and the rationale given for it have raised eyebrows of many a discerning citizen, including a political party and media houses.  Quiet to this decision, however, were the much-vaunted opposition members. In a very lucid articulation, the Kuensel editorial (18 June) asked if [... Read More]

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