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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]

Pilgrimage to Bodhgaya: An experience

I returned from a 10-day pilgrimage to Bodhgaya, the holiest pilgrimage site for Buddhists. I have been fortunate to be able to visit this holy place a number of times in the past. I would like to share my experiences and observations from then and now. The juxtapositions have been quite enriching as well as revealing. The number of Bhutanese pilgrims going to Bodhgaya has gone up exponentially. Some days almost half of the people circumambulating the sacred choeten were Bhutanese. Many were proudly in [... Read More]

Digital Privacy: Issues and Challenges in Bhutan

UntitledThe official website of Royal Bhutan Police was hacked in April 2011 (Source: ThimphuTech)

Introduction Web based technology is increasing growing. Internet and social media is a great place to share news, connect with friends and do online shopping. The speed of the Internet has led us to be flexible and changing in life style and how we communicate with each other. Facebook is the world’s most popular social networking website.  It makes easy for us to connect, share and maintain contacts with family, friends and colleagues. According to the Social Media Hat (2015), there are 1.39 billion monthly [... 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 III The three ‘C’ steps of a civilising process JUST as enlightened beings have thirty-two ‘excellent’ signs, so do civilised mortals, their less grand peers, own a more modest three.  Unlike the Buddha’s, though, these latter emblems are not bodily marks, but symbols of a subtler sort. To cut to the chase, the three c-for-criteria to attain civilised status, in order of increasing import, are courtesy, civic sense and [... Read More]

International Women’s Day – picture an equal world!

On every 8th of March since 1975, thousands of events have been organised on International Women’s Day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women all over the world. But this is not merely an observance; it is also an opportunity to call for greater equality. International Women’s Day in 2015 is celebrated under the theme “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” We are asked to envision a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices about her body and [... Read More]

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