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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 …

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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 …

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What will it take to civilise us?

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 …

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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 …

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Digital Privacy: Issues and Challenges in Bhutan

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 …

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What will it take to civilise us?

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, …

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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 …

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A Malady Called Rural-Urban Migration: Part IX

If we are serious about reversing rural-urban migration, the priority should be working towards creating a conducive atmosphere for income generation. We take pride in declaring ourselves as an agrarian society yet, we have allowed our farmers to be totally disenchanted with farming turning them into consumers, from their traditional …

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A Malady Called Rural-Urban Migration: Part VIII

The series of articles on the subject of rural-urban migration – numbering seven so far – have mainly focused on the principal causes that contributed to this malady. While a number of other causes have aggravated the problem to a lesser degree, clearly the principal causes, in order of severity, …

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A malady called rural-urban migration Part VIII

I have been often cautioned to refrain from being “emotional” when writing about important issues. People say that one fails to be “objective” when one is emotional. But the case of Goongtongs is a very, very emotional issue. I cannot believe that unless one is extremely callous, one cannot help …

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A malady called rural-urban migration Part IV

Undoubtedly, the proliferation of the malaise called “Goongtong” in the Eastern dzongkhags has been mainly caused by: Wildlife predation and, Youth abandoning village homes in search of better livelihood. However, there appears to be a number of other players that aggravate the problem further. They can be identified as:   …

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A malady called rural-urban migration Part III

While the Forest and Nature Conservation Rules and Acts may be the cause célèbre that encourage rampant predation by animals on human crops and livestock, the principal cause for Goontongs, there appears to be other causes that contribute to declining rural population and disenchantment with life in the villages. The …

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A Malady Called Rural-Urban Migration Part II

In recent times, the media – particularly Kuensel, has been reporting on a brand new social malady called Goongtong – the apathetic case of abandoned households in the rural areas of Eastern dzongkhags. Other than arousing a mild sense of curiosity generated by the term itself, the tragedy that is …

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