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NC going overboard in criticism of mining sector?

During the course of discussions on the Royal Audit Authority’s (RAA) report on mining and quarrying sector, both in the National Council (NC) and talk-shows on the national television (BBS), the proponents and management of the mining and quarrying units came under a barrage of criticism and condemnation from the NC.  The relevant government agencies were also not spared from the wings of their condemnation. There was a palpable feeling of passion on the issue amongst the honourable members.   While it is desirable to [... Read More]

Is the world today a better place for children?

When world leaders signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), 25 years ago, they made a promise to children: that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential. This year as we celebrate 25 years of the CRC, it is a time to stock-take on where we are and to ask our-selves: Is the world today a better [... Read More]

Let us engage constructively to put our values into action

Few days ago, an ordinary conversation with a friend turned into a heated debate: I realized that he is open to the idea of hitting his future wife “under certain circumstances”. In other words, he does not oppose domestic violence. My opinion on the matter is that domestic violence is wrong – plain and simple. I think domestic violence is wrong regardless of the gender, class, race, origin, social-status, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, etc. of the both the perpetrator and the victim. Meaning that I [... Read More]

Act fast to control growing diabetes

About half of diabetic cases in South-East Asia Region are undiagnosed World Diabetes Day- November 14: The number of people in the world suffering from diabetes is increasing. Nearly 87M people with diabetes live in the WHO South-East Asia Region. India alone accounts for 65M, the second highest in the world after China, which has 98M of the total 392M diabetics in the world. It is projected that the number of diabetics globally will reach 582M by 2035. It is estimated that 5.1M deaths occurred [... Read More]

Fourth Druk Gyalpo: Making of a new Bhutan and blossoming India-Bhutan ties

November is a blessed month in Bhutan, marked by joyous fervour and festivity celebrating the birth anniversary of the country’s beloved leader, Jigme Singye Wangchuk. The 34-year-reign of the fourth Druk Gyalpo (1974-2006) saw a defining all-round transformation of Bhutan into a modern renascent nation that has embraced modernity on its own terms, while staying true to its centuries-old Buddhist heritage. This year is special as it paves the way for the 60th birth anniversary celebrations of the enlightened leader, the progenitor of Gross National [... Read More]

Shared Prosperity: A Goal to Reduce Inequality

We have made tremendous progress over the last quarter century in the fight against poverty. In 1990, 36 percent of the world’s population, or 1.9 billion people, earned less than $1.25 a day. By next year, we estimate that the rate will have declined to 12 percent – a two-thirds reduction in 25 years. This means that, by next year, 1 billion fewer people will be living in extreme poverty than in 1990. That’s major progress. However, helping the next billion escape poverty will be [... Read More]

India & Bhutan: All-weather friends, Ancient Bonds – New horizons

It’s set to be a unique year in the annals of the all-weather friendship between India and Bhutan. As President Pranab Mukherjee heads on his maiden trip to the strategically located Himalayan state on 7th November, the timeless and exemplary relationship between the two fraternal neighbours will once again be in the spotlight. The presidential visit underlines a confluence of civilisational, economic and geostrategic imperatives that grounds special ties between the world’s largest and youngest democracies. 2014 is, therefore, set to be a watershed year [... Read More]

For a purposeful scrutiny

A suggestion to consider when legislators have a second look at the Election Act Only one of the five political parties would have been eligible to take part in the second parliamentary elections in 2013, had the scrutiny of candidates been done right at the outset of the process. A bold statement it might sound like today, but if indeed the scrutiny of candidates were done before the primaries through examination of papers candidates are required to submit, four political parties would never have made [... Read More]

Efforts must continue until polio is eradicated

The World Polio Day, observed on October 24, is a reminder of our monumental victory over polio. A victory that came through extraordinary efforts leading to polio-free certification of WHO’s South-East Asia Region in March this year. But as we recall our victory over this crippling virus, we must remain mindful that the risk of polio persists and we need to continue our efforts until polio is eradicated globally. Countries of the Region are maintaining vigilance to rapidly detect any case of importation through sensitive poliovirus surveillance systems. And we are prepared to [... Read More]

Dasho Shingkhar Lam (1928-2014)

The last of the Second King’s consummately gifted officials died on October 16, aged 86. Obituary: Shingkhar temple and village atmosphere shaped the formative years of Kunzang Wangchuk.  Reciprocally, Kunzang Wangchuk as Dasho Shingkhar Lam lifted it out of its obscurity during the heyday of his career towards the end of the reign of HM the 3rd King, getting bestowed the highest honours of orange scarf and Heart-Son of Bhutan award. The land where a Bhutanese was born tempered the character of its inhabitant in [... Read More]

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