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Being true to oneself

I am shy at speaking in front of many people. How can I get over this?
Sonam Tashi, Thimphu

YOUTH IN FOCUS We all have different abilities.  Some of us are good at speaking, while others are not.  Of course, you can practise to improve your skill, but finally you might still be unable to speak well.  That is not important. The key point is to do your very best and not compare with [... Read More]

Better health and sanitation for monks

IMG_9580Monks washing robes with soap

HEALTH Significant changes that can be seen in monasteries today are in health and sanitation.

About a decade back, as is practiced in remote villages even now, monks used pit toilets without water or other sanitary facilities.

There were no proper soap to wash their hands and diseases like flu, body aches and sores were common among monks.

Monks studied, ate and slept at the kuenrey (chapel), which created an unhealthy environment that triggered drowsiness among [... Read More]

From questions to quest

LAST PAGE Who am I?  Why am I on this planet?  Why am I Bhutanese?  Where am I headed?

These were the many questions that have hounded me since I was a child.

My first encounter with death was at the age of six, when I was hospitalised with dysentry.  The girl, who still remains that little girl in my mind, occupying a bed next to me passed away.

This single incident, in retrospect, was the [... Read More]

Life beyond legislation


Do parliamentarians have nothing to do outside the National Assembly hall?

COVER STORY: The lights are out.  Darkness has enveloped the ornate National Assembly hall. Except for monks from the central monastic body making offerings at the altar every morning and evening, no one enters the hall.

Occasionally state visitors and students are given a tour of the assembly secretariat, including the hallowed hall.

For official business, the hall is closed till February end, when the [... Read More]

Highlights of the third session of the second Parliament

In the opening address, His Majesty said problems arising in some democracies were as a result if elected governments, focused too much on the short-term immediate goals at the cost of the future.

10 years experience requirement dispute:

  • The National Assembly dropped the proposal for 10-year experience requirement for those wishing to contest for a seat in the National Council and resolved to discuss it during the deliberations of the Election Act amendment in the [... Read More]

Language, a challenge for MPs

Assemblu(File picture)

The formal Dzongkha that is used presents a formidable hurdle for first time parliamentarians

PARLIAMENT Like a frog that lived in a small lake his entire life dies of heart attack after seeing an ocean, a parliamentarian feels the same way when they reach and speak during the live sessions.

Members of parliament not only require strong substance to talk about, but the experience itself is intimidating for many.

One of the members, who failed to [... Read More]

Why pay revision?


LETS MAKE IT SIMPLE In the past few weeks, one topic that dominated discussions was the civil service pay revision.

The government promised a salary revision and the Parliament approved a revised salary for civil servants, the members of parliament including the Prime Minister and his ministers. Salary of local government officials like gups and mangmis were also revised.

Why do we revise salary?

Salary is a form of periodic payment from an employer to an [... Read More]

Less stress more energy

HEALTH & FITNESS I work late at night and I hardly do any physical exercise during day.  I’d like to get up early and take some time out to work out.  Can you please recommend an exercise routine I could in the morning, so I can be energetic, including a diet plan?
Tshering Penjor, Thimphu

Hi Tshering

It’s wonderful that you’re making an effort to make time and room for exercise, despite [... Read More]

Almost a victim

DK-Master-Revised-(dragged)Pho Chu footprint rock

DRUKPA KUNLEY: However, Drukpa Kunley then realised that he was getting hungry. Normally, in Kunley’s charmed life, someone would come along and offer him booze, food, and if he were lucky that day, an opportunity for love. However, the local villagers were an irascible lot—no-one offered a thing.

Notwithstanding his increasingly dim view of the locals, DK gave some good advice to two women. Get your grain under shelter, he said, because soon it [... Read More]

Why I follow Parliamentary sessions

LAST PAGE: Although farming hardly permits time to follow parliamentary sessions, it is indispensable for it is a crucial in a democratic form of government.

The role of Parliament is even bigger particularly for a fledgling and vibrant democracy like ours, and is pivotal in giving the mass a voice and a platform to reach the highest decision making bodies. The Parliament, as legislative body, is the only hand in democratic institution that can [... Read More]

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