In terms of the number of complaints registered with ACC (April 2012-13)
REPORT Abuse of functions through favouritism, nepotism and commission or omission of an act to obtain advantage for private benefits still remains as a source of major corruption, with the anti-corruption commission (ACC) receiving the highest number of complaints against it.
Records with ACC show 136 complaints for abuse of functions, from April last year to this April.
Bribery received the least, with only 14 [... Read More]
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO It is one of the main offerings that Buddhist practice but not unique to Buddhist alone. It is an old Indian religious practice. Other religions such as Christianity also light candles which is considered very significant. Butter lamp offering is also a pan religious practice.
Why offer butter lamp?
Buddhist always considered ignorance, lack of wisdom and lack of knowledge as the main source of all our problems. The [... Read More]
… on the annual Transparency International’s corruption perception index list 2013
INDEX Bhutan first featured in the transparency international (TI) corruption perception index (CPI) in 2006, when the country was ranked 32 among 163 countries, scoring six on a scale of 10.
Until 2011, the score was measured on a scale of 0 to 10. Zero meant that a country was perceived as highly corrupt, and 10 meant a low level of corruption.
Since last year, [... Read More]
TECH CORNER: ASK BOAZ I want to learn programming in C++ and do not have any previous knowledge of other programming languages. What do you suggest?=
– Mukul Dixit, Thimphu
Learning a programming language – also known as coding – is not only fun, but an important skill. More than a way to land a high-end IT job or make a living writing mobile apps, it also provides many high-level cognitive benefits. Learning to [... Read More]
REVIEW ‘Chuut Wai’ is a film that signals that the Bhutanese film industry is well on its way to maturity.
Jigme Yosel Jigme, playing the role as Dingay, is suffering from depression and drug abuse after an untimely family tragedy.
Jigme Namgyal as Jigme, a visually impaired man, comes to stay with Dingay and his grandmother while on a quest of his own.
The film explores their budding but often tense brotherly friendship, while delving into [... Read More]
LAST PAGE A propensity for corruption can exist in mankind just as naturally for humans are born with instincts. This is what makes fighting corruption a big challenge as its like a societal disease that could be uprooted only through collective efforts.
The government and anti-corruption commission may be go all out in trying to combat corruption, but these two agencies alone cannot fight corruption.
Going by the current trends, it seems like the rule [... Read More]
Photo: Forest Fire Management Division
The number of forest fire incidents have decreased, but there is more that can and should be done
COVER STORY It was a pleasant afternoon in March, and farming activities were in full swing. In Danglo village, opposite to Namseling in Thimphu, Tashi Dorji, 64, was clearing a patch of land outside his home.
Practising the traditional slash and burn technique, Meme Tashi lit the dried grass and what was left from the previous farming [... Read More]
Photo: Forest Fire Management Division
TRASHIGANG Forest fire in Trashigang has decreased drastically over the years after the initiation of community forest management (CFM) across its 15 gewogs.
Dzongkhag forest officer Jigme Tshering said the incidents and extent of damage have decreased comparatively in the 10 Five Year Plan (FYP) compared to the previous plan period.
Trashigang established 43 CFMs by 2013 with about 19,757 acres of land under its purview. The forest management system was initiated mainly in fire [... Read More]
LET’S MAKE IT SIMPLE It has been five years since the world was rocked by one of the worst financial crisis since the great depression after the second world war.
Many still do not clearly understand the reasons that led to the crisis and what it resulted into.
Crises are difficult to understand, if it were that easy, anybody would have predicted them and saved the world from a lot of financial pains. And crises [... Read More]
Senior forester Mewang Zangmo
FIRE FIGHTERS Within seconds after shrill ring from the alarm bell at the fire department’s office in Changzamtog, the firefighters are scurrying towards the fire trucks.
Some have all the gears in place while others carry it as they rush to the truck.
Within minutes the firefighters reach the spot where they are needed most, to save people and properties from the raging fire and at other times, especially in winter, to help save forests.
“It’s [... Read More]