Year ender (Economy) The economy, local economists predict, will not gallop in the Year of the Horse, unless new ideas are injected or systematic changes made.
The economy will continue to ride the slump, although the government has promised to lift restrictions and start construction of three new hydropower projects this year.
Growth in the economy will still be subdued by a lack of investment and economic activity, the result of a liquidity crunch that started [... Read More]
Year ender (Economy Outlook) The serpent, known for its habit of swallowing up entire prey and then going on without food for months, had to be mindful of its gargantuan appetite last year.
Consumption, both at government and at individual levels, had already reached unprecedented heights, spiking up imports and putting pressure on the rupee reserve.
The snake was kept on a strict diet since the dragon bid farewell. Restrictions continued bringing down consumption levels, so [... Read More]
Year ender (Religion) Moenlam Chenmo (great prayer ceremony) and empowerment of Mipham Kabum to the masses were the highlights of the religious activities in the year of the water female snake.
His Holiness the Je Khenpo travelled extensively across the country, and conducted more than eight moenlam chhenmo in Haa, Chukha, Samtse, Gelephu, Trongsa, Gyalpoizhing in Mongar, Trashiyangtse and Pemagatshel for peace, security, and well being of the country and people.
More than 15,000 lams, trulkus, [... Read More]
Year ender (ACC ) The year of the snake saw the culmination of the Gyalpoizhing case that, ascending several legal hurdles, made it to the Mongar court for prosecution and reached a judgment.
In the eyes of the public, this was a case involving senior bureaucrats and politicians including ministers, a “big fish” sort of case the Anti-Corruption Commission was whipped to chase.
The commission, on its part, pursued the prosecution as thoroughly as it did the [... Read More]
Year ender (Labour) If jobseekers were lined up, and that line were a snake, it would be a rather long reptile. In the year of the snake, the line only grew longer, and it kept crawling and hissing at the conscience of the government.
As the elections drew closer around mid-year, campaigns loaded expectations of voters with countless promises. The promise of 100 percent employment, made by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), gained prominence and [... Read More]
Year ender (IT) The government’s stand to use Google Apps was the highlight event in the information technology sector.
Despite concerns that using the online office suite could compromise Bhutan’s data sovereignty, the government still went ahead. It argued that with the current system, the country’s data was vulnerable and that Google Apps offered a better solution. Using Google
Apps would also increase the efficiency of the bureaucracy and reduce paper use.
Another major event in the [... Read More]
Year ender (Education) The water female snake year for the education sector started and ended with celebrations. The year began with Sherig Century celebrations in Haa to mark Bhutan’s 100 years of journey in modern education.
But when the country celebrated the national education day recently, the country’s education sector despite its achievements was dealing with the same challenges it had lived with in the past.
Quality of education was still perceived to be declining along [... Read More]
Year Ender (Disaster) From blast to fire incident, and heavy rainfall to windstorm, 2013 saw some of the worst disasters, which took several lives, washed away paddy fields and blown off roofs.
The country lost 11 ammunition technicians of the Royal Bhutan Army in an explosive mishap in Haa in July. The blast also injured 10 soldiers.
The December 15 windstorm has become, another devastating disaster of the year, which damaged roofs of 882 households [... Read More]
The Bhutan education city project, which has an Act but not the land, will be closed, the prime minister, Tshering Tobgay, said yesterday at the seventh meet the press in Thimphu.
Lyonchhoen said the 26th Cabinet meeting considered the matter and decided the decision of the National Land Commission would be binding, and that it was correct and legal.
“As such, the Cabinet has instructed the education city secretariat to complete whatever remaining procedures there were to [... Read More]
It is not uncommon for a newspaper to be told how to do its job based on its stories interpreted in more ways than one, suiting each individual reader.
It is also natural when the government expresses dissatisfaction over a newspaper being too critical of it and just like so for the opposition to be dissatisfied about it going too soft on the government.
The government wants certain issues projected in a manner that favours their whims, [... Read More]