Friday, November 28th, 2014 - 12:47 PM
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Cleaning up the Act

The election Act of Bhutan will be proposed for amendment in the coming session of Parliament.  This is a welcome move.  Six years, and after several elections, the need to amend the Act is being felt in most quarters.

Whether the Act can be amended in one session is difficult to say.  But with the next general elections not due for four years, and a year and a half to the local elections, there is ample [... Read More]

The dep porter service of Doongmanma

DSC_5892Helping hand: Villagers of Doongmanma render free service to visitors

Carrying loads for visitors is considered an act of hospitality and done for free

Lauri: Every time one travels to Doongmanma chiwog under Lauri, Samdrupjongkhar, one need not worry about luggage transportation to this remote community.

Porters are easily available and, more than business, it is a tradition to lend a helping hand to visitors.

This tradition has existed for decades, villagers said, adding that it was their way to provide service as a porter to [... Read More]

Minjiwoong upgrade can’t come soon enough for parents

unnamed-72Study time: Girls readies themselves for evening studies

Otherwise they have to endure the cost and concern of sending their children far away

Education: Parents of Minjiwoong lower secondary school (MLSS) students in Serthi gewog are worried about the extra costs they would have to bear by sending their children to Samdrupcholing dungkhag when they complete class VIII, this year.

This is because only grades pre-primary (PP) to VII are available.

MLSS is the only boarding school in Jomotsangkha dungkhag, catering to the dungkhag, [... Read More]

Not a moment too soon

unnamed-71Eroded: A house at Jamuna, Daragaon sits at the edge of plot washed away by river Sunkosh

Budget has at last been allocated for protection work on Sunkosh riverbanks

Dragaon: A budget of Nu 18M is allocated for protection works of Sunkosh bank, which has been eroding private lands  of Daragaon village in Lhamoizhingkha.

Lhamoizhingkha dungkhag’s assistant engineer, Karma Tenzin, said the work would begin by the second week of December this year.

“The main objective is to protect the banks, for which a gabion structure will be constructed,” the engineer said, adding [... 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 [... Read More]

Domestic air services at crossroads

Tashi Air has submitted a number of proposals to the government for consideration

Aviation: The information and communications ministry will meet with both Tashi Air and Drukair, next week, to discuss the way forward for domestic air services in Bhutan.

Information and communications secretary, Dasho Kinley Dorji said that following the meeting the ministry will make a recommendation to the government.

He said that the idea is to reach an amicable solution for all parties involved. “What [... Read More]

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Friday Forum: Kishore Mahbubani, Dean and Professor of the Practice of Public Policy of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, delivers the first Friday Forum Lecture at the 3rd Senior Executive Leadership Programme at the Royal Institute of Governance and Strategic Studies yesterday. His Majesty the King graced the lecture.


Villagers seek to sack tshogpa

IMG_8535Taktse village

They accuse him of misappropriating public resources and not delivering required services

Drakteng: Villagers of Taktse and Tashidingkha in Drakteng, Trongsa have written twice to the gewog office to terminate the village tshogpa for allegedly misappropriating public resources and failing to deliver desired services to the communities.

The letters were sent to gewog office a couple of months back and, with the tshogpa still in office, villagers are displeased and disillusioned with local leaders.

“People of [... Read More]

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The New Delhi declaration on education: The second SAARC education ministers’ meeting on October 31, in New Delhi, India agreed to develop a shared vision and joint action for the formulation of the SAARC Framework for Action, for the post 2015 education development goals. Officials from the education and foreign ministry accompanied the Education minster Mingbo Dukpa.


Kuenkhyen Longchen Rabjam

unnamed-70Longchen Rabjam

The Founder of the Eight Lings

If a monastery with precious objects in it is burning and a Buddhist scholar had a chance to save an object, what would it likely be?

The likely object would be the text of Dzoeduen or the Seven Treasures. Kuenkhyen Longchen Rabjam (1308-1364) wrote this Dzogchen text. The Nyingmap’s consider the ‘Great Perfection,’ as the most important text.

Dzogchen is ati yoga or high yoga tantra. Accomplished masters can attain ‘rainbow body’ [... Read More]

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