27 October, 2009 – Not long ago, a Thimphu flat would be safe even if left unlocked for hours. No longer. Today, you fear to leave the curtains open.A growing culture of petty crimes, with burglary on the top of the list, is increasingly concerning residents in the capital. Police records show that 136 burglary cases were registered in just 10 months.
This is roughly one house robbed in every 30 hours, a [... Read More]
25 October, 2009 –
The conflict between the management and the editorial team of the Bhutan Times newspaper, which resulted in the resignation of six of its reporters and an editor, has brought into focus an issue that will come up more often in the future.But it is not a new issue. Tussles between the management/owners and journalists, advertisement and editorial are as old as the media industry itself and will continue as [... Read More]
Getting on the job training pays off, with or without pay
Experience work 24 October, 2009 –
A newspaper advertisement about a job vacancy reads: Applications welcome from fresh graduates, and further down it continues, Minimum five years experience required. Now, the irony of the situation is how does a fresh graduate get five years experience in the specified field of work? While the puzzle is yet to be solved, [... Read More]
23 October, 2009 – one of the strongest arguments for GNH is that economic growth does not always bring with it happiness. Economic growth is not important. But GNH needs it, nonetheless, for it to be workable. But economic development must not become blind capitalism or excessive greed for consumerism. How do you ensure that is the case?Under GNH, the responsibility of the state is to create conditions where the citizen [... Read More]
22 October, 2009 – The circulation of two locally produced mature content clips has not only raised curiosity to new levels but also reignited the debate on the baggage that comes along with ICT technology.At this point, the clips do not seem to be made for a commercial purpose, other than people experimenting with what is possible with the proliferation of technology. Whether it was made with the consent of those featured is another [... Read More]
21 October, 2009 – There is no surprise in seeing authorities engaged in skirmishes with vegetable vendors along Norzin lam in the capital. It is an old issue. Only the streets have changed.A sign of developing countries, vendors flocking cities, unfortunately crowded streets, is a common sight in our part of the world. Chasing them way will not solve the problem nor does it sounds like a good solution. We have [... Read More]
20 October, 2009 – Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley wants to create a unique democracy built around GNH for Bhutan. Will it work?GNH, as we understand, is the responsibility of the state to create that right environment where the citizen can seek and find happiness.
Therefore GNH, to a large extent, is central economic planning and public ownership of the means of production, much like in a socialist state, with the expressed aim to benefit the [... Read More]
19 October, 2009 – Global Handwashing Day, which was observed across the country on October 15, brought into perspective some of our most common health problems.These are diarrhoea, pneumonia and other acute respiratory infections, which were among the top 10 diseases when our public healthcare system was being set up in the 1960s and continue to be so even today.
In recent months, there have been a lot of health advisories on washing hands but it [... Read More]
On World Poverty Day, Kuensels Kinley Wangmo profiles a young girl from a deprived family
World Poverty Day 17 October, 2009 –
uneven rock and earth mounds fill the path leading to the small ramshackle traditional Bhutanese house on the outskirts of Thimphu.The low door on the ground floor is open.
Inside Zangmo, 11, with short cropped hair, matted with dust, rests on her belly on a soiled [... Read More]
17 October, 2009 – The high profile three-day democracy
conference in Paro ended on
a high note with experts and intellectuals
lauding the success of the
conference. Some are even taking
home lessons and ideas from the
conference.Back home, the prime minister Lyonchhoen
Jigme Y Thinley summed up our position on democracy
when he said that we continue to be perplexed
and challenged, both conceptually and in practice
by what democracy means or [... Read More]