OPINION

Poor Kerosene service

One winter weekend my family had to pay a hefty price for my complacency. They braved two cold winter mornings and evenings without a warm heater. It was difficult for the electric heaters to maintain the same warmth that the Korean kerosene heaters provide. But without crude oil, our heater …

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Outsourcing Water

In 2015, Thimphu Thromde decided to outsource city’s waste collection to Greener Way, a private firm based in Thimphu. And I must admit that it was one of the best decisions that a Bhutanese authority has ever made. Waste management is a serious issue everywhere and Bhutan is no exception. …

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Indian cars with white number plates

It’s said that the Nepal earthquake disaster was a big blow to Himalayan tourism, which seems to be true looking at the huge drop in the number of western tourists visiting us at this time of the year. However, it hasn’t deterred Indian tourists. Thimphu and Paro are filled with …

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Bumchu Talozam and the Spiritually Copyrighted Songs

First, congratulations to Au Kencho Wangdi for successfully running four seasons of Druk Super Star singing contests and discovering many national treasures. I wish him health, knowing he has all the other factors in himself, to continue entertaining the nation and bringing out the best in our youths. Among the …

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Sorry State of Lhakhang Karpo and Merciful Ap Chundu

Haa doesn’t have a Dzong, Lhakhang Karpo is still on the ground, Prime Minister is from Haa, Foreign Minister is in court, and wrathful Ap Chundu is still merciful. Who cares about a Dzongda using the Dzongkhag DCM for private purposes? In fact we always thought higher officials could do …

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What Can Bhutan Learn From the Nepal Earthquake?

The Earthquake in Nepal on April 25, 2015 measuring 7.9 magnitude almost flattened the populated city of Kathmandu. As I watched the news unfold on TV, the Death toll rose swiftly as bodies were dug out of endless rubbles days after the first tremor. The earthquake triggered avalanche on the …

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Teachers and how much they really matter to us

The entire nation celebrated Teachers’ Day on 2nd May two weeks ago. I take this opportunity to pay my tribute and offer my humble prayers to all the teachers across the nation. What I am today is the clear fruition of the sheer sacrifice and hard work my teachers had …

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Simple Rules Bhutanese Break Every Day

More often than not we see people smoking in a room where there is ‘No Smoking’ written in bold, a car parked right on the ‘No Parking’ space, people talking aloud in the area where it’s clearly written ‘Silence Please’, pile of rubbish around the sign that reads ‘Do Not …

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Our Outdated towns

BBC was showing a video of a street in London shot over hundred years ago and they were amazed at the architectural farsightedness of their ancestors, that even after a hundred years they didn’t have to change the slightest bit to accommodate modern metropolitan city. Here in our country, where modern towns are only a few …

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Being an intelligent Patriot

The hot air being generated on social media about the RGB’s recent decision to put on hold the road construction projects in the south is, damaging and disgusting. It is good in itself that there is debate and different viewpoints are aired. We learn from such exchanges and indeed, if …

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