OPINION

RCSC adding salt to injury?

Sir, This has reference to your news article ‘RCSC says committee members stand to be terminated”, published on 13 March 2013. It is regarding the involvement of civil servants as committee members in the ongoing Gyelpozhing land allotment case. The nation knows that people involved in the Gyelpozhingzhing case are …

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MP’s Entitlement Urgency

In his inaugural address, the speaker  announced that the Parliamentary Entitlement Act would be introduced for amendment during this session. Now here, we run into trouble, both by law and by principle. Section 30 of the Parliamentary Entitlement Act states that, “A member of Parliament upon retirement on completion of his term …

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Unbalanced Coverage

I watched with interest the news coverage of the BBS on the blocking of the Bhutannomics website. Though the topic was interesting I felt the news coverage was biased in favor of the government. Both the tone and the content of the news coverage were aimed at declaring that Bhutannomics …

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Stifling Dissent

It is extremely unfortunate that Druk Net a government Internet Services Provider has blocked or disabled Bhutannomics. Going by the reluctance of Druk Net official to say who asked them to block it the guess is that it is someone senior in the government. Going by the list of people …

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Transparency

Bhutanese society is increasingly getting use to the idea of having members from the media present at important discussions. Often we hear the complaint that not enough coverage is being accorded to concerns and discussions from districts (MDA, 2010) and understandably so, news media is a very important actor in a democracy. …

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Our own Penguin

In high school and college I would pick a book in library and even when I loved the title and author I would still look for the little penguin on the cover to agree with my choice. That penguin to me was the hallmark of best literature, I don’t know why I …

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Child Rights

In 1989 world leaders felt the need for special rights for children under 18, after discovering that the Human Rights do not protect children fully. They signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child and Bhutan was among the first countries to recognize and agree to it. The Convention …spells out …

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The Rights to Internet

The title “the Rights to Internet’ might sound a little strange because it is neither from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 nor Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989. But considering the time the two were drafted, Internet couldn’t have bothered those big brains. Now internet is a serious …

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Ruddy Shelduck- the Ill treated Guest in Bhutan

Recently I went to photograph the migratory ducks on the sands of the Punatsangchu River with my family. I have seen them year after year and admired them since I know a little about them. It was at this time of the year my class teacher in junior school would …

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