OPINION

A perspective on the DANTAK signboard

First off, there can be no two ways about it. Any foreign agency in Bhutan should have enough sensitivity to not build signboards inside Bhutan welcoming people into their own country. This is especially an issue if the signboard is at a prominent location like the gate just outside Paro …

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Understanding Bhutan’s rank as the 27th cleanest country

The Transparency –Corruption Perception Index  2016 ranked Bhutan as 27th cleanest country with a score of 65 (from a scale of 0-100 where 0 equals the highest level of perceived corruption and 100 equals the lowest level of perceived corruption). In comparison to TI-CPI 2015, Bhutan’s position and score has …

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The MoEA Minister’s view of the Economy

Let me share some of my thoughts as the economic affairs minister of the Government. Our rivers are our most important resource. Since 1974 when we first signed the Memorandum of Understanding on hydropower cooperation with Government of India, we have harnessed 1606 MW of Hydropower. We are presently constructing …

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A few driving tips that might save lives

Being a driver comes with great responsibility. The one who is behind the wheel is responsible for the safety of so many people including the passengers in the car and pedestrians on the road. It is for this reason that driving is not something that should be taken lightly. It …

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A Vibrant Village

What is a vibrant village? What does it take to create one? Can a village vibrancy prevent and curb rural-urban migration? A village is vibrant when it has happy and content people. A village is vibrant where content people help each other. A vibrant village is where everyone is involved …

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Stranded in Samdrupjongkhar

The tall notice (order) came. And the gate of Samdrupjongkhar was closed, sturdily. Not a single Bhutanese vehicle was allowed to go outside the gate. Not a single Bhutanese soul was allowed to walk out. The notice stated the highway of Assam would be affected, as there would be a …

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We killed our Golden Goose

One of our most significant events this year is that of Bhutan’s exporting of eggs to India. A few years ago, we were importing them – in truckloads. This goes to show that we have the potential to grow and progress as a country, provided we put in a little …

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Winter Vacation: Explore Bhutan

Vacation is always a favorite time for students after long period of study. Students wait the entire year for winter vacation with a hope to explore something new and spend time with families and friends. For parents in the rural areas, it’s an additional helping hand for household works and …

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That in Other Words

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Rural-urban migration is a good indicator of many things gone wrong. People just do not leave their ancestral homes without solid reasons. In Bhutan there is an old proverb, which goes rang yue zampai woglu inru ga – ‘one would love his/her village even if it is located under a bridge’. And that …

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