OPINION

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Our Outdated towns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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The Best Public Toilet in the Country

If something is not good enough, go and change it. If you can’t change it, seek help but change it. It was my turn to design a social service activity yesterday afternoon at the Royal Academy. My team knew I would certainly point at a toilet, because ever since I …

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I’m Scared of Him No More

I knew Au Sonam since my days in Gaupay, way back in mid 90s. He was a terror. He lived outside our school gate with his father and stepmother. His muscular body, complimented by fluent English made him a fearful star in the neighborhood. He was always high on his …

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Who Will Pay for the Damage?

Road blocks and Landslides have a long history in our country and as of now there is no sign of learning from the mistakes. We don’t have to worry about waterways and railways like other countries but as is our Bhutanese nature we even forget to worry about what we …

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Is Bhutan’s Media Freedom Really Slipping?

The country may have fallen in the rankings, but is freedom of information really on the decline? Bhutan has slipped from its previous year’s ranking of 92 to 104th place in the 2015 World Press Freedom Index, published by Reporters Without Borders. But does that mean that freedom of information is …

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Paro has a problem

Paro is a gateway to Bhutanese economy, and that explains why our economy is unhealthy. I am quite new to this place to understand the secret to how they managed to keep the town so dirty. It’s amazing how people can adapt to living in dustbins and I don’t quite …

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