OPINION

Carbon neutral-but at what cost?

Bhutan made a declaration of remaining carbon neutral in the Convention of Parties (CoP) 15 at Copenhagen, Denmark. This step is bold for a small Least Developed Country (LDC) like Bhutan but this leaves us with a question: Does this step put a cap on our developmental activities? Instances of …

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In Celebration of Teachers

Today, on teachers’ day as I sit and reminisce on my life as a teacher, I remember my teaching journey with candid details. It’s been an arduous one, riveted with painful pit stops and bouts of accelerated exhilaration. I’ve had moments of eureka outbursts and also plenty of Suppandi shy …

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Bhutan and GNH : from the sidelines to the centre

I believe when faced with a problem or a challenge, one can truly understand one’s capability. Our most recent problem, the rupee crisis, as has come to be known, is one such challenge and I hope, collectively we can prevail and grow stronger through it. Recently the Government decided to address …

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Quality and Development

Have we ever wondered why the highways and roads in developed countries like the US, UK, Japan, and Australia are so good while they are plagued with potholes in our country? A new road that is built today is often filled with potholes and susceptible to damages a few months …

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Hands to create should be used

When I was in high school, I had a teacher who said that “hill people are lazy”. Maybe he did not mean to say we did not work. Maybe he meant the phrase for our attitude towards work. For him, the social work in Bhutanese schools was unproductive work as students lacked dignity of labor. As most philosophers …

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But who is the ‘concerned person’?

Note: Instances of my experiences cannot be generalized. It is commendable how our government has opened its door for the media. I cannot imagine if my other journalist friends around the world would access their Prime Minister at odd hours, or chat up with ministers on phone and facebook. If …

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Trying Times

The critical shortage and rationing of the Indian rupees is making newspaper   headlines and engaging people in serious debate. The good point is that both the government and people have woken up for the first time to this looming crisis. The bad point is that there is no immediate and …

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Nepotism – a rampant and spreading social evil

“Nepotism” is a word much talked about in Bhutanese circles. I have never experienced it myself though I have heard about it and seen a few cases myself. To share an incident which I witnessed, I had gone to the hospital with a friend of mine to meet her grandmother …

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Why Business Process Outsourcing is not catching up in Bhutan?

‘Outsourcing’ is the catch word today in business circles. The swift and rapid proliferation of globalization and liberalization has revolutionalized global business as it is conducted today. There are some explicit reasons why Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) is the answer for many companies venturing into international business. The first objective …

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