OPINION

Part-2 How RTI can help achieve GNH

2. Time Use Transparency legislations compel government departments to proactively disclose information that is essential for the citizen. It also requires them to effectively make public new sIt would cut down the time taken to access government information and services, and lessen the wait for government to respond or take …

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How RTI Can Help Achieve GNH

Gross National Happiness (GNH) comprises four critical pillars: Good Governance, Culture, Economic Development and Environment. At a finer level, it has nine elements which further detail out these four pillars and add depth to the philosophy of GNH. These are Psychological Well-being; Time Use; Community Vitality; Culture; Health; Education; Environmental …

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Why the saga of flops?

  During a Task Force meeting at the Motion Picture Association of Bhutan in February, the General Secretary, Sherab Gyaltshen declared that 26 Bhutanese feature films were produced in 2011 alone, out which 18 of them flopped.  He added that 10 of the producers may never make films again. Since …

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The Archetypical Bhutanese Mother

Early this week, as the world celebrated the international women’s day, I was contemplating over my mother’s personal journey in life; a bed time story she would often tell us in the pre-television days. A story, I fervently believe now, many Bhutanese mothers of her generation share as well. The …

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Understanding to find a solution

The capital city last year saw a number of youth-related violence cases. From a school caretaker who was attacked to cops who were bashed up, and all the stabbing cases that followed, it seemed the youngsters involved in these activities were listening to a voice beyond reason, logic or sanity, …

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Oh! The Dutch Demon in Bhutan

All around the world, people have figured out a system of eating out; it is not unusual to eat less at home and definitely not unusual to pay separately while in a group. It gets me wondering about the evolution of dining etiquettes and the social construct from within this …

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Implement it or Ignore it

The month of February came and went again. It was time for children to go back to school. For some it was their first day at school. For others it was like going back to their second home. Some children would have just turned six years old last month. Some …

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A losar patrol with our policemen

  On this losar eve, back dropped against the many stabbing cases in the country, I decided to spend the night with the patrol team of the Royal Bhutan Police. As a rookie reporter assigned the crime beat, I thought I should learn first hand the hardships our police personnel …

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Born between two schools of Buddhism

Buddhism as a religion gets challenging and even confusing when a child is born to a mother who follows Drukpa Kargyu while the father is a born Nyingma. And it gets chaotic when the father is a sort after master of the school which contradicts the mother’s. Well, Lord Buddha …

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