OPINION

Unsafe archery ranges

The latest incident of an eleven year old boy being pierced by a stray arrow at an archery range in Haa, once again highlights an increasing number of innocent bystanders regularly falling victims to such ‘accidents’. Even though the cases being reported in the media are on the rise, the …

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Monsoon woes

As the monsoon season has started urban areas across Bhutan show all their inadequacies in full glory. While in places like Thimphu roads get flooded and sewers get choked the less said about Phuentsholing and other urban centers the better. However, considering that Thimphu Thromde is generally the best funded …

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Bhutan’s insensitive MPs

There is no doubt that Bhutan is facing an unprecedented economic crisis caused by the rupee shortage and credit crunch resulting in a shrinking economy and private sector and the strong austerity measures in place. The unemployment rate is also on the increase as companies are either not hiring or …

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Understanding PM Narendra Modi and the new India

Ever since Mr Narendra Modi convincingly led the BJP to a spectacular 282 seats victory in the 2014 General Elections, there has been much speculation, guesswork and research done in various foreign capitals around the world on the Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy and an emerging super power. …

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dzongsar jamyang khyentse rinpoche and the Great translation

It is delightful to know that a Bhutanese Lama is heading a team of Buddhist scholars to translate the Buddhist Canon or Kangyur into English. This is, of course, a globally colossal task indeed! The Bhutanese Lama is none other than the internationally renowned Bhutanese Buddhist master, His Eminence Dzongsar …

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On Teachers day

As a country steeped in tradition and culture our idea of teachers is not only in the western concept of a Teacher being an educator but we have also assigned additional roles like authority figure, absentee parent, etc. But how much of life lessons, moral lessons and parental care can …

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No drinking water

‘Lies, damn lies and statistics,’ is a saying that would be apt to the supposedly high coverage of drinking water in urban and rural areas in figures shared by government agencies both in the Dzongkhags and in Thimphu. The new government should carry out a detailed and honest assessment of …

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Wild traffic in Bhutan

The two most frustrating parts for most office going people are mornings and evenings while driving to work and back. This is not to say that we are a saintly crowd for we sure do have our offenders but it is nothing in comparison to the hall of shame of …

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Bhutan is still in a financial dilemma

I n spite of generating huge tariff from the hydro power plants as well as receiving handsome grants from the neighboring countries, the country is still suffocating in managing its financial accounts. It’s all happening due to the failure of managing the capital accounts together with current accounts for the …

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The true face of poverty

I f anyone in the country understands what poverty is, then it is the family living in a ramshackle hut in the far corner of the country. A family that finds solace in a temporary structure barely enough to shield them from the natural elements. The roof of the hut …

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