OPINION

The Prize and Price of a Town

The idea of having a town in the first place is to have steady development and progress in that locality. It is also understood that having a municipal authority is to ensure that we have adequate and required facilities and infrastructures in place for those who live and work there. …

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Portable Toilet

Last month I finally met Lavish Madiya with whom I had shared my aspirations of bringing home prefab toilets. In fact we met online because of my very interest in toilets. He has just ventured out to produce exactly the thing I wanted, just some 30 km away from our …

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Poor Kerosene service

One winter weekend my family had to pay a hefty price for my complacency. They braved two cold winter mornings and evenings without a warm heater. It was difficult for the electric heaters to maintain the same warmth that the Korean kerosene heaters provide. But without crude oil, our heater …

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Outsourcing Water

In 2015, Thimphu Thromde decided to outsource city’s waste collection to Greener Way, a private firm based in Thimphu. And I must admit that it was one of the best decisions that a Bhutanese authority has ever made. Waste management is a serious issue everywhere and Bhutan is no exception. …

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Indian cars with white number plates

It’s said that the Nepal earthquake disaster was a big blow to Himalayan tourism, which seems to be true looking at the huge drop in the number of western tourists visiting us at this time of the year. However, it hasn’t deterred Indian tourists. Thimphu and Paro are filled with …

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Bumchu Talozam and the Spiritually Copyrighted Songs

First, congratulations to Au Kencho Wangdi for successfully running four seasons of Druk Super Star singing contests and discovering many national treasures. I wish him health, knowing he has all the other factors in himself, to continue entertaining the nation and bringing out the best in our youths. Among the …

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Sorry State of Lhakhang Karpo and Merciful Ap Chundu

Haa doesn’t have a Dzong, Lhakhang Karpo is still on the ground, Prime Minister is from Haa, Foreign Minister is in court, and wrathful Ap Chundu is still merciful. Who cares about a Dzongda using the Dzongkhag DCM for private purposes? In fact we always thought higher officials could do …

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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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