Archive for September, 2011

Promoting What is Ours

“What are three aspects that you think distinguish Bhutan from other countries in the region,” a visitor once asked me. And just as any Bhutanese would answer, I took no time in listing the three things that I thought attribute to Bhutan’s uniqueness – our unique architecture, our artistic weaving culture and our pristine natural […]

Published on Sep 27 2011 // Commentary

Of royal wedding

In 7th century before the Christian era, the area (today’s Bhutan) was ruled by Kooche Sangaldip from Kooch (today’s Cooch Bihar) Assam, India. Thereafter, his descendants ruled this area until 7th century A.D as tutelage of Kamarupa in Assam. In 650 A.D after the death of ruler Bhaskaravarman, it got separated from Kamarupa and exposed […]

Published on Sep 24 2011 // News Analysis

"From the Human to the Voracious Beast"

Mr President, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen My country is most happy to welcome South Sudan as a member of the UN family. I seek your permission, Mr. President, to speak on the subject of Happiness. Since joining the UN 41 years ago, Bhutan has always maintained a long term and broad perspective on […]

Published on Sep 24 2011 // Opinion

Govt. provided no assistance

Haa: More than 30 people from nine households of Gyensa village in Bji gewog, Haa are sharing a tent as their houses were damaged by the earthquake of September 18. The tent was given by a Royal Bhutan Army Officer yesterday. Till then, the families had taken shelter under a maruti van. A 29-year-old tour […]

Published on Sep 22 2011 // Human Rights Monitor

Bhutanese Refugee issue – ‘A Rigmarole’

Bhutanese Refugee making and the Struggle Ensuing mass exodus of the Bhutanese citizens from south Bhutan in 1990, a large group of Sharchhokps and people from other communities entered Nepal and started working for the establishment of a real and inclusive democracy in Bhutan. Although refugee making has nothing to do with Nepal, the imbroglio […]

Published on Sep 21 2011 // Commentary

'SAARC is making progress'

President Vishaka N. Desai, Trustees and Members of the Asia Society, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to thank Lisina Hoch, a close and longstanding friend of Bhutan, for her kind words in introducing me. It is an honour and pleasure for me to be here this evening with the distinguished members of […]

Published on Sep 21 2011 // Opinion

Open field irks early applicants

The authority’s decision to entertain all comers upsets some who’ve been waiting long in line Private TV Broadcasters 17 September, 2011 – The Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority’s decision to allow an open licensing system for private television broadcasting services has left some earlier applicants unhappy. One of the first applicants, the managing director of […]

Published on Sep 17 2011 // Media Monitor

Another paper violates media Act

Kuensel is asked again to stop printing the unlicensed paper Druk Gyelyong Sarsho 16 September, 2011 – Kuensel corporation limited received another letter yesterday from the Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority just as it was writing its response to the earlier letter the authority had sent. This time, the letter, which was a copy of […]

Published on Sep 16 2011 // Media Monitor

Bhutan improves freedom index

Bhutan is also ranked 18th out of 41 countries in the Asia-Pacific region Bhutan’s has been ranked 103rd out of 183 countries where government allows labor, capital and goods to move freely. According to the 2011 index of economic freedom released by the Heritage Foundation, Washington’s prominent think tank and Wall Street Journal, Bhutan secured […]

Published on Sep 15 2011 // Human Rights Monitor

Pulled up for publishing unlicenced paper

The authority has notified the corporation of its violation of the BICM Act Kuensel Corporation Ltd. 15 September, 2011 – The Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority has written a letter to Kuensel Corporation Limited yesterday for printing an unlicenced Dzongkha newspaper, Gyalchi Sarshog. It states, “BICMA would like to bring to your notice that you […]

Published on Sep 15 2011 // Media Monitor