Archive for January, 2012

Private papers want Dzongkha out

Dzongkha editors of private newspapers will meet the information and communications minister and secretary next month to discuss their proposal to discontinue publishing Dzongkha editions of their English language papers. The private media houses, during an informal meeting with the ministry on January 16, said the mandatory publication of the Dzongkha edition had become a […]

Published on Jan 27 2012 // Media Monitor

One too many?

Bhutan will soon have 11 newspapers. The latest entrant in the market “The Bhutanese” will be launched on February 21. The paper’s CEO and owner, Tenzin Lamsang, a journalist by profession, says they are aware of the competition and the market scenario. “We know the risk we are taking. We know what the returns will […]

Published on Jan 13 2012 // Media Monitor

Let my people go : with video

Ghatastapana is a national holiday in Nepal. Cherishing fond memories of each of the seven camps for Bhutanese refugees in eastern Nepal, I drive to Goldhap camp. A place once familiar looks strange. People used to throng to greet me, Namaste, the little ones calling “Father, Father!” The food distribution centres were crowded; opposite, old […]

Published on Jan 12 2012 // Commentary

BBS launches second channel

Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS), the National Radio and Television Service, launches its 2nd television Channel from today. Viewers can now watch Live the proceedings of the National Assembly and the National Council simultaneously from tomorrow. Test transmission of the BBS 2 on terrestrial broadcast has been going on for the past week. The channel has […]

Published on Jan 08 2012 // Media Monitor

Happy, happy Bhutan

Hindi soaps are getting popular in this nation of smiles, though some women question the value systems they endorse. Fifty years ago, when I was a child, we didn’t have money for shoes. We wore something roughly stitched together from the jute of gunny bags. But it was a time of innocence… everyone around was […]

Published on Jan 07 2012 // News Analysis

Media must live up to the honor

The 104th National Day celebrations could not have been more pleasant to the 18 media houses in the country. His Majesty the King awarded the Order of Merit (Gold) to the Bhutanese media, in recognition of its vital role in informing the people, in encouraging debate and participation, for preserving the culture and tradition and […]

Published on Jan 07 2012 // Media Monitor

Bhutanese Refugees Past and Present: A look at where they are today

If you do a quick Google search about Bhutan, you may quickly discover that it has been rated as one of the world’s happiest countries. In 2006 they were chosen as the happiest Asian country and the 8th happiest country worldwide. Business Week notes, “The small Asian nation of Bhutan ranks eighth in the world, […]

Published on Jan 01 2012 // Commentary