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PM asks media to question SC verdict

The first constitutional case, which dragged on for months, served as a litmus to all the democratic institutions. It was no exception for the Bhutanese media, or so Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley said. During the press conference yesterday, where he declared the government will stay on, Lyonchhoen said the media should go beyond the […]

Published on Mar 16 2011 // Media Monitor

My Explanation on Tobacco Control Act

BY JIGMI Y THINLEY: The Tobacco Control Act and the sentencing of former monk, Sonam Tshering, have been blown out of proportion. I sympathize with the sentiments of the people who are affected by the severity of the sentence and believe that it is important to provide a clear perspective on the issue.

What has been overlooked by the media and some sections of the Bhutanese population is that the Tobacco Control Act, introduced in the National Council (NC) by the Ministry of Health, debated in both the NC and the National Assembly (NA) was enacted by parliament with all members of the NC having voted in […]

Published on Mar 06 2011 // Opinion

My Explanation on Tobacco Control Act

The Tobacco Control Act and the sentencing of former monk, Sonam Tshering, have been blown out of proportion. I sympathize with the sentiments of the people who are affected by the severity of the sentence and believe that it is important to provide a clear perspective on the issue. What has been overlooked by the […]

Published on Mar 06 2011 // Opinion

New underground party claims responsibility of Sarpang attack

The Bhutan United Democratic Party (BUDP), which was never heard before, has claimed that its cadres ambushed a squad of Bhutan police on February 18 at Patabari of Sarpang district. Issuing a press statement on Friday afternoon, the BUDP said it failed to disseminate the information in time due to “technical problem”. “In the ambush […]

Published on Feb 25 2011 // Main News

Astrology to custody

My father had twenty two acres of cultivable land in Chanautay village but my elder brothers were not helping in the farm. I was sent to study in Sanskrit Pathsala in Lamidanda at the age of seven. I studied various subjects of Sanskrit language and grammar until I turned sixteen. Narad Khatiwoda, Devicharan Baral and Dhanapati Adhikari were some great teachers of the pathsala. A temporary residence (hostel) was constructed by Padmalal Baral with local help to accommodate the students. I stayed in the hostel and did all my personal duties like cooking, washing, collecting firewood from the forest besides keeping the study.

Drinking water was not available nearby and it was one of the chores we did very early in the […]

Published on Feb 25 2011 // Untold Story

Open Letter to Nepali Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal

First of all, please acknowledge my congratulations for being elected as the 34th Prime Minister of Nepal after ending the seven-month long uncertainty and vacuum for a powerful government. With your election to the executive post, all Nepali citizens have started dreaming of the safe-landing of the ongoing peace process and unveiling new statute on time. At this juncture, I am happy to convey to your government that more than 75,000 of Bhutanese refugees, who have been spending their most precious time in ramshackle huts since 19 years in the eastern region of Nepal to which you also belong to and over 40,000 resettled in various countries […]

Published on Feb 25 2011 // Opinion

Open Letter to Nepali Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal

First of all, please acknowledge my congratulations for being elected as the 34th Prime Minister of Nepal after ending the seven-month long uncertainty and vacuum for a powerful government. With your election to the executive post, all Nepali citizens have started dreaming of the safe-landing of the ongoing peace process and unveiling new statute on […]

Published on Feb 25 2011 // Opinion

Bhutan continues to improve in press freedom

Thimphu: Booking the 64th position, Bhutan has moved six steps up from the previous year in the press freedom index 2010. Bhutan was ranked 64th out of 176 countries. Finland took the top position which was held by Denmark the previous year. Turkmenistan took the last position. Among the Saarc countries, Maldives was ranked at […]

Published on Feb 21 2011 // Media Monitor

Happiness and Development of Bhutan

BY B.M DHAKAL:A layman whose economic opportunities are dwindled, a child who has been forced to crush stones by the roadside, a village girl who fell victim to wedlock or an aspiring college graduate who is turned down by the employers and any farmer whose crops are destroyed by natural calamities are probably not the respondents to GNH questionnaire.Otherwise it would add to the list of unhappy people or negate the value of GNH index. These typical characters of GNH country might have heard and understood none of the brainwashing lectures their prime minister delivered to the international community posing himself a great GNH champion

Published on Feb 06 2011 // Opinion

Reforming the Bhutanese democracy

The history has always been clear and transparent to us. We learnt about how the America’s founding fathers fought against the imperialistic British Empire for independence, freedom and participatory democracy. The tireless effort of those founding fathers established participatory democracy in America. We grew up learning the history of Indian independence: Mahatma Gandhi’s relentless effort […]

Published on Feb 05 2011 // Opinion