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1) Why can’t DPT be beaten?
The PM factor again
The DPT’s biggest strength and asset has always been the Prime Minister. He was even seen as being invincible in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 general
Elections. He may not be on the same pedestal today, but he is still head and shoulders above the rest. A perception survey conducted by The Journalist last week showed that he led in six out of 10 leadership indicators,- although his perceived fall in attributes such as integrity/character,teamwork and as a doer (man of action) is some cause for concern.An unsuccessful PDP candidate from 2008 said that with the PM at the helm, the news is bad for everybody except the DPT. But the question is: will he or will he not come back in 2013?
2) Defection, Law and Impact
Following media reports on the formation of new political parties, speculations are rife that Bhutan will soon witness defections on its political landscape, begging the question as to whether it is allowed under the law and how will it impact our fledgling democracy.
Defection is a term used to refer to a political situation when a person leaves a political party to join another that is considered to be a rival. Four years after the advent of party politics in the country, the phenomenon is now in the air.
3) Monks and the ‘Bright Light’
Right in the heart of town, opposite the legendary Lugar Theatre, on the other side of Norzin Lam, flashes the words ‘YOEWANG RESTUARANT’ in yellow against a red billboard fixed vertically outside the second-floor windows of a three-storey, semi-traditional building.
4) Insights and Diversions
My Bhutanesehutanese neighbour said, “If a man asks me what I do, I reply: I single-handedly run a small private hotel for three permanent male guests, taking care of provisioning, catering and cuisine, laundry, appointments diary, first aid and medical care, hygiene and sanitation. Lesser tasks include picking things up and putting them away, co-ordinating numerous odd socks, cleaning fixtures and fittings, maintaining a culture of civilised and polite use of language and instilling good behaviour and manners.
“OK, I’m a housewife.”
5)Equity and Justice
It is easy to understand what justice is. It means fairness, impartiality and integrity. But equity is not equality – if it was, no one would have coined the term in the first place. But, just like responsibility and accountability, there is a very thin line between equity and equality.
Dr Pema Jamtsho, the Minister for Agriculture and Forests said, “In Bhutan, equity is also seen as equality and people interpret equity and equality as one and the same, which is not correct.”
6)Minimum programs and expanding chances
Human resource is the most essential factor of production because it is capable of transforming all the other factors for the betterment of human life and human welfare.
“Developing and utilizing this resource effectively increases its productivity and its capital value. Thus, human resources development must be one of the leading objectives on the nation’s development agenda” said the Chairman of the Planning Commission
7) Pay:when a deal is not a deal
Everybodyverybody works to earn money so they can survive and the salary
they receive at the end of the month is the payment made to a person for the work they have done. That’s the deal.
However, if a salary is not paid on time, any employee would feel justifiably unsatisfied and feel unmotivated to work harder the following month. This is one reason they cannot retain any quality staff. To find an example, one has to look no further than the private media.
With the increase in the number of private newspapers and magazines in Bhutan, there is plenty of competition apart from the two oldest media outlets, Kuensel and the Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS).
Apart from Kuensel, there are nine newspapers in Bhutan, which are mostly owned by private companies.
8)Prime Minister on the Road
Prime Minister Jigme Y. Thinley has visited nine countries and spent a total of 36 days abroad this year including visits to the USA, Thailand, Japan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Maldives, Nepal and Afghanistan.
According to the Cabinet Secretary, Dasho Tashi Phuntsho, like any head of government it is imperative for the Bhutanese Prime Minister to visit other countries.
Our PM’s visit to SAARC countries are mandatory as he has been the chairperson of the SAARC this year. The other aspect of the visits are based on the invitation of the governments of close and friendly countries.
9)Good Girls love playing Bad Guys
Bhutanese filmgoers don’t especially warm to females
playing negative roles but the actors see it as a challenge.
To many people, only guys should play the bad guys. Women shouldn’t, as it leaves a bad impression
Soni Choki doesn’t seem to mind. “I always love it when people hate me in a negative role. Such reactions mean that I did justice to the part.” She says she much prefers these kinds of roles rather than the romantic parts – and is always ready for them.
“I have to work harder for such characters and find the best angles to showcase my negative image just to make it look real so that the viewers enjoy the film, because if the audience does not enjoy it then what’s the use of working so hard? I try to make sure the audience can get lost in the character.”
Although some young fans and relatives told her not to accept such roles she explained that playing the negative character is often the strongest role in any film.
10)Powering Into The Future
Ten new hydro projects have been selected by the Government of India and the Royal Government of Bhutan with the ambitious plan of generating 10,000 megawatts (MW) by 2020 under the Framework Agreement.
Six projects will be developed bi-laterally by the two governments and the remaining four through joint ventures by the government corporations
of the two countries, with Druk Green representing Bhutan’s side.
The ten projects are Punatsangchhu I, Punatsangchhu II, Mangdechhu, Sunkosh Storage (main dam), Kuri-Gongri, Amochhu Storage, Wangchhu
Storage, Bunakha Storage, Khorlongchhu and Chamkharchhu.
Apart from the 10,000 MW initiatives, Druk Green has also initiated several small-medium projects of its own on a public private partnership basis.
12) Women: Time To Fulfill Their True Potential
Why are only a handful of women striving to reach the same heights that men have enjoyed for so long?
Although women in Bhutan represent close to 50 percent of the population, out of 72 seats in parliament just 10 are occupied by women.
Even though Bhutan has liberalized equal rights, irrespective
of gender, very few women seem interested in either the challenge of leadership or a senior role in politics and business.
One reason is the collective perception of themselves. Most Bhutanese women just don’t think they are capable enough to enter and take on men in the political and business
arenas. This negative approach has prevented women from taking part in both national level decision making and creating a career for themselves
13)Exam Time: Hopes, Fears and Realities.
With the most important
exams in their entire lives starting very soon, most class X and XII students are busy with last minute cramming and revising. Both classes know they need to perform well. This is crunch time on many levels.
For Class X students, their marks will decide what stream they will take during the next academic year; for Class XII, their results will determine the future direction of their life. A teacher of Samtse Dzongkhag,
“The students will be able to perform well if they have put extra effort in their studies.”
Sangay Dorji, another teacher in Samtse, said that it is “high time students concentrate very hard on their studies. Play can come later.”
14)Hanging on and living cheap
When most people suffer, it is usually away from the cameras
and the media, so when a middle aged woman called Zangmo saw a homeless man begging outside a restaurant in the capital, she instinctively bought him a plate of momos.
There’s nothing unusual about that, except that Zangmo is also homeless and the Nu 35 she paid for the momos was a considerable chunk of the Nu 200 she earns every day for cleaning houses. That isn’t a salary. In fact, it’s almost an insult. The point is, with little to live on, these people have little to live for.
If the generosity of poor people to one another isn’t so much rare as hardly noticed, then the vast numbers of low-income earners struggling
to make ends meet seem almost invisible by comparison.
Keeping up with the bills, paying outrageous rents, and trying to raise children with a chance of a half-decent future, low income families are having a very tough time even keeping a toe hold on the economic realities they face.
and much more …
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