What started as a visit to my daughter’s 24th birthday in Yamanashi, Japan resulted in a whirlwind of a journey in the pursuit of Happiness from the land of the Rising Sun to the far less known Katong district of Singapore to the iconic Petronas twin towers in Malaysia.
We should be really interested in the trade policies of our political party manifestos. While our trade has improved over the years with India, our trade deficit is growing at an alarming rate of almost Nu.30 billion a year. Trade statistics shows the commodities which are primarily responsible for this deficit. It's the import of … Continue reading Manifesto #4: Political Economy of Trade
Health services in Bhutan face shortage of doctors and modern equipment. We have only 300 doctors and around 1000 nurses. The current ratio of doctors to population is around 1:2300 and ratio of doctors to nurses is 1:300. Doctors and nurses are overworked, under-compensated and patients sometimes bear the brunt of their frustrations with long … Continue reading Manifesto #3 (Health): We need more Associate Doctors than doctors!
About 70,000 youth are entering the job market in the next 5 years. Thats almost 10% of the current population in addition to those who are already employed. While it may seem a daunting challenge, it is also a huge opportunity for Bhutan to reap this demographic dividend: capitalizing on the vast number of youth … Continue reading Election Manifesto #2 : Reaping the Demographic Dividend
Professor Timothy G. Gregoire | Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Bhutan's constitution mandates 60% forest coverage. National statistics currently boasts of achieving over 70%. Most importantly, what makes up for that 70% of forest? Are shrubs included and what is top tree species? In short can we measure the actual number of trees … Continue reading Election Manifesto #1- Measuring environment is measuring GNH?
K.P.Oli of the Communist Party of Nepal was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Nepal on 15th February, 2018. Imran Khan of PTI, Pakistan will be sworn in as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan sometime on August 15th, 2018. Dasho Tshering Tobgay and his PDP party will face the polls next month in … Continue reading Elections – South Asia goes to the Polls! (Harvard South Asia Engagement Forum)
We are looking for numbers in this Election? Now that the party conventions are over and we are introduced to all the party candidates and the party slogans, it is time for the parties to share with the people their manifesto and plans of action, hopefully with convincing numbers. I know that numbers are the … Continue reading What we are looking for in this Election?
While the recent graduates are the focus of attention and the news, we are forgetting the vast majority for whom we need to seriously look at diversifying their skills and employment options. This makes our labor productivity extremely low. Much like their graduate kins, opportunity in the future for them also lies elsewhere, not just … Continue reading Use the Power Tillers to Break Away from the Farming Shackles!
It’s been almost three years since I last watched a Bollywood movie. Not only are they too long, you also don't find the company who would watch them with you. Not till this week when my family joined me in a Bollywood binge on the weekend of July 11th, 2018. The movies we watched: … Continue reading Movie Binge & Emotional Catharsis? A family time spent well.
It was truly a fascinating visit to the fb headquarters at Menlo Park in Silicon Valley thanks to all the friends who reached out and made the visit possible on June 21, 2018. However, it was their tradition of making free food available across their entire campus to their employees and visitors, that was even … Continue reading Facebook and Bhutanese tradition of free food – From Official dinners to Employee food for Bhutanese corporations?