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A Revolution

The Priority Sector Lending (PSL) policy at first glance may seem like a Central Bank initiative to boost lending to Cottage and Small Industries and the agricultural sector, which by itself is commendable, but close up it is so much more. The PLS in engaging and working together with the …

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Media Council and Film Commission at heart of new ICM bill

On 5th December the National Assembly (NA) passed the Information, Communications and Media (ICM) Bill of Bhutan 2017 with 44 votes in favor of the bill. They passed the bill to create and promote a Bhutanese information society and the right environment for the vibrant growth of ICT and media …

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Dumb Charade

Walk into any of the private diagnostic centers in Thimphu and you will end up paying a substantial amount for even a basic check that is already free at the JDWNRH. This is just one of the many pulls and factors on our medical system which is not able to …

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So What is the Secret ?

Cost of living in Thimphu is extremely high. No doubt about that. How do we ascertain it? When mid-level office-goers find it difficult to survive. But then it makes me wonder how those people who live on the daily national minimum wage of Nu 215 a day make their ends …

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Except Samtse

You ask a friend of yours. And the question is, “How many dzongkhags have you visited?” He or she says, “All the dzongkhags, except Lhuentse, Gasa and …and Samtse.” Not many Bhutanese have travelled to this low-lying land, hot and humid in the summer and pleasant and dry in the …

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Bhutan has no choice but to regulate regional tourism

One important idea of sovereignty for any nation is its ability to control its borders. This idea gets more important for smaller countries, especially when they are surrounded by larger countries, constantly moving demographics and do not have the absorptive capacity. Bhutan is in an unenviable position with a population …

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The Paradox of Xi’s Power

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CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – At the end of the six-day 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the roughly 2,200 delegates decided to add “Xi Jinping Thought on the new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics” to the CPC’s constitution. With that, it became official: the era of …

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What to make of the fuel cut

First off, it is important to understand that the dramatic cut in fuel prices by the government is not any largess being given by the Indian government or by the Goods and Services Tax. Simply put under GST the Indian government can no longer collect excise duty on fuel imports …

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Speaking to the Far Right 

NEW YORK – Something many right-wing populists have in common is a peculiar form of self-pity: the feeling of being victimized by the liberal media, academics, intellectuals, “experts” – in short, by the so-called elites. The liberal elites, the populists proclaim, rule the world and dominate ordinary patriotic people with …

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