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Outgoing PM’s final message to the nation

My dear friends, It is the dream of every Bhutanese to serve our beloved nation, a nation we all love dearly, a nation we are proud of. This enduring spirit and love for our nation unites all Bhutanese. Our benevolent monarchs, the life force of our nation, who have ensured …

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Labour shortage in the private sector

As elections approach there is a growing drum beat on the issue of youth unemployment by political parties, sections of the media and ‘experts’ on social media. First off, there is no denying that Bhutan faces a youth unemployment issue as it always has been doing. The detailed Population and …

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China’s Summer of Discontent

CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – Politics has a nasty habit of surprising us – especially in a country like China, where there is little transparency and a lot of intrigue. Five months ago, President Xi Jinping jolted his countrymen by abolishing the presidential term limit and signaling his intention to serve for …

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Interim Government

On 1st August 2018, the National Assembly will formally end its term with a Tashi Moenlam and prayers, and it will witness the NA MPs symbolically handing over their blue Kabneys and Patangs. The government’s official term also ends on the same day, but unlike the MPs, the Cabinet is …

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Lessons from the Republic of Korea

For me and my friend Yeshi Tshewang, landing at Incheon International Airport on the morning of 6th July 2018 was like entering into a paradise on Earth. The rising popularity of Korean music and drama over the years has made South Korea a dreamland for many Bhutanese people especially the …

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The bypass

The biggest harbinger of development in Bhutan was the Phuentsholing-Thimphu highway which, even today, is the main commercial lifeline for Bhutan. In that sense, the Damchu-Chukha bypass inaugurated by the Prime Minister on 18th July is a major project that will save a lot of money and time and bolster …

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Why Ritual effigies get pinned with brooches

A week-long Jana Chidey Kurim, for the peace and prosperity of the country and the well being of all sentient beings, is an annual religious ritual conducted at Pangrizampa College of Astrology in Thimphu. The annual Kurim was presided over by the former Dorji Lopen Sangay Dorji with over more …

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COMPENSATION: The Subliminal Bhutanese “Soch”

One word that has always intrigued me that every news media in Bhutan – whether print or visual – used unfailingly: COMPENSATION. I have always been bewildered why anyone would write or say that the farmers, who had suffered occasional natural calamities, would be compensated by the Dzongkhag or that they are …

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A review of the laws

The National Law Review Taskforce has come up with many laws that need to be done away with, harmonized, implemented with procedural change and also enacted. This taskforce got into action after His Majesty The King on 16th May 2014, in an address to the Parliament, expressed His Majesty’s concerns …

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