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WHO WOULD LIKE TO PLAY THE BLAME GAME ? ME ME ME

A young Bhutanese man who allegedly committed suicide in Dubai has sparked debate on social media and I am only hoping and praying that it has done the same for every Bhutanese who aren’t online. Commenting “RIP” on a post shared by people who do nothing but blame the government, or the …

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Choose your words…with your Children!

I like to be positive, think positive and act positive when with Lolo. I am criticized for trying to bring her up with distorted realities – meaning painting only about the “good things” around her. Well, she is just three – won’t she imbibe the realities as she grows up? …

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Watch the children

In a development that should catch the eyes of any concerned parent or teacher, a school student in Thimphu assaulted his teacher viciously for only being asked to behave himself. There are increasing reports of increasingly rotten behavior from kids that would have been unthinkable only a decade ago. Bhutan’s …

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Human Capacity Trumps Hydro Power … Everytime! Part 4

Productivity and Growth The intent here is not to put the onus squarely on hydropower. Hydro fan-boys must be champing at the bits to write their own sharp rejoinders to this paper. But if it all sounds dismal, the bigger picture isn’t any better. Bhutanese productivity across all sectors isn’t …

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Birth Place of Khandro Sonam Palden

Across the river at Wang Sinmo, the sight of the ancient house in Danglo is so prominent that one can’t help stealing several glances from the highway at it. The house, blackened with age was the home of Khandro Sonam Palden, consort of Phajo Drugom Zhigpo who lived from 1184 …

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Tough laws and its consequences

It is said that the best of intentions combined with the wrong means can lead to the worst outcomes. In Bhutan’s case, this saying would be applicable to how we come up with laws, even in this day and age, to deal with a host of issues. The most infamous …

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A mid-term review for the ruling and opposition parties

The current government is well into the middle of its term and so it is taking stock through its midterm review of government ministries, agencies and the Dzongkhags. This is an important exercise that brings about a certain degree of accountability in the system and also allows the government to …

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Human Capacity Trumps Hydro Power … Everytime! – Part 3

A longish discussion on a well-known key to Bhutan’s shorted economy Making Sense of it All So, why is all this important? How does this essay’s pre versus post hydroplant commissioning theory tie in to observable trend in the real sector? Why a long-winded soliloquy on a relatively simple sector …

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India should support Bhutan-Bangladesh hydro deal

On 11th July 2013, an article by a respected investigative journalist in The Indian Express newspaper, said that given the state of diplomatic ties India would not stop at just withdrawing kerosene and LPG subsidies. It quoted internal Ministry of External Affairs notes that proposed slowing down 10th plan funding …

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