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How Press Freedom Is Won

ACCRA – Every year on May 3 – World Press Freedom Day – news producers and consumers pause to reflect on the state of global media. This year, as journalists and government officials gather in Ghana for the event’s 25th observance, attention will turn to the myriad pressures and challenges confronting the profession …

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4 May 2018, Tashichhodzong, Thimphu: The outgoing members of the National Council led by Chairperson Dasho (Dr.) Sonam Kinga, offered Mendrel Ku-Sung Thug to His Majesty The King. The current National Council members will complete their term on 9 May and the third National Council members will assume office on …

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Five-year plans Vs elections quandary

Bhutan has had two general elections and is scheduled to go into a third one. However, even before this election starts, the government and the opposition are faced with the quandary of what to do with the annual budget for 2018-19 financial year. This is because on one hand the …

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Take a bow ECB

The biggest winner of the 2018 NC elections is Bhutanese democracy with a turnout of 54.28 percent. This is higher than the 2013 polls and also the 2008 polls. This was made possible in large part by the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) through its postal ballot facilitation booth facility …

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Keeping schools safe

The news of a Vice Principal molesting school children has sent shockwaves throughout the country. This is not only because of the nature of the crime, but because the victims were young children and the perpetrator was a teacher. Parents send their children to school with a lot of trust …

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Facebook and the Future of Online Privacy

NEW YORK – Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, recently noted that the public scrutiny of Facebook is “very much overdue,” declaring that “it’s shocking to me that they didn’t have to answer more of these questions earlier on.” Leaders in the information technology sector, especially in Europe, have been warning of …

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The Mediocrity trap

If there is one national trait that we can do without, then it is mediocrity, and it is high time we start asking tough questions of ourselves and our society on the issue. If one looks at the professional work culture, be it in the government, corporate or private sectors …

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