Editorial

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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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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A Royal visit

India’s Foreign Secretary came calling from 2nd to 5th October in Thimphu, two months after the successful resolution of the standoff in August. From the accounts of the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister’s meeting with India’s senior-most diplomat the Foreign Secretary had come to listen more than to talk. The …

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Public Transport

A major woe facing Bhutan today is the high number of vehicle imports and the resultant outflow of foreign currency, inflated fuel imports and crowded roads. There are also associated problems that come with this like air pollution, noise pollution and limited parking space. This problem will only continue to …

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Driglam Namzha

Placed in between two effective superpowers, and in a region where it is the smallest country, Bhutan has done well by not only surviving, but also thriving. A lot of it is down to the high level of state craft conducted by our Kings and the adaptations and at times …

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Thimphu’s night crawlers

For a city with around 100,000 floating population Thimphu has one too many bars and discos, but aside from the health and social impact it is okay as long as any drinking and  other activities are done within the premises. The RBP comes around the anointed time to close down …

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An economic recovery

The latest GDP data from the NSB shows that the Bhutanese economy has not only fully recovered from the 2012-13 rupee and economic crisis, but is also booming. This boom importantly is from sectors like agriculture, services, construction etc. The strong performance of the agricultural sector, which is growing in …

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For the lack of a maid

Bhutan is facing a growing ‘maid and baby sitter’ crisis, especially in urban areas where usually both the father and mother are working professionals. The major impact is on the economy as most families in urban areas are nuclear in nature mostly due to grandparents not being able to adjust …

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A sporting culture

Bhutan’s recent wins over Maldives and defending champion Nepal in the under-18 SAAF championship has naturally generated a lot of national attention and support for the young team. Predictions are already being made about this being the next national team. From the way the boys have been playing and with …

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GST issues

Goods and Services Tax (GST) is an Indian tax reform policy affecting Bhutan primarily due to implementation issues from India. GST is posing a lot of headaches for Bhutan’s economy and particularly it’s industrial and export base. We already knew that GST is designed among other things by India to …

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