Editorial

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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A changing climate

The record breaking hurricane Irma which has devastated the Caribbean region and is headed into Florida as this is being written has twice the destructive power of all World War II munitions. It is an irony that the USA which has pulled out of the Paris Climate accord has been …

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The strength of unity

During the Doklam standoff one thing that every Bhutanese can be proud off is the unity maintained by the country in the face of a grave crisis. It was heartening to see that political parties, who pick up every big and small issue, maintained a disciplined and important silence. Apart …

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Fake News

Long before Donald Trump misused the term to brand any critical article against him, Bhutan as a nation had discovered ‘fake news.’ In part it was due to the lack of knowledge about the country while it partly has to do with a natural reticence of our people or for …

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Quality Education

One popular refrain has been on the poor quality of education in Bhutan, especially with even graduates unable to write a decent application letter. Bhutan’s quality of education is poor into two respects. As shown by past surveys of 2006 and 2013-14 we have below average national marks in English …

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Penny wise pound foolish?

India’s largest trading partner is China, with whom it has an annual trade of USD (US dollar) 71.28 bn and a trade deficit of USD 51.08 bn as per the 2016-17 financial year. This deficit is allowed to continue in spite of the economic, geo strategic and military rivalry between …

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Vehicle import

An eagle’s eye look at Thimphu or for that any major town’s hazy outline denotes the growing air pollution impact of the increased number of vehicles in Bhutan, now approaching around 90,000 vehicles. A look away from the evening skyline on to the roads, especially during office hours, will find …

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The GST challenge

Bhutan is facing a bouquet of trade and economic challenges brought about by the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in India, that subsumes multiple taxes into one. The relevant thing for Bhutan is that it makes it cheaper to import from India and more expensive to export …

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The hydro mirage

In 2008 a grand pronouncement was made of 10,000 MW by 2020 by the then government. This was seen as the silver bullet to all of Bhutan’s economic challenges, including the biggest one of being a country that is economically not self-sufficient. In the subsequent years the entire government machinery …

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A civil discourse

After the 9/11 attacks in the United States, it’s former President coined the controversial ‘with us or against us’ phrase. This seems to be emerging social media culture in Bhutan, where there is little space for intelligent and civil discourse. Instead, it is becoming an increasingly vitriolic space with people …

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