Editorial

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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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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Violence on social media

Before social media or the media ever reached Bhutan, it had a rich oral culture of not only passing down traditional stories, religious tales and local folklore but it was also an unofficial means of transmitting news and views. The media came to Bhutan along with modernization and soon professional …

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The importance of the NC race

The National Council election race in 2018 is turning out to be an important barometer for the state of Bhutanese democracy- and from all the indications so far, the signs are encouraging. The first positive sign is the record number of candidates who came forward, of which 127 are in …

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Political fanaticism undoing anti-corruption efforts

In Japan or South Korea, whenever an official or politician is caught in a corruption case, no matter how senior they are, they accept the consequences and whither away from public sight. In Bhutan, there is the exact opposite reaction especially when big fishes in the form of senior politicians …

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Unite against Racism

It is a fact of life that racism exists in varying degrees in every country and society, but at the same time that does not make it acceptable. Many Bhutanese have experienced racism in some form or the other, and the same goes for Bhutanese travelling and working abroad. However, …

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Bhutan’s TI score

Bhutan’s Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has said that Bhutan’s 26th spot ranking in the Transparency International ranking, an improvement from 2016 and 2015, is the best ever performance of Bhutan since it featured on the list in 2006, around 12 years ago. Going by the ACC, this result is not …

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Real harmony

With the ruling and opposition party trading allegations in the public domain, there have been calls from many for not doing so and preserving our societal ‘harmony’. Both sides are accused of ‘politicization’ and even asked to handle issues quietly like writing secret letters to the ACC or RAA and …

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Of taxis, buses and trucks

Recently the NRDCL carried out reforms to counter the growing trend of truckers acting as middlemen and inflating sand prices. In protest, the truckers tried to organize a virtual strike by trying to stop fellow truckers from going for sand collection. Taxi drivers outside the arrival terminal of the Paro …

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Mindset change towards the private sector

It is no big secret that the private sector in Bhutan still has a long way to go, but even at its current state it is the largest employer after agriculture and a sector that still absorbs the bulk of the educated youth that do not get government jobs. It …

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