Editorial

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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Grounding our youth in reality

Charles Darwin is often accredited with the quote ‘survival of the fittest,’ but Darwin himself attributed the original  quote to another author. This quote used by Darwin has been misunderstood to mean that only the strongest and fiercest animals survived. However, a central theme of Darwin’s ‘Theory of Evolution,’ actually …

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Entitlement

In 2017 3,844 graduates applied for 494 RCSC vacancies which would leave out 3,350 graduates. Of this one could estimate that the smaller government corporate sector takes in another 350 still leaving behind 3,000. It is clear as day that the only viable job option for this remaining 3,000 is …

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The Zhemgang story

For the past few months the nation has been in the grip of an intense debate on Zhemgang Dzongkhag Tshogdu’s resolution on the ‘Gho and Kira,’ adamantly pushed by its Thrizin who is also the Goshing Gup. Coincidentally the Anti Corruption Commission in early May 2017 detained and questioned the …

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Accountability

The government has requested the ACC to investigate certain alleged malpractices in the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources’ training programs for youth sent to India and Japan. The main needle of suspicion is on the private agents but malpractices within the Labour ministry cannot be ruled out yet. The …

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LPG subsidy

The recent hoarding of subsidized LPG cylinders based on unverified rumors points to the less than desirable aspects of our society. The hoarding has led to a shortage for genuine customers or ‘non-hoarders.’ It shows how psychologically weak or vulnerable we can be when it comes to rumors. It also …

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Lessons from History

Throughout history nations big and small, powerful and weak have fallen far more often due to their own internal contradictions than the strength of an aggressive foreign power. There are also examples of small but united and determined people and countries standing up to and succeeding against tremendous odds and …

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A National achievement

The credible Bhutan Living and Standards Survey (BLSS) 2017 confirms what we as Bhutanese already know and feel, the increasing prosperity of our nation and the well being of our people. Two important figures stand out with the reduction of poverty from 12 percent in 2012 to 8.2 percent in …

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