Editorial

Dubai calling

The rescue of Bhutanese girls from Gulf countries brings to light several cross cutting issues in Bhutan. The current government has carried out a series of mass employment programs from schemes like the GEP of the labour ministry to opening new State Owned Enterprises to sending youth abroad. A consequence …

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Democracy or ‘Particracy’

As Bhutan is in its ninth year of democracy heading into the 2018 polls there is a real danger of Bhutan turning into a ‘Particracy.’ Particracy is a modern political term that defines a  form of government where one or more political parties dominate the political process, rather than citizens. In 2008, strong party differences that …

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Fiscal Incentives

An interesting development in the Parliament is on the controversy surrounding fiscal incentives. The Finance Minister, in line with the Fiscal Incentives (FI) of 2010 and 2013, had recently presented the 2016 fiscal incentives in the Parliament as a report for information along with the Budget, which was separately treated …

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The Permanent Government

The social media furor triggered by the recent pay hike for Local Government functionaries establishes, once again, that Bhutan’s social media is still largely an echo chamber dominated by civil servants. This has been the same case with past online forums. The combination of education and knowledge of the system …

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Don’t begrudge the LG hike

Sections of the social media saw some civil servants and anonymous accounts questioning the local government pay hike and asking the same for civil servants. The local government pay hike is applicable to only 1,499 members of whom the real issue seems to be with the 205 Gups. The pay …

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Free Press

A look at Bhutan’s ranking in the press freedom index over the years makes for some interesting analysis. It was at its lowest in 2002 at 157th position and gradually made its way upwards as private media and parliamentary democracy was introduced, along with a Constitution that guaranteed freedom of …

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BBIN is a symptom

Bhutan and India came together this week using creative legal interpretations to save BBIN, which as a result, allows the other three countries to go ahead as Bhutan take’s its time sorting out the many concerns and issues. This cooperation is not surprising, given the close and friendly ties between …

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A 10,000 MW blunder ?

Before the 2008 elections and the coming in of Bhutan’s first democratic government, His Majesty The Fourth King and subsequently His Majesty The King had set a realistic target of 5,000 MW by 2020 with India. These were to all be bilateral projects fully owned by Bhutan and financed on …

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An old friend

The Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina Wazed will be coming on a three day state visit to Bhutan. While the visit will be a warm and important one built on decades of close friendship between the two countries, the latest visit is also in the backdrop of evolving ties between …

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