Editorial

The many lessons of NRDCL

The spectacular failure of the Natural Resources Development and Corporation Limited’s (NRDCL) foray into the stone quarry business from 2011 onwards throws up many important lessons and issues. The first major lesson is that even well intentioned political interference in the running of a commercial company can lead to major …

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Relooking at the rural-urban migration debate

For quite some time now there has been hue and cry over the growing rural-urban migration figures in the country. Everything has been blamed from the decline of agriculture, to the breakdown of traditional village communities to even universal education. It has been assumed that it is the duty of …

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Private sector blues

There have been two things that the government has been doing enthusiastically for quite some time, and both of them are bad for the private sector. One, is that it is starting to get into an array of activities meant for the private sector, and the other is that it …

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Time for the mining sector to pay up

The mining sector’s image has taken a severe beating over the past few years on everything from violating mining rules to environmental norms. This has been made worse by the mole-hill of revenue it generates for the govern¬ment compared to its mountains of ongoing problems. With report after report exposing …

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National Security first

The government’s recent decision to cancel one highway project and put another on hold in light of security reasons puts the spotlight on the security situation along our southern borders with Assam. The nature of the security threat cannot be understated as the Indian army is carrying out large scale …

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The environment pays back

Bhutan for a long time has maintained an excellent environmental track record which has been recognized and admired worldwide. Bhutan is the only country in the world where 60 percent of its forests are protected by the Constitution. This clean and green environ-mental policy, though economi-cally tough in the short …

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The beautiful game

17th March 2015, was a historic day not only for the obvious sporting achievement but in the way it fired up and united the nation behind its national football team. One had to be there at the Changlimithang stadium to believe the incredible crowd support which would include the first …

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The MDP

The draft Mineral Development Policy is probably the most delayed and contentious Bhutanese economic policy till date. Now running in its sixth year the draft MDP is yet to be finalized. The MDP became an issue primarily on account of the poorly regulated, controversial and ad-hoc nature of mining in …

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Bringing closure to the secretaries issue

The Royal Civil Service Commission’s decision to ‘reassign’ the three secretaries is actually a decision which in all honesty has left neither the ruling government nor the opposition happy. The cabinet would have much preferred a clean break from the three secretaries, probably an early retirement or something akin to …

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The crucial year

With the ongoing Losar celebrations and also the 35th birth anniversary of His Majesty the King, the nation and also the government will be in a celebratory mood. However, this new year should serve as an important reminder to the government that it is close to completing two years of …

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