Editorial

A good story about Bhutan

This newspaper, ran a story around two weeks ago on three children who were begging for food as their family was going through very difficult circumstances. The paper brought out the story to highlight the growing phenomena of urban beggars in Bhutan. We expected some reaction and then the interest …

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When rumors rule a nation

When was the last time, while browsing through your Facebook newsfeed that you came across some shocking news, which you later found out was false news? This could be about the death of an international celebrity or one asking you to click and contribute to something. The news often comes …

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A timely warning to contractors

An important precedent was set earlier this week when the Prime Minister called the contractors executing the Nu 8 bn East-West Highway from Thimphu to Trashigang and asked them to do a good quality job. The precedent was not so much in the meeting but in the PM warning of …

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A question over incentives

I n 2010 more than the umbrella Economic Development Policy business houses showed interest in the Fiscal Incentives or tax exemptions that accompanied it. This was rightly so as this was where the main meat and intent of the document lay. However, four years later it is disappointing to find …

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The LPG mess

For all our claims of happiness and ambitious goals it is clear that Bhutan is struggling to even get its basics right. In every society the basic ability to provide food on the table is followed by the ability to have the means to cook it. However, the government, helped …

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Poor standards galore

This paper, in this issue, has covered four different types of stories which reveal a lot about the quality of infrastructure, equipment, food and services in Bhutan. In terms of infrastructure we saw overnight swimming pools forming on roads in Thimphu and across Bhutan with the advent of the monsoon …

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The land scam in Trongsa

The land scam in Trongsa which happened between 2002 and 2006 with the active support and guidance of the former Trongsa Dzongda is another stark reminder of the challenges of corruption. The blatant way, in which the former Dzongda helped his wife, a local school principal, to buy land at …

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The decisions on FM and BOiC

Many corrupt and authoritarian countries around the world have had perfectly educated, competent and even likeable politicians at crucial points in their history. However, more often than not, all that fine exterior fell apart whenever there was a serious challenge to their power or when they themselves or those close …

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The little fiefdoms of Bhutan

His Majesty the King in the 106th Nation Day address in 2013 pointed out the issue of ‘limited coordination and communication among government agencies which invariably leads to lack of coherence.’ In what is the latest example of such behavior the Department of Revenue and Customs (DRC) went ahead and …

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The unemployment issue

There is no doubt that one of the biggest economic and social challenges facing Bhutan is gainfully employing thousands of its educated and semi-educated youth coming off colleges, schools, technical institutes and etc. Bhutan’s unemployment problem is not only an economic and social challenge but in fact its causes are …

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