Editorial

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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A parallel system for MPs

While doing the main story on MPs and vehicle quotas, one MP, on the condition of anonymity, told the writer that no public interest would be served and it would only cause a ‘sensation’ and sell more papers. The statement in itself shows the large gap and disconnect between many …

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Suicide watch

The first ever nationwide and comprehensive report on suicides in Bhutan is an eye opener in many ways. Apart from demolishing some popular notions about suicide, it also gives us more data and information than ever before. This is an important first step to tackling a rising social and health …

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Building Industrial Muscle

I t is good to know that the government is actively pursuing the development of four Industrial Estates after having mobilized some funds. With the lessons learnt from the recent economic crisis, we have to diversify our economic basket and one of the most important items in the basket is …

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Leading by example

The decision of the government to send the Foreign Minister on ‘authorized absence’ over the Lhakhang Karpo case is a good decision that will stand the government in good stead. The move sends a strong and unequivocal message that corruption at any level will not be tolerated. Though the case …

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