Editorial

The honored ones

If one takes a broad sweep of those honored this year they fall into three categories of contributions in the civil service, education and health and the traditional arts. Bhutan has been growing tremendously in the last few years and experiencing unprecedented changes in its economy, society, governance etc. While …

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Regulating regional tourism

For some time now, there has been a debate on liberalizing Bhutan’s tourism tariff but most have not given enough attention to the real challenge of the rise of regional tourists. Tariff paying tourists whether they potentially just pay the USD 65 dollar tariff or continue to come as part …

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A more active Parliament

In its seventh year Bhutan’s Parliament is undergoing important changes that have, so far, escaped most observers. This political evolution is leading to a Parliament that is growing more in confidence and strength by the day. There is a noticeable improvement in the quality of discussions, and more importantly, the …

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Resolving regionalism and communalism in Bhutan

The Royal Bhutan Police recently issued a warning in response to a rising trend of regional, communal and racist jokes on certain social media platforms. The Social Media revolution in Bhutan has empowered many and has done a lot of good, but there is an increasingly worrying tendency of attacks …

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A moment for History

On 11th November, 2015, the hearts and minds of Bhutan were focused on a ceremonial stand in Changlimithang, where His Majesty the King stood with His Majesty the Fourth King. The nation witnessed the honoring of the past 34 years of a Golden era under His Majesty the Fourth King, …

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Celebrating a Golden King and a golden era

As our best and most ambitious politicians have found out in the last eight years; it is not easy to govern Bhutan. Now, minus all the development, systems and infrastructure achieved in the last five decades since 1972 and add a lot more problems and governance will seem next to …

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Much needed maternity leave

The 2013 elections saw a pledge that attracted the attention,and one would also say, the votes of many women. The pledge was to do with the current ruling’s party’s promise of a nine month flexi-time in addition to the three month maternal leave. It has been some time in the …

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The laws of the land

The soundest national advice in the last few years has not come from expensive consultants or jet setting international economists, but from His Majesty the King in important fields from the economy to youth issues and beyond. Delivered in a subtle manner and gentle tone on rare national occasions, the …

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The West Bengal Potential

With less than a year left in her term before the 2016 May state assembly polls, the West Bengal Chief Minister dropped in for an impromptu five day visit to Bhutan. Given that not even a single major agreement was signed during the visit some critics in Kolkata called it …

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Private Sector 0 System1

The Bhutan Chamber for Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has traditionally been seen as a preserve of the mainly big business houses representing and lobbying for their interests. So the question to ask is why the private sector should be concerned about the resignation of the BCCI President. The first reason …

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