Editorial

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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ACCs much needed clean up in Phuentsholing

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has been engaged in one of the highest forms of national service for the past few months in the border town of Phuentsholing. ACC has managed to crack a gang of prominent businessmen in Phuentsholing who in collusion with corrupt government officials engaged in a …

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Hydropower under the scanner

Back in 2008, when 10,000 MW by 2020 was announced it was seen as a huge economic step, that once completed, would make Bhutan self sufficient for all times to come. Even today, there can be no doubt that the strongest sector for earning huge government revenues is hydropower, and …

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Public Private Partnership

The government’s expansive and detailed draft Public Private Partnership (PPP) policy is unique in that it offers a lot of opportunities for the private sector. However, the first priority of the policy, and rightly so is to provide better social infrastructure and services to the public in the face of …

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A meaty issue

After all the debates and discussion it now emerges that the government is not going to go in for a slaughterhouse. Though the government claims that there never was a plan for one, it should clearly clarify on whether this is a change in stance or there was some confusion …

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An electric decision

Every government has some idiosyncrasy or the other. The previous government had a few of them from Pedestrian day to telling the world about happiness. There is no doubt that there were deep convictions and noble intentions behind them but the Bhutanese public either did not buy it or feel …

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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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