Editorial

Tackling H Pylori

Whenever, any Bhutanese has stomach ulcer, a finger is easily pointed at the higher than average consumption of Bhutanese chilli. However, increasing medical data and research is pointing a finger mainly at the H Pylori bacteria which as per a 2012 research afflicts a staggering 86 percent of Bhutanese people. …

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Time for action on Bhutan Lottery

An investigation by this paper has found that 17 Indian lottery companies have been falsely representing themselves as official ‘Bhutan Lottery’ agents of the Bhutan government from 2011 onwards. As a result they have been making billions in revenue selling unauthorized ‘Bhutan Lottery’ tickets in the name of Bhutan. The …

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An attitude for unemployment

The Ministry of Labour and Human Resources has an employment program called the Guaranteed Employment Program (GEP), which pays more than 60 percent of a reasonable total salary of an employee for up to a year on a monthly basis. The company has to meet the rest of the sum. …

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The Constitution as the Supreme Law

The National Council’s position that former Judges cannot practice law after retirement in the amendment of the Jabmi Act may sound like a reasonable stand. This is especially so given that it has been the norm for many years before the proposed amendment of the Act. However, when compared with …

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Level the playing field for private media

The Department of Information and Media commissioned report on overcoming the financial crisis in the private media has hit the figurative bull’s eye, in identifying the main problem plaguing private newspapers, and it has also found the way out. The report has been drafted by a well regarded and neutral …

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A New Year Resolution

Most New Year resolutions focus on some positive change in people’s lives, and while making these resolutions most people know that such changes can happen only from within. So the question to ask is why it should be any different when it comes to the nation and our society. Granted …

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Economy on the mend

The Royal Monetary Authority’s (RMA) announcement that rupee restrictions will be lifted from next year will be welcome news. It is one more sign that the fundamentals of Bhutan’s economy are recovering after the late 2011 to 2013 battering that the economy received, in the form of the rupee crisis …

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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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