Editorial

Sustainability is the main media challenge

As Bhutanese journalists marked yet another World Press Freedom day, it is important for us to recognize the number one challenge facing the press in Bhutan. It is not self censorship, it is not lack of access to information, it is not a small society syndrome nor is it about …

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Five-year plans Vs elections quandary

Bhutan has had two general elections and is scheduled to go into a third one. However, even before this election starts, the government and the opposition are faced with the quandary of what to do with the annual budget for 2018-19 financial year. This is because on one hand the …

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Take a bow ECB

The biggest winner of the 2018 NC elections is Bhutanese democracy with a turnout of 54.28 percent. This is higher than the 2013 polls and also the 2008 polls. This was made possible in large part by the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) through its postal ballot facilitation booth facility …

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Keeping schools safe

The news of a Vice Principal molesting school children has sent shockwaves throughout the country. This is not only because of the nature of the crime, but because the victims were young children and the perpetrator was a teacher. Parents send their children to school with a lot of trust …

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The Mediocrity trap

If there is one national trait that we can do without, then it is mediocrity, and it is high time we start asking tough questions of ourselves and our society on the issue. If one looks at the professional work culture, be it in the government, corporate or private sectors …

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Violence on social media

Before social media or the media ever reached Bhutan, it had a rich oral culture of not only passing down traditional stories, religious tales and local folklore but it was also an unofficial means of transmitting news and views. The media came to Bhutan along with modernization and soon professional …

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The importance of the NC race

The National Council election race in 2018 is turning out to be an important barometer for the state of Bhutanese democracy- and from all the indications so far, the signs are encouraging. The first positive sign is the record number of candidates who came forward, of which 127 are in …

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Political fanaticism undoing anti-corruption efforts

In Japan or South Korea, whenever an official or politician is caught in a corruption case, no matter how senior they are, they accept the consequences and whither away from public sight. In Bhutan, there is the exact opposite reaction especially when big fishes in the form of senior politicians …

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Unite against Racism

It is a fact of life that racism exists in varying degrees in every country and society, but at the same time that does not make it acceptable. Many Bhutanese have experienced racism in some form or the other, and the same goes for Bhutanese travelling and working abroad. However, …

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Bhutan’s TI score

Bhutan’s Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has said that Bhutan’s 26th spot ranking in the Transparency International ranking, an improvement from 2016 and 2015, is the best ever performance of Bhutan since it featured on the list in 2006, around 12 years ago. Going by the ACC, this result is not …

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