Editorial

National Council 2013

  The National Council Elections have thrown up more surprises for candidates and observers alike giving us an intriguing look into the minds of Bhutanese voters. The first major noticeable trend is what seems to be an unhappy and unimpressed electorate who has voted out the majority of incumbent NC …

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Out of mind and out of sight

In response to a question by a reporter on the poor state of the economy, the Prime Minister threw back some questions of his own to the media gathered for the last meet the press. He asked the reporters gathered there if any of their friends and relatives lost jobs, …

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Government inaction and lethargy and the rupee crisis

  Soon after the Rupee Crisis started, the cabinet in 2012 directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs to come up with a report to increase exports and decrease imports. The Ministry in early May 2012 came up with a comprehensive 27 page report that suggested several measures and changes like …

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Healthy Bhutan

A 2010 GNH survey found that around 21,000 people are obese in Bhutan with 100,000 being overweight. There is also Ministry of Health data to show the rapid rise in lifestyle diseases like diabetes, hypertension and even cancer. It is also significant to note that the percentage of people obese …

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Rising Inflation

Though the government through official figures has shown high GDP growth rates and lower poverty rates there has not been adequate focus on inflation which can negatively impact both of the above. A troubling overall trend in the last five years is the strong rise of inflation in Bhutan which …

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Voting intelligently in 2013

Bhutanese audiences are being bombed on a daily basis with information and pledges by aspiring candidates, political parties, party workers, etc. The platform being used is the media, social media, informal campaigning by party workers, and ultimately as the D-Day approaches it will culminate in face to face debates in …

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Conflict of Interest

For a country and society where ‘everyone is related’ or where ‘everybody knows everybody’, conflict of interest becomes an important and pertinent issue. While it is good that family and other social ties in Bhutan are strong, it is also important to see that these ties are not misused to …

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Public Information is Public Property

The MoIC minister in an interview with regard to the RAA’s report on the Domestic Airways questioned how this paper got the information or the report. Now, though some may dismiss the minister’s defamatory insinuations as an attempt to divert attention from the real issues, the minister’s flawed logic on …

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The National Council

While the National Council elections slated in April 2013 may not generate the same level of enthusiasm as the National Assembly elections, it has established itself as an important Parliamentary institution. Soon after the euphoric elections results of March 2008 for the ruling government, there were concerns expressed not only …

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