Editorial

The crucial year

With the ongoing Losar celebrations and also the 35th birth anniversary of His Majesty the King, the nation and also the government will be in a celebratory mood. However, this new year should serve as an important reminder to the government that it is close to completing two years of …

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A parallel system for MPs

While doing the main story on MPs and vehicle quotas, one MP, on the condition of anonymity, told the writer that no public interest would be served and it would only cause a ‘sensation’ and sell more papers. The statement in itself shows the large gap and disconnect between many …

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Suicide watch

The first ever nationwide and comprehensive report on suicides in Bhutan is an eye opener in many ways. Apart from demolishing some popular notions about suicide, it also gives us more data and information than ever before. This is an important first step to tackling a rising social and health …

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Building Industrial Muscle

I t is good to know that the government is actively pursuing the development of four Industrial Estates after having mobilized some funds. With the lessons learnt from the recent economic crisis, we have to diversify our economic basket and one of the most important items in the basket is …

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Leading by example

The decision of the government to send the Foreign Minister on ‘authorized absence’ over the Lhakhang Karpo case is a good decision that will stand the government in good stead. The move sends a strong and unequivocal message that corruption at any level will not be tolerated. Though the case …

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Consolidating the fight against Corruption

Complacency is never good, but Bhutan can afford to pat itself in the back in terms of its success in fighting corruption in the last six years. Bhutan’s ranking in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index in 2008 was 45 out of 180 countries which as of 2014 stood at …

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The entitlement culture

If anybody wanted to see one of the reasons for the state of our economy, the collective outrage of 417 B.Ed graduates at 182 job vacancies is a good pointer. Anywhere else in the developing work, graduates of any college would be overjoyed at the 50 percent chance of finding …

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Bhutan’s restive neighborhood

Bhutan, for quite some time has been affected by the lawlessness, political turbulence and violence in its border regions with the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal. In the case of West Bengal, Bhutan has seen more than 15 recent cases of robbery of Bhutanese travelers in the Alipurduar …

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The National Day Message

Normally almost all countries celebrate their main National events in the capital, with all the top leaders being present there. However, in the case of Bhutan’s  107th National Day the saying in Thimphu was that ‘the capital had shifted east’ with His Majesty the King, Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, His …

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The Parallel government

One of the biggest headaches faced by the first democratic government under DPT in 2008 was a strong senior bureaucracy, some of whose members did not get along well with newly elected ministers. Even at the time, there was talk of the senior bureaucracy running the show the way they …

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