Editorial

Clearing the Denchi cloud

After this paper came out with the Denchi land story titled ‘Denchi land scam controversy,’ the government defended the issue at the National Graduates Orientation Program (NGOP), DPT party meet and through a letter/press release printed uniformly and obediently by virtually every newspaper. While the letters in the papers largely …

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Private media and democracy

The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa party was elected with an overwhelming majority winning 45 of the 47 seats and also securing 67 percent of the total votes. This was the mandate of the people in 2008 and the peoples mandate was accepted by one and all. Therefore it comes as matter …

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Respecting the law

The Denchi case in Pemagatshel Dzongkhag brings to the fore again, serious issues of respect for rule of law and conflict of interest over land involving our elected leaders. The issue at hand is the cabinet bending national laws on to offer a higher rate of land compensation than is …

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Creating a new Crisis?

During the height of the Wall Street Crisis American banks were hit by non performing housing loans and did not have money to lend out. At the time the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke made an important statement while asking the US Congress for a USD 700 bn bailout package. …

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Govt-Media relations have reached an all time low

Until a couple of years ago one of the biggest achievements of the DPT government was the establishment of what was seen as a generally liberal environment for the media. The media wowed at how ministers including the Prime Minister took late night calls and were also an accessible lot …

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Zero tolerance for honesty

The two recent issues of Bhutan Post’s controversial procurement process of city buses worth Nu 44 mn and the defunct domestic airports bring to light again the inherent flaws in our procurement system. While the former is an alleged case of not following procurement rules to favor one party the …

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Strengthening the grassroots

Our Kings have always been major forces and catalysts of economic, political and social change be it the unification of Bhutan, abolition of serfdom, modernization of Bhutan or the introduction of Democracy.   His Majesty the King in continuation of this great tradition has been using his Land Kidu powers to …

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Right to Information ?

One of the major promises made by the government after it came to power was to bring in the Right to Information Bill ‘soon’. This was in fact a pledge given by the Prime Minister himself at the first meeting between the cabinet and senior civil servants in 2008. There …

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Tiger, Tiger, burning bright

It is a matter of great pride and vindication for Bhutan’s conservation efforts that a recent survey by park officials from Bhutan and India found the world’s highest concentration of wild Tigers in the Royal Manas National Park . The finding was also officially submitted by the government to UNESCO …

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Pedestrian Day so far

It has been more than a month since Pedestrian Tuesday was first introduced on 5th June, 2012. Since then there has been a mixed response to the initiative. However, as more Tuesdays pass by a growing number, who now form a slim but sizeable majority are against the initiative in …

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