Editorial

Old and reliable friends

His Majesty the King in a special and extraordinary gesture broke protocol to receive the President of India at the airport. In a traditional society this step, more than anything else, shows the level of warmth and strength in the relationship between Bhutan and India. When Bhutan became a democracy …

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On the sixth Coronation anniversary

November 1st 2014 is the sixth anniversary of the Coronation of His Majesty the King, and close to the eight year since His Majesty the King took over the responsibilities of the Golden Throne from His Majesty the Fourth King on 9th December 2006. In this span of eight years …

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The 10,000 MW question

The proverbial cat is out of the bag in Bhutan’s 10,000 MW hydro projects sector, with news that we will most probably not be doing all the projects by 2020 due to financing issues. Discussions are currently on at the bureaucratic level and the final confirmation will have to come …

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An issue of rights and laws

The ongoing court case between the defendant Dasho Benji and the plaintiff DPT, will rank in importance next to the first constitutional case raised by the Opposition party over taxes during the previous government’s tenure. This paper given the sub-judice nature of the case will not pass any judgment on …

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An investigation is warranted

The government’s stand that it will look into the BHEL and BVT commission issue is a welcome move. The question that some people may ask is if the government has any business looking into a commission paid by one Indian company to a private Bhutanese company, in a mutually agreed …

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Transparency in hydropower projects

The escalating cost of the 10,000 MW projects has been a perennial issue that has featured in the media and public discussion. It has also been mentioned, many times, how majority of the national debt is hydropower debt. The size and number of the projects coupled with escalating costs and …

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Putting the focus back on the Economy

This maybe the umpteenth reminder, but the 2013 elections was largely won and lost on the state of the economy. Therefore, it goes without saying that the focus of the new government should be mainly on the economy. In reports emanating from the government there seems to be a lot …

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Harnessing Social Media for good

The Ministry of Information and Communication’s (MoIC) draft Social Media Policy is not only an interesting document but it is also an interesting idea of sorts. Firstly, an immediate response to any world of ‘policy or regulations’ around media or social media invites instant and understandable suspicion. However, the draft …

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Developing the East

There can be no denying that apart from a few pockets Bhutan’s eastern region is economically more backward than other regions in Bhutan. There was no historical or political conspiracy behind this, but it was dictated by more practical matters like the tough and unfriendly geography of the place and …

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Hopes and fears of young graduates

As more than 2,300 graduates complete their National Graduate Orientation Program (NGOP) this year at the Royal Institute of Management Hall, there will be many important lessons. The RIM is located below Bhutan’s historic Semtokha Dzong which was also the first major Dzong built in Bhutan by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel …

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