Editorial

The People’s King

The nation and people are once again united in their expression of love, respect and appreciation, as we celebrate the 34th birthday of His Majesty the King. The elated atmosphere at the Changlimethang ground and the ebullient enthusiasm of ordinary people across the country gives a measure of the popularity …

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House of review needs to review its experience criteria

The National Council’s amendment that require candidates to have a 10-year experience before contesting for NC elections, in addition to the existing 25-year age bar condition, has generated strong debates on the issue. The National Council’s decision has been made based on some flawed assumptions and desktop research with little …

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A job well done by the NA Legislative Committee

I n Bhutan, ministers, senior bureaucrats and constitutional post holders often get the official and media limelight – given their nature of work and responsibility. Members of Parliament (MPs) have not figured much, so far, leading some to ask the question if our MPs are doing any real work at …

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A culture of mediocrity

When a nation faces a crisis, it calls for self-introspection and also self-criticism to find out where we are going wrong, and also how we can improve. The ongoing economic crisis has generated a lot of debate and also a lot of plausible economic reasons on why we are at …

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The State of the Nation and the National Day Address.

If one reads the State of the Nation Reports in the last couple of years then one would get a feeling that everything was going on very well and the ‘untrustworthy media’ except for a ‘credible few’ was blowing everything out of proportion. Even when the rupee and credit crisis …

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The business of giving advice

The Royal Audit Authority Report on the procurement of consultancy services by the government from 2007-2008 to 2011-2012 raises several issues, challenges, and questions on the procurement of such services and their effectiveness. Consultancy, unlike procurement of other things like cars or tables, is very significant because the advice or …

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The performance management system

The hottest topics of discussion these days, especially in government offices, are the proposed pay hike and house rent allowance for the civil servants. Even in the recent past, when civil service pay hikes was being considered, there was a strong and enthusiastic interest shown by civil servants on the …

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Government and governance in the post 2013 era

Steer into any major conversation these days-and the topic will inevitably gear around to the how the new government is doing. There are those who feel that the government, like its predecessor, should be given time to settle while there are also those who feel differently, and are starting to …

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