Editorial

Bhutan’s take away from the Indian Election results

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has secured the biggest ever electoral win to form the government at the center for any party since 1984. Many in Bhutan would have been watching the elections closely – not because Bhutanese people support any party in particular, but mainly …

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These days, there has been much hand wringing and howling within the media fraternity on the state of the Bhutanese media and its decline. Bhutan’s fall in the press freedom ranking in the last three years is a good indicator of this point. Various views have been shared by many …

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Preserving Bhutan’s soul

There is a saying in English that the ‘grass always looks greener on the other side.’ Off late, for many Bhutanese, given our economic and other woes, the grass has started looking a lot greener on the other side. For the first time, in a long time, Bhutan is not …

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The age of Cancer

Many Bhutanese citizens would know of one or more family members, relatives or even friends who have been afflicted with cancer. Medical records show that Cancer is fast becoming Bhutan’s deadliest Non Communicable Disease with 3,301 cases and 382 deaths from 2008-2012. However, common sense would dictate that the figure …

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A choice between unity or chaos

Though around nine months have passed since the 2013 elections the impact and after effects of the bitter and tough race still linger in the air. This is apparent in the highly polarized views and stand taken by party supporters and even ordinary citizens on various issues and decisions. It …

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The pressing need for home loans

One of the biggest casualties of the rupee and credit crisis was the crushing of many ordinary Bhutanese families’ dreams and plans to own their own home. While the Central Bank’s decision to curb loans for big commercial buildings meant to be given on rent was understandable, the decision to …

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The Tech Park issue

For a country already reeling from the ongoing Rupee and Credit crisis, the announcement that APG the 70 percent owner of the Tech Park is withdrawing, brings to light several issues. The first is the fact that among other reasons, one of APG’s main reasons to withdraw is the inability …

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Doing Business in Bhutan

The Better Business Summit is a concrete step towards Bhutan telling the world, and more importantly, itself – that it is ready and open for business. There are three aspects of the summit that particularly stand out. One is the importance given to the summit by the government – with …

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From walking to running the talk

Though the win of the new PDP government heralded change, everyone knew that the new government of the day had enormous challenges, mainly economic in nature, before it. While taking care of the daily grinding task of governance, however, important issues like transparency, freedom of press, more consultation in decisions …

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Bureautocracy in control

An issue that has always vexed governance since the introduction of democracy in Bhutan is the relationship between elected leaders and senior bureaucrats. The tension was most visible after the 2008 Elections when Bhutan got its first democratically elected government. For several months, and in some cases, a couple of …

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