Editorial

The value of austerity measures

The latest draft 11th plan is around Nu 213 bn, of which around Nu 121 bn will be spent on current expenditure like salaries, TA/DA, vehicles, fuel, stationeries, etc., of the government machinery. Only Nu 92 bn will be spent on capital or developmental works and socio-economic works like roads, …

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The rise and fall of independent journalism in Bhutan

The Bhutanese media scene is currently experiencing a strange paradox. Despite the challenges and odds, it has achieved much since the inception of democracy in 2008, to the point of being a major factor in Bhutanese democracy. Scams have been exposed, wrongs have been righted, broken systems have been fixed, …

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Fulfilling the promises

The newly formed PDP government has the onerous task of incorporating its promises into the 11th Plan document. The new government will find that while many of its promises are in sync with the plan, however, many other promises will have to be incorporated into it. The task for the …

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The fight against corruption

In a recent Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) survey, the people’s perception was that corruption in 2013 had gone down compared to 2007. Though the perception may fall in contrary to the growing number of ACC and RAA cases every year, the perception comes largely in the context that corruption is …

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Internal Party Democracy

One of the key aspects of a strong democracy is the need for a strong internal party democracy among the political parties, and especially so in the ruling party. One of the key reasons as to why DPT did not do well in the 2013 Polls was the lack of …

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Tough economic times or growing signals from India?

The recent doubling of LPG gas price and the tripling of Kerosene price in Bhutan due to the withdrawal of subsidies by the Government of India (GOI) will hit many household budgets hard, particularly the families that survive on a shoestring budget, which would constitute the majority of the Bhutanese …

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Sticking to the Facts

The 2013 election race is being criticized for many reasons, and chief among them are the mudslinging matches between various candidates, which at times have even gotten personal. However, another rapidly emerging problem is that candidates from both People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) have a diverging …

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The Denial Mode

  When the Gyelpozhing story first came out in the news, it was met with fervent denials from the incumbent government, along with pleas of innocence lead by the former Prime Minister. The unquestioning news coverage of those initial pleas of innocence by some major media houses lead many in …

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Conflict of Interest in Education City

The wife of the former Education Minister buying land near the Education City site through a loan taken by the former Education Minister may not be illegal, but it does represent an enormous conflict of interest. The Education Ministry is one of the key stakeholders in the multi-billion Education City …

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Credit and Rupee clouds hang over the nation again

With the primary round of elections in May and the upcoming general round of elections in July, the national focus has shifted from the state of the economy to the electoral race. However, Bhutan’s economic woes seem to be going from bad to worse with no end in sight. The …

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