Editorial

A true Patriot

The flare up between the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader on the issues of the Security Council bid and Bhutan’s foreign policy is a welcome debate on important issues but it has become controversial for the strong language used by the PM. Though a hard and clean fought campaign, …

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Legal and ethical issues over Gyelpozhing remain

The Anti Corruption Commission’s move to register the Gyelpozhing land case with the Mongar Dzongkhag Court shows that the Gyelpozhing case is far from over. It also put’s to question several of the OAG’s controversial legal arguments in dismissing the case. Many legal experts and even the ordinary Joes on …

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Disagree to Agree or the other way ‘round

The Prime Minister at the Thursday Meet the Press dubbed the OL ‘very irresponsible and unpatriotic’ and definitely not speaking the words of a ‘loyal citizen’. He said a small nation’s sovereignty and independence could never be taken for granted. And establishment of new ties with countries would only strengthen …

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Failure of Govt’s Green Economy

As one looks back at the four years of the government one of the biggest failures has been the Green Economy policies symbolized in the Economic Development Policy 2010 and the Foreign Direct Investment Policy 2010. Gross National Happiness as a core developmental philosophy is supported by the majority in …

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Old problems persist in MoH

The case of an expired drug being supplied to a child with a rare heart problem from the JDWNRH once again brings to the fore the issue of safety and quality of drugs supplied by the Ministry of Health. The fact that MoH officials agreed that expired drugs are being …

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Coronation

During the Coronation of His Majesty the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, in June 2nd, 1974 the National Geographic Magazine reported His Majesty as saying, “I’ll be happy, If Bhutan remains an independent and sovereign Kingdom, if people are happy and united  and self sufficient. I don’t think there’s anything …

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Women in Politics

With the 2013 elections around the corner one of the emerging issues is women’s representation and role in politics. Currently Bhutan’s Parliament is overwhelmingly dominated by men both in the National Assembly and the National Council with women MPs from both houses numbering in the single digits. The Cabinet also …

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Tweaking systems to address youth issues

The case of a Dzongkha teacher injecting his students with an unsterilized syringe as punishment, symbolizes the vulnerability of Bhutanese children in a system and society that is yet to fully understand them. Though it has been globally established that corporal punishment is an ineffective and counter-productive way to discipline …

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The Security Council bid

Bhutan’s loss at the non-permanent Security Council seat election brings into sharp focus the realities of global politics where economic might and size far outweigh the ambitions of a small country. Despite the loss it must be acknowledged that Bhutan gave its best in a campaign which was doomed to …

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A Need for Realpolitik

One of the biggest news makers in the recent years, has been Bhutan’s foreign policy moves. These include hosting the Sixteenth SAARC Summit, passing happiness as a resolution at the UN, the Security Council bid, establishment of new diplomatic relations, etc. As a result, there have been numerous articles, publications, …

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