Editorial

Democratic ideals in the 2013 debates

An important aspect of the presidential public debates so far, is that most parties are promising, if voted to power, a strong and genuine democracy. Parties have also talked about ensuring that the people will not have to fear their government. They have also talked about strengthening transparency, fighting corruption, …

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A professional society or a hierarchical one?

Recently, a prominent doctor paid up to Nu 6 million to the RCSC, to leave the Health Ministry to join politics. There is another medical doctor who has announced his intention to leave the medical service for politics as well, probably during the general rounds.  This trend goes back to …

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Politics in the NC Elections

The recent case of a Mongar National Council candidate’s father announcing his intent to file a complaint with the Election Commission of Bhutan, on political interference by Druk Phuensum Tshogpa in the NC elections, is a matter of grave concern. The losing incumbent NC candidate from Bumthang and even the …

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Cautious, scared and clueless political parties

With the Primary round just a month away and the general elections just over two months away the biggest opponent for all the parties aspiring to replace the incumbent DPT is just not a muscular DPT but the parties themselves. While it is true that a big challenge for DPT …

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Leading by example

  Be it the corporate world or the government one of the most important attributes of leadership is to lead by example. However, two recent instances have shown our politicians being great at prescribing  medicines but unwilling to swallow some of their own. The first is the case of the …

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National Council 2013

  The National Council Elections have thrown up more surprises for candidates and observers alike giving us an intriguing look into the minds of Bhutanese voters. The first major noticeable trend is what seems to be an unhappy and unimpressed electorate who has voted out the majority of incumbent NC …

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Out of mind and out of sight

In response to a question by a reporter on the poor state of the economy, the Prime Minister threw back some questions of his own to the media gathered for the last meet the press. He asked the reporters gathered there if any of their friends and relatives lost jobs, …

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Government inaction and lethargy and the rupee crisis

  Soon after the Rupee Crisis started, the cabinet in 2012 directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs to come up with a report to increase exports and decrease imports. The Ministry in early May 2012 came up with a comprehensive 27 page report that suggested several measures and changes like …

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Healthy Bhutan

A 2010 GNH survey found that around 21,000 people are obese in Bhutan with 100,000 being overweight. There is also Ministry of Health data to show the rapid rise in lifestyle diseases like diabetes, hypertension and even cancer. It is also significant to note that the percentage of people obese …

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