Editorial

Rising Inflation

Though the government through official figures has shown high GDP growth rates and lower poverty rates there has not been adequate focus on inflation which can negatively impact both of the above. A troubling overall trend in the last five years is the strong rise of inflation in Bhutan which …

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Voting intelligently in 2013

Bhutanese audiences are being bombed on a daily basis with information and pledges by aspiring candidates, political parties, party workers, etc. The platform being used is the media, social media, informal campaigning by party workers, and ultimately as the D-Day approaches it will culminate in face to face debates in …

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Conflict of Interest

For a country and society where ‘everyone is related’ or where ‘everybody knows everybody’, conflict of interest becomes an important and pertinent issue. While it is good that family and other social ties in Bhutan are strong, it is also important to see that these ties are not misused to …

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Public Information is Public Property

The MoIC minister in an interview with regard to the RAA’s report on the Domestic Airways questioned how this paper got the information or the report. Now, though some may dismiss the minister’s defamatory insinuations as an attempt to divert attention from the real issues, the minister’s flawed logic on …

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The National Council

While the National Council elections slated in April 2013 may not generate the same level of enthusiasm as the National Assembly elections, it has established itself as an important Parliamentary institution. Soon after the euphoric elections results of March 2008 for the ruling government, there were concerns expressed not only …

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Unchecked corruption in government projects

At a time when austerity and rupee crisis are the catchwords, the RAA’s draft report on the construction of Domestic Airports by the Ministry of Information and Communication comes as a major disappointment. The report highlights how more than 50 percent of the Nu 435 mn project was either lost …

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Opening a Pandora’s Box of political activism

News of 50 Druk Phuensum Tshogpa supporters planning a trip to the capital on behalf of the Speaker and the Home Minister in regard to the Gyelpozhing verdict caused some disquiet in a country not used to political activism. Though the DPT members withdrew their petition as of yesterday the …

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The Gyelpozhing Verdict

The conviction of the Speaker and Home Minister along with 14 other plot allotment committee members in the Gyelpozhing land case has generated a lot of public interest and reaction. The verdict in its entirety does credit not only to the Anti Corruption Commission but also to the institution of …

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State of the Nation’s Economy

Though the state of the nation in the last five years may be divided into four pillars and elaborate sub sections, but ultimately the two most important issues are rural development and the state of the economy. On the rural development front, the numbers on minimum programs like farm roads, …

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