Editorial

Land Bill: Unconstitutional and Dangerous

It is a matter of great concern that the new Land Bill has provisions in it that is not only unconstitutional but also intrudes upon the Land Kidu powers of His Majesty the King. As per the constitution only His Majesty the King has the authority to give Land Kidu …

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Smaller in size but still big at heart

After defying the market trend for a long time the New York Times recently was resized as a smaller paper. The paper had to follow the popular demand of readers who found it more comfortable to read a smaller paper. The Bhutanese based on popular demand has decided to resize …

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How RTI will benefit Bhutan

If an argument had to be made in favor of the RTI Act in Bhutan then the Ministry of Health procurement scam would be an apt example. Due to corruption in the tendering process Bhutanese patients for years were subject to sub standard drugs and medical equipment. This was while …

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Bhutanese democracy since 2008

While the 2013 general election is the main topic of discussion these days what is more relevant to Bhutan is the growth of our young democracy from 2008 to 2012. The last four years of our democracy have been importantly mainly from the point of the evolution of our young …

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Good communication

A peculiar practice common to most Bhutanese meetings is that getting official feedback from the members present is almost as difficult as finding mineral water in the Sahara desert. However, as soon as decisions are made and the meeting is over then the powerful medium of rumor mongering, distortions, ineffective …

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The underside of Elections in 2013

  While the 2013 elections are an important part of Bhutanese democracy there are also several, less than desirable, political, social, economic and other effects. In the social sense it is once again a time where communities and families still recovering from the political divisions of 2008 will once again …

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The Rupee Problem and the Indian Economy

As the Rupee crisis rages on in Bhutan, the only possible medium term solution is to get some help from the Indian government. The key solutions are to increase the rupee borrowings from Rs 3 bn to Rs 10 bn from the Government of India (GoI), and to allow Bhutan …

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Impact of the Bhutanese Media since 2008

The Bhutanese media has had a major impact on the evolution of Bhutanese democracy, government policies, laws, corruption, individual mindset and governance. Serious and credible newspapers using thorough research, reliable information networks, ethical norms and also a certain degree of boldness has created a significant impact especially in the last …

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A crash landing for Bhutan’s private sector?

The Bhutanese economy is currently heading into a brick wall and the driver at the seat is using the accelerator instead of the brakes. This is how many, especially in the private sector are describing the series of panic driven and credit crunching measures taken by the Royal Monetary Authority …

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Democracy and political prospects in 2013

With four political parties now and 2013 nearing the political scene is getting warmer. In the first parliamentary elections, the People’s Democratic Party was a strong favorite with many predicting a PDP win. This was while the underdog, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa went about its rounds in what many say was …

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