Editorial

The rural vote

One of the key arguments of those who believe in a DPT win in 2013 is that they will get the rural vote. It is reasoned that since the bulk of the 10th plan has focused on rural infrastructure like farm roads, electricity and drinking water the rural votes should …

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The IT Park fiasco

The failure of the IT Park to attract investors and generate employment is a matter of concern, not only for the economy and the government but also for the Bhutanese youth. As with many things in Bhutan the IT park was planned and implemented with good intentions. On paper, the …

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Respecting Women

The molestation of two Bhutanese women in Bangalore has sparked Bhutan’s own debate on the safety of its female students and professionals who are studying or working outside its borders. However, while what happens outside our borders are outside our control, there is a lot more to be concerned  about …

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Cooling a frozen Economy

It has been around eight to nine months since the government and the central bank introduced a slew of measures aimed at cooling down the economy and decreasing rupee imports. These include austerity measures by the government and limited access to rupee and credit by the central bank. The credit …

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Saving for a rainy day

One of the causes of the ongoing Rupee and Credit crises is the lack of a saving culture in Bhutan. Many Bhutanese citizens instead of saving away excess money used it for imports like cars, luxury items, holidays, etc contributing to the Rupee shortage. Banks are unable to give out …

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Defaulting loans and a budding crisis

With most financial institutions closing their accounts for the year the full effect of the financial crisis is coming to the fore. One of the visible signs of this phenomenon is nightly alerts on the national broadcaster of ordinary citizens being taken to court after being unable to pay their …

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The105th National Day Message

The 105th National Day is a milestone not only for the five year old Bhutanese democracy but also for the 105th year of a cohesive and politically united Nation under the Enlightened Bhutanese Monarchy. His Majesty the King’s speech as well as the awards given this year had several important …

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From a Monarchy to an Autocracy

In the last five years some physical infrastructure, especially in the rural areas has been strengthened but the same cannot be said for the democratic fabric in Bhutan. Through a combination of factors Bhutanese democracy has now become ‘too unique’ to be called a normal democracy, and rather is headed …

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White Gold

The discovery that the run of the river 1,800 MW Kuri Gongri project can now become a 2,640 MW reservoir project generating the revenue of around three Tala projects is a welcome development in Bhutan’s 10,000 MW story. While there have been some minor hitches, the 10,000 MW projects, as …

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The Judiciary

With the Gyelpozhing case in the courts, Bhutan’s judiciary and judicial system is under the microscope where every move is being carefully watched and analyzed by the public. The Judiciary will be under tremendous pressure and scrutiny like never before in its history. On one hand stand’s the most powerful …

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