Editorial

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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The Royal Wedding Anniversary

There is no better symbol then the Royal Couple of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, for a country that is fiercely independent, has a rich heritage, a bright future and has citizens who are largely good and honest folk. Bhutan no doubt is going through a …

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The Gups office

More than ministers and Dzongdas the quality of life of the majority of the Bhutanese population are determined by the Gewog office consisting of Gups, Mangmis and Tshogpas. It is the Gup and Tshogpas who put up proposals for rural infrastructure in the five year plans, organize local projects, gather …

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Bhutan’s shadowy world

Bhutan has seen a series of scams, improprieties and abuse of power cases coming to the public attention. These have been understandably greeted with outrage but there is also a need to delve deeper into the issues. It is clear that there is a systemic malaise as most of these …

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