Editorial

Solving our own problems first

It is interesting that the majority who commented on this papers interview with Dr David L. Luechauer agree with his critical assessment of GNH in its current form. There are of course those who agree with him only in parts or those that do not agree with him at all. …

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In the OAG’s ‘opinion’

The nine page ‘opinion’  of the OAG on the ACC’s Gyelpozhing report, according to a practicing lawyer in Thimphu reads like arguments put forward by a defense lawyer defending the accused in the Gyelpozhing case, instead of a government prosecutor doing his job. Some have also seen a degree of …

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For a healthy Bhutan

It is an old saying that ‘Health is Wealth’ but too often this adage is forgotten in Bhutan where there is an increase in the number of various diseases both in the lifestyle and communicable category. The sad reality is that most of them especially lifestyle diseases can be prevented …

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The Economy

The price of diesel going up by Rs five per liter is only one more piece of bad news for an already struggling Bhutanese economy. With diesel being the fuel used by trucks the cost of transportation and conversely the price of goods will go up like vegetables, meat, construction …

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Social Media does greater good

As of the latest count Bhutan has around 76,360 Facebook accounts which are 11 percent of the total population and up to 5,000 Twitter accounts. In the case of Facebook the majority demography are of the ages of 18-34 who make up 74 percent of the accounts. Those between 13 …

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Preventing another Gyelpozhing with RTI

One of the main factors that led to the Gyelpozhing land grab was the refusal by the plot allotment committee members to share information on plot allotments with eligible applicants. This blanket of in-transparency was used by the allotment committee members to carry out illegal and unethical allotment of plots …

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What the Gyelpozhing Report tells us

Though the full investigation report is yet to be shared the Anti Corruption Commission must be commended for the completion of its investigation on Gyelpozhing. The investigation has found that Royal Kashos and national laws were broken to give the influential and the powerful land in Gyelpozhing town. This was …

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Thinking hard like never before

For more than a year or so, the country has been going through a period of unprecedented change and soul searching. Bhutan off late has been experiencing far reaching changes affecting our economy, governance, foreign policy, democratic institutions, media, social media, politics, and etc. The biggest change has been in …

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Leaving it to the few

In December, 2003 when the country faced a grave external threat from militants camped on Bhutanese soil the total number of militia numbered only around 700. This was a low number especially when a prominent western Dzongkhag had promised an inflated number of 500 militia recruits. In short the security …

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For a multi-party democracy, maybe

Six parties will contest in the 2013 elections and it will be a multi-party democracy for Bhutan, unlike the currently lopsided ruling and the diminutive opposition. This is the word on the streets from the men and women on the streets. It’s a version that is largely endorsed by many, …

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