Editorial

A tax free country ?

Taxes of any sort are never welcome and generally if citizens can have their way then Bhutan probably would be a largely tax free country. This is clear with MP’s voting to do away with or reduce most of the proposed taxes on fuel, non essential food, vehicles etc. Their …

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Rebuild Wangdue Dzong

A facebook page ‘Citizens Initiative to rebuild Wangduephodrang Dzong’ garnered more than 20,000 members within three days of the disastrous fire that burnt down the 374 year old Dzong. Since the fire there have been offers of support and many citizens have vented their grief and in some cases frustration …

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The DPT, PDP syndrome

The fact that Bhutan suffers from a ‘small society syndrome’ is well known, however, ever since the introduction of democracy there has been another growing syndrome called the ‘DPT, PDP syndrome’. If bad ideas and bad philosophies could be called viruses then this ‘DPT, PDP syndrome’ has become a nationwide …

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Need for serious rethink on Land Bill 2012

It is clear from a chorus of criticism by Parliamentarians, political parties, local government representatives, civil servants and private employees that the two controversial new changes in the Draft Land Bill 2012 are highly unpopular. One is allowing the cabinet to grant ‘resettlement land’ and the other is changing the …

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Need for young leaders in Bhutan

Bhutan in a few years time could face a leadership crisis as the current batch of political leadership retires either voluntarily or because of their age and Election Commission rules on office terms. Therefore it is important that leaders across parties groom competent younger leaders and allow them to take …

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Need for better consultation

The Pedestrian day is the latest in a series of decisions by the government which has taken the Bhutanese public by surprise. The earlier ones would be the Tobacco Act, restricting rupee for vegetable imports, declaring Bhutan carbon neutral and etc. The above cases demonstrate a need for policy makers …

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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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