Editorial

Using Social Media

The last one week witnessed a virtual firestorm in the social media based on a free lance journalist hosting a post on a legal case by that went viral. There were responses and counter responses as people shared articles and also their views in various ways. There are some vital …

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Quality check

Buy any household appliance or item from town, and there will be a good chance that it is either a duplicate item or is of poor quality. A close look at most buildings in Thimphu will also reveal a bounty of poor quality or fake electrical parts and switches, often …

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Vehicle misuse

A great deal of significance has been attached by many to the Supreme Court’s verdict that exonerated the former Foreign Minister of criminal charges for government vehicle misuse imposing only administrative sanction. This is, as if to say, that a verdict to the contrary would have solved the issue of …

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A week that revealed

Pictures of the week(

Left:50 RBA soldiers assigned by His Majesty helping build the Bailey bridge.
Right: A RBA soldier, Policeman and a DeSuup helping a Sarpang resident to safety.)

The saying often goes that adversity reveals a lot, and in the last one week Bhutan went through a lot. The heavier than normal monsoons flooded our southern plains, blocked almost every major highway cutting access to even major centers like Thimphu and generally left us in a vulnerable state. …

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Monsoon havoc

One of the biggest risks of staying in Bhutan is travelling on its roads in the Monsoon season. Many lives have been lost on our national highways over the years, and it has occasionally also exacted an economic price through blockages of essential supplies like fuel and food. Even the …

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A loud and clear message behind appointments

Unknown to many, there was hectic lobbying behind the scenes by various individuals both inside and outside the government including even PDP candidates, who lost in 2013, for the post of ambassadors. However, to the surprise of many and the disappointment of a few, the final list consisted exclusively of …

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Rupee Management

In the middle of the rupee crisis in 2012, a report by BCCI raised a pertinent point of where would the rupee come from if the bulk of the convertible currency grants and soft loans for developmental works was retained as convertible currency by RMA. On hindsight the then rupee …

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No ‘middle path’ in Journalism

A media consultant during the Annual Journalism conference cited Mahayana Buddhism to put forward a ‘Middle Path’ for ‘Bhutanese journalism’ based on local values. This is a democracy, and the consultant is welcome to his point of view on the issue, however, at the same time, it also does not …

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The misinformation age

There are two things which are rapidly evolving and combining into a major problem for Bhutan’s intellectual culture. One is the lack of a reading culture in Bhutan, even at the highest levels of our society and government which regrettably has always been there. This has now been combined with …

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Another shoot and scoot by the Opposition

In the middle of the 2013 elections two candidates from the DPT party made two strange and completely untrue statements. One was that The Bhutanese is owned by then Opposition leader and now Prime Minister’s brother and the other is that The Bhutanese is the same as the Bhutanomics website. …

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