Editorial

The significance of North Thimphu

Ordinary Bhutanese can be forgiven for thinking that 2018 is already on their doorsteps, with both the ruling PDP and the opposition DPT going in all guns blazing for the North Thimphu prize. Mathematically, it is just one seat and a win or loss for either party would not make …

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A more urban 12th plan

The 10th and 11th plans share a common similarity of spending huge amounts on rural infrastructure with the aim of not only developing rural areas but also curbing rural-urban migration. This huge expenditure is on account of a now outdated idea that people can be somehow convinced to stay back …

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Water wars

The deliberate sabotage of the water supply of six buildings in Mothithang, and the repeated sabotage of water supply of one building brings to the fore the issue of water conflict in Bhutan. We Bhutanese like to pride ourselves on a great sense of community spirit, which implies an ability …

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Bhutan’s position

Two diplomatic moves by the Bhutan government in the last two weeks, in first condemning the Uri attack and then recently pulling out from the SAARC summit was a show of both solidarity and support to our traditional ally, India. At the same time the two diplomatic moves are quite …

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Loan and Deposit rates

The Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) must be commended in fulfilling an important economic and social objective of lowering loan interest rates. The government on its part apart from raising the issue early on also worked with the RMA to achieve this objective. What has become clear from the lowering of …

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The North Thimphu wind

It is never a good idea to dismiss a political party or for that matter a politician given how unpredictable politics is. However, recent events indicate deeper problems for the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) party, which is also the Opposition party. The withdrawal of the new North Thimphu candidate who …

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Welcome Bangladesh

The Prime Minister’s statement that India has agreed to the trilateral cooperation on the 1024 MW Dorjilung project between Bhutan and Bangladesh is very welcome news for several reasons. India’s consent to the project was critical as the power infrastructure for transmission lines have to be built and sent through …

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Time to act strategically

If there is one quality that has kept Bhutan as a thriving and sovereign nation in an unpredictable and tough neighborhood, it is it’s strategic moves. A lot of credit for that goes to an enlightened Monarchy starting right from His Majesty the First King onwards, with each King dealing …

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The 10,000 MW commitment

In 2008, the then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made an important commitment of 10,000 MW by 2020, following up on an earlier 5,000 MW agreement in 2006. Subsequently agreements were signed between Bhutan and India in 2009 identifying 10 projects. Of the 10 projects six which formed the bulk …

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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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