Editorial

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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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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