Editorial

The Gyelpozhing Verdict

The conviction of the Speaker and Home Minister along with 14 other plot allotment committee members in the Gyelpozhing land case has generated a lot of public interest and reaction. The verdict in its entirety does credit not only to the Anti Corruption Commission but also to the institution of …

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State of the Nation’s Economy

Though the state of the nation in the last five years may be divided into four pillars and elaborate sub sections, but ultimately the two most important issues are rural development and the state of the economy. On the rural development front, the numbers on minimum programs like farm roads, …

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‘Dirty politics’ and the 2013 race

In the 2008 electoral race while candidates had mainly diplomatic words for each other in the media, the real electoral battle was what was whispered by party members in villages and towns or half suggested by party leaders. It was only occasionally that party candidates or workers made official allegations …

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Taking responsibility for the Rupee shortage

When the Rupee Shortage and the resultant Credit Crunch first hit the Bhutanese economy from early 2012 onwards, the RMA and the government were caught unaware. With elections just a year away and personal and institutional reputations at stake, both the RMA and the government blamed the financial institutions, private …

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A level playing field for 2013 ?

Though long discussed and speculated, the government’s move to initiate an early dissolution of the National Assembly before 20th April has set the proverbial cat among the pigeons. The government’s main reason is that without doing this the biggest losers would be the electorate who would not be as enthused …

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An uncertain but hopeful New Year

Losar is upon us and as we leave an old year behind and start a new Water Female Snake Year, it is  time for reflection of the past and renewal for the future. As we are about to start the New Year, Bhutan is in the midst of important economic, …

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Bhutan’s growing Traffic problems

Bhutan has around 67,000 vehicles and in 2012 itself there were around 26,000 cases of traffic violations across the country with around 17,000 just in Thimphu. There were also 96  deaths in the last one year. These numbers have all been increasing at an alarming rate in the last few …

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Walk the talk on GNH

It is a welcome development that a host of international experts are working on the New Development Paradigm (NDP) in Thimphu, an endeavor which has implications way beyond this small Himalayan Buddhist state. Bhutan in many ways has the historical credibility and moral authority to propose and host such a …

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Bhutan’s apolitical political parties

There is a saying that a ‘Democracy is only as healthy as its opposition.’ In other words a successful democracy should have an efficient check and balance on the powers of the ruling government, which includes a strong opposition party. In Bhutan’s case the Opposition party is the smallest in …

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