Editorial

Now the crisis is in the kitchen

  Bhutanese kitchens are getting harder by the day to run. From imported rice to imported vegetables to imported meat, the buying of groceries till it is laid out on the table ready to consume is one mad cycle. Especially with the country facing an economic crisis which could have …

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Understanding Young Bhutan

Bhutanese youth are having a significant impact on various aspect of our society, media, culture, politics, economy and etc but still are a misunderstood lot. The media as an example is one institution where the average age of most journalists is under 25 with even senior editors in their early 30’s or late …

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Three crises that created the Rupee crisis

  The rupee crisis is a combination of three other crises affecting the Bhutanese economy. They are namely, the trade crisis, the financial management crisis and also the individual lifestyle crisis. The rupee crisis being an individual lifestyle crisis can be best summed up in the saying, ‘Bhutan is a …

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All is not bad

There is much gnashing and grinding these days over the rupee crisis, at least in the urban areas. It is important that Bhutanese citizens do not panic over the current rupee shortage which is a temporary economic phenomenon in the long run. While it is important to dream big we …

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Intolerance speaks

 Gross National un-Happiness It has been four years since 2012 and there is now a growing concern about the path that Bhutanese democracy is taking. This is especially so as constitutional bodies and the media is coming under increasing pressure from an increasingly sensitive government. The latest example is statements …

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Lessons to be learnt from the land scams

In the mid 1980s a special committee on land found several irregularities over land cases across the country involving land officials, influential people and judges. Two decades later, the High level committee report of 2003 covering only Thimphu found similar practices involving a similar set of characters. This was despite …

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Bhutanese media should chart its own path

  Bhutan’s young media is currently at crossroads, with many signs pointing to different roads that should be taken. Each signboard has compelling reasons to take a certain road, but other signboards have equally compelling reasons to take their paths. Similarly, at one level the Bhutanese media seems to know …

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Winds of Corruption

As the wind of Democracy swept across Bhutan in March 2008, the day of voting was a solemn but hopeful day. There was hope and optimism that under democracy, everyone would be equal before the law, there would be accountability, abuse of power, nepotism and corruption would be curbed and …

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