Editorial

Tweaking systems to address youth issues

The case of a Dzongkha teacher injecting his students with an unsterilized syringe as punishment, symbolizes the vulnerability of Bhutanese children in a system and society that is yet to fully understand them. Though it has been globally established that corporal punishment is an ineffective and counter-productive way to discipline …

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The Security Council bid

Bhutan’s loss at the non-permanent Security Council seat election brings into sharp focus the realities of global politics where economic might and size far outweigh the ambitions of a small country. Despite the loss it must be acknowledged that Bhutan gave its best in a campaign which was doomed to …

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A Need for Realpolitik

One of the biggest news makers in the recent years, has been Bhutan’s foreign policy moves. These include hosting the Sixteenth SAARC Summit, passing happiness as a resolution at the UN, the Security Council bid, establishment of new diplomatic relations, etc. As a result, there have been numerous articles, publications, …

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The Royal Wedding Anniversary

There is no better symbol then the Royal Couple of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, for a country that is fiercely independent, has a rich heritage, a bright future and has citizens who are largely good and honest folk. Bhutan no doubt is going through a …

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The Gups office

More than ministers and Dzongdas the quality of life of the majority of the Bhutanese population are determined by the Gewog office consisting of Gups, Mangmis and Tshogpas. It is the Gup and Tshogpas who put up proposals for rural infrastructure in the five year plans, organize local projects, gather …

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Bhutan’s shadowy world

Bhutan has seen a series of scams, improprieties and abuse of power cases coming to the public attention. These have been understandably greeted with outrage but there is also a need to delve deeper into the issues. It is clear that there is a systemic malaise as most of these …

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Solving our own problems first

It is interesting that the majority who commented on this papers interview with Dr David L. Luechauer agree with his critical assessment of GNH in its current form. There are of course those who agree with him only in parts or those that do not agree with him at all. …

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In the OAG’s ‘opinion’

The nine page ‘opinion’  of the OAG on the ACC’s Gyelpozhing report, according to a practicing lawyer in Thimphu reads like arguments put forward by a defense lawyer defending the accused in the Gyelpozhing case, instead of a government prosecutor doing his job. Some have also seen a degree of …

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For a healthy Bhutan

It is an old saying that ‘Health is Wealth’ but too often this adage is forgotten in Bhutan where there is an increase in the number of various diseases both in the lifestyle and communicable category. The sad reality is that most of them especially lifestyle diseases can be prevented …

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The Economy

The price of diesel going up by Rs five per liter is only one more piece of bad news for an already struggling Bhutanese economy. With diesel being the fuel used by trucks the cost of transportation and conversely the price of goods will go up like vegetables, meat, construction …

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