Editorial

The Rupee Problem and the Indian Economy

As the Rupee crisis rages on in Bhutan, the only possible medium term solution is to get some help from the Indian government. The key solutions are to increase the rupee borrowings from Rs 3 bn to Rs 10 bn from the Government of India (GoI), and to allow Bhutan …

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Impact of the Bhutanese Media since 2008

The Bhutanese media has had a major impact on the evolution of Bhutanese democracy, government policies, laws, corruption, individual mindset and governance. Serious and credible newspapers using thorough research, reliable information networks, ethical norms and also a certain degree of boldness has created a significant impact especially in the last …

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A crash landing for Bhutan’s private sector?

The Bhutanese economy is currently heading into a brick wall and the driver at the seat is using the accelerator instead of the brakes. This is how many, especially in the private sector are describing the series of panic driven and credit crunching measures taken by the Royal Monetary Authority …

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Democracy and political prospects in 2013

With four political parties now and 2013 nearing the political scene is getting warmer. In the first parliamentary elections, the People’s Democratic Party was a strong favorite with many predicting a PDP win. This was while the underdog, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa went about its rounds in what many say was …

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Bhutanese Media: a reality check

Bhutan has dropped six places in the World Press Freedom ranking from the 64th position in 2010 to the 70th position in 2011-2012 out of 179 countries. The organization that conducts this survey ‘Reporters without Borders’ say that indicators like financial pressure on the media, self censorship, freedom to criticize, …

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Understanding the Rupee Report

The Rupee Shortage Task force report submitted on 5th March 2012 is overall a comprehensive report that gives dire warnings if measures both short term and long term are not taken to curb the crisis. The strength of the report is indisputable facts and figures that show that the Bhutanese …

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Controlling the Media through advertisements

The lifeblood of a vibrant democracy in Bhutan is a free media that practices two key principles of a democracy, which are the freedom of speech and the right to criticize. One of the easiest ways to destroy free media is to hit media houses where it hurts the most, which …

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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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